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    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.

    Road Rules, Driving Information and Petrol Stations

    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.

    • Cars in Greece drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left. Seatbelt use is mandatory for the driver and all passengers.
    • Children under 3 must use an appropriate baby seat. Children between 3 and 11, measuring up to 1.35m, must use an appropriate child seat.
    • The Blood Alcohol Concentration legal limit in Greece is 0.5 mg/ml for drivers who have held their license for over two years and 0.2 mg/ml for drivers who have held their license for less than two years.
    • The unnecessary use of the horn may result in a fine.
    • Police officers don't collect fines on the spot. Rather, drivers have up to 10 days to pay fines at a Public Treasure office.
    • As a general rule, hired cars cannot be taken on ferries. If you wish to travel between islands, or cross the border, you should contact Auto Europe beforehand so that we can advise you on a supplier that will allow this. Additional fees may apply.
    • Petrol stations are normally open until 7pm during the week and usually are closed all day on Sunday. By law, in any given area there will be one petrol station open at night and on Sundays.
    • In Athens and other major cities, you may come across some self-service petrol stations, but it is more common for petrol stations in Greece to have an attendant that will fill the tank for you.

    For more information about driving your car hire in Greece click here.

    Must Do

    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:

    • Acropolis and Acropolis Museum: This is one of the most recognised sites in Greece. It can be seen from all parts of Athens particularly at night when it lights up. A visit to Athens is not complete without visiting the Acropolis. In former times, it was the home to the statue of Athena, who is the city patron goddess.
    • Thessalonik: This is a Greek port city on the Thermaic Gulf of the Aegean Sea. The main attractions for tourists in Thessaloniki are the White tower of Thessaloniki, Aristotelous square, Arch of Galerious and Rotunda and finally the iconic Orthodox Church called Hagia Sophia.
    • The Great Theatre of Epidaurus: This is a famous sanctuary that is dedicated to the Greek God of medicine in the Greek city of Epidaurus. It is considered the most impressive Greek theatre due to its brilliant acoustics and aesthetics.
    • Delphi: Delphi is a town in the south mainland of Greece located on top of Mount Parnassus. Delphi town is a popular destination for many tourists to visit due to the historical attractions such as Temple of the Apollo, Athenian treasury and Castalian Spring.
    • Meteora Monasteries:This is an unusual and eye-catching group of monasteries that are located on the top of rock formations. These monasteries are also the largest built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries.

    Road Trips

    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

    • Santorini: Santorini is a hugely popular tourist destination, with 1.5 million visitors per year. This is no surprise with the stunning cliffs and beautiful crisp white buildings.
    • Mykonos: This is the glamour island of the Greek islands. It is a popular destination for many celebrities to visit. Many people are attracted to the summer party atmosphere.
    • Rhodes Town: This is a historical town located on Rhodes Island that is distinctly split in two, the old town and new town. Rhodes is one of the best-preserved towns in Europe, it feels like a medieval time capsule behind a double ring of high walls. Visitors have the option to explore the historic twisted alleys in the old town or the modern bars and upscale shops in the new town.
    • Crete: The largest Greek island is Crete. The capital of Crete is Heraklion. Crete caters for all types of people. The most popular destination to visit is the port of Chania, the Venetian old city and the palm beach of Vai.
    • Melisanni Cave: A magnificent natural feature located on Kefalonia Island. The outside of the cave is covered by a forest an then on the inside of the cave crystal clear water.
    • Brindisi: From the Greek island of Corfu, it is possible to travel to Brindisi. This is a town on the coast of italy which is a popular destination for many visitors who are seeking the sun.

    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.

    Age Requirements

    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.

    Tolls

    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.

    A bit of History

    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.

    Currency

    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.

    Time Difference

    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.

    Language

    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

    Electricity

    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.

    Visa & Embassy Information

    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
    Telephone:+30 2107272600
    Email:information.athens@fco.gov.uk

    British Vice-consulate Corfu
    1st floor
    106 75 Athens
    Greece
    Telephone: +30 26610 2347
    Email: infomration.athens@fco.gov.uk

    British Vice-Consulate Crete
    Candia Tower
    17 Thalita Street, Ag. Dimitrios Square
    71 202 Heraklion
    Telephone: +30 2810 224012
    Email:crete@fco.gov.co.uk

    British Vice-Consulatge Rhodes
    29 Gr.Lambraki Street
    85 100 Rhodes
    Greece
    Telephone: +30 22410 22005
    Email: Rhodes@fco.gov.uk

    Honary British Vice-Consulate Zakynthos
    28 Foskolou Street
    29 100 Zakynthos
    Telephone: +30 26950 22906
    Email:zakynthos@fco.gov.uk

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