Backpacking Greece:
The Total & Complete Guide for 2019

Backpacking Greek Islands

Why
Greece

  • SOME OF THE KINDEST LOCALS IN EUROPE
  • STUNNING ISLANDS
  • ANCIENT RUINS
  • A LAND FULL OF MYTHS AND LEGENDS
  • GREECE IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF DEMOCRACY
  • RICH CULTURE
  • NIGHTLIFE

Backpacking Greece is to embark on a journey to postcard-worthy white houses lying dangerously close to cliff edges, across the crystal clear water of the Aegean, and over rocky islands and jagged coasts.

But Greece is much more than its iconic landscape. It is also a place that is shrouded in myth and history. 

Where else in the world can you sit under the shade of the palm tree where Apollo was born, walk through the hot gates of Thermopylae, or stand where historical giants like Plato and Socrates threw down their philosophies; many of which are still considered viable thousands of years later.

I’ve always had a fixation with backpacking Greece, but was hesitant. I couldn’t help but wonder if the country would be easy to get around, overcrowded with tourists, and overpriced. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

One thing that surprised me was the warmth of the people. Everyone has a kind of childlike playfulness. They love to joke, are happy to put up with my corny sense of humor, and are quick to laugh.

They also care about making sure you are enjoying your time here (Which is rare for a country that sees as many tourists as Greece does). Almost every meal here ends with a shot, or dessert accompanied with a big smile – all of which are free of charge.

This ultimate guide to backpacking Greece contains months of first-hand experience in the country. And it will take you through every step of planning your trip. 

We will take a detailed look about when and where to go, as well as travel tips to plan your budget, pack the right gear, and how to travel Greece responsibly.

The Complete Guide to
Backpacking Greece

When to
Backpack Greece

One budding question all travelers should ask themselves while planning a trip is “When Should I Visit Greece?”.

That’s an excellent question and one that will affect everything from where you want to go, your weekly budget, and what’s in your backpack.

Like most countries in Europe, Greece has a high/low/shoulder season. In case you are unfamiliar with these terms, let’s take a second to breakdown the differences of each of these “tourist season” and see the pros and cons of backpacking Greece during each one.

High Season

LATE JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST

High season in Greece is when the majority of tourist flock to the country with the busiest months starting in late June and continuing through July and August.

More tourists mean that the prices of hotels, flights, trains, and even ferries will be higher.

Prices rise all across the country but especially on the islands due to there mass popularity. These are also the hottest months in Greece.

I am writing this while backpacking Greece right now (In late Mid-June), and the temperature is already in the high 90’s every day.

High season isn’t all bad though. Most of the archaeological sites and museums are open, more trains and buses are running, and for solo travelers, there are thousands of other backpackers to meet.

Another upside of visiting Greece during the summer months is that there is always something going on. 

Famous party islands are a never ending rave that draws the attention of world class DJ’s and celebrities. There are some also fun festivals during the summer months.

Low Season

OCTOBER - APRIL

The low season in Greece starts in October and runs through April. This is when the islands are all but deserted; even many of the locals also head to the mainland during these months. 

This means that other travelers are sparse, so finding travel buddies might be a bit of a challenge. 

Alot of the sites shut down or have limited hours. It is also the coldest time of the year to visit Greece. 

The good news is that prices are lower on everything from flights to food, you can book tours at a fraction of the cost, and there are no lines to get into sites.

There is a huge community that argues that traveling the low season leads to a more welcoming and authentic experience. 

To a point, I agree. The absence of other travelers vying for their attention means that locals will be more willing to chat and let enter into their world.

Shoulder Season

(Late April - Early June, September - Early October)

While I love traveling in both high and low season – I’m just obsessed with traveling no matter when – the shoulder season is perhaps my favorite time to backpack Greece.

Shoulder season is a combination of the busy and slow seasons. It is like warming up your car on a cold day before going on a drive.

The locals are getting ready for the influx of tourists, hotel prices are starting to rise, and more people are entering the country.

However, the mainland and islands aren’t yet overrun with other travelers. This season jumps around the calendar with late April, May, and September being the prime months.

What I like so much about shoulder season is that many of the sites are reopening, prices are still relatively low, it isn’t hot enough yet to make your blood boil, and there are enough travelers that there events and parties across the country.

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Suggested Daily Budgets

BACKPACKERS

Off & Shoulder Season: $35 – $40

HostelsSightseeingTransportFood
$15 -$18$5 -$10 $5$12+

Peak Season: $60 – $70

HostelsSightseeingTransportFood
$25-$50 $10$8-$10$10-$12

FLASHPACKERS

Off & Shoulder Season: $65 – $75

HostelsSightseeingTransportFood
$35-$45$10-20 $10$15 -$20

Peak Season: $80 – $90

HostelsSightseeingTransportFood
$45 – $55 $10$10$20+

LUXURY

Off & Shoulder Season: $100 – $120

HostelsSightseeingTransportFood
$60=$90+$20+ $20+$20 -$30

Peak Season: $120+

HostelsSightseeingTransportFood
$100+$30$20$40+

cost of
Backpacking Greece

It is no secret that in recent years, Greece has undergone a financial crisis. Sadly, the economic struggle has been hard on the Greek people. 

Luckily one area that continues to thrive and helps the locals is tourism. (Which some have estimated makes up around 40% of the economy).

Due to the fiscal crisis, the prices in Greece are lower compared to recent years, and the continuing rise of the USD to match the Euro means that it one of the cheapest times to backpack through Greece. Which will reduce lower your backpacking Europe budget.

 Let’s take a look at some of the prices you can expect in Greece.

hostels

The prices of hostels fluctuate wildly depending on the “season” you’re visiting Greece. In the off and shoulder season, you can get dorms from as little as $11. During these months, I would allocate a budget of $15 -$20 a day for hostels just to be safe.

Sadly, the hostel game on most of the islands is weak. And the prices are incredibly high during peak season. 

For example, a hostel in Santorini that will cost $18 during the off-season will run you upwards of $50 during the peak season. It sucks, I know.

Food

Prices range widely depending on what you choose to eat and your budget. On the cheaper side, you can get a massive bag of fruit from a market for 2 Euros (2.25 USD) that you can snack on all day. 

The most popular backpacker meals are Gyros or Souvlaki. These two meals are excellent for budget travelers are they are filling and will only set you back a few bucks.

If you have a bigger budget than you are in luck because the cuisine in Greece is exquisite. Although you can expect to pay upwards of 20 Euros (22 USD) for a two-course meal that includes wine.

One helpful thing about Greece is that the taxes are included on the menu, so the price you see is the price you pay. There are no hidden surcharges or city taxes that will surprise you on the bill.

