If you want to travel at your own pace, the best thing to do is rent a car. Greece has an excellent infrastructure, so renting a car is a great idea. If you rent a smaller car, you won’t get stressed out when searching for parking spaces or on very narrow and winding roads. (Greece has few multiple-lane highways; most of the main roads are two lanes in opposite directions separated by a double white line.) So rent small and go big!
There are plenty of roads you can take during your road trip and many towns to visit. We have created a simple plan that you can mould into your own.
Where else to start than in the birthplace of Western Civilization? Athens is the capital of Greece. It has a 3,500-year history which is alive today and which can be seen and felt in the city's culture, art and philosophy, so there is no doubt that you can do and see plenty of interesting things here.
You have to see:
First, we must cover the food because a road trip makes you hungry. Stop at 3Sixty café, a perfect place to be if you want to eat special food made from fresh, local ingredients and to choose from a wine list consisting of only local wines. When you’re done eating, head to Antica Gelateria di Roma, the only true gelato shop. Again – only natural and local ingredients. Talk about an authentic experienceJ.
Okay, now that your stomach is full, take an easy walk on sandy Karathona Beach. Enjoy the rest of your day. The next day, head to Komboloi Museum to see tiny wooden skulls and prayer beads. You can also buy yourself a worry bead (komboloi) in the shop below the museum.
Kalamata is a town on a coastal plain of Antassi beach, which has been awarded the Blue Flag as one of the cleanest beaches in the EU. One tip: If you’re planning just a quick stop in the city, you’re not planning it right. Kalamata city can be a bit tricky to get around, so read the road maps and take your time. One thing you don’t have to worry about is accommodation, because there are many hotels and rooms to rent and lots of outdoor activities. Food? If you love olives, this is the place to eat them – the city is famous for its delicious olives.
Kalamata is also known for the Kalamata International Dance Festival, held every July. During the festival you can join workshops and enjoy performances of contemporary dance.
Patra is a port city in western Greece where entertainment, history and culture mingle to create a destination full of interesting discoveries. Start exploring it from Aghiou Nikolau, which is the best-known pedestrian street and from where 192 steps separate you from the old city, where you can admire a medieval castle built in the sixth century. But Patra is known for something other than history. It has the most diverse eating and nightlife scene in the Peloponnese because of the presence of 20,000 university students. Do you really need any other reason to stop and party here?
This is a lovely and modern town, situated at the foot of the Meteora peaks and known for the Meteora monasteries. This is a complex of six monasteries which are built on natural sandstone pillars. It will take you at least a day to see all the monasteries of Meteora, so we recommend that you stay at least two nights in Kalambaka.
The next day you can go rock climbing on Doupiani Rock, the main landmark of Kastraki. The road up is full of paths of every level of difficulty. Choose yours and enjoy the walk.
Delphi is the second most popular archaeological site in Greece. Many people go to Delphi, but few actually know that in ancient times this was where heaven and earth met, the place where man was closest to God (once again, Zeus has something to do with it – read the myth about two eagles). It will take you approximately three to four hours to complete a tour of the Temple of Apollo, the stadium and the Oracle of Delphi.
Next day visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, located in the new part of town. If you are a fan of Greek mythology, you shouldn't miss it.
Drive back to Athens, return your rental car and head back home. Safe trip, everyone!