With calm roads and pleasantly sparse traffic, Santorini is an ideal place to rent a car inGreece. Dotted with whitewashed cubic houses, Fira and Oia make perfect romanticescapades. Play on its black volcanic sand beaches and brush up your history at the archaeological site of Akrotiri. Fly to Greece’s largest island, Crete, and discover the Old Town, Port of Heraklion and ancient Knossos Palace. Spend a night in bustling Chania and head out for some sun and sea at Elafonisi beach. Spend a day of adventure in Samaria Gorge before heading to Rethymno, which is known for the Diktaean Cave, Lasithi Plateau and Koudoumas Monastery. On your Athens road trip, witness Greece’s pride, the Acropolis, and visit Jacqueline de Romilly Square. Head to the top of Pnyx to celebrate the sun setting into the sea, and pull over for a carnival-like night in the Psyrri district.
Rent a car in Greece and embark upon a culinary adventure in Athens. Sample Greek favourites such as fava, moussaka and mezze at tavernas, and shop for Mediterranean spices at Varvakeios Food Market. Make your next stop at the country’s gastronomic capital, Thessaloniki, to explore its unique cuisine – a mixture of Eastern, Balkan, French and Mediterranean flavours. The Roman Forum, Ano Poli, Valaoritou Street and the waterfront are favourite districts among gastronomes. A rental car in Greece gives you the opportunity to head off the beaten track and venture on a road trip to Meteora. The mountaintop monasteries look like they're straight out of a fantasy movie set. Enrich your Greek holidays with a road trip to the continent’s oldest city, Knossos, in Crete. Combine a tour of the enchanting Minoan Palace archaeological site with a visit to Irakio's fascinating Archaeological Museum.
Greece's mountainous terrain and narrow roads may be a challenge for inexperienced drivers, and driving along them may even trigger motion sickness – even more reason to make regular pit stops to take in the fresh air. Munching on light crackers and sucking on popsicles and candies also help. Additionally, keep an eye out for cattle crossing on rural roads, especially in the evening, as rural roads can be poorly lit. As parking spaces can fill up faster during high season, consider keeping your car parked at your hotel if you can reach your destination on foot. Greece is known for its seafood, and tavernas in coastal villages often offer the freshest seafood, caught by their own fishing boats. The distinctive cuisine of Santorini, comprising white eggplants, cherry tomatoes, fava peas and caper greens, is also a must try.
You need to be at least 21 years old and to have held your driving license for at least one year to be eligible for car hire in Greece. If you have a valid EU or international driving license, you can drive here. In Greece, you are required to drive on the right side of the road, and most cars are manual – if you prefer automatic, inform your rental agent when you rent a car in Greece. Roads often have a single lane in each direction, and some signs may only be in Greek. Therefore, keep a GPS to be sure you're on the right track. Be prepared to pay tolls along the highway, ranging from 2.50 to 3.50 euros per car. Expect to be fined if you're spotted exceeding the speed limit, without a seatbelt or using a phone while driving in Greece.