Booze

Wine in restaurants is cheap, and you can get 500ml (2/3rds a bottle) for 3 -5 Euros at dinner. 

On the other hand, the price of alcohol doesn’t come cheap at the clubs and bars where drinks can cost anywhere 8 -14 Euros.

10 Tips to Travel Greece
on a budget

As we talked about a little earlier backpacking Greece doesn’t have to cost a lot.

Here are some tips to help you travel through Greece even cheaper.

Stay in Hostels

When it comes to budget backpacking hostels are the cheapest choice (other than sleeping on someone’s couch). Some of you might get nervous at the thought of staying in a hostel. Don’t!

I have literally stayed in thousands of them. They are also one of the easiest ways to meet other travelers. The hostels are nice, clean, and have air conditioning to help escape the heat.

I use hostelworld to book all my hostels.

Isic Card

A huge way to save money in Greece is with an ISIC card. Of course, this card only works if you are a student, but it can save you money on most tourist sites, ferries, and even some restaurants.

Most discounts work all year round although I saw some places that stopped student discounts during the high season. The cars is a quick way for a solo traveller to save some cash. 

Cook Your Own Food

Before long, you’ll start getting tired of eating $2 Gyros twice a day. But your weekly budget can’t take the hit of eating at more expensive restaurants, then start cooking for yourself.

And even though groceries  are a little more expensive on the islands and can get you well fed for much less than going out to a restaurant. 

Bring Your Own Water Bottle

Greece is hot! And you’ll be drinking at least a few liters of water a day. Instead of buying water as you go carry your own water bottle.

Having your own bottle will save you a ton of money in the long run.

The tap water is Greece is drinkable so anything will do, but I always take a Lifestraw with me when I travel.

Book Things Early

Booking things early, for the most part, leads to the lowest prices.

In Greece, you can book ferries, flights, hostels, and more. You can even find good deals on museum tickets by booking online.

Couchsurf

I’ve never had too much success couchsurfing, but I tried it a few times. I also used to host a lot of couch surfers in Thailand.

Many of them talked about their deep love for couchsurfing. It is a great way to meet locals, save money, and experience culture.

Split Cost

Make some friends and split the price of everything from cabs, ATV or car rentals, hotels, Airbnb, and groceries. This will significantly reduce the cost of backpacking Greece.

Free Museum Days

Another way to save some cash is to plan your museum visits. For example, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens offers free entrance on Sundays.

Museums all over Europe often offer a free entrance day once a week or month. So if you plan your visit right, you can save a ton of cash.

Use Bank Atm's

Bank ATM’s give the best exchange rates and the safest to use. However, I haven’t had a problem with any of the ATM’s in Greece. However. non bank ATM’s charge a higher fee for using them (Around 4 Euros).

Of course, if you are banking with Charles Schwab, these ATM fees don’t matter as they reimburse you all the charges at the end of the month.

Decline ATM Conversion Rates

Another pro tip for ATM’s is to decline the conversion rate they offer you. In the long run, you will get a better conversion if your bank does it.

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Greece Mainland

What TO SEE In

Athens

  • Acropolis (20 Euros)
  • Acropolis Museum
  • National Archaeological Museum
  • Monastiraki Square

Delphi

  • Delphi (Temple of Apollo, Treasurys, Theatre)
  • Delphi Archaeological Museum
  • Omphalos Stones
  • Sphinx of Naxos
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Where to go in Greece
(Mainland)

Backpacking Athens

Of course, Athens will probably be your first, and last stop when backpacking Greece. The capital is a massive city stretching along the coastline and up into the rocky mountains to the north.

In all honesty, Athens isn’t my favorite place in Greece, but it does have some of the country’s best sites, markets, and shopping.

It is one of the cheapest capital cities to visit in the Mediterranean.

For both, it’s good and bad Athens is an essential stop on any trip to Greece, even if you’re there for a few days to rush through the Acropolis, and the wealth of museums.

Where to Stay in Athens

Backpacking Delphi

You might know Delphi as the prophetic center of Greece. Here – due to the geothermal activity – gases, that resemble laughing gas, would seep from underneath the earth and into a particular part of the Temple of Apollo. The oracle would breathe in these fumes and give prophecies to everyone from peasants to kings.

Delphi is gorgeous with sweeping views across, down to forested valleys, and stretches all the way to the shores of the Gulf of Corinth. The town is small, yet holds a peaceful beauty to it.

Delphi is a significant stop for history and myth lovers, but if you’re backpacking Greece in search of wild nightlife, then Delphi is not a stop you want to add on your Greek Itinerary.

Delphi is also where you will find the jaw-dropping Sphinx of Naxos as well as the omphalos stones (more on those later).

Where to Stay in Delphi

Nafplio

What TO SEE In

Olympia

  • Olympia Game Site
  • Nero’s House
  • Temple of Zeus
  • Take A Picture with the Olympic Torch (Housed in a little shop on the main road) 

Nafplio

  • Mycenae (Half Day Trip)
  • Epidaurus
  • Bourtzi Castle (Currently closed for repairs)
  • Eat Gelato at Antica Gelateria di Roma

Backpacking Olympia

Olympia is a beautiful little town on the edge of the archaeological site of the original Olympic games.

The site is massive and shows a range of historical periods starting from ancient Greece until after the Romans. Nero’s house is a major highlight, and of course the Olympic track.

However, the biggest draw for me was the Temple of Zeus, or rather what this ruined temple used to hold. This temple was once the home for the gigantic Statue of Zeus that was one of the seven ancient wonders of the world.

While the statue is lost to history and the temple is in ruins, I couldn’t help my imagination what this place must have been like thousands of years ago.

Where to Stay in Olympia

Backpacking Nafplio

Nafplio is one of my favorite cities to hang out in when backpacking Greece. This Venetian style city reminds me of Venice – minus the canals – with its maze of cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways. 

The waterfront is scenic and great for sunsets. Here you get a view of Bourtzi Castle, a small castle sitting on a tiny island out in the bay. 

Nafplio has a more Italian atmosphere meaning you can get some great Gelato and loukoumades (a crispy donut hole covered in honey, cream, or Nutella)

Nafplio is also an ideal homebase for day trips, around this part of the Peloponnese, such as Mycenae and Epidaurus.

Where to Stay in Nafplio

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What TO SEE In

Loutraki

  • Nemea
  • Corinth Canal (Bungee Jump or Cruise)
  • Monastery of Saint Patapios
  • Porto Germeno
  • Lagoon Vouliagmeni
  • The Feneos Highland
  • Ancient Corinth
  • Acrocorinth

Litochoro

  • Mt. Olympus
  • Monastery of Dionysius
  • Bath of Zeus
  • Dion

Meteora

  • Things to do in Meteora
  • Cliffside Monasteries
  • Rafting
  • Attend Sunday Service at a Monastery
  • Prehistoric Cavern of Theopetra

Backpacking in Loutraki

Loutraki has a beautiful waterfront and beach. However, It wasn’t love at first sight like with Naflio.

