It is true that Greece is not the budget destination that it used to be back in the early 1980s when its popularity as a cheap backpacking destination was booming. However, the Greek Islands can still be explored and enjoyed without the need to break the bank.If you are island hopping then you can keep ferry prices down by always just purchasing a cheap deck ticket. There are still some cheap and good value hotels on all of the islands and if you take a tent then you can divide your time between hotels and campsites to cut down costs even further. Greek cuisine can be very budget friendly and if you head away from the central areas of the resorts down the back streets, it won’t be long before you find a local taverna serving up delicious home grown dishes for a fraction of the price.
Here we have selected four islands that can be ideal for a Greek Island holiday on a budget:
As the largest of all the Greek islands, unsurprisingly Crete has a great selection of budget accommodation. The island, like all of the Greek islands has its fair share of beautiful beaches where you can laze around in the sunshine all day for no money at all. What Crete also has though is fascinating cities like Chania and Iraklio where you can walk around soaking up the sites and atmosphere for free.
Serifos is only a small island but it is a great place to get a good deal on some fantastic boutique accommodation that can rival the style of the boutique hotels on the more popular islands such as Mykonos. It is one of the lesser visited of all the islands, and the fewer tourists certainly add to its appeal. Beautiful beaches such as Psilí Ammos beach and stunning Cycladic architecture are also popular reasons to visit Serifos.
Aside from relaxing on a beach, hiking is perhaps one of the most budget friendly activities for a holiday, and Corfu is one of the best destinations to enjoy this. Why not try a section of the 220km long Corfu Trail which has stunning scenery all along its well marked route which features rolling hillsides, rugged gorges, traditional villages and thousands of olive trees.
Yes, this is often considered to be one of the most expensive islands but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be enjoyed on a budget. Santorini does have some great hotel deals and there are few attractions where you have to actually spend any money. Evening entertainment is sorted every night with Santorini’s famous sunsets. You can avoid the more expensive terrace bars and just find yourself a spot nearby to enjoy the stunning sunsets without spending a single penny!