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Open roads, cliffside villages, virgin beaches, ancient towns and acres of vineyards beckon on road trips in Greece. Rent a car and set out exploring the country, from the ancient quarters of Athens to the monasteries of Meteora. Driving in Greece doesn’t stop you from discovering its picture-postcard islands, either. Ferry your car across or park it safely at the port to spend a day walking through cobbled alleyways on Santorini, Corfu, Mykonos, Hydra, Kefalonia, and more. You can also take your rental car to Greece’s lesser-known territories, such as the black-and-white-patterned town of Pirgi.

It’s your choice: Where to go in Greece

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.

Things to do in Greece

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.

Important Info about Greece

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.

Weather in Athens, Greece
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Country Greece
Language Greek
Currency Euro
Time-Zones EET
Capital Athens

Top tips for car hire in Greece

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.

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Our tour suggestion for Greece

One good place to rent a car in Greece is Athens. Over a couple of weeks, loop through the Peloponnese, Ancient Olympia, Delphi and back to Athens, stopping to explore Greece's most ancient sites. Spend some time in Athens discovering the ancient Agora and the Acropolis and its museums, and tasting famous Greek beers in award-winning breweries such as Septem. Drive out to the Peloponnese, visiting ancient Corinth, meandering past vineyards and stopping to taste world-class wines, hike spectacular mountains and relax on virgin beaches. Take a break in picturesque Nafplio and drive to Mycenae, home to legendary Agamemnon of the Trojan War. Next, visit Olympia, the first venue of the Olympic Games. Take a lesser-known route to explore the interesting port town of Nafpaktos, set against scenic mountains. Finally, hit the navel of the world at Delphi, home to the famous Oracle, and follow the road back to Athens.

What to bring to your friends from Greece

Athens museum shops are great places to start your souvenir shopping – choose from traditional folk art, paintings, iconic Cycladic figurines, bags and Greek logo T-shirts. Colorful handmade leather sandals reminiscent of ancient Greek footwear make the perfect present, and jewelry lovers adore the blue-eyed talismans available in the form of beautiful bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings. Buy Minoan pottery replicas for your friends to embellish their homes, or little white coffee cups and coffee blends for coffee drinkers. For tea lovers, Greek’s very own mountain tea, made from Sideritis plant leaves and flowers, is a great option. For foodies back home, pack some Greek desserts such as baklava pastries, kourambiedes shortbread and melomakarona cookies. Also, don’t leave without some soaps and beauty products made from Greece's world-famous olive oil.