|Attendant filling up the cars at Repsol|
|Today´s record price|
But the main difference between Spanish and British petrol stations is the service received. At many Spanish ones you still get a personal service with an attendant filling up for you - just like the old days in the UK. Watch "Heartbeat" if you are too young to remember! This is particularly useful to women - not because we don´t know how to fill up but from the security aspect. You can sit in your car and pay the attendant without having to leave your vehicle, which at night is great. If you have a baby or young child in the car, it is always a torment whether to leave them sleeping or take them out as you have to go into the shop or kiosk to pay.... here you don´t have that problem. All Repsol service stations have attendants and many BP ones too - so if you don´t want your hands smelling of petrol, head to one of those if you need to fill up.
|Busy car hire kiosks at Alicante airport|
Most of the Spanish holiday makers will start heading back this weekend so it will be interesting to see whether the petrol prices start to fall ... supply and demand, they have to get back! But they do tend to go down as quickly as they go up - unlike in the UK where they go up straight away but are somewhat slower to come down.
Staycations are certainly something that the UK government is trying to encourage and I think that even the UK press are joining in. This appeared to be the case recently with The Sun and The Mirror, knocking resorts such as Benidorm - perhaps to scare visitors away? Increasing cheap flights abroad on budget carriers have had a severe impact on British tourism, especially to seaside resorts. But with the unpredictable British weather many Brits flock to the likes of Benidorm as they can generally be guaranteed sunshine over the summer months - unlike the UK when people still had their central heating on in June! However, its not kept the British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Deputy Nick Clegg away - they are both holidaying in Spain!