That changed as I watched a couple dolphins play in the bay during sunset.

Loutraki has a nice beach, but nothing compared to what you will find on the Greek Islands.

The best reason to visit is to use Loutraki as a launching off point for exploring sites around the area.

Where to Stay in Loutraki

Backpacking Litochoro

Litochoro is a sleepy little village at the foot of Mt. Olympus. 

There is a lot here for outdoor lovers, and the nature around the mountain is absolutely stunning. 

The highlight is the two-day climb to the summit of Mt Olympus; there are also some nearby rocky beaches, a lovely city square, the Dion Archaeological site, the Monastery of Dionysios, and the Bath of Zeus. 

If you want to go everything, you will need a handful of days. But if you are rushed for time then I would just focus on hanging out in Litochoro, and hiking in Olympus.  

Litochoro is a couple hours south of Thessaloniki and a great off the beaten path adventure. 

Where to Stay in Litochoro

Backpacking Meteora

The iconic monasteries on the jagged cliff edges have become a worldwide phenomenon. And they live up to the hype!

When visiting Meteora, you will want to stay in either Kalambaka or in the smaller village of Kastraki.

Personally, I prefer Kalambaka as there is more going on, and it is easy to get a bus into the mountains to visit the monasteries.

Most people who visit Meteora just see the monasteries and leave, but there is much more to do and see other than churches.

Where to Stay in Meteora

Things to do in Greece
(Mainland)

Compete in Your Own Olympics (Olympia)

One of my favorite memories in Greece is racing some friends on the original Olympic track

I didn’t win, but hey, it’s not all about winning, right?

Summit Mt. Olympus (Litochoro)

Another great thing to do in Greece is to climb to the top of the home of the gods at Mt. Olympus. 

This is a 2-day hike, and there is a hostel at the halfway point. This climb isn’t too difficult ( I did it in flip flops); however, the 2nd day of the hike there are a lot of loose rocks that can be a little treacherous without proper footwear.

See Athens from the Top of the Acropolis (Athens)

Of course, no trip backpacking Greece is complete without a visit to the Acropolis. This iconic ruin was dedicated to Athena, the cities patron, and towers over Athens. This building is the centerpiece of much of the cities ancient history and myths.

STroll Around the Temple of Hephaestus (Athens)

This is perhaps one of the best-preserved temples in Greece. Most people don’t know about this temple because it is hidden in a forest.

This temple is located in the Agora, which is within walking distance from the Acropolis. The Agora has other things to see as well like Socrates jail cell.

Pass Under the Lion's Gate (Mycenae)

The Lion’s Gate was the first of it’s kind. This massive stone at the top of the entrance to Ancient Mycenae was the first of its kind.

Venture into the Tholos Tombs (Mycenae)

Mycenae tombs are unlike any others in the world. They are tall and spacious and look like the inside of a beehive.

The entrance to the tombs is a long walkway with a large stone wall on both sides and look like it is straight out of Indiana Jones.

Bungee Jump the Corinth Canal (Corinth)

Adventurers will want to take the plunge into the Corinth Canal. This has been called one of the best bungee jumps in Europe.

Drink the Water of the Oracle (Delphi)

Delphi is awesome! The archaeological site and museum hold some of my favorite artifacts in the country like the Sphinx of Naxos, The omplompus Stone, and the Temple of Apollo.

But another cool thing to do is drink the water. In the ancient world, the oracle of Delphi used to get high off volcanic gas seeping into the temple.

The gases are long gone, but some of the traces of them remain in the water.

There isn’t enough of the gases in the water to make you feel funny. But it is cool to think you are drinking and taking in some of the same gases that an oracle used to make prophecies over 2,500 years ago.

To get this water head down the hill from the archaeological site until you see a little fountain.

Test Your Vocals in Epidaurus Theater (Nafplio)

This is the biggest ancient theater I have ever seen. It is amazingly well preserved. Even at the highest point, you can hear people at the bottom chatting, whistling, and singing due to the sound amplification. It is super cool.

Climb to the Monasteries of Meteora (Kalambaka)

Meteora is one of the coolest things to see in Greece. Meteora is a handful of monasteries that are still on the edge of jagged cliffs and are great for photographers.

Pilgrimage Ancient Corinth (Corinth)

Ancient Corinth is a famed spot in Greece for a couple reasons. First, it is an important religious spot for both the old gods and the new. 

This is where Paul from the Bible spoke to the Corinthians, making this a popular place among pilgrims. There is an excellent museum, Roman Baths, and a temple of Apollo located on the site.

Today, the town outside is the definition of a tourist trap. And I wouldn’t go far out of my way to visit Corinth unless you are on your way to the Peloponnesus

Hike THrough Acrocorinth (Corinth)

Acrocorinth is an ancient fort on the massive mountain towering over the city.

Throughout history, the Greeks have fled to this well-defended fort when armies have come against them.

The fort is well preserved and offers incredible views of the area.

Explore the Museums (Everywhere)

There is no shortage of museums in Greece, and chances are by the end of your trip you will have had your fill of ancient pots, relics, and swords.

That’s not to say that museums in Greece aren’t worth visiting (especially if you have an ISIC card). However, I wouldn’t tell you to visit all of them.

Three museum’s I wouldn’t miss in Greece are the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Museum at Delphi.

See the Omphalos Stones (Delphi)

The first stone, located in the Delphi Museum is the stone that Rhea fed Cronus, instead of his son Zeus.

The second boulder, located by the stairs leading up to the Temple of Apollo, was thrown by Zeus. The stone flew all across Greece and landed at Delphi, and for ancient Greeks this stone was considered the world’s navel, making Delphi the center of the world.

