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senior driving on lesvos

I am a healthy, fit, active 71 year old woman traveling solo. I want to rent a car to drive around the island of lesvos. I have read that someone over 69 will not be able to rent a car. Is this true? I have an excellent driving record which they probably wouldn't know about. Seems like ageism to me. PL

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I have no idea if your age will cause a problem but be sure to go to your local AAA office to pick up an International Driving Permit, no test or membership required. Take 2 passport photos with you.

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My husband and I are going back to Lesvos in September; he will be 70 at the time. It will be our fourth stay at Hotel Votsala near Mytilene. While there, we like to rent cars for day trips (and occasionally longer) around the island. A car rental agent comes to the hotel, we sign the paperwork and he gives us the keys. Very easy. I emailed the Votsala owner, and asked him if Tom would be able to rent a car this year, at age 70. Here is his response: "I have just asked the car-man of Votsala. He said that so far the driving license is valid and Tom feels fine for driving, there is no problem for renting a car on Lesvos." So I know that at least at Votsala, you should be fine. I highly recommend Votsala as a place to stay if you're traveling when it's open, between May til mid-October (check reviews on Trip Advisor). We found it on our first trip to Lesvos; we visited the island for 3 weeks, staying at four different places, Votsala being our favorite. We had intended to rent a car at the first stop but didn't bring an IDP so had to use taxis & buses. It was still a great trip, but as Lee mentioned, be sure to bring your IDP. I imagine you're ferrying from Ayvalik; you can take a taxi to Votsala, and rent your car there, taking day trips or exploring the island. You can drop the car off at Votsala or at/near the airport when you leave. One of our favorite things about Votsala is that the owner offers optional excursions around the island several times a week, so you can take hikes or boat rides (once we went to Pergamon in Turkey) very inexpensively and see things you may not have found on your own.