Rent a Car in Greece
Car Rental in GreeceWhen you develop a civilisation over thousands of years, you create so much to be explored. Spread it all out across the warm Aegean Sea and the task becomes almost Herculean.
Driving really is the best way to really explore this country.
In the driving seat with our car hire
Driving really is the best way to really explore this country. The national road network has improved enormously in recent years and there are new multi-lane motorways linking all the major destinations on the mainland. The majority of signs are transliterated in the Latin alphabet and even when you get off the beaten track, the roads are usually well marked.
While the country has yet to develop a real ‘themed route’ culture, there are plenty of destinations for you to dream up your own. The Peloponnese is the perfect road trip region, as are Crete, Corfu and, using your hire car and ferries, several of the other island groups. In some places, you have the option of swapping your Avis rental car between islands.
The Greek mainland forms a relatively narrow arc from East Macedonia and Thrace in the northeast to the Peloponnese in the south. As a result, it’s easy to plan your itinerary with only minimal detours en route. Nevertheless, you’ll need plenty of time, and many more trips, to really explore this country.
Starting in Athens, you’re duty bound to pay your respects at the Acropolis. Of course, there are many other fascinating attractions, both ancient and modern, in the bustling city below. Don’t miss the Epidaurus Festival, an annual musical, theatrical and cultural event which usually takes place in the summer.
Heading out into the Peloponnese, the land of legends, the main destinations include Corinth, Nafplio, the ruins of ancient Sparta and the sanctuary at Olympia, spiritual home of the Olympic Games.
Return to the mainland and make for ancient Delphi, home of the famous Oracle. To the north is Meteora and its pillar-top monasteries, the School of Aristotle at Naousa and Greece’s second city and hipster capital, Thessaloniki. The Dimitria festival of performing arts and exhibitions takes place in the autumn/winter and is named after the patron saint of the city, St. Demetrius.
Numbering around 1400, only 227 Greek islands are currently inhabited. The largest, Crete, is more like a small country full of fascinating destinations and natural diversity. Hosting a quarter of the country’s tourists, it has many well-worn paths but still holds many secrets.
The Cyclades, between Athens and Crete, are scattered in the sea like brilliant white shards from the archetypal celebratory tableware. You’ll see blue-domed churches amid whitewashed cubist houses, savour the aroma of the olive groves and herbs, and, of course, party like there’s no tomorrow.
The Dodecanese sparkle in the east within sight of the coast of Turkey. Italian until 1947 and somewhat aloof, they blend mountain, pasture and that incredible aquamarine sea.