Having always been popular for some of the best beaches in Europe, Greece is probably one of the best countries to visit in Europe with warm and stable weather all year round. It is easy and cheap to get around in this beautiful country, which is rather ideal for backpackers as well as low-budget travel couples. Despite the slightly higher prices of transportation by boat between islands, the living cost here is amazingly low and you can get around on foot. Here are some of the things you can do for almost free in Greece, or with no more than 5 EUR (5.50 USD) … …
Watching the sunset and sunrise over the blue Domes
One of the most spectacular things every couple is recommended to do in Greece is to watch the sun slowly going down the shoreline just behind the small, colorful old houses together in Santorini. The architecture here is very unique, and especially famous for the blue domed churches lying on the edges of this small island. You can enjoy incredible views during both sunrise and sunset in Fira village, where most of the low-cost hostels in Santorini are.
Climbing up the Athenian Acropolis
Though Athens is not usually on the common traveler’s favourite list, it’s a worthy experience to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Acropolis of Athens. As a symbol of Greece’s democracy and civilization, the Acropolis is one of the most characteristic monuments and greatest classical-art masterpieces of the ancient Greeks. Climb to the top of the Acropolis to be captivated by the Parthenon, while enjoying the splendid panoramic view of Athens below your feet. The general admission fee to the Acropolis is 5 EUR / 5.50 USD, however, it’s free for EU students to visit both the Acropolis of Athens and the Acropolis Museum.
Swimming at the private beaches
While you can enjoy lying on the famous Black Beach or Red Beach of Santorini, I recommend exploring more of the private beaches, like the one in Chania (Crete Island), named Seitan Limania. There’s only the option of taking a taxi or a private car to get here, but you can always share the ride with fellow travelers, hitchhike, or ask for a lift on the way back. Travelers and locals in Greece (except for Athens) are mostly friendly and helpful to tourists.
Enjoying local food and drink
Whilst low-budget travelers struggle to spend less than 10 EUR, or 11 USD, for a meal in more expensive countries, like Norway or Switzerland, you can easily fill up your stomach with no more than 5 EUR (5.50 USD) for a meal in Greece. One of the best dishes I usually go for during lunch is Souvlaki or Gyros. This is the local kebab that can be served with a Greek salad (approximately 4 EUR / 5 USD each dish). If you’re wanting to try something more extreme, go for the local alcohol named Ouzo. This is an extremely heavy type of alcohol (up to 40%), usually served with ice or cold water.
Exploring traditional Greek products
Shopping for souvenirs on a low budget is not a big challenge in Greece. The touristy cities, like Athens and Santorini, are full of street markets (Monastiraki), where you can find small antiques and souvenir shops on every corner. You can also find many beauty and health products here. A piece of handmade soap shouldn’t cost you more than 1 EUR/1.50 USD. You can find all sorts of souvenirs here ranging from magnets, tiny blue domes, calendars, even to sex toys that remind you of ancient Greek erotic art.
Greece is full of beautiful unknown islands
There are many other paradises in Greece that you will need to discover, like Paros, Mykonos, and Thessaloniki. Traveling around in Greece is cheap, especially if you fly from Italy. There are a lot of deals with Ryanair Airlines for good connections between these two countries.
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