Enjoying a predominantly sunny climate, Greece is hugely popular with sun-seekers the world over, and it’s easy to see why. Home to many ruins dating back to Ancient Greece, the Balkan nation has so much to enthral history enthusiasts including sites like the Acropolis, while many monuments to the country’s timeline exist in the museums of Athens.
Greek cuisine makes the most of the weather – recipes such as taramasalata, moussaka and gyros all use ingredients that are hard to grow further north. Meanwhile, the islands of Crete and Rhodes offer a world of excitement for anyone who wants to get away from the hectic nature of the Greek mainland.
What are the roads like in Greece?
Despite having a reputation for being a ramshackle, rustic kind of place, the road network in Greece is actually pretty sophisticated. The motorway and national road system is fairly easy to understand, while roads in and around the major cities have been well-maintained. As for rural/mountainous routes, be careful due to narrow roads, sharp turns and cliff edges.
How will I find Greek drivers?
Drivers in Greece are a mixed bunch. While some respect which rules are actually in place, younger drivers are known for being a little on the aggressive side. Doing all you can to abide by the rules will help to ensure that you don’t encounter road rage, as will looking around whenever you reach a set of traffic lights or a busy junction.
What are the best times to drive?
The worst time to drive is usually the Friday evening before a national holiday, as all the major routes in and out of Athens and Thessaloniki are clogged up by traffic. To be on the safe side, travelling during the early morning and evenings on weekdays isn’t advisable due to rush hour traffic. Sundays are typically quieter on the roads.
What are the driving laws?
Drivers must have a valid UK driving licence plus paperwork, a GB sticker on the back of the car (unless it already has a Euro-plate), motor insurance certificate, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, headlamp converters and a warning triangle. Seatbelts are mandatory in the front, while children under 10 are unable to sit there without a suitable seat restraint. If they are under five, they must have one at all times.
You may have to pay a toll charge on some motorways. Fortunately, you can make cash payments at most of them.
If given a fine in Greece on the roads for whatever reason, you don’t have to pay them off straight away.
If you have a camera with you during an accident, you’re expected to take photos of anyone involved in the accident and any road damage such as potholes.