Santorini is one of the most famous destinations around the world, although it is not the first place that will cross your mind when it comes to budget friendly vacations. That is because cosmopolitan destinations like Santorini tend to have quite high prices. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune in order to enjoy your dream vacation on this beautiful island. You just need to do a little digging to discover some pretty good value for money deals. In order to help you with your research, we have prepared for you the ultimate guide for Santorini holidays on a budget. Keep reading this article and you will discover how to spend the time of your life in Santorini  without breaking the bank!

Travel on a budget

As it was previously stated, Santorini is one of the most popular greek destinations, that might result in costly transportation whether you plan to get to Santorini on a boat or on a plane. If you want to travel on a boat from Athens to Santorini, we recommend you to choose the conventional ferry over the fast ferry, which is much more expensive. Moreover, if you are planning to fly from Athens to Santorini we definitely suggest that you book your flight quite early, in order to get a better price. Popular airlines having Santorini as a destination include Ryanair, EasyJet, and Wizz Air. The flight’s duration is about 45 minutes and it is quite a pleasant experience.

Accomodation on a budget

Beyond any doubt, finding an affordable accomodation is a key factor to achieve the target of having Santorini holidays on a budget. For accomodation options at a lower price range, we recommend you to choose a place away from the popular spots of Santorini, which are no other than Oia and Fira. You can find equally beautiful places in Santorini at much lower prices. If you are looking for a family friendly accommodation we definitely recommend you to consider Kamari. Kamari is a seaside village, located on the southwest side of the island, on the foot of Mesa Vouno mountain.  Kamari is a modern village with all kinds of amenities and a beautiful black sand beach ideal for kids. 

Next to Kamari there is also a budget friendly village, named  Perisa and is also famous for its beach, which has been awarded  with the blue flag. In Perissa, you can find affordable hotel rooms and also a well-organized camping, an ideal option for nature lovers.

Food options on a budget

Despite what many may think, in Santorini you can find a lot of traditional restaurants and taverns offering great local dishes at a very economical price.  One of the best and more affortable places to eat in Santorini is the restaurant “Metaxi mas” located near Agios Charalampos church. There you can find great food with affordable prices combined with exceptional hospitality. Furthermore, every now and then you can treat yourself with the famous Greek gyros, which is a cheap and delicious meal.

Entertainment on a budget

First of all, we would definitely recommend you to visit Cine Kamari. Cine Kamari is an open air cinema, located near the village of Kamari. There you can watch some contemporary Hollywood movies and spend a wonderful and chill afternoon spending only 8 €. Furthermore, one of the best and most famous things to do in Santorini, is watching the sunset and it’s totally free. You can choose to watch the magnificent  sunset of Santorini from Oia and admire a panoramic view of the island, or select a more quiet spot such as Akrotiri  Lighthouse and enjoy the sun and the tranquil Aegean sea merging together through a colorful spectacle! 

Last but not least, you can enjoy the beautiful Santorini beaches with their volcanic sand and their azure crystal clear waters! You can choose to visit an organized beach and enjoy your cocktail under an umbrella or enjoy the sun and the Santorinian sea on a less popular beach, just laying on your towel.

In this article, we offered you some ideas in order to prove to you that Santorini holidays on a budget are totally feasible, with no need to compromise your good time on the island.

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