Greece is one of the most popular countries to visit in Europe thanks to its rich history, lively culture, and countless gorgeous natural sites. And I not just saying this because I am Greek.
Once lockdown ends, you bet your bottom dollar that half of Melbourne will be over in Greece as soon as they can.
Another reason for its popularity is that Greece is quite cheap. Compared with other European countries, you can save yourself a pretty penny if you travel here, even during the high season.
However, that’s if you know where to travel. Popular destinations such as Santorini, Athens, and Hydra aren’t the easiest places to make your money go further. However, it’s not hard to find cheaper Greek islands.
In this post, we’ll take a look at 3 of the cheapest Greek islands to visit. If you’re on a budget, staying on a cheaper island will help make a Greek holiday more manageable, and less stressful:
Sadly, this island is best known as the island which burnt during the 2021 bush fires, but Aegina is one of the Saronic Islands in the Gulf of the same name. You can get here in less than an hour from Piraeus port. That means it’s a wonderful day trip from Athens.
There’s no shortage of things to do either, with the Doric Temple of Athena Aphaia a popular landmark, as well as pretty villages, such as Souvala, Vagia, and Perdika.
Want to chill out at the beach? Head for the sandy stretch at Marathon
Personally my favourite and the largest of the Cyclades, Naxos is home to some of the best beaches in the island chain and there’s a wide range of things to see and do. Despite that, it’s far cheaper than Mykonos or Santorini!
For beach bums, head to the west coast, where there are miles and miles of sandy beaches, as well as some stunning swimming and snorkelling spots.
Adventurous travellers should head for the island’s interior. The highest peak in the Cyclades, Mount Zeus, stands 1,004 metres above sea level and makes for a challenging yet fun hike.
Stopping off at mountain villages during your hike will introduce you to homemade wine, cheese, and kitron liqueur.
Oh, the beaches in Lefkada are something else! Did you know you can drive onto Lefkada? The island in the Ionian Sea is connected to the Greek mainland as it’s so close. You can even take a bus here from Athens!
Lefkada is one of the most popular low budget destinations in the country and attracts a load of Greek visitors, as well as international travellers in the know.
The laid-back island boasts several beautiful beaches and the Ionian cuisine will put a smile on your face. Adventurous travellers should seek out the Dimosari Waterfalls or watch the sunset behind the lighthouse on Cape Lefkatas.