Fly into Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia and you can easily find an economy car rental before heading to your hotel or rented accommodation. There's plenty to explore in this marvellous town, with the White Tower of Thessaloniki being its iconic local landmark. As well as housing one of the most attractive former prisons you'll ever see, the museum inside tells the story of the city's history. Be sure to head to the huge Aristotelus Square, where you can admire much of Thessaloniki's most attractive real estate and stop to sip Greek coffee and eat bougatsa pastries. Hagios Demetrios is the city's most famous church, built in the 4th century A.D. and sprawling across almost three acres. Be sure to check out the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, as well, to learn more about the city's fascinating ancient history.
Rent a car in Thessaloniki, and then head out to explore the magnificent surroundings of this cultural area of Greece. Set in the Thessaly region, it's steeped in ancient history and has plenty of gorgeous countryside to discover. Nature lovers can drive along the coast to the mighty Mount Olympus National Park to admire the Orlias Waterfalls, and drive or hike around them. Closer still is the Axios Delta National Park, which is a real treat for wildlife lovers—be sure to stop at the birdwatching tower. You can also drive to the town of Pella, the birthplace of the legendary Alexander the Great, and take a tour of the local ruins in this quaint location surrounded by mountain vistas. Right nearby is Vergina, home to many old Macedonian royal tombs.
Sightseeing in Thessaloniki is the ideal choice for lovers of authentic history and culture, in a region that was once a hotbed of imperial struggle through ancient times. The region of Thessaly is both ideally placed near the coast and also features an incredible wealth of natural surroundings, making it the ideal destination for a car trip. You'll get to see more than the average traveller and can really take the time to appreciate why Greece is such a popular location for culture, history, and food lovers. On that note, the local cuisine is simply irresistible. Known for delicacies such as cumin- and paprika-spiced sheep's sausage, olives, fish, and more, you can find it all in Thessaloniki's markets, such as Modiano. Of course, this is a great place to indulge in some ouzo, the Greek aperitif, whenever you're parking the car for the night or have a designated driver!
There are a few things well worth knowing before you rent a car in Thessaloniki, although you'll generally find it a very simple and pleasant experience on your Thessaloniki food or culture tour. Keep the following documents on you: driver's licence, passport, and proof of insurance and car rental. You're also required to have headlamp beam deflectors, a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, and warning triangle in the car. In your rental car you don’t have to worry about this. Aside from that, keep in mind that you'll drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left. The general speed limits for cars are 50km/h in built-up areas, 90-110km/h on roads outside of towns, and 130 km/h on motorways. Be sure to check signage for specific speed limits. The blood alcohol limit is 0.05%, or 0.02% for drivers who have been on the road less than two years. As always, avoiding alcohol completely when driving is very much recommended.