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Superb customer service is the hidden extra included as standard with your Nova car rental package. Established in 1997, we are one of the world's most experienced online car hire brokers, so we know something about taking care of our customers. We do that by working tirelessly to secure the best price for you from our network of suppliers and by ensuring that our quotation and booking systems are as easy for you to use as possible.
As a customer of Nova Car Hire, you need never worry about service. More than 1.5 million customers to date have enjoyed the quality of our booking service, allowing us to sell more than 12 million rental days worldwide since 1997. You can either book car rental with us online or allow one of our friendly and experienced customer service staff to talk you through the process on the phone. Either way, we strive to make your experience as pleasant and straightforward as possible.
Driving in Europe
Most European cars use a manual transmission, but if you are not comfortable driving a stick shift, book an automatic well in advance. Make sure to note whether your rental car runs on petrol (gasoline) or diesel, as using the wrong kind of fuel can seriously damage the engine, and insurance often does not cover the necessary repairs. Cars drive on the right side of the road in most European countries - except in Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, and the United Kingdom.
The euro is the most commonly used currency in Europe, and it is the official currency of more than half of the states in the European Union. Notable exceptions include the United Kingdom, which uses the pound sterling. Make sure to shop around when exchanging currency, as exchange rates on offer can vary significantly.
The prevailing climate on the continent of Europe is temperate and continental, with a maritime climate dominating the western coasts and a Mediterranean climate in the south. The Gulf Stream retains mild air over the high latitude northwestern region during winter, particularly in Ireland, the UK and coastal Norway. Western Europe's climate is oceanic, whereas Eastern Europe has a drier, continental climate.
The range of cultures and traditions that combine to create Europe is so diverse and exciting that the variety of festivals celebrated by its citizens is simply breathtaking.
Carnivale di Venezia, Italy
The Queen of the Adriatic, Venice has reigned over its own distinctive carnival most Februarys since 1268. A key element of the Venice Carnival celebrations are the iconic masks, which help to create an enigmatic sense of timelessness. Set against the stunning Venetian cityscape to a soundtrack of music and fireworks, and fueled by mouthwatering Italian food and wine, this is one of Europe's most magical festivals.
Tour de France
No other sporting event takes over a country in the same way as the Tour de France does at home. Known simply as Le Tour this phenomenal event takes place over 23 days and 21 stages in every kind of terrain and weather. Not just the ultimate feat of endurance for any cyclist, Le Tour is also a great way to see the French and their enchanting nation at their most colourful.
The Edinburgh Fringe, Scotland
The world's biggest arts festival, with a heavy emphasis on comedy, "the Fringe" takes over Edinburgh every August for three weeks of magical mayhem. There is no selection committee to control the entries, so all tastes are catered for. From entertainingly awful classical music to experimental farce, anything is possible.
Some 6 million visitors flock to Berlin every October for the annual celebration of all things beer-related. A crowd composed of everybody from lederhosen-wearing locals to lads from Liverpool consumes more than 6.5 million litres of the stuff at long trestle tables in massive, multi-floored tents.