With its ancient ruins and stunning coastlines, Greece has long been a favourite destination among discerning holiday makers from around the world. The best thing is, as long as you know what you’re doing, it’s possible to enjoy this beautiful country on a limited budget. Here are some top tips to help you spend less on your trip to this sun-soaked vacation spot.
Look for the best travel deals
Firstly, when you’re booking your transport and accommodation, look out for the best deals. There are plenty of cheap package holidays on offer at the moment for you to peruse, and you can save yourself yet more money if you’re flexible in terms of your travel dates.
Enjoy affordable attractions
When you arrive in the country, be sure to take advantage of the array of inexpensive attractions on offer there. For example, if you’re in Athens, you can visit a range of museums without splashing much cash. Entry into the Acropolis Museum is just €5, and for just a few euros more you can visit the Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium.
There are many more cheap attractions to be found elsewhere in Greece too, including the Museum of Marble Crafts on the island of Tinos and the Mycenaean palaces and Byzantine cities scattered along the vast Peloponnese peninsular.
Relax on the beach
Another way to pass the time without busting your budget is to spend plenty of time relaxing on the beach. This country boasts some of the best sandy spots on the planet, with highlights including Kálathos on Rhodes, Vaterá on Lesbos and Iguana Beach on Crete. Save yet more money by taking your own refreshments to these idyllic shoreline locations.
Dine on a budget
Greece is renowned for its abundance of fresh produce and its sumptuous cuisine, and you can dine in style in the country even if you’re determined to keep your spending in check. In the mornings head to a cafe like Meliartos in Athens for delicious coffees and pastries like Baklava (layers of wafer thin filo pastry soaked in honey and rolled in nuts) or take away one of their freshly made sandwiches and wraps for lunch.
For a cheap snack, you can stop at street stalls and pick up delicious crusty bread rings coated with sesame seeds. It’s possible to buy these handy snacks, called koulouri, for as little as 60 euro cents. Or head to a Souvlaki bar for satisfying skewers served in pita bread along with salad and chips, guarenteed to keep you full until dinner time.
Heading out for dinner? Traditional Greek restaurants like Karamanlidika in Athens offer a personal service and cheap and tasty food. A couple can have a three course meal with drinks for around €30. Some of the locals have been coming here for 15 years and it’s easy to see why! As a general rule, avoid the main tourist spots and search the back streets for hidden gems like Karamanlidika and you will not be disappointed.
By following tips like these, you should be able to get the full Greek experience without splashing too much cash in the process.