Greek islands on a budget

With warm waters, white sands and a rich cultural history, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the Greek islands are one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Unfortunately paradise does come at a price and travellers will find that the islands aren’t as cheap as alternative European destinations such as Turkey and Croatia.

But don’t let that put you off. If you’re looking for a spectacular and unique holiday that won’t break the bank just follow these penny pinching pointers and board the nearest plane.

Island hopping

Gone are the days when you could just jump on any old boat and be whizzed around the islands all for a few drachmas. Ferries are the transport of choice these days and they are certainly the most scenic, comfortable and cheapest way to travel.

The super-fast catamarans may look like a good option but they’re double the price and if you’ve got a sensitive stomach you’ll find the bumpy experience a nightmare.

Accommodation

The price of a bed depends on when you travel; July and August are the most difficult times to find a room and also the most expensive.  You might find that hotels have tripled their prices or are fully booked with package tours.

On Crete, Rhodes, Ios and Santorini you might find dorms for as little as €8 a night. If you listen out at ferry ports you’ll find locals willing to rent apartments that sleep up to six people for around €40 per night. If you’re travelling alone you could find somewhere to rest your head at about €20 a night. Crete holidays and such like needn’t be expensive.

Alternatively there are plenty of campsites, and of course there are loads of beaches to doze on if you fancy a bit of outdoor living.

Food

If you’re on a budget unfortunately romantic candle-lit seafood suppers are out. They’ll set you back around €20 a head, without wine. If you’re desperate to sample a seafront meal try going at lunchtime instead. Many restaurants offer a three course menu for under €10.

If you’re really skimping fill up on gyros, Greece’s answer to the Turkish kebab. Or opt for souvlakia pittas. Stuffed with skewers of meat, salad and tzatziki you’ll think you’ve died and gone to holiday food heaven. You can pick them up for around €3, but you may find them as cheap as €1.50 if you’re lucky.

Grow your own holiday budget!

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