Paros is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece because it is one of the most beautiful Aegean islands. It is full of gorgeous beaches and most of its towns and villages are so scenic and picturesque that seem like they have been magically plucked out of postcards and paintings. It’s no wonder then that literally thousands of people from all over the world choose to spend their time in Greece there, in fact, some fall head over heels in love with Paros and they return to it year after year.
What you should know before planning a trip to Paros is the fact that the island may be relatively small, but you have to be able to move around in order to experience everything it has to offer. Although there is a rather good public transport network, it is not always convenient and the buses don’t reach all the villages and beaches. This is why people visiting the island choose to rent cars when going there. When it comes to renting a car for your vacation, it goes without saying that you should choose the right one for your needs, in order to avoid any problems and trouble. Let’s how you can choose the perfect car from a local, car rental company in Paros.
It’s true that as far as car rentals in Paros or any other place are concerned, smaller cars are cheaper and easier to drive, especially on islands that are known for not having the widest roads. However, small cars are usually not comfortable for a family or a large group of friends. Travelling in comfort during your holiday is essential as it will allow you to enjoy the scenery without listening to your passengers complaint all the time. With that being said, you should rent a car that is sizeable enough to comfortably accommodate and transport you and all your friends.
Be careful with the transmission
In Greece, 90% of the population drives “stick” or to put it in layman’s terms; cars with manual gearboxes. This means that most car dealers and rental agencies in Greece will assume that their clients are looking for a “manual” car unless informed differently. In other words, cars in Greece are manual “by default”. If you can’t drive a car with a manual gear box and you happen to be booking online, then you should look for a box that needs to be ticked in order to let the agency know that your car should be automatic. If you will book your car in person, via e-mail or by phone DON’T FORGET TO SAY THAT YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE AN AUTOMATIC!
Take your time
Most car rental companies in Paros and other Greek islands have a wide variety of cars available for rent. This means that you don’t have to settle for a family sedan or a hatchback. You can rent a convertible, a 4×4 jeep or off-road vehicle and even exotic sports cars and supercars. Granted, the rates for the aforementioned cars are way more expensive than those of “regular” cars, but driving one of those cars will probably be something that you will experience once in a lifetime and will make your trip to Paros really memorable, so it may be worth the extra cost.
Do your research
Don’t just book from the first agency that you will see as you step off the boat or from the first website that will appear after a Google search. Do some market research and you will definitely find some amazing deals and unique cars to rent.