How to see Greece on a Budget
Do you fancy a holiday in sunny Greece but worry that you will not be able to afford it? Here are some tips to help you see Greece on a budget:
Greece from Space
Camping is an ever-popular cheap option and there are the usual hostels in the larger towns and cities. In remote areas, house stays are sometimes an affordable choice. If you are particularly short of funds then you could always consider staying for free with strangers through a site like Couchsurfing. A note of caution: wild camping is illegal in Greece, so although any people do it, this is not encouraged by the authorities in the country.
The 10 best campsites in Greece
I recommend CAMPING DIONYSUS, This seems to have the best sites and facilities.— dionysuscamping.gr
Eat fairly cheaply away from the tourist centres in local areas. A handy hint is to try the gyros and other street food – they cost very little and yet will fill you up. In less touristy coastal areas, cut out the middleman and befriend fishermen – often friendly locals will be happy to sell you a portion of their day's catch for next to nothing. Local people may even invite you for a meal so it pays to be cheerful and polite. Markets are also excellent places to pick up fresh food for low cost.
WorldFish Petros Patmanidis is voted the Number 1 fish market in Greece
Hitchhiking is common and easy in most of Greece so stick your thumb out if you are travelling solo. A more affordable option than car rental for making your own way is to hire a scooter. That will allow you to be mobile for far less, and you can set your own agenda. Walking and cycling are also good ways to explore over smaller areas. Book any ferries you plan to take ahead of time – if you can book two months in advance you could save up to a quarter off the price of your ticket. Booking an overnight ferry can also save you money – not only by saving you the cost of a night's accommodation but also because the tickets for night crossings can be half the price of daytime sailings.
Here are four quick tips which will make you safer:
Ask for rides at gas stations instead of signalling at the roadside.
Trust your instincts.
Refuse rides from impaired drivers.
Know that hitchhiking at night is more dangerous than during the daytime.
Avoid Tourist Hotspots
Avoid Tourist Hotspots:
Greece can be an expensive country if you stick to the busiest areas, where, to be frank, tourists can often be taken for a bit of a ride. You are far better to avoid the trappings of mass tourism and the fleecing that often accompanies it, and head off the beaten track. Head away from the hoards and you are likely to see prices drop by 30% or more. (Much hyped Mykonos is particularly expensive.)
Concentrate on the free attractions
Concentrate on the free attractions:
You will undoubtedly want to splurge on visiting a few famous historic attractions but it can be a good idea, if you are travelling on a budget, to concentrate on the numerous attractions in Greece that won't cost you a penny. There are scenic beaches to lounge on, historic settlements and country byways to explore, mountains to climb or long-distance paths to traverse. You can swim in the sea or in rivers, or cycle for miles on stunning trails. Just think of all that beautiful nature out there that you can explore in the lovely sunshine – best of all it can be seen free of charge.
Free Things to do in Greece
1. Go Sightseeing in Greece for Free
2. Stay Overnight in Greece for Free
3. See the Changing of the Guard at the Parliament Building
4. Eat for Free
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