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What TO SEE & do

in Santorini

  • Akrotiri
  • Ancient Thera
  • Red Beach
  • Black Beach
  • Oia Sunset
  • Boat Tour
  • Wine Museum
  • White Beach
  • Santorini Caldera
  • Cable Car
  • Volcanic Hike

Mykonos

  • Windmills
  • Little Venice
  • Paraportiani
  • Paraga Beach
  • Ornos Beach
  • Folk Museum
  • Armenistis Lighthouse 
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What TO SEE In

Delos

  • Mycenae (Half Day Trip)
  • Epidaurus
  • Bourtzi Castle (Currently closed for repairs)
  • Eat Gelato at Antica Gelateria di Roma

Sifnos

  • Church of the Seven Martyrs
  • Panagia Poulati
  • Vroulidia Beach
  • Seralia
  • Paralia Vroulidia

Ios

  • Grave of Homer
  • Local Theatre
  • Lighthouse
  • Theodoti
  • Gialos
  • Koumbara
  • Manganari

Milos

  • Sarakiniko Beach
  • Catacombs of Milos
  • Firopotamos Beach
  • Milos Museum

What TO SEE In

Crete

  • Knossos
  • Dikteon Cave
  • Malia
  • Samariá Gorge
  • Elafonisi
  • Spinalonga

Rhodes

  • Rhodes Citadel
  • Lindos Beach
  • Faliraki Beach
  • Ancient Kamiros
  • Valley of the Butterflies
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What TO SEE In

Paros

  • Aliki
  • Faragas
  • Lageri
  • Marcello
  • Lefes Town
  • Moraitis Winery
  • Panagia Ekatontapiliani Cathedral
  • Parikia Town

Saronic Islands

  • Hydra Town
  • Aegina
  • Spetses
  • Skala
  • Temple of Aphaia
  • Cathedral of Sain Nectarios

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Greek Islands

Backpacking Santorini

Just mentioning Santorini conjures up images of white pearl houses plastered on the rocky cliffside. Santorini is the most visited island in Greece and famed for its beauty, but make no mistake, its popularity comes with a cost.

On this island, you can expect massive crowds, and less soul compared to islands like Naxos. Santorini is all about the tourist.

Is Santorini Expensive

Known as a honeymooners hotspot and as one of the most expensive places in Greece might scare away budget backpackers.

Yes, Santorini is one of the most expensive islands to visit. But don’t be fooled if you keep your wits about you, then you can experience most things Santorini has to offer without spending a lot of your hard earned cash.

Tips to Visit Santorini on a Budget

Ignore All the Taxis and Buses at the Port

One of the first things that you will notice when disembarking from the ferry is the throngs of locals vying for your attention, trying to sell you a bus ticket up to the mountain and into Fira.

Ignore them. 

These buses are horrifically overpriced. One of my friends paid 25 Euro to get into the center of Fira. (which comes out to about 1 Euro for every minute she was on the bus)

Instead, look for local buses – they say KETA at the top. They will also have a small gold and green sign saying Local Bus

This regional transportation is just as quick as the tourist buses and will take you into the center of Fira for 2 Euro 30. These buses are located just left, beside a brown shelter, of where the ferry drops you off.

One of the first things that you will notice when disembarking from the ferry is the throngs of locals vying for your attention, trying to sell you a bus ticket up to the mountain and into Fira.

Ignore them. 

These buses are horrifically overpriced. One of my friends paid 25 Euro to get into the center of Fira. (which comes out to about 1 Euro for every minute she was on the bus)

Instead, look for local buses – they say KETA at the top. They will also have a small gold and green sign saying Local Bus

This regional transportation is just as quick as the tourist buses and will take you into the center of Fira for 2 Euro 30. These buses are located just left, beside a brown shelter, of where the ferry drops you off.

What to do in Santorini On A Budget

Now the big question, “how can you visit Santorini without breaking the bank.”

Oia

Oia is the sunset spot on Santorini. This picturesque village is one you see on most postcards. The sunsets here are striking and the best part, for budget backpackers like ourselves, is that they are free. 

Well, freeish you have to minus the 3.60 Euro round trip bus ticket from Fira to Oia, as well as, any booze you might buy to sip on while watching one of the best sunsets of your life.

Black Beach

This beach is made from small black lava pebbles. It’s a fantastic beach, that’s not too crowded.

The beach cabanas are also free for anyone to use. You can get here by taking the local bus (3.60 Euro round trip) from Fira to Kamari.

red Beach

This is another of Santorini’s famed sites but might be a bit of a disappointment.

The beach isn’t that red anymore, and it is a bit of a hike to get too. To get here, you need to take the local bus to Akrotiri.

Round trip from Fira is 4 Euros via bus.

Where to Stay in Santorini

Backpacking Mykonos

When it comes to the Greek Islands, the idyllic city of Mykonos is one of the top places to visit. Known for its whitewashed and blue roofed houses and its confusing alleyways of streets and alleys. Makes Mykonos the most popular island.

This idyllic island is known as a haven for the rich and famous, and its none stop nightlife and beach parties.

Where to Stay in Mykonos

Backpacking Delos

Delos, a small island in the middle of the Cyclades archipelago, is much more than just rocky hills, and ruined pillars.

Delos is a three-way stop where myth, legend, and history intersect to form one of the most important religious sites in Greece.  

Just a stone throws away from Mykonos lies the rugged sacred island of Delos. In Greek myth, Delos was the haven for Lato to give birth to Apollo, the god of light and music.

Because of this legend and its location almost in the center of the Cycladic Islands, this was an important religious spot in the ancient Greek world, rivaled only by Delphi.

On the site are ruins from all different eras in Greek history, a small mountain to climb for scenic views, and a museum. 

Getting to Delos: You can get to Delos from the small port in Mykonos.

There are only a few boats a day which leave early in the morning and returns to Mykonos in the early afternoon.

Ticket cost around 20 Euros, plus the entrance fee to Delos.

Backpacking Sifnos

Sifnos is a great refuge for those who need a break from the hustle and bustle of the other islands and seek some beach side relaxation. 

The island has some beautiful beaches, small  – non-touristy – villages, and antiquated ruins. 

If you are traveling Greece for nightlife, and beach side parties than Sifnos is not the island for you. However, if you are looking to experience a little history, culture, and cuisine, than Sifons is a great place to stop. 

Pro Tip – On Sundays in Sifnos, and only on Sundays, you can get Chickpea soup at almost any restaurant. It is delicious!

Where to Stay in Sifnos

Backpacking ios

Ios is known as the backpacker party island halfway between Naxos and Santorini. And trust me the parties get wild.

The main town is Chora, which has a lot of clubs and nightclubs. 

Backpacking Ios is more than just cheap drinks and all night parties. 

It is also a great place to explore. Quad bikes and car rentals are cheap and make it easy to get around the island. 

A couple sites to check out are the local theatre (Don’t be fooled, while it looks old it was actually built in 1997). There’s also the Grave of Homer, who according to local legends says died on Ios, the lighthouse for sunsets, which is around 20 minutes from the old port. 

Other things to do in Ios include Theodoti, Gialos, Koumbara, and Manganari Beach. As well as the  Chora Museum, Paleokastro for great views, and Panagia Gremiotissa Church.

Where to Stay in IOS

Backpacking Milos

Milos is another quaint island that is worth a visit for those looking for a little relaxation mixed with a little bit of history. 

There are a few ancient ruins spread across the island. 

