A rental car in Thessaloniki can be conveniently booked in advance via the Internet and a price comparison can be made between the various providers, so that it is easy to rent a car online. Then the Greece holiday in a rented car can start with a city tour of Thessaloniki. With over 325,000 inhabitants, Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece after Athens. If you add the metropolitan area around the city centre, you get a figure of almost one million inhabitants.
The city is of equal importance both politically and culturally as the most important centre in northern Greece. In terms of transport technology, the city is networked both nationally and internationally in terms of road and rail transport, i. e. it makes perfect sense to rent a car. In addition, there is a large ferry port with many connections within the Aegean as well as to selected other cities around the Mediterranean.
Most tourists arrive at the city via the airport. The number of Turkish guests in the city, for example, has almost doubled since Turkish Airways began flying to Thessaloniki from Istanbul in 2011. From the airport it is a good ten minutes drive to the city centre of Thessaloniki and about fifteen kilometres to the local train station. There is no connection to the railways, which is why public transport only offers the choice between a bus line and a taxi ride. However, taxi drivers at the Thessaloniki airport in particular often call up outrageously high fares for a trip to the city. Therefore, it is worth considering to rent a car at the airport.
Rent a car in Thessaloniki and enoy the area.
Thessaloniki can look back on a long and eventful history. And so it is not surprising that the historical sacral buildings of Thessaloniki are the ones that placed the city in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1988. First and foremost, the church of Hagios Demetrios is to be mentioned. It was built between 629 and 634 AD on the foundations of a small Christian church built in the fifth century. The five-nave basilica has an eventful history behind it. It was used as a mosque between 1493 and 1912. Since the great fire of 1917, however, only a few remnants of the once rich mosaic ornamentation are still visible. The rental car will take you to the famous White Tower. From the 15th century onwards, it was an important part of the sea walls built to defend the city and also served as a prison. Visitors interested in history should also visit the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum. The finds exhibited there range from the early Bronze Age to the time of the Roman Empire. Of particular interest are various grave finds and a number of filigree gold works of Macedonian origin.
Saint Demetrius Church in Thessaloniki
But it is not only the historical Thessaloniki that makes a longer stay worthwhile, but also the city's current character. In this respect, it is also easy to explore the different parts of the city in a rental car. Especially in summer, a convertible should be the first choice when it comes to rental cars. Because good weather is practically guaranteed and the impressions gained from the city of Thessaloniki become much more immediate in terms of the clear view, the sounds of the big city life and its smells. From time to time, however, the rental car should also be parked, for example, to take a stroll along the extensive waterfront promenade. If it is time to stop for lunch or dinner, it is advisable to drive the rental car towards the Ladadika district. This is the former quarter of oil traders. There are many buildings from the penultimate century which have been restored in the last decades in great and loving detail work. The result is a picturesque district in which a multitude of restaurants and bars are located. That's why it is possible to eat cheap food and dine in an upscale form, depending on what your own wallet allows.
Another advantage of renting a rental car is that your own exploration tours are not limited to the immediate urban area. In order to really get to know Greece, it is essential to rent a car in order to look around in the more rural areas. Nothing is better suited for this purpose than the peninsula directly adjacent to the city.
The more remote bays and beaches can also be reached with the rental car. A holiday in Greece requires at least one day on the beach with extensive bathing in the Mediterranean Sea. If you travel by rental car, you are not bound to the times of the bus lines when it comes to returning to your accommodation. The Chalkidiki peninsula also has a lot to offer for people interested in culture and history. The holy Mount Athos should be mentioned first and foremost among all the sights. This is the easternmost of the three most prominent peaks of the peninsula and is a monk's republic that has been autonomously ruled and administered for centuries. Altogether there are 20 monasteries in which about 2000 monks live. The rest of the landscape is practically untouched, which contributes to a special form of calm atmosphere. However, a visit to Athos is reserved exclusively for male visitors over the age of 18 who can demonstrate a spiritual, academic or cultural interest. But there is also a lot to discover away from Athos by renting a car in Chalkidiki. Something like the historical Stageira, which is considered the birthplace of the famous philosopher Aristotle. The remains of the city's ancient fortifications can be traced back to this period. Also worth a visit are the silica mosaics of Olynthos. The same applies to prehistoric finds in the stalactite cave of Petralona. The beaches around Sithonia and Kassandra are ideal for sun-hungry holidaymakers.
Ancient Stageira - Birthplace of Aristotle
Ancient Stageira - located about 700m northeast of Olympiada
The White Tower, Thessaloniki
The Rotunda of Galerius or the Church of the Rotunda in Thessaloniki, Greece
To really get to know Greece, you need neither a stay in Thessaloniki nor a bathing holiday along the coast, an island trip or a trip inland. However, if you do rent a car in Thessaloniki, you really get a lot of it done. Because only all these facets at the same time make up what Greece is today. In this respect, a rental car is the best way to really get to know Greece. In any case, it is worthwhile to compare prices via the Internet before your departure in order to be able to travel cheaply with your own rental car in Thessaloniki and the surrounding area. The same applies if you also want to book a trip to one or the other island. Here too, it makes sense to compare prices for the ferry connections from Thessaloniki to Mykonos or Lesbos. The first way after arriving at the airport of Thessaloniki, however, should always lead to the selected car rental company, in order to start your holiday in Greece from the beginning in a relaxed and flexible way and to be able to say afterwards that you have really got to know the country and its people during your stay in Thessaloniki.
Mykonos island in Greece Cyclades