Think of budget travel in Greece, and the image is still one of island-hopping, sleeping on the deck of a ferry or camping on the beach. However, the slow pace of island travel and the popularity of the main resorts all adds to the cost.
Instead, consider the many-fingered peninsula of Greece. It has some fine beaches – less developed than those on the main islands – and it is home to the ancient sights of Epidaurus and Olympia. Medieval villages, spectacular rack-railway journeys and appealing Byzantine towns all await those who explore beyond the package holiday destinations.
Where to stay
Best for beaches in Finikounta: Hotel Golden Sun
Best for location in Nafplion: Pension Eleni
Daily budget: Basic €30, occasional treat €40
Drink: Ouzo €3
Food: Souvláki (shish kebab) €3
Hostel/budget hotel: €20/€30
Travel: Bus: Athens–Delphi €16; ferry: Athens–Crete €40
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