However, my favorite part of the island is the otherworldly looking beach of Sarakíniko

There are also some catacombs and the museum that has a full replica of Venus de Milo.

Where to Stay in Milos

Backpacking Crete

Crete is the largest island in Greece and known as a holiday hotspot. But there is also some history on the island that you shouldn’t miss.

Crete is where you will find the Minoan Palace, which is an expansive palace that Greeks. Actually, The ruins of the civilization at Knossos has roots that have been traced back to over 9,000 years ago. And was the home of the Minator.

Crete is also a hotspot for Greek Mythology nerds as it has the cave where Rhea gave birth to  Zeus and hid him from Cronus. 

For partygoers, Crete has a variety of nightlife towns like Malia, Hersonissos, Stalis, and Elounda. With Malia and Stalis being two hotspots for English tourists.

Where to Stay in Crete

Backpacking Rhodes

Most people know this island for the Colossus of Rhodes. A massive statue in the ancient world that guarded the harbor. Sadly, this statue was destroyed in an earthquake long ago; but, the island still has a lot of offer backpackers

5 Fun THings to do when Backpacking Rhodes

Ancient Kamiros, one of the smallest cities in antiquated Rhodes. There is also the Valley of the Butterflies which lets you grab some shade from the heat and explore the local nature.

Of course,  like every island in Greece, there are tons of beaches. A couple popular beaches are Faliraki (which is usually crowded with tourists in the high season) and Lindos.

Make sure to spend some time wandering through the old city of Rhodes, and the Rhodes Citadel.

Lindos, a whitewashed town is worth spending some time walking, shopping, and checking out the Acropolis.

Where to Stay in Rhodes

Backpacking Paros

Paros is a major port island of the Cyclades. Its cities are small, yet charming with stony streets, temples, and castles. Paros is known throughout the Cyclades for its charm and character

A few great things to do in Paros include the beaches of Aliki, Faragas, Lageri, Marcello. There is also the Folklore museum, Lefes Town, Moraitis Winery, Panagia Ekatontapiliani Cathedral, Parikia Town, and the Old Port of Naoussa for great restaurants and bars.

Where to Stay in Paros

Backpacking the Saronic Gulf Islands

If you don’t have a lot of time to backpack Greece and want to travel both the mainland and the islands you might want to stick close to the coast. 

The closest group of islands to Athens are the Saronic Gulf Islands which included Aegina, Poros, Agistri, Spetses, and the most popular among them Hydra. 

These islands are less touristy, have a lot of beautiful nature, and even a medieval town. 

For budget travelers there are not a lot of hostel options so cheap hotels, homestays, or Airbnbs are the way to go.

Where to Stay in Paros

Getting Around
The Islands

Boats and planes are your only two choices when island hopping Greece.

Let’s take a quick look at both options and see which one is better for backpackers and which option which will help you stay on budget. 

Ferries

You can take slow or fast boats. I prefer slow ferries because they let you take in the landscape, have restaurants, and are much cheaper. (And not that much slower than the fast boats)

Fast boats can knock a couple hours off your journey but at the price of a higher ticket.

Flying to the Greek Islands

Not all the islands have an airport, but many of them do. The price of the plane ticket from Athens to the islands tends to cost more than the ferries. 

And when you take into account getting to the airport, checking in, and flying you aren’t saving that much time

Although if you’re starting island hopping on far off islands like Santorini and Mykonos than flying might be worth it.

Ferries COmpanies in Greece

  • Blue Star Ferries
  • Hellenic Seaways
  • Seajets
  • Minoan Lines

List of Airports on the Greek Islands

  • Chios (JKH)
  • Chania (CHQ)
  • Corfu (CFU)
  • Heraklion (HER)
  • Ikaria (JIK)
  • Ioannina (IOA)
  • Kefalonia (EFL)
  • Kos (KGS)
  • Leros (LRS)
  • Lesvos (MJT)
  • Milos (MLO)
  • Mykonos (JMK)
  • Naxos (JNX)
  • Paros (PAS)
  • Rhodes (RHO)
  • Samos (SMI)
  • Santorini (JTR)
  • Skiathos (JSI)
  • Skyros (SKU)
  • Syros (JSY)
  • Zakynthos (ZTH)

Backpacking Tips to Travel
The Greek Islands on a Budget

Getting around the Greek Islands on a budget isn’t as hard as you might think.

While the islands are more expensive than the major cities like Athens, you can travel around the islands relatively cheap.

It is all about proper planning. Let’s sail through (pun intended) some tips on how to see the Greek Island on a budget. 

Travel in the Off Season

Your best bet to save money on ferries and accommodation is visiting the Greek Islands in the off season.

This does have its pros and cons.

The islands are practically deserted at this time which can be a pro or con depending on how you look at it.

There are fewer people, and yes, the prices are lower; but there is less going on, and more things are closed.

It is also colder during the off season so it might get a little chilly laying out on the beach or driving a quad around the island.

On the other hand, you do get all this beauty to yourself.

Backpack the Cheapest Islands

Another way to save some of your cash is to head to the cheapest islands in Greece.

From personal experience, the most affordable islands I’ve been to are Naxos, Milos, and Ios.

With the cheapest greek island to visit being Naxos.

Student Discounts

I’ve mentioned this a few times, but it is worth it if you are a student.

Not only will you get up to 10 percent off your accommodation, but you will also get discounts on ferries.

For example, I was traveling from Naxos to Santorini.

The usual ticket price for this trip is around $22, however, with my student ID, we talked them down to $11.

This seems like this depends on how the booking agent is feeling, but it is worth a shot.

Don't Book Hotels Ahead of Time

This might seem counter-intuitive, and this does come with some risk, but it can save you a lot of money in the end.

One way to get the best deal on accommodation is simply showing up. There are always throngs of hotel and hostel owners on the docks as you leave the ferry.

They are picking up prebooked guest but also looking for bodies to fill the empty beds.

If you are good at haggling, put your skills to the test.

If you can’t find middle ground, then move on to the next person.

Pro Tip – Look up and get a base price for how much accommodation cost before arriving, that way have a baseline for how much you are willing to pay. You can also have a backup ready in case you can’t get a good deal.

Best Things to do on
The Greek Islands

Island Hop (Everywhere)

Island hopping is an incredible adventure full of beach parties, rocky mountains, scenic hikes, nightclubs, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, historical spots, and interesting mythology.

There are months worth of unforgettable fun to have when backpacking the Greek Islands. It is one adventure you won’t regret whether you go to the Cyclade islands or Ionian islands.

Sunset in Oia (Santorini)

Another way to save some of your cash is to head to the cheapest islands in Greece.

From personal experience, the most affordable islands I’ve been to are Naxos, Milos, and Ios.

