This unique region in northern Greece is well known for its protruding, claw-like peninsulas, which include beautiful forests and stunning sandy coves. These gems are hidden away from the various areas that the public buses can get to, so it’s a huge advantage hiring a car and getting to all the far reaches of this idyllic region. Though the public transportation system is decent, hiring a car is one of the best options, especially if you’re short on time. Furthermore, areas like Kassandreia, the most developed part of Halkidiki, is only around a 50min drive from Thessaloniki Airport "Makedonia" (SKG), where you can hire various vehicles that are perfect for a summer road trip. Sithonia, the central peninsula, is a little quieter and more difficult to get to, but equally stunning.
Driving in Halkidiki can be an interesting experience, in that a lot of local drivers have different driving habits to drivers in the UK. Here, the car horn can be used at any moment, but it’s important to clarify that this is not necessarily a sign of frustration or that you are driving badly, but it’s something to keep in mind. It does have its plus points too, in that there are very few restrictions in place when it comes to parking; you can park your vehicle in most places, if it’s safe of course. Many petrol stations also have attendants who fill up your car for you, but be mindful that petrol stations in rural areas usually close around 19:00. Halkidiki’s roads are generally in excellent condition; from Thessaloniki, the main road has two lanes, and around Kassandreia and Sithonia, they are smaller but still simple to navigate. As with anywhere, be mindful of the speed limits, with rural roads being 56 mph; expressways, 68 mph; and motorways, 81 mph.
If you want to hire a car in Halkidiki, you must be at least 21 years old and have carried your driving licence for at least one year. However, many car hire companies require drivers to be at least 23 years old, so when you’re booking your car online, make sure to check the company’s policy. Furthermore, you may be charged an additional ‘young driver’ surcharge if you’re under the age of 25; this is very common amongst car hire companies.
Full-size (Fiat Talento or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Halkidiki.
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