Greece is a cultural, historical, and natural country within the Mediterranean, which happens to be the reason why thousands of people flock there for vacations each year. There are not many other places in the world where visitors can see where Olympians competed, spot dolphins out in the water, hike to a volcano, and spend time sailing out on the open water all in the same day.
Here are a few tips to travel cheaply in Greece:
The country of Greece is comprised of numerous islands, with many of them being covered in mountains. Only approximately two hundred and twenty of the more than one thousand islands are lived on with Crete being the largest one, as well as the one with the most people. The weather in this country is warm and wet during the winter and dry and hot during the summer. That climate makes this area of the world popular to those looking for beautiful weather and sunshine on almost any day of the year.
Eating cheaply in Greece is easy due to the Mediterranean diet that they follow. Visitors should plan on eating a lot of seafood, grilled meats, fresh vegetables, and bread if they want to dine for less. While a nice dinner can set a person back €20, it is possible to find foods for less on the streets. A gyro will only be approximately €3 and will fill a person up easily. Cafes are usually cheaper options than a fancier restaurant, which is perfect for those who are looking for good food without the higher cost. Some visitors may even want to prepare their own foods while in Greece, so that they can eat well and only spend €45-€50 at the most for an entire week.
Those who are staying on the mainland will find that their transportation costs will be much lower than those who are doing some island hopping. The KTEL buses are much more popular than the trains and they are sometimes cheaper too at under €3 per ride for shorter distances. The buses go almost everywhere on the mainland as well, which is perfect for those who want to see more than one area of the country. Of course, island hopping is the one thing that everyone seems to want to do when they arrive in this country, which is why every visitor needs to know how to do it on the cheap. A ferry ride can be quite expensive, unless a person takes an overnight ferry to their destination. Those are wonderful, because it allows a visitor to save money on a night’s accommodations as well. An overnight ferry ticket begins at €13, while it can be as much as €36 during the day. The ferry rides to islands that are closer together are going to be cheaper, so some travelers may choose their islands according to the cost of their ferry rides.
Where to Stay
There are plenty of options available for accommodations in Greece, as long as a person books their rooms well in advance. Booking.com is a great place to start, because they have great rates with verified reviews. Anyone that is planning a last-minute trip to the islands can check out Hotelscombined.com, as they are the place for finding last minute deals. Hostels normally cost anywhere from €10-€35, while a budget friendly hotel will be anywhere from €25-€45 per night. Some islands will have higher accommodation prices than others, so travelers will want to choose their destinations wisely. Airbnb is another option that is becoming more popular and many visitors have found shared rooms and entire homes to rent for very little.
- Get out of the tourist zone – Anyone that wants an authentic Greek experience without the high cost will want to venture out of the tourist zone, where prices will be a third less.
- Everyone looking to save some money will want to visit during the off season, as their final costs will be cut in half.
- Carry cash at all times – Yes, it may be easier to swipe a credit card that doesn’t have any fees while traveling, but cards are not always accepted in Greece. Therefore, visitors should always have their ATM cards available and be ready to head to the nearest ATM machine for cash to pay for purchases.
- Prepare for a time change when it comes to meals – Mealtimes are a little different in Greece, with lunch normally being eaten at three and dinner at nine in the evening. Travelers will want to adjust their eating times accordingly.
- Prepare to stay out late at the clubs – Since dinners can last until midnight, the nightlife in Greece does not get started until after that time. Once a person arrives at the club of their choice, they should be prepared to dance and drink until dawn.
Do's and Dont's
- Use caution when crossing streets. Drivers are not always paying attention to those in the crosswalks.
- Guests should always take a gift to their hosts, even though it may not always be appreciated. Flowers or chocolate are normally the best choices.
- Drinks can be easily obtained by those at least 18 years of age in Greece, which makes it possible for many travelers to enjoy many of the local favorites that include Mythos, retsina, raki, tsipouro, and ouzo. Visitors should also act like the locals and only drink a little instead of getting completely intoxicated.
- Do dress appropriately, especially when visiting churches and monasteries.
- Don’t wear high heels to any of the historical sites, as they have been banned for the attractions’ protection.
- There are hundreds of stray cats and dogs wandering around Greece and visitors will not want to get too close to them, as there are no signs as to which ones are friendlier than others.
- While it is possible for people under the age of 18 to drink with adult supervision, it is not recommended even though IDs are not checked. It may pose too much of a problem in the end.
- Don’t carry only one method of payment – Cash, ATM card, and a couple of credit cards is the best option for travelers.