Despite being among the most exotic places in the world, Santorini welcomes guests with all budgets. Its cliff-hugging whitewashed buildings include fabulous affordable accommodations. Most afford romantic panoramas of the sea, volcanic-sand beaches, sunsets, and sunrises.
In a nutshell, Santorini on a budget is possible without compromising on comfort or luxury. Here’s how.
Take a Connecting Flight or Boat
Nothing damps the idea of the perfect Santorini holidays like losing a big chunk of your budget to flights. The best way to avoid such grief is to take two flights instead of a direct one. You can land in Athens and choose to either take a second flight to Santorini or ride in a ferry to reach the awe-inspiring Greek island.
Stay in Fira Instead of Oia
It’s in the capital town that you’ll find cheap hotels in Santorini. Oia is the hotspot for tourists and thus brims with pricey accommodations. Fira, on the other hand, is dotted with Airbnb rooms, hostels, and camping facilities. Best places to stay in Santorini on a budget include Caveland Hostel, Merovigli Village Studio Airbnb Rental, and New Haroula Hotel.
Sample the Street Food in Santorini
Fira Town Square food isn’t just affordable, with gyros topping at 2-4 Euros, but also delicious. If you go to the off-beaten Kamari and Perissa, you’ll find several cheap restaurants in Santorini, many of which offer authentic Greek cuisine. Thomas Grill and The Blue Sky in Oia are easy on the wallet too.
Drinking Scene in Santorini
When it comes to the Santorini nightlife and drinking scene, Fira is again the best place to have fun without burning a hole in your pocket. Expect beer as cheap as €2 alongside happy hour offers for delicious cocktails.
Take the Local Bus
The best way to get around Santorini on a budget is to take the local bus. The public transport here is really good. It runs from the main port to Fira, so you won’t need a taxi. It also connects all popular spots in Oia, Fira, Kamari, and Perissa, while costing as little as €1.80 or €2.30.