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How to do Santorini on a budget

It’s one of the most beautiful places you could visit in Greece. It’s also thought to be one of the most expensive ones! However, there are ways to do Santorini right even if you are on a budget!


It’s 2018, the era of the AirBnB and Santorini has several for you to choose from. Most of the island’s rooms to let and even hotels are comprised by cave houses, the traditional white houses with the blue doors and windows. The indoors remain more or less the same in terms of space so if you don’t need a luxurious balcony pool, you can find reasonable priced places to stay.
There are also many hostels in the island and some of which can give some hotels a run for their money. Do you research well and you’ll have a great stay!


Santorini has a bus system that runs every half hour to all the major points of the island. However, if you really want to see the island and all it has to offer you should look into renting a car. You don’t need a huge car for this island, in fact a smaller one would be better in the winding roads. There is also the quads that are really popular and offer a nice budget friendly solution and you’ll get plenty of sun too!
Lastly, there are nice hikes you can take to see the island’s nature. There’s a long on between Oia and Fira and a shorter one between Fira and Firostefani. All this will cost you is the water you’ll drink to keep hydrated!


I have two words for you: street food! In Greece street food is cheap and delicious. A souvlaki is very fulfilling and truly tasty. In order to satisfy your sweet tooth try a crepe or some waffle with ice cream.
You don’t need to rely on street food only though. There are several tavernas in the island with excellent food quality that you can visit without breaking the bank. Avoid the extra touristic places and search for the ones locals patronize.
You can’t visit Santorini without indulging in some of the local wines. With so many choices you’ll sure to find a taste you like and in a really great price.


Here are some points for you:
You can visit all the beaches in the island for free and save on umbrellas and sun beds if you go earlier in the morning or later in the evening when the sun is not that hot.
Visit a super market and stock up on fruits and veggies. You’ll also find a section with cold drinks and coffees. That way you’ll save money for your snacks during your stay at the beach.
There’s a lower priced ticket for admission to the most popular museums in Santorini which includes a visit to Akrotiri excavation site.
The most instagrammable things in Santorini are free. Take you camera and shoot away all the breathtaking sunsets, all the minimal architecture and all the blue seas!

How to do Santorini on a budget
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