Traveling on a tight budget may be a cake walk for some, but to others this can be a bit challenging. Especially when it comes to Greece, since there are so many beautiful things to see and experience and usually little time to soak up all the wonders this country has to offer. All it requires is some proper planning!
Greece is a wildly popular tourist destination and due to the unfortunate hit on the country’s economy travel here is incredibly cheap. If you compare it to other European destinations, you’ll find it is a bargain and it usually gives you a wide variety of things to do on even a small budget.
If you are looking to visit Greece, here are our favourite 5 things to get you started.
1. Explore the past
Greece is the cradle of western civilization and everywhere you turn, you will find glimpses of the past that are thousands of years old. Start in Athens with it’s amazing museums, the Acropolis and surrounding ruins (the Agora is stunning), and then set off to explore the ruins of Delphi, Sparta, and Crete. For all the history buffs out there: you’ll love Greece.
2. Go Spartans!
We all know Sparta as it was the ancient rival of Athens and known for her fierce warriors. The city has a long & rich history and ruins to explore. Here, there is always something to do, excursions to take, and places to eat while you visit the city. It’s often overlooked, but you can get all the brilliant history of Greece without the tourists of Athens if you visit it.
3. Sun & fun in Corfu
The Greek Islands may get all the best press, but sunny Corfu on Greece’s west coast is also a good place to enjoy the gorgeous beaches. It’s a popular destination for young hikers and a good place to get out of the main town and start partying!
4. The Delphi Ruins
Famous Delphi has always been a stunning place of historic and spiritual significance. This is where the omniscient Oracle would contact Apollo and give advice to those seeking good fortune and fame. Although the eternal flame no longer burns inside (such a shame), a visit to the Temple of Apollo is mandatory.
5. Ios – the island party
The wildest nightlife can be found in Ios and it is renowned amongst all the Greek islands. It is the summer party island where days are spent hungover on the beach while nights are spent eating cheap food and drinking. If you don’t want to do that, but still want to see Ios, it’s best to go to the eastern part of the island where it’s quieter. Don’t let Ios’ party reputation deter you from visiting it. It’s a beautiful, rugged island (and home to the grave of the great Homer) and only busy between June and August!
6. Visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus (BONUS)
While you are walking about Athens, this is an incredible archaeological site to stop at. This temple is extensively massive and took over 700 years to construct (dating back even to the sixth century). There are several Corinthian columns still standing, though many have sadly fallen. It’s quite an impressive sight. Admission is only 2 EUR/3 USD (it’s free if you already have admission to the Acropolis) and it’s open daily from 8am-8pm with abbreviated hours in the winter.