Rafina Port Rent a Car
Rafina Port is the second largest port in Attica, situated on the east coast of the peninsula. It is less busy than the main port of Athens, but it still handles more than 2 million passengers each year. The port features one large terminal, 13 wharves for passenger and car ferries, and two wharves for high-speed boats. From Rafina Port, you can reach the Cyclades, Crete, Northeast Aegean islands, and Marmari in Evia. Rafina Port is a relatively small port, so you can easily reach the ferries on foot. Although a smaller port than Attica’s largest port, it tends to get crowded during summer, with approximately 120 crossings per week. Several ferries with destination to the Cyclades make a faster journey than those departing from Piraeus, ranging from 1 to 3 hours to reach the North Cyclades. The main ferry companies operating to and from Rafina Port include Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, and Golden Star Ferries. Rafina Port is also the nearest port to the airport, just 16 km away. So, if you’re coming to Greece by airplane, you can reach Rafina Port in less than 30 minutes by car. If you’re departing from Rafina Port to get to the Greek islands, consider dedicating a day or two to explore this beautiful port city. Our car rentals in Rafina Port come with no extra costs, no excess, and unlimited kilometer policies. Driving in Rafina is more pleasant than in the city center, and you can easily explore other places around Rafina, especially the beaches. Make your Imperial car hire reservation today and get to know our perks!
What to Do in Rafina Port?
⦿ If you have a few hours waiting before the ferry departure, why not go for a quick dip? Kokkino Limanaki Beach is the main beach in Rafina and provides natural shade, clean waters, and a half-sandy gravel shore. Nearby, there’s Ble Limanaki, a natural cove that is not easily accessible for people with mobility problems but is worth the visit if you’re fine walking on rocky terrain.
⦿ Want to eat a typical Greek lunch before boarding your ferry? The traditional taverna, I Kali Kardia Tou Nikola, is your go-to place in Rafina for real Greek dishes at reasonable prices.
⦿ Rafina has a large fishing market, and many fishermen and anglers regularly work to provide fresh fish to the local markets and restaurants. If you’re staying in Rafina, why not buy some fresh bream, sardines, or red mullets to cook them at home?
⦿ Picturesque Agios Nikolas Church is built atop a hill overlooking Rafina’s Port. It offers panoramic views of the port and city, and it’s a serene environment for enjoying the sunset.
⦿ If you have some spare time, consider driving to nearby Mati, where the catastrophic wildfires occurred in 2018. As you drive by, you will notice burned neighborhoods, but fortunately, nature is gradually reviving the area. Head to Mati Beach for swimming and at Faros All Day Bar to enjoy some snacks with wine or beer.
Rafina Car Rental
Rafina is a small, charming port city with seaside tavernas, small tranquil beaches, and some hotels and apartments to stay in. Some of Rafina's best tavernas and restaurants with fresh fish and seafood are Agoni Grammi, O Giorgos, Seirines, and Melinia Restaurant. If you want to go beach hopping in Rafina, drive north towards Kokkino Limanaki and continue to Argira Akti, Zoumperi Beach, and Nea Makri Beach. The coastal route is easy and pleasant to drive, and the views are great. Our high-quality vehicles can always meet your needs as we offer a large variety of cars, from sedans to minivans and from Jeeps to convertibles. You will find many beachfront shops, cafes, and tavernas along the way, so make sure to stop at whichever you like the most.
The surrounding beaches and coastal towns of Rafina make an excellent excursion to explore the eastern coast of Attica. A pleasant day tip you can do by car is from Rafina to Porto Rafti resort town. You will pass by the imposing Archaeological Site of Brauron, make a stop at the unique Erotospilia Beach, and end up at the organized, wide sandy beach of Avlaki. Head to Kalos Gialos beachfront restaurant near Avlaki Marina to conclude your day with mouthwatering dishes and sea views. If you prefer to explore the coast aboard a sailing boat or take some sailing courses while on Rafina, then Rafina Nautical Club is a great sailing club offering courses for beginners, sailing tours, and professionalism.
Rafina Port Car Hire
You’ve made the most convenient choice if you have booked your ferry tickets to the Greek islands from Rafina Port. Even during the peak season, Rafina Port is a relatively quiet and picturesque harbor with a pleasant waterfront and lots of amenities and shops nearby. However, when you’re embarking on the car ferry from Rafina Port, it is recommended to be there 45 minutes earlier with your e-tickets or printed tickets. You can view the departures and arrivals of ferries in the Port of Rafina. Rafina Harbour can be the perfect starting point for your island getaway to the Aegean Sea.
If you want to spend a few days in Rafina and you don’t know what to see, there are lots of activities and day trips to do, as we previously mentioned. Of course, Rafina and its surrounding towns are great coastal destinations to visit, but why not spend some time on the mountain as well? Mount Pentelicus is only half an hour away from Rafina and offers peaceful walks in nature and unique sightseeing. Mount Pentelicus is where the famous Pentelic marble was quarried since antiquity and was also used for the Acropolis’ construction. The mountain includes caves, small waterfalls, and great hiking trails. Must-see sites in the area include the Holy Monastery of Pantokratoros, Iera Moni Agiou Ioanni Kallisiou (a 30-min hike from Drafi), and the breathtaking views from the Chapel of Agioi Asomatoi. Note that there’s a dirt road leading to the latter, but if you drive carefully, you can reach the site with most types of cars. If you choose to rent an off-road vehicle, you’ll be able to explore most parts of the mountain from the comfort of your car. Whichever vehicle you wish to rent, your driving experience in Rafina will be safe, reliable, and unforgettable!