Things To Know About Greece

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All roads may lead to Rome but without Greece there would have been no Rome. Greece is the cradle of Western Civilization and the Greeks gave us cultural gifts we’re still enjoying to this day. Everything from democracy to the Hippocratic Oath to the Olympic Games originated in Greece thousands of years ago. Suffice to say that if you secure a car rental in Greece and hit the road you’re going to see things that are unique and astonishing, historically irreplaceable and aesthetically beautiful. Greece may have been hit hard in the wake of the financial crisis but the spirit of the Greek people is undiminished and their welcoming nature a light others would do well to follow.

Top Places to Visit In Greece by Car

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Athens

At more than 3,400 years of age Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities. From a cultural perspective it’s also one of the most important providing influences still felt today in politics, architecture and the arts. From the center of the ancient city lorded over by the enigmatic Parthenon to the 19th century Chapel of Saint George atop Mount Lycabettus on the suburbs of the city, Athens has something for everyone and has influenced nearly everyone’s life in some way. Car rental in Athens is a straightforward affair and there is every imaginable type of vehicle to choose from. So rent a car and get out there.

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Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the 2nd largest city in Greece and one of its most important economic and cultural centers. It is one of the country’s largest sea ports and has a well-deserved reputation for being a lively and vibrant host to numerous cultural events ranging from outdoor concerts to full-on festivals. Thessaloniki is the sort of place you’ll remember for a long time, from stately Aristotle Square to the Rotunda of Galerius, which is also one of the city’s 2 World Heritage Sites. You’ll definitely want to engage in car rental in Thessaloniki as the surrounding region is some of the most beautiful in Southeast Europe.

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Heraklion

Heraklion is the largest city on the island of Crete. The city was founded more than 1,200 years ago and has been an important crossroads for cultural currents in this part of the world ever since. Visitors to Heraklion would be selling the experience short if they didn’t consider a car rental. Greece, particularly Crete, its beaches and its people are a joy not to be missed.

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Meteora

“Amazing” is really the only word that even comes close to describing the area around Meteora Greece. Not only is the countryside dotted with astonishing geologic formations but many of those rock formations thrusting hundreds of meters straight into the sky play host to ancient monasteries whose very existence is a testament to the human spirit. Whether you’re a history buff, a rock climber or just a romantic soul, engage a car rental in Meteora and go see what all the fuss is about.

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Acropolis, Athens

The Acropolis served as a sanctuary of the ancient city of Athens, according to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Its primary purpose was to provide sacred grounds dedicated to Athena, the city’s patron deity (supernatural being considered divine or sacred). The Acropolis played host to festivals, cults, and historically significant events during the peak of Athens’ power. The Acropolis’ most famous building is the Parthenon, a rectangular temple built to replace two earlier temples to Athena. It was built between 447 and 438 B.C. Today, it serves as an architectural masterpiece and source of national treasure. It’s the most famous site in Greece, definitely, a must see before you die.

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Acropolis Museum

The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies over the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens. It’s focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. Nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square meters. The museum is located by the southeastern slope of the Acropolis hill, on the ancient road that led up to the “sacred rock” in classical times. It’s also only a walking distance of 280 meters, away from the Parthenon.

Driving in Greece - rules on the road

Speed limits

The general speed limit in Greece tops out at 120 km/h on most of the major motorways. Exit to the smaller but still substantial secondary roads and the speed limit for your budget car rental in Greece drops to 80-90 km/h. Once inside the larger cities it drops even further to 50 km/h.

Alcohol levels

Greece is serious about reducing the number of alcohol related accidents on their roads so don’t even think about driving if you’ve been drinking. The legal limit in Greece is 0.05 or the equivalent of a couple of beers. The police can stop you without warning so if you think you may slide by, think again. You could wind up being fined over 1,000 Euro and lose your license for 3 months or more. So be smart. Don’t drive your car rental in Greece after drinking.

Speed fines

The Greeks don’t take kindly to drivers using their roads as speedways and impose fines of up to €350 and a loss of license for up to 60 days.

Speed radars

Over the past few years the Greeks have instituted a network of speed cameras that detect your rate of movement and then photograph your license plate so a ticket can be sent to you. This system has worked its magic producing many thousands of speeding violations and millions in revenue for local municipalities.

Road quality

If you’re heading out with your car rental in Greece you can expect the roads to be roughly the same as you’d find in Italy and a bit better than in places like Poland, Mexico or Russia. That means some of them will be in excellent shape but once you get off the mains you have to keep your eyes open.

Minimum driving age

To obtain a driver’s license in Greece you must be at least 18 years old. For car hire in Greece you must be at least 21 years old and have had your license for at least 1 year.

Fuel price

The average price for a liter of gasoline in Greece as of this writing is €1.51.

Side of the road

Greeks drive on the right hand side of the road, which means the passing lane on motorways is always to the far left.

Seat belt fines

The penalty for not wearing a seatbelt in Greece is a €350 fine and loss of your license for 10 days.

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Weather

Greece has what’s known as a Mediterranean climate which is characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, often wet winters. Snow in the southern part of the country is pretty rare but in the mountainous northwest it can snow quite heavily. If you’re opting for car rental in Greece during the winter months in the northwest be mindful of the fact that snow squalls often occur with little notice.

Population

Greece has a population of approximately 10.5 million, most of whom are native to the country. In recent years, however, large numbers of migrants have crossed into Greece from neighboring countries like Turkey and today there is a lively mix of people from Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Speaking language

Greek is spoken by more than 99% of the population with a smattering of other languages including Russian, English, German and Italian along with Middle Eastern and African dialects spoken by recent arrivals.

Cost of living
The cost of living in Greece is among the lowest in the EU and has actually decreased in recent years due to the government’s financial problems. If you’re looking for an affordable place to retire Greece could be the answer for you.

Tourism
Tourism is one of the main components of the Greek economy. In 2016 the country attracted some 30 million visitors drawn by the unparalleled history and culture and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to think numbers won’t continue to increase. When it comes to renting a car in Greece our tips would be limited to reserving ahead to ensure you’ll get the type of car you want and arriving on time to pick it up, lest it be rented to someone else.

Have a great road trip!

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