With the cheapest greek island to visit being Naxos.

Cliff Jump at Sarakiniko Beach (Milos)

Milos has 74 beaches, but nothing compares to alien-like shores of Sarakiniko Beach. Sarakiniko isn’t much of a beach, but more of a collection of strange rock formations along the coast.

My favorite thing to do was the cliff jumping.

The water is deep and perfect for taking a leap of faith off the rocks to the sea.

Sunset Cruise (Santorini)

One of the most popular things to do in Santorini is to go on a sunset sailing cruise. These cruises last for around 4 hours, offer dinner and wine, and take you to a volcano, swimming spots, and finishes with an oceanside front row seat to the world famous sunset.

These tend to cost between 60 to 80 Euros a person.

Climb the Volcano (Santorini)

It is possible to climb Nea Kameni, the volcano off the coast of Santorini.

To get there, you will need to hire a boat or book a tour. Hiring a boat cost around 20 – 30 Euros.

I’ve never climbed the volcano, but some of my friends have and they loved it.

ATV Around The Islands (IOS & Santorini)

One of the best things to do in Greece is to rent an ATV (typically cost around 10 -15 Euros a day) and explore the islands at your own pace.

Places like Ios, Crete, and Santorini are known for this.

Climb the Tallest Peak on Delos (Delos)

Delos is a fantastic half day trip from Mykonos. As I mentioned early, it was a major religious spot during the age of ancient Greece.

The tallest peak on the island, Monte Cintos, is a moderate hike and takes about 15 to 20 minutes to summit

At the top, you get a panoramic sweeping view of Delos, the sparkling waters of the Aegean, and the nearby islands.

Windmills near Little Venice (Mykonos)

The windmills at Mykonos go hand in hand with the islands grain producing history.

Only a handful of these windmills remain.

They are free to visit and are a nice place to watch the sunset before heading to dinner in Little Venice.

Party on a Backpacker Island (IOS)

Ios is more than a party island. But it is a party island.

It is a pleasure island for backpackers and travelers looking for some epic nightlife.

Because it is known as a backpacker island, it makes it one of the cheaper islands in the Cyclades.

See Where Zeus was Born (Crete)

Witness where one of the most prominent figures in mythology was born.

The Dikteon Cave, high in the mountains of Crete, is a where Zeus, the god of gods and men, was born and raised.

There is not a lot to do here, but it is still a cool stop when making your way around the Crete.

Some contest that Dikteon Cave isn’t the cave where Zeus was born but rather the Ideon Cave which is on the highest mountain in Crete.

Pay the Minotaur a Housecall (Crete)

There are more things to do in Crete besides party with a bunch of English people. Get out and explore! If I had to choose one site not to miss on Crete, then I would tell you to go to Knossos and the Labyrinth of the Minotaur

This is the legendary spot where Theseus faced down the bull-headed beast. Minos Palace is a stunningly preserved piece of ancient history. 

The palace is a short trip south of Heraklion and a spot you can’t miss.

Get Your Scuba Diving Fix (Everywhere)

Due to the lack of sea life, Greece isn’t famous for scuba diving. But Greece does have some fantastic dives. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of dive sites all over the islands from Naxos to Crete.

So whether you are new to diving or a seasoned pro looking for an underwater fix, it is something you can look into.

Check Out the Byzantine Structures on Corfu (Corfu)

Because of its ideal trade location, Corfu has always been coveted by other nations. The Venetians had a big impact here, but also the French and English. 

Pirates constantly raided Corfu during the Byzantine era, which leads to the people building some impressive forts and castles like Angel Castel and the Fortress of Saint Mark.

Go to a Carless Island (Hydra)

Looking to escape the crazy traffic of Athens? Then Hydra is the answer! Hydra is a small island an hour and a half by sea from Athens.

One of the coolest things about Hydra is that the streets and alleys are so small that cars can’t fit.

Cars are not allowed on Hydra, which has kept the island in pristine shape.

Mykonos
SARAKINIKO Beach Milos
Sunset in Greece
Santorini Caldera Sunset
Backpacking Greece
Chapel on Milos

Amazon Music

This awesome apps lets you download and listen to music on the go! 

They have a massive library and the app works abroad.

You can go for the Amazon trifecta which is Music, Kindle Unlimited, and Audible. 

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Planning Your
Backpacking Greece Trip

Alright so we have covered what to see and do when backpacking Greece. 

But let’s look at all the aspects you need when planning your travel to Greece

Best Ways to Get Around Greece

There are five popular ways for backpackers to get around Greece; flights, ferries, buses, car rentals, and trains

Let’s take a detailed look at all these modes of public transportation.

Flying

After your first flight into the country you might be tempted to use planes are your primary method of getting around Greece. While this is the quickest option, it is also the most expensive.

There isn’t a massive amount of airports around the country so flying is limited, and good luck if you are trying to use budget carriers like RyanAir and EasyJet.

There are airports on someone the islands, but as I talk about later, they are not a cheap option for backpackers.

Personally, this is the last mode of travel I would choose when backpacking Greece.

Ferries

If you are going to the islands, then ferries are a must. They showcase the stunning waters and islands of the Aegean. There are two types of ferries in Greece; fast and slow and prices vary accordingly.

The most popular ferry company is Blue Star Ferries. These are massive slow boats that are reasonably priced.

Prone to seasickness? Then avoid the quick ferries as they are much smaller boats and rougher on the water.

Trains

My first trip backpacking in Greece I took a lot of trains. This time the majority of my trip was busing around with a group. However, my opinion hasn’t changed.

Trains are my favorite way to backpack Europe. They are comfortable, and reliable (eh, mostly), and are also inexpensive.

For example, you can train from Athens to Thessaloniki, a huge chunk of the country, for 50 Euro.

You can also get a Greece Eurail Pass, which is a great deal!

Buses

Buses are another option when getting around Greece.

They seem to be less than trains, but a little slower, less leg room, the landscape isn’t as pretty, and you can’t get up and move around.

Car Rental

Another option is to rent a car and make your own journey.

Car rentals are insanely cheap in Europe – I’ve rented a car for less than $10 a day.

But don’t forget to add the insurance in your budget, unless you have a travel credit card that automatically ensures it.

If you are traveling with three or more people, then renting a car can probably be the cheapest way to backpack Greece.

Travel Insurance

Buying travel insurance is an investment in yourself. It protects you, your trip, and most of your gear while you are out exploring the world.

I always use world nomads because the prices are low and the coverage is exceptional. Get a free quote below.

Get A Free Travel Insurance Quote

Where to Stay When Backpacking Greece

Hostels Vs. Hotels.

Hostels have been my home for the last eight years. I love the atmosphere, community, and price. I’ve made lifelong friendships, gone on some of my craziest nights out, and even met my wife all because of hostels.

