A trip to Greece in the winter makes for a great escape from cloudy, cold days. The temperatures are more moderate this time of year, the rates are more favourable and the crowds are far less. In fact, a trip to Athens is one of the best ways to make the most of the many holidays to Greece that travel operators are offering this winter.
Sightseeing on foot is a pleasure in Athens thanks to the creation of car-free pedestrian zones along the landmark streets of the centre which boasts an “Archaeological Park”. The Athens Metro is a cost-effective way to enjoy the city. The taxis are cheap too as are the buses and trolleys but they tend to be a little slower in traffic.
Where To Stay
Early bookings are a must if you want to stay in Athens. Try to stay near the city centre so that you don’t have to rely on transport much to get around and there are ample attractions, shopping and restaurants nearby. If you’re not spending your money on transport, you’ll have more to spend on the great Greek feasts!
Greek fare is healthy and hearty with emphasis on vegetables, fish and loads of olive oil. Fortunately, you can eat well in Athens without spending a fortune by visiting tavernas. These are casual establishments that serve up mouth-watering native gastronomic delights and copious amounts of mezes – small plates of snacks.
Attractions on a Budget
Holidays to Greece on a budget don’t mean spending time in your hotel room with nothing to do. There’s plenty to explore for free!
The open-air museum in the city centre allows visitors to explore the heart and soul of ancient Greece. It’s a popular attraction for its breath-taking views and splendid ruins (including the Parthenon) and if you visit on a Sunday, admission is free.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus as well as the Temple of Poseidon are worth seeing and won’t cost you a cent. You can also head underground to a subway museum. The price of the tour to explore artefacts and exhibitions is included in the reasonable subway fare.
If you’d prefer a beach holiday, you can grab cheap flights to Corfu in winter. Again, stretch your budget by dining in tavernas and even consider renting an apartment at the much lower winter rates. Explore the island by bike – bikes are cheap to rent for the day – and then while away your time on the gorgeous beaches before enjoying a refreshing sun downer of local wine.
This small harbour is a peaceful place where the accommodation is of good quality and there are some brilliant restaurants you can eat in for very little. There’s also a long beach and several bays in the area for you to relax amongst.
Enjoying a great holiday doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Greece is not only an ideal place for a getaway, it’s perfect for those travelling on a budget, too.
Thoughts from Forest: I’ve still not managed to reach Greece yet but as I am in Budapest now I think I will be hoping over for a budget trip at some point (maybe next year). It’s good to know a cheap bite can be grabbed in a taverna and I am sure there are plenty of cold beers to be enjoyed! The idea of a winter break to a warm place is great as it’s one of the best ways to avoid the hordes of family holiday traffic you get over the hotter months of the summer!