Greece is one of the best countries in the world when it comes to travel. Given its charismatic islands, rugged mountains, and the beaches, no wonder it is THE dream destination for many people around the world. But many avoid or put their Greek holiday on hold because of money, assuming it be expensive, which is partially true. It is not as cheap as traveling in Asia for sure, but it is definitely possible to travel in Greece on a budget.
Find out below to see how you can explore Greece without breaking the bank.
Where to travel, eat and stay are what matters, and we’ll use these to present you a guide that can help you travel in Greece on a budget.
Where to Travel?
The capital city Athens is logically the first place travelers visit, and thankfully the city is affordable for most of the part. You can safely spend some time familiarizing with Greece, explore the ancient ruins, visit nearby islands as day trips, and taste the cuisines of Greece.
Beaches are obviously free, and with about 168 islands, Greece spoils you with choice of gorgeous islands. The marvelous island of Santorini and Mykonos are expensive, and the good thing is that there are many alternatives to these.
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Crete, the largest of all, has many pretty islands consisting of laid-back beaches that are non-touristy as well as cheap. The islands of Cyclades – home to two pretty islands Tinos close to Mykonos and Milos, and Dodecanese region boasts of spectacular beaches with powder soft white sand. Moving around is not difficult either, making them places worth visiting.
Similarly, Ionian Sea islands are excellent for parties, cheap nightlife and beaches, and the largest of Ionian islands Kefalonia, and Lefkada are wonderful to explore. Head to Epiros for epic mountains, and Thessaloniki for its fresh city vibes.
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What to Eat?
Your eating choices will make a good difference when in Greece. Seafood is best everywhere, but if you choose restaurants by the harbor, the prices can be skyrocketing. Look for local markets and shops where locals hang out. Not only will you get to see the local life of Greece, you’ll get to experience to dine and wine like locals at great prices!
Where to Stay?
It is better to pick the islands with the cheapest accommodations while visiting the islands. It is still possible to find stays at decent prices after bargaining at Corfu, Crete if you head to Sitia, Zakros and Ierapetra, and south of Rhodes. Naxos, Paros, and Amorgos islands also have inexpensive stay options.
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Hostel beds are available between 10 to 15 Euros while hotels can easily cost between 50 to 80 Euros depending on the place. Although not comfortable, it is better to go inland and away from the popular islands to cut cost on accommodation.
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Some tips to travel on a budget in Greece:
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1. Avoid expensive places/experiences
As said, figuring out the places that you intend to visit will be the deal breaker in the total cost of the trip. Santorini might be the most romantic but is also highly expensive. So is Mykonos. Dining at a fancy seaside tavern can be dreamy, but only if you aren’t concerned about splurging. Ditto with alcohol. Greece has some of the best wines, but it is necessary to be conscious of how much you drink in those pool parties if budget is on your mind!
2. Stay away from tourist traps/package tours
As with every destination, Greece has its share of tourist traps as well, the difference being that you’ll dig deeper holes in your pocket! So not all the museums and monuments might not interest you as you assume or not all island hopping tours can be worth doing. The best way to avoid costs as well as explore is to carefully select what you want to see and how much.
In Athens for instance, there are free walking tours held every day that starts from the city near and covers all major monuments of historical interest. The entry to sites of Acropolis and the wonderful museum cost very less so it would be worth adding to your places to visit.
Similarly, traveling by ferries independently to selected islands is better than the ferry tours that cost more. The same goes with package tours, which can get expensive.
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3. Travel during shoulder seasons
The months of July and August are the high seasons to visit Greece. You’ll find more travelers and Greeks themselves on a holiday, resulting in an increase in accommodation and trip costs. By the end of September, the crowds get thin and continue until mid-November. Also, the months of May and June are relatively less hot as well. So traveling during these months can help you cut down costs to a great extent on flights, accommodations, and sightseeing.
4. Traveling in Groups Help
One of the best approaches to stay good on budget while traveling in Greece is to travel in groups. Not many might be comfortable with this idea, but at least staying in groups or finding one for commuting and accommodations can save money to a great extent.
Especially, a majority of house owners in Greece allow to share villas that have multiple rooms and the properties are spacious enough, which is encouraging. You can easily save hundreds of Euros by adopting this, which can you spend on seeing/doing more! Also, if in a group, you can rent a car which is economical and comfortable as chasing public transport can be exhausting.
If you plan your trip considering these tips, we guarantee that your dream vacation in Greece can come true, but on a budget!
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Have a great holiday! Antio Sas!