What you should know before you rent a car
Car hires in Greece: practical information
Where to rent a car in Greece
Greece. There is no way you can explore and truly get a feel for this country in a single trip. From the mainland to the country's gorgeous islands, from Athens crowded streets to the secluded pebbled coves along the coasts… that Greece has a lot to offer would be the understatement of the year. Get a car hire Greece airport as soon as you arrive and explore the country on your own terms. Most visitors will arrive via Athen's Elefthérios Venizélos International Airport. From there you can choose from the many Greece car hire deals available.
It's also possible to rent a car in Greece from the city. Either Athens or your final Greek destination. Even on the islands you'll find local car hire companies with good rates for a car hire Greece city. There will always be at least one in popular tourist areas. If you're planning to explore more countries than just Greece, be aware that the majority of Greece car hire companies do not allow their vehicles to leave the country.
Driving in Greece: parking and other tips
You won't regret having a rental while you're on holidays in Greece. The incredible scenery and towns along the way are worth stopping at, especially on the seaside. If you think London's drivers are bad, wait until you hit the Greek roads! Always take care when driving on the mountain roads in Greece, with sharp turns, aggressive drivers and sometimes questionable road conditions, it can be dangerous.
When major roads pass through smaller villages, remember to slow down as pedestrians often cross the road. On highways, you'll find the vehicles travel at varying speeds, from 60 km/h to as fast as 120 km/h (even faster but that's beyond the speed limit).
Road trips in Greece: what to do, what to see
Rhodes is one of the biggest islands in Greece and one of the most popular for visitors. With excellent beaches, history, archaeological sights… Rhodes has it all. With 300+ sunny days per year, you can bet that the islands rocky beaches are popular spots for sun lovers but don't pass up the chance to see the castles of Monolithos, Kastellos and Lindos. Have a craving for some fresh seafood? You can bet there are a lot of beach-side taverns with "catch of the day" on their menus.
Volos is often left off the tourist trail but with it's pretty port and excellent museums, we don't know why! It is one of the biggest port cities in Greece and is right in between Athens and Thessaloniki. Visit the Volos tourist office first, they'll be able to help you with free maps and suggestions. Not to be missed: Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos for its incredible collection, St. Nikolaos Square for its cafes and cathedral and Alykes beach.
The entire historical Olympic is protected as an UNESCO World Heritage Sight. The first Olympic Games took place here, in 776 BC and today is an important stop on the Greek tourist trail. Olympia is famous for its archaeological ruins: the Temple of Hara, ruins of the Philippeion and the original Olympia stadium are just the beginning.
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