Greece Driving Guide – SPEND LESS, DO MORE
Thoroughly Mediterranean, Greece is one of the world’s most popular destinations with ancient attractions, archaeological sites and cities. Occupying the southernmost tip of the Balkan Peninsula, Greece is mostly mountainous, while its seas are sprinkled with more than 2000 islands. Visiting the Greek Islands is a tour on its own.
One of the best ways to discover Greece is to rent a car. This gives you the ability to schedule your time and activities. Being on the road is part of the fun.
A trip through ancient Greece – Driving to Delphi and Meteora from Athens
Athens, the capital, is home to about one third of the country’s population. It is not an expensive city, offering great food and plenty of affordable entertainment. The city has many amazing archaeological remains, but a visit to Athens will not be complete without seeing the ancient Parthenon. A short hike up the Acropolis rewards you with a 360o view of the city and the best place to share your Greek experience with friends!
Your first trip, driving from Athens, could be to the ancient cities of Delphi and Meteora – two of the most awe-inspiring sights in Greece. The drive takes you through the Athina to Orhomenos, where the road turns towards Arachova; a picturesque town with beautiful stone built houses situated in the Parnassos Mountain. Then on to Delphi.
Delphi is less than 200km from Athens, but don’t rush the trip. With more to see when reaching your destination, it’s best to overnight here. Delphi, origin of the Delphi Oracle, is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. The mountainous scenery is breath-taking, and the history of Delphi will leave you intrigued.
From Delphi the 250km drive to Meteora, an area in Thessaly (Central Greece), winds through the Greek countryside. This is one of the top destinations for people who admire the ancient Greek civilization.
Meteora is renowned for the monasteries built on the top of the extraordinary rock towers. Mountaineers will find about fifty massive towers of rock, some reaching 300 metres, and approximately eighty peaks worth climbing. Allow yourself enough time to explore the Meteora archaeological site as well.
Kalampaka is the city under the rock towers with a natural landscape of exquisite beauty. It is a lively town with authentic Greek tavernas and well-known for its delicious traditional souvlaki.
Exploring central Greece
A four-day drive west from Athens, is an awe-inspiring route through the centre of Greece.
Driving on Highway E94, the first stop is at Mycenae, the Bronze Age palace made from gigantic limestone boulders. Then head south into the heart of the Peloponnese peninsula along Highway E65 to Sparta.
The Acropolis in ancient Sparta features a lush expanse of yellow flowers under ancient olive trees. A rolling valley lies to the south and to the west are the snow-capped Taigetos Mountains. Nearby stands Mistras, the last preserve of the Byzantine Empire, with its buildings stacked up a mountainside.
Route 82 to Kalamata skims along a gorge and the Langada Pass to reveal why this road has been called one of the most breath-taking in Greece. This is also a great place to overnight and top up on traditional Greek cuisine.
Next morning, roll down to the famous olive-producing area of Kalamata. To taste the regional treasure, try local stores or the roadside fruit stands near the olive groves close to town where olives are sometimes sold out of wooden barrels.
Then take Highway E55 along the sparkling Ionian coast to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics, where the shops and restaurants cluster under gentle mountain swells.
Wind down the window and discover the soul of Greece. To find the best deals and choices for rental cars and accommodation you need not look further than Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels. We really do believe that the less you spend the more you can do when you get there.
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Driving Tips – Greece
If you long to explore the gorgeous scenery of Greece by road, you’ve come to the right place. However, you want to stay safe, as Greece has a high rate of traffic accidents. Though Greek drivers can be aggressive, the information below will help you out on the road.
Be sure to have the proper documentation with you when you go. When stopped, have your papers ready for the police. Be sure to take the following:
Driving Rules, Laws and Regulations
Speed Limits and Fines
Speed limits will be posted in kilometres per hour. However, as a general rule, speed limits will be as follows:
Lower speed limits are enforced for motorcycles. Speeding fines range from 40 to 350 euros, depending on how fast you are going and what type of road you are on; also, you can face license suspension for excessive speeds, up to 6 months.
The legal alcohol limit is 0.5%, which is about one alcoholic beverage per hour. When driving over the limit, you can face the following penalties:
The police will set up road blocks and test your blood alcohol content. Be prepared to stop and submit to a Breathalyzer test.
In the major cities, you’ll have a hard time parking on the street. Places you can park will generally be marked with a yellow sign, though you will need to pay for parking. However, it’s more likely you’ll find parking in a parking lot or hotel parking, which you’ll also need to pay for. Parking fines can be steep (up to 150 euros).
Driving in Greece shouldn’t be a problem as long as you drive defensively. By taking your car, you’ll see many attractions you would have missed by bus or train.