If you’re thinking about visiting Greece on your next holiday then there’s only one way to explore it – by car. Check out the buzzing metropolis of Athens, the laid back Greek villages, some spectacular islands (of which there are about 1,400!) and a dramatic coastline dotted with little villages and pristine beaches. This country also boasts a Mediterranean climate, delicious cuisine and some wonderful historical sights making it the perfect holiday destination. Athens is the capital of Greece and one of the world’s oldest cities, so it’s rich in culture, heritage and history. Surrounded by three mountains, Athens is now a sprawling modern city which is dotted with some of the world’s most spectacular historic features and lots of Roman and Byzantine attractions. It has one of the longest histories in the world and has been inhabited for over 3,000 years. We recommend you park the car outside the city and use the public transport to get around and see top attractions like the Acropolis, the ancient fortified town where the Parthenon is to be seen. You could also visit the National Archaeological Museum (the largest and most popular museum in the city) and the Byzantine Museum.
Piraeus is the city’s main port and is about 11km southwest of central Athens. It is said to be the biggest port in Europe and the 3rd biggest in the world! From Piraeus you can take your car hire by ferry to different Greek Islands like Crete, Santorini, Mykonos, Zakynthos, Rhodes and Paros. Drive the stunning Apollo Coast, which runs from Piraeus to Cape Sounion – about 70km south of Athens on Route 91. Cape Sounion is where you’ll see the famous Greek Temple of Poseidon, which was built about 444BC about the same time as the Parthenon. Greece Car Hire Tip: It is illegal to use your mobile when driving in Greece. If you head west of Athens on the E94 highway in the direction of Corinth, you’ll pass the Corinth Canal which separates the Peloponnese Pennisula with mainland Greece. As you enter the peninsula you’ll pass through the ancient city of Corinth, which was founded about 6,000 BC. Here you can see the spectacular Temple of Apollo. With a car, it’s highly recommended that you visit Mycenae (a UNESCO world heritage site), which can be found 48km south of Corinth. Mycenae was one of the main centres of civilisation in Greece during the 2nd millennium BC. What you’ll see here is the ruins of palaces on the acropolis and ruined walls which are much older than most of the monuments in Classical Greece. Greece Car Hire Tip: Usually the speed limit is 50km/hr in built up areas, 110km/hr outside of cities and 120km/hr on motorways.
Greece Car Hire Tip: In Greece you drive on the right hand side of the road.