They are also cheap, making them the perfect choice for people backpacking on a budget.

If you have a slightly bigger budget and value a little more privacy, than hotels are a good option.

Hotels in Greece cost around 2 to 3 times the price of a hostel but give you an element of added security. Hostels are a good idea for your stay in Greece. ( booking in advance is smart)

Hostels: Private Rooms Vs. Dorms

Private Rooms are basically a hotel room in a hostel – minus the amenities- but cost much less. However, they are much more expensive than the dorm rooms. After all, privacy has its price.

For those who hate being crammed into a dorm room with 18 other travelers but are still on a tight budget, I suggest paying a little more and booking a dorm that only has 4 to the 6 beds.

Usually, they are only a few dollars more a night than the massive dorms and are still significantly cheaper than private rooms.

Pro Tip – Look for rooms with an ensuite. This means the bathroom is in your room. Instead of a shared bathroom with the entire floor.

Hotels in Greece

In today’s world, over 80% of the hotels in Greece are booked online. With Booking.com, Trip Advisor, and Expedia are a few of the major players.

Most hotel rooms in Greece come equipped with extra pillow and blankets. (usually in the closet or dresser)

Also, many places in Greece are still smoking rooms. However, they do an excellent job of cleaning them, and any smoking I stayed in smelled clean and not like cigarettes.

Airbnbs

Airbnb is another option for people looking to stay with locals or meet other travelers. You can get $40 off your first stay with Airbnb by signing up with this link.

Greece Packing List

What to pack when backpacking Greece greatly depends on what time of the year you are visiting. But as the most popular time to visit Greece is in the summer months, so we will focus our packing list for that time of the year.

The summer is hot and dry so packing the right clothes and gear is important.

Audible Subscription

Traveling means long flights, layovers, buses, and trains. Basically, a lot of hours waiting in lines or sitting in a seat. For me, one of my favorite ways to kill time during these long stretches of boredom is with an audiobook. Which is why I love Audible

Audible Free Trial

What’s great is that when you sign up for the free trial you get two free audio-books, and you can cancel at any time!

Summer Packing List for Greece

Passport, ID, Debit & Credit Cards

Copies of Passport and Cards

Travel Insurance

3 Paris of Shorts

4-5 Tshirts

1 Pair of Jeans / 1 Skirt that Goes Below Your Knees

(For getting into monasteries and churches)

1 Pair of Sandals 1 Pair of Shoes

2-3 Pairs of Socks

1 Pair of Swimming Trunks

5-6 Pairs of Underwear

1 - Headphones

all Required Toiletries

Electronics: Phone / Camera /etc

Visas For Greece

There is a good chance you will have a 90-day visa when entering Greece. The country is in the EU and the Schengen Zone.

If you are from the USA, UK, EU, and a few other countries, then you won’t need a visa for entering Greece.

Below is a list who needs to apply for a visa before visiting Greece.

Currency in Greece

Greece’s currency is the Euro. The safest and best place to withdraw money if you are using a debit card are bank ATMs.

However, there is no shortage of ATMs all over the country, even on the smaller islands. You should know that if you are withdrawing money in Greece at random ATMs that you will be charged a high fee.

Here is the current exchange rate for the USD to Euro.

Backpacking Greece
Travel Tips

Free Walking Tours

Free walking tours are provided by local guides and last three to four hours and give you some insight into the city sites and history. The term “free” isn’t exactly true as you are expected to give a donation at the end. I usually tip 10 to 20 Euros depending on the quality of the tour

Locals Prefer Cash Over Card

While many places take cards, the locals in Greece prefer that you pay in cash. Even if you hate to carry cash, it’s important to always carry some cash at all times.

If you are on the islands, make sure you have a little more cash as ATM’s are harder to find.

No Split Checks

Greek’s hate to split checks at restaurants

In fact, many places will flat out refuse to divide them. And many of the checks are written solely in Greek. 

If you are having a large meal with a group of friends, it is best to write down how much you owe before ordering. 

Also, don’t forget to leave a little tip.

Don't Flush Toilet Paper

The pipes in Greece aren’t big enough to handle toilet paper. Instead, throw it into the waste bin next to you. The bins are emptied every day, thankfully.

Carry Your Own Toilet Paper

While we are on the subject of toilet paper, you will notice rather quickly that many of the sites and public restrooms don’t stock toilet paper. Better safe than sorry, carry your own roll.

Internet / Phone etc

Don’t expect to be surfing at the web at high speeds in Greece (especially on the islands).

In many hotels, the internet is good enough for emails and social media, but not fast enough to stream movies.

If you are a person that needs to stay connected at all cost, then you have a couple options.

First, if you have an unlocked phone, you can get a sim card with a few gigs of data for around $20. Google Fi is another option as a phone plan and will keep you connected to the fastest internet anywhere you go.

For mobile data for your laptop, and tablet, then you might want to invest in a Sapphire or Skyroam.

Fun Travel Phrases for Greece

Hello: (YAH-soo)

Sorry: (See-GHNO-mee)

Cheers: (STIN-eh YAH-mas)

Nice to meet you:
(HA-ree-ka po-LEE)

No: (OH-hee)

Thank you: (eff-kha-ri-STOE)

Please: (para-kah-LOE)

Goodbye: (YAH-soo)

Bottoms up:
(AHS-pro PAH-toh)

Oops!: (OH-pa)

How much is it?:
(POH-soh KAH-nee af-TOH)?

I don’t understand:
(Then Kah-tah-lah-VEH-noh)

Backpacking-Greece-Safety-Tips

Emergency Contacts in Greece

Dial 112

For emergency help with ambulance, fire, and police. (This is for all of Europe)

US Embassy in Athens

Address: Leof. Vasilissis Sofias 91, Athina 115 21, Greece

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 – 17:00. (also closed the last Wednesday of each month)

Telephone: +30 210-721-2951

After Hours Emergency Line: +30 210-729-4444 

Website: US Embassy in Greece.

List of Airports on the Greek Islands

Address: Εθνικής Αντιστάσεως 48 Χαλάνδρι, Athina 152 31, Greece

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 – 16:30.

Telephone: +30 210-727-3400

Emergency Line: 1-613-996-8885

Website: Embassy of Canada in Greece

Telephone: 171

 For 24 hour assistance call the Tourist Police at 171.

Staying Safe While
Backpacking Greece

Overall Greece is a very safe country. The worst thing I’ve seen happen is a few of my friends have gotten their phones and wallet pickpocketed.

While this sucks you, don’t need to worry about your person being in any physical danger.

Here are some safety tips to help make your time backpacking Greece stress-free.

