By hire car in Samos: an Aegean island with ancient treasures
The Greek island of Samos is situated in the eastern Aegean. Not only can you spend a relaxing day bathing on the beaches here; a hire car also takes you to hidden coves and picturesque mountaintops. Drive a hire car to Potami Bay, famous for its rugged rock formations and fine pebble beaches. In the hinterland, mountain trails and slopes with a dense cover of pine trees invite you to go hiking, for example, at Oros Karvouni. Cars can be parked in parking areas at the head of trails leading into this nature reserve.
In the neighbouring mountain villages you can enjoy typical produce of the island in traditional taverns: cold-pressed olive oil, feta cheese, peppers and sweet red wine are among the best-known foods. Book your hire car in Samos directly through TUI Cars, and pick up the car at one of our partner car rental firms in the town of Samos. Benefit from TUI Cars’ inclusive care-free car hire package that includes fully-comprehensive insurance and the refund of any excess paid in the event of a claim.
Highlight on Samos: Samos Archaeological Museum
Travelers who wish to explore Samos by car should start their holiday in the capital of the island: the town of Samos is a tourist attraction with its archaeological museum, which displays the most important antiques from the region in its two buildings. The Old Museum contains archaeological finds and statues from the 5th to the 7th centuries. The New Museum was opened in the 1980s and is home to a collection of sculptures from the Archaic period.
Particularly impressive is the statue of Kouros; as one of the largest treasures of the museum it tops more than five metres. The marble statue, a figure of a young man, was found in excavations in the Temple of Hera, where many other artefacts in the Archaeological Museum originate. After viewing the exhibits, the museum café in the adjoining park is a good place to pause for a break in the sun before you continue your exploration trip on Samos by car.
Traffic regulations in Greece
For locals and holidaymakers alike, the speed limit of 50 km/h in built-up areas and 90 km/h in the countryside must be complied with. In the mountains you should take care to give priority to cars driving uphill. Greece has an alcohol limit of 0.5 mg/ml, and for novice drivers with less than two years' experience the limit is 0.2 mg/ml. When searching for a parking space, you should pay attention to the road markings: Yellow means no parking, while blue indicates paid parking. The white zones on the edge of the road signify parking is free.
Always carry a warning triangle, first aid box and a fire extinguisher – items which should already be in every hire car on Samos. Please check just to make sure. In the event of an accident, call the police and the car rental office. The police can be reached under number 166. The breakdown service is responsible for breakdowns and can be called under the number 104.