Greece is a located in the southeast of Europe and is often referred to as the cradle of western civilisation. It is steeped in history throughout the country and its surrounding islands. When you visit Greece today you will experience evidence of this history along with its blue seas, Mediterranean breezes and white churches. Since hosting the 2004 Olympic Games, Greece has shown its adjustment to contemporary life. Athens is the capital of Greece and is known as the birthplace of democracy and ancient philosophy.
Auto Europe is a leading car hire company with over 50 year's experience. Auto Europe is able to give clients plenty of options throughout Greece. With the best value care hire in Greece, Auto Europe allows you to easily travel around the country and explore its spectacular coastlines and its many towns.
Driving in a different country can often be an intimidating or stressful experience, see below for some advice for when you are driving your car rental in Greece.
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Greece has so much to see and do, here are some of the most popular. From interesting and beautiful historic buildings to the rich culture throughout the country. All of these attractions are easily accessible:
Greece is also well known worldwide for its many famous Greek Islands. The best way to see these islands is road trips around the islands. It is possible to tailor your journey to what you want to see. Since there is such a wide variety, there is something for everybody. Here are a few suggestions for road trips
If you would like more information or inspiration for a road trip, please visit our road trip page with handy advice on everything from routes, sightseeing, hotels and what noyto to miss, to packing advice.
Drivers must be at least 21 years old to hire a car in Greece, and must have held their driving license for at least 1 year. This is the minimum requirement and may vary depending on supplier and car category. An additional young drivers surcharge may apply to drivers younger than 25 years old, to be paid locally.
The National Roads in Greece, known as Ethniki Odos are toll roads (the only exception is he National Road in Crete, which does not have tolls). Drivers pay for the distance travelled at the toll-booth when exiting the motorway. The main road that goes from Athens International Airport to the city centre is also a toll road. The tolls are not very expensive and, generally speaking, trying to avoid the cost is not worth the trouble of finding alternative routes (which would include higher fuel costs anyway). The tolls must be paid in cash,so it's convenient to have change or small notes.
The country that is sometime also known as Hellas or the Hellenic Republic is located in the Mediterranean and shares borders with Albania, the Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey. The history of Greece dates back to the 8th century BC. Greece became part of the Roman Empire by the 5th century, but continued to spread the Greek language and culture around the Mediterranean. Alexander the Great, who is considered one of the greatest military geniuses of all time, had a huge influence on the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire became so large by the 4th century AD that Emperor Constantine decided that the Roman empire would have two halves, the eastern half, now Istanbul and the western half which did not last long due to the German attack in the 5th century. In 1821, Greece declared independence from the Roman Empire. At that time, Greece did its best to extend its territory as much as possible. After Word War 2, a diverse war broke out between communists and western-backed government forces, which resulted in the Greeks being more inclined to the west. The monarchy ended in 1967. Greece became a democratic republic in 1975 and joined the European Union in 1981.
As of 2001, the official currency in Greece has been the euro. It is possible to use a UK debit card to withdraw euros from any ATM in Greece, but please note that your bank will normally charge a conversion fee every time you make a withdraw. For this reason, it is probably best to withdraw larger quantities of money less often. In tourist areas, cash machines can easily run out of money during the weekend, so you should make sure you always have enough cash on hand for any eventuality. Smaller towns and small islands may not have cash machines at all. Some banks will have their ATM machine in a closed area just outside the bank itself. Even if the door is closed, you can swipe your UK debit or credit card on the card reader to get access. Hotels normally accept credit cards, but other types of commerce may not.
Greece is on Eastern European Time, putting it two hours ahead of London time. Both mainland Greece and the Greek Islands are on the same time zone. Daylight Saving Time applies from the last weekend of March to the last weekend of October.
Here are some commonly used words and phrases:
Hello - Yassou
Good morning - Kalimera
Good afternoon - Kalispera
Good evening - Kalispera
Good night - kalinikta
Do you speak English? - Milas Anglika?
How much does it cost? -Poso kani?
Thank you - Efkharisto
In Greece, the standard voltage of 230V is used with the frequency is 50 H2. The type is C and F. It is possible to use electrical appliances from the UK in Greece as long as the voltage is between 220-240 V. However, you will require an europoean adaptor in Greece.
British Nationals do not need a visa to travel to Greece, only a passport valid for the duration of their stay. Should you need consular assistance during your stay in Greece, the UK keeps an embassy in Athens, Vice-Consulates in Corfu, Crete and Rhodes, and an Honorary Vice-Consulate in Zakynthos.
British Embassy Athens
1, Ploutarchou Str
106 75 Athens
British Vice-consulate Corfu
106 75 Athens
Telephone: +30 26610 2347
British Vice-Consulate Crete
17 Thalita Street, Ag. Dimitrios Square
71 202 Heraklion
Telephone: +30 2810 224012
British Vice-Consulatge Rhodes
29 Gr.Lambraki Street
85 100 Rhodes
Telephone: +30 22410 22005
Honary British Vice-Consulate Zakynthos
28 Foskolou Street
29 100 Zakynthos
Telephone: +30 26950 22906