Visiting Santorini, Greece on a Budget
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Santorini, Greece is a desirable vacation destination not just for honeymooners and lovers but for families and even solo travelers just trying to see more of the world. The Santorini caldera and the famous Santorini sunset can draw tourists from all over the world. But when you’re on a budget, it can be discouraging to plan a vacation. Everything seems to cost something these days, and that’s not untrue. But savvy tourists will find that there are almost always ways to save money, whether booking cheap hotels in Santorini, finding places to eat, or seeing the sights.
Santorini, Greece is almost 30 square miles, so it’s one of the larger Cycladic islands and with the rugged landscape, it’s not all easily walkable. There are several walking paths, but at some point you’ll have to rely on transportation. If you can’t afford to rent a car, there’s the bus. The closer you are to Fira, Santorini’s capital, the more easily you’ll be able to access the rest of the island. It costs about 2 euros to ride and stops in Oia, Fira, Kamari and the airport. You may have to do a fair bit of walking to reach less populated villages, so bring comfortable shoes for hiking. To explore some of the outskirt villages, you can rent a car for about 26 euros per day.
It’s true that some of the tourist restaurants in Santorini, Greece can be a bit pricey if you’re trying to watch your wallet. But not all of the restaurants are expensive. Find restaurants that primarily serve locals rather than restaurants aimed at tourists. This may mean going further inland but there are a few examples of excellent Greek cuisine for the locals in Kamari or Perissa. In areas with heavy tourist traffic, there are street vendors where you can eat a delicious gyro for little more than the cost of a bus ticket. Traditional tavernas in some of the quieter villages but also along the beaches are also reasonably priced. You can also buy produce from a local market and take it back to one of the Santorini hotels or find a place to have a picnic.
And then there’s what to do once you’ve arrived in Santorini, Greece. It may seem as though most of the interesting parts of any vacation are costly, but that’s simply not true. One of the best parts of visiting Santorini is relaxing on the beach, which costs nothing at all. Santorini has glorious black sand beaches along with the traditional white sand beaches. Monolithos Beach with its quirky rock formations is a favorite for families, while Kamari and Perissa are excellent beaches for young tourists looking for a party or a day of water sports and volleyball. You may have to pay for a bus trip to the beach and food while you’re there, but the beach itself is free.
There are also many hiking trails throughout the island. One of the most popular hiking trails is the walk from Fira to Oia. It moves along the caldera, so there will be many photo opportunities as you pass through Firostefani and Imerovigli before finally coming to the northern portion of the caldera in Oia. It’s a three-hour hike, but the walking path is generally smooth. For a more invigorating walk, you can take the 587 steps to or from the Old Port in Fira.
And of course, the sunset costs nothing. Santorini, Greece is known to have one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, and it can be seen best in Oia or Fira. Most tourists agree that the best perch to watch the sunset in Oia is Oia Castle, perched highly enough to get the full view. It can become a little crowded, so it’s best to get there a few hours before the sun goes down. The sunset can also be seen spectacularly from Fira or Firostefani.
Santorini Budget Hotels
One of the trickiest elements to traveling on a budget is finding affordable accommodation. Fortunately, there are cheap hotels in Santorini to be found. It’s best not to stay in Fira or Oia, which are swamped with tourists and will charge significantly more. However, just a short distance from Fira is Firostefani, Santorini. Firostefani is quieter and more laid back but within close range to all the action of Fira and on the walking path to Oia. In Firostefani, you can find Santorini hotels for much less than you would pay in its neighbor, Fira.
Some of these Santorini budget hotels will even offer budget rooms, like Afrodete Hotel in Firostefani, Santorini. Afrodete Hotel’s budget double rooms offer all the traditional amenities to enjoy your stay in Santorini, Greece: beautiful views of classic cobblestoned streets of Firostefani, maid service, private bathrooms, and complimentary wifi. In addition to being one of Firostefani’s Santorini budget hotels is family run and very friendly and hospitable.
So don’t worry that Santorini might be off limits if you have a tighter budget. You simply have to know where to look for affordable options.
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