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Compare all the major car hire brands including Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and Alamo and find the best prices for car hire in Greece. Car rental in Greece includes Theft Waiver (TW), Third Party Liability Insurance and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) as well as unlimited mileage when you hire with us.

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Athens Airport

from £12,-

per day

 

Kreta Airport Heraklion

from £9,-

per day

         

Rhodes Airport

from £13,-

per day

 

Thessaloniki Airport

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per day

         

Korfu Airport

from £10,-

per day

 

Santorini Airport

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Lesvos Airport
Mykonos Airport
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Paros Airport
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Samos Airport
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Zakynthos Airport

Greece guide

Car rental Greece
Car hire Greece

Introduction:
Greece is a peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located to the east of Italy, to the south of Albania, Bulgaria, and the Republic of Macedonia, to the west of Turkey, and to the north of Libya. It is famous as the birthplace of philosophy, democracy, and the Olympics. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Homer, and Virgil all called Greece their home. Agriculturally, it is known for its feta cheese and its olives.

Population and language:
Greece has a population of almost 11 million. Not surprisingly, 98% of its inhabitants are Greek Orthodox, and 1% are Muslim. The official language is Greek.

Ethnically, the population consists mostly of Greeks (94%) but has a pocket of Turks in Thrace, while Eastern Europeans, and Albanians make up 4% of the population. Other notable ethnic minorities are the Bulgarians and Romanians.
In Greece, it is acceptable to sunbath in the nude, but you should not remove your clothing in front of others. When you visit religious sites, you will be expected to dress modestly.

Major cities and tourist destinations:
Athens – The capital city of Greece, founded around 7,000 years ago, has a population of about 3 million. The Acropolis is one of the first stops on many visitors’ itineraries, but be sure you ask for a bilingual guide when you visit. They will not hand them out unless you make a request for one. Once you have viewed the famous citadel, visit the National Archaeological Museum where you will find all the ancient sculptures and paintings of Greece. At Syntagma (Constitution) Square, you can view the changing of the Erzone Guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

Thessaloniki – Thessaloniki has a population of about 800,000. The White Tower and attached Museum of Byzantine Culture give an inside view into the history of the city. The Eptapyrghion is a fortress that was used as a prison until the 1980’s. You can check out the museum and the ruins. The Roman Forum was built in 2 ad and contains an amphitheater and an agora (or marketplace). 

Delphi– The population of the municipality is around 32,000. Delphi was made famous for its oracle. Ancient Delphi is an archaeological site to the east of the town containing the ruins of the Temple of Apollo that once housed the oracle. There is also the Temple of Athena and an on-site Museum that explains the significance of the religious area.

Piraeus – The population of Piraeus is about 200,000 and contains the biggest harbor in Greece. Parts of the Themistoclean Walls and the Eetioneia are still visible around the city, and you can see the Bronze statues uncovered in 1959, which are visible at the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus. The Hellenic Maritime Museum traces the roots of Greece nautical tradition through the ages.

Rhodes – With a population of 120,000, Rhodes is famed for the Colossus, which stood at the entrance to the harbor. The ancient wonder was sold as scrap metal in 654 ad, but you can tour the Palace of Grand Masters, which housed the Knights of St. John. The Thermes Kallitheas (baths filled with beautiful mosaics) and the Archaeological Museum (in the Hospital of Knights) are other interesting places to explore in Rhodes.

Heraklion – Heraklion, population of close to 200,000, is home to the famous Minoan kingdom. Its Archaeological Museum houses the artifacts uncovered at each of the Minoan sites, while Koules is a massive fortress built by Venetians in the 1500s. You can visit the Palace of Knossis to the southeast of the city.

Climate:
Greece has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers from June to September that range from 23°C–33°C and mild, cool winters from November to March that normally are 7°C–13°C. It only rains about 15 inches per year.

Economy:
Greece’s GPD is 300 billion (USD), and it uses the euro (€) for currency. Its economy is based primarily on service (79%), but also uses manufacturing (10%), constructions (5%), and Agriculture (3%). Greece exports petroleum products, food, textiles, manufactured goods, and chemicals and imports transportation equipment, chemicals, fuels, and machinery. The national debt of Greece has more than exceeded its GDP, and as a result, the country is in financial crisis. This, however, has not seemed to affect its tourism industry.

Transportation:
The major airports in Greece are Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Veniselos), Heraklion International Airport (Nikos Kazantzakis), Kerkyra (Korfu) International Airport (Ioannis Kapodistrias), Rhodes International Airport (Diagoras), and Thessaloniki International Airport (Makedonia).

Buses in Greece are hit or miss. Some are luxurious, and some are falling apart. Even if you have a reserved seat, you will need to arrive early because reservations do not guarantee your seat.

Roads in Greece are good, and petrol stations are widely available. Car hire allows more flexibility in sightseeing. It also is much easier for people to travel with baggage and photography equipment.

Trains are notoriously slow in Greece. Be sure you plan extra time when traveling this way.

Taxis frequently have rigged meters so ask to see a rate card if one is not on display. There are heavier charges for traveling at night or outside the city. Four people may fit in one taxi. If your taxi is not full, the driver may stop and pick up other people to fill the car. There are additional charges for heavy baggage.

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