5 Unusual Things to Do on a Budget in Santorini

5 Unusual Things to Do on a Budget in Santorini

Santorini is a Greek island that has long been associated with honeymooning couples, but over the last few years it has become more and more popular with backpackers and explorers who are visiting the island to experience the multicoloured cliffs and natural phenomena created by the local volcanoes. Sound intriguing? Here are just 5 of the best things to experience in Santorini, especially for those on a budget:


1: Cliff Jumping at Amoudi Bay

Cliff jumping in Santorini

Amoudi Bay, with its crystal clear Mediterranean waters and protected by a surrounding cliff tops, is perfect for any cliff jumping thrill-seeker. Situated in Oia, Amoudi Bay might be hard to find, but persistence more than pays off, as once you find the route, the steps will take you up to a boulder from which you can safely jump off into the sea. Keep in mind to bring sensible footwear though, as the route isn’t the easiest and there are plenty of sharp rocks on the way up. Oia itself is full of traditional Greek restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat after your cliff diving adventure, and the church near the Amoudi Bay trail is a favourite amongst tourists for watching the sunset in the evening.


2: Hiking the Fira Trail

Santorini budget travel guide

There is nothing cheaper or more satisfying than a walk exploring the great outdoors, and where better to do it than one of the most beautiful places in the world? The Santorini Fira trail is 10km and will take around 3-4 hours to complete. Starting in Fira, which is the island’s capital, you’ll pass tourist attractions such as the Orthodox Metropolitan Church, the Fira main shopping area and the Catholic Cathedral. As you continue on you’ll pass by the Aegean Sea and see its famous volcano before heading into the village of Firostefani. From here you’ll pass the Monastery of Saint Nicholas and into the village of Imerovigli before hiking up the famous Skaros Rock. The trail then heads further north as you travel by the Church of Prophet Elias and the Church of Agios Antonios, where you will see the beautiful Thirassia island before continuing the trail to the picturesque Oia where the trail comes to an end.


3: Sunbathe on Black Sand Beach

Black Beach in Santorini

Perivolos Beach is lined with black volcanic pebbles and clear blue waters that make for a stunning sight when we are usually so accustomed to golden sand. Generally quiet, the beach is a car or bus drive from Perissa and is close to an array of local pubs and restaurants. Perfect for a day of relaxing and working on your tan! Beware that the black pebbles become very hot in the midday sun so be sure to have appropriate shoes to protect your feet.


4: Visit a Volcano

Volcano in Santorini

Santorini itself has been created and shaped by its many volcanic eruptions over the years. A short boat trip will take you to the caldera at the centre of the basin of Santorini where you will find two small islands made of black lava. Here the hot springs are incredibly popular with tourists who believe the sulphuric laden yellow hot springs have healing properties. A short walk will bring you to the active, smoking craters of Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni.


5: Stay in a Traditional Cave House

Santorini accommodation

It’s not just your activities that should be unusual on your trip to Santorini, your accommodation should be unusual too. In Santorini, one of the quirkiest, and most traditional, places you can stay is in a cave house which has been carved into the Santorini cliffs.

 


This article was published in May 2017.


Greece Backpacking Budget

cost of travel in Greece

(Map of Greece, can be re-used by anyone)


Daily Travel Costs in Greece on a Shoestring Budget

US$45 | 40 Euros

As far as the Mediterranean goes, Greece offers some of the best value not to mention most appealing destinations. Greece has been crippled by economic woe for close to a decade now but prices have gone down as a result and visitors from the US or countries with currencies pegged to the dollar should find it much cheaper now than it was a few years ago. If you’ve been backpacking in the Balkans, particularly if you’re arriving from close neighbours Albania or Macedonia, you may still notice a pretty sharp increase in prices but that’s only relative and travellers heading here from Italy, France, Germany or Spain to Greece should notice the opposite effect to varying degrees.

Hostels are plentiful and pretty affordable by European standards although during the busier summer months, prices can go up and beds can sell out on the islands and coastal destinations. The food is fresh and relatively good value although to stick to our Greece backpacking budget of 40 Euros per day, you’ll need to do some self-catering or settle for cheaper snacks or sandwiches at lunch-time. Travelling around Greece is really good value too and with some advanced planning you can travel the length of the mainland or fly to one of the islands for under 20 Euros.

See where Greece ranks on our World Budget Travel Table.

Backpacking costs in Europe.


More Comfortable Greece Backpacker Budget

US$60 | 55 Euros

If you’re planning on visiting Greece and particularly the more popular islands like Santorini, during the peak summer months then you might want to increase your budget by 10-15 Euros. This will cover the increase in the cost of accommodation and transport due to the big increase in visitors at that time.

At other times of year, adding 15 Euros to your budget would allow you to eat out twice a day or it could be put towards the cost of visiting more of the many Greek islands, which can be a bit of a hassle to get around.


Sample Prices in Greece

Train from Athens to Thessaloniki (5-6 hours) – from €9 (if bought online and in advance)

Flight from Athens to Crete (1 hour) – from €17 plus baggage

Meal at an inexpensive restaurant – €10

0.5 Litre beer in bar or restaurant – €3

Dorm bed in Athens – from €10/night

Cheap private twin/double room or apartment in Crete – from €25/night (more during peak summer months)

Entrance to Acropolis in Athens – €20 (€10 during the winter – 1st November to 31st March)

These prices are as of December 2016.

Compare Greece prices to the cost of travel in Italy


Money

Currency – Euros

£1 = €1.19

US$1 = €0.94

(All exchange rates are correct as of December 2016)


MFT Recommends

With a rooftop terrace and bar and reasonably priced beds, the centrally located Athens Backpackers is the best place to meet other travellers in the heart of the Greek capital.


Street art in Greece

street art in Athens, Greece (via aesthetics of crisisCC BY-NC-SA 2.0)


Share your Travel Costs!

If you’ve been to Greece recently, help your fellow travellers out by sharing your typical daily costs in the comments section below 😉


This article was published in December 2016.