Insure Your Safety

As I talked about earlier travel insurance might be the most important thing you buy. Hopefully you won’t ever use it. But it is 100 times better to have it and not need it than the reserve. World Nomads is who I use for insurance. 

Watch Your Phones and Wallets.

As I mentioned above, phones seem to be a lightning rod for pickpockets. The best way to keep your phone safe is to keep it zipped up in your purse, (I’ve had friends just have them in the front pocket of their purse and still get them stolen)

For guys, the front pocket is the safest for all your valuables.

Watch Our For Scams

Greece doesn’t have as many scams as other countries in Western Europe like France or Spain.

However, it is important you are aware of them. If someone is offering you something and the situation doesn’t feel right. Then politely excuse yourself, watch your belongings, and leave.

Bring Your Own Water Bottle

Greece is hot! And you’ll be drinking at least a few liters of water a day. Instead of buying water as you go carry your own water bottle.

Having your own bottle will save you a ton of money in the long run.

The tap water is Greece is drinkable so anything will do, but I always take a Lifestraw with me when I travel.

Book Things Early

Booking things early, for the most part, leads to the lowest prices.

In Greece, you can book ferries, flights, hostels, and more. You can even find good deals on museum tickets by booking online.

Couchsurf

I’ve never had too much success couchsurfing, but I tried it a few times. I also used to host a lot of couch surfers in Thailand.

Many of them talked about their deep love for couchsurfing. It is a great way to meet locals, save money, and experience culture.

Split Cost

Make some friends and split the price of everything from cabs, ATV or car rentals, hotels, Airbnb, and groceries. This will significantly reduce the cost of backpacking Greece.

Free Museum Days

Another way to save some cash is to plan your museum visits. For example, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens offers free entrance on Sundays.

Museums all over Europe often offer a free entrance day once a week or month. So if you plan your visit right, you can save a ton of cash.

Use Bank Atm's

Bank ATM’s give the best exchange rates and the safest to use. However, I haven’t had a problem with any of the ATM’s in Greece. However. non bank ATM’s charge a higher fee for using them (Around 4 Euros).

Of course, if you are banking with Charles Schwab, these ATM fees don’t matter as they reimburse you all the charges at the end of the month.

Decline ATM Conversion Rates

Another pro tip for ATM’s is to decline the conversion rate they offer you. In the long run, you will get a better conversion if your bank does it.

Stunning View when traveling Greeks islands

10 Fun Facts About Greece

1 - The Official Name of Greece is the Hellenic Republic.

2 - Greece is a member of the European Union.

3 - There are over a dozen UNESCO sites in Greece.

4 - There are over 2,000 islands in Greece.

5- The highest mountain in Greece is Mt. Olympus and it has over 50 peaks.

6- Greece is one of the most mountains countries in all of Europe.

7 - Greece is where the original olympic games took place.

8 - The Greeks made the first alphabet that used vowels

9 - Some Greeks where a Mati which protects them from the "evil eye" and prevents curses.

10 - Greek Gods where like the superheros of the ancient world

Advice on Limiting Your
Environmental impact in Greece

Being the responsible travelers that we are, it is vital to limit our environmental impact. Here are some ways we can explore Greece responsibly.

Reuse Your Towels

One way to do this in hotels is not to get new towels and sheets every day.

The general rule in Greece is that if your towels and sheets are on the floor, then the cleaners will replace them.

If your towels are hanging up and your sheets are still on the bed, then housekeeping won’t change them.

At home we don’t change our towels and sheets every day; so why do we do it when traveling? All those loads of laundry waste a lot of fresh water (which is something Greece doesn’t have a lot of).

Use Less Plastic

I’ll be the first one to put up my hand and say I am terrible at this, but I am striving to get better. It bugs me that we waste so much plastic traveling that soon makes its way to our oceans.

There are a few easy ways to limit our plastic. 

All it takes is doing small things like carry a water bottle or foldable water bag, say no to straws, and turn down plastic bags, and instead store things in your day pack.

Look for Eco-Friendly Flight

Flying produces up to 53 pounds of CO2 per mile.

That is a staggering number when you think about how many flights, and miles we have taken. Nowadays you can find more eco-friendly flights.

Kayak is an excellent flight resource for this as they highlight the best trips for the environment.

Take Local Transportation

Using public transport is not only smart for any budget backpacker (it will save you a lot of cash), but it also reduces your carbon footprint by sharing transportation.

 If you are going some close take a bus instead of an uber. 

Recycle

The big blue and green bins are for recycling. Don’t just through your recycling in the nearest can. Instead, hang on to it for a few more minutes and find a recycling bin. 

They are all over Greece, so chances are you will be close to one.

It is the collection of all the small things that makes the biggest difference and helps keep this country in pristine condition for both the locals and the travelers.

Best Books to Read
When Traveling Greece

Personally, I am all about the mythology when backpacking through Greece. Here are 5 five books that you can help dive into the legends and history as well as help you travel around.

Note: Most of these books are available via Kindle Unlimited which gives you access to thousands of books via your devices. 

I read all the time on the road, and Kindle Unlimited keeps all the weight of those books out of my backpack.  Just that thought makes me squeal with joy. 

Lonely Planet Greece

 Learn every little thing you need to know about traveling Greece from any device. Lonely Planets are the best guides on the market and extremely helpful. 

Buy Lonely Planet Greece ( Or Check out Kindle Unlimited)

The Iliad

What better story to read when traveling Greece than the Iliad. This story is the most well known oral history from ancient Greece. It is the story of the Trojan war and contains heroes like Achilles, Odysseys, Agamemnon, Hector, and Paris. In short it is an epic! (It is also part of Kindle Unlimited)

The Odyssey

This epic by Homer tells the story of Odysseus as he makes the ten-year journey home after the Trojan War.  There are sirens, a cyclops, and misadventures, as our hero faces the wrath of the gods and tries to get back to his wife. I love the Iliad, but the Odyssey is my favorite Get a hard copy here

Alexander The Great

The history of one of the worlds greatest conquers, and fearless generals is brought to life in this seminal biography brought to you by one of the worlds leading scholars on the ancient Greek world. 

Get it on Amazon.

Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing

This hilarious book takes the reader through social and family life in Greece. The author, Ekaterina Botziou, is a comedian that grew up in the UK and told the story of her adventure as she makes a move to Greece. 

On Amazon or Kindle Unlimited.

Greece Reading List:

Final Thoughts on
Backpacking Greece

Beaches, mountains, and rocky coast, and pristine islands are what draws millions of tourist to Greece each year. But what keeps them coming back are the unfailing kindness of the locals, the well preserved historical sites, and delicious cuisine. 

It has become one of my favorite countries along the mediterranean and worth backpacking Greece is definitely an trip well worth it. 

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