Create amazing memories with car hire in Greece, the land of myths and legends
Travel between the Greek Islands in your hire car for a unique holiday experience
Hiring a car for your holiday in Greece gives you the opportunity to see far more of this beautiful country than you might otherwise. Whether you are visiting just one of the many islands, exploring the mainland or island hopping, a hire car in Greece makes just about everywhere accessible.
There are so many fascinating places to discover in Greece and a hire car means you can reach even some of the most out of the way locations. Here we highlight just a few of our favourite destinations in Greece.
On the Mainland
Athens is a must for any traveller in Greece. It is bursting at the seams with amazing sights. Of course there is the world famous Acropolis with the Parthenon. Athens’ central market, the Agora , should not be left out of any itinerary, and beautiful Plaka, the oldest neighbourhood in Athens, should also be on the list. This is a very small selection from the many attractions in Greece’s capital city.
Meteora is one of the most captivating sights in Greece. The tall rock formations themselves are extraordinary and they are set in a stunning landscape. The most jaw-dropping are the monasteries which are perched precariously on top of the rocks. This is a great road trip from either Athens or Thessaloniki.
The Peloponnese peninsula is the most southern part of mainland Greece. You could spend several days exploring this area with your hire car. There is ancient Olympia, site of the original Olympic games, and Nafplio, one of the most romantic cities in Greece. Discover the fascinating ancient cities of Mystra or Sparta. As well as some excellent museums in Sparta, discover the caves of Diros which you can visit by boat.
There are thousands of Greek islands although only a small portion of those actually have people living on them. Each Greek island has its own unique character making island hopping a popular holiday. Zakynthos (also known as Zante) is a favourite with younger travellers because of its energetic nightlife. Skiathos has a relaxed feel, perfect for those wanting to escape their busy lives. Kefalonia is a very green island with mountains, beaches and coves – a great family choice!
By travelling with a hire car on a ferry between the islands, holidaymakers can truly experience the different personalities they have to offer. Do make sure you have the right insurance and permission from your car hire company to take the car on to a ferry.
Crete is the largest island so a hire car is the ideal way to get around – no waiting for a taxi or being restricted by public transport. Rich in history and also offering a vibrant nightlife, Crete has something for everyone. Quite simply…without a car, many of the wonderful secluded beaches on Crete would be off limits.
Take your time when driving in Greece. Due to the different terrains, a journey may take longer than your GPS said and it would be a shame to rush past some of the sumptuous views! If you are travelling on the mainland in particular, it is handy to have some loose change as there are toll roads and you need to pay at the booths. Some of the roads in Greece are not in the best repair. Loose grit and potholes can test even the best car. Consider taking out an additional policy to cover you for damage to the tyres and for chips to the windscreen.
Clarify Car Hire offers customers a wide range of different pick-up locations across the Greek mainland and on many of the islands.
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