Other cheap holidays to take a look at
If you’re not quite decided, there are many more cheap holiday options available. Consider Morocco for a taste of the exotic with its modern hotels, colourful souks and superb beaches. Maybe the Canary Islands appeal for their sunny climate and diverse resorts. Or look into Spain and it’s beautiful Costas, which provide a winning mix of iconic cities, beachlife and authentic charm.
But, if Greece is the place for you have a look at our travel guide for handy hints to help you on your way. Here are a few cheap hotel options to get you started.
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Cheap days out in Greece
Visitors to Corfu won’t want to miss the chance to explore Corfu Town. The island’s capital is peppered with cafes, restaurants and shops, and there are many cultural treasures to check out including the Old Fortress and 16th-century St Spyridon’s Church.
In Crete, the Bronze Age archaeological site of the Palace of Knossos is a popular attraction, while those in search of active pursuits will find the mountainous interior bursting with hiking and walking opportunities. A day in Chania is another top day out with a delightful old town, more Bronze Age ruins and a Venetian-Egyptian lighthouse to discover.
Samos offers a variety of nature trails for those who like the great outdoors, as well as numerous ancient sites like the Temple of Hera ruins. In Kos’ capital, Kos Town, wander the old cobbled streets, enjoy window shopping and be sure to visit the Castle of the Knights of St John. For inexpensive souvenirs and cafes on the island head to Marmari, with seafront souvenir shops, a long sandy beach and welcoming bars.
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Flight times from the UK to anywhere in Greece are under four hours, meaning less time on the plane, more time on the beach, and more holiday for your money.
Travel off-peak to get the very best holiday prices and cooler days for sightseeing. Greece offers hot summers, with average August temperatures of 29°C, and mild winters of around 10°C, depending of course on which region or island you choose.
The Greek pace is generally laid-back, and visitors can enjoy a range of delicious cuisine for just a few euros per meal. Expect the freshest Greek salads with juicy olives and feta, grilled meat dishes such as souvlaki and the sweetest of desserts including baklava and other pastries.
The islands all offer the escapist vibe, as seen in the film Mamma Mia!, although each has its own charm and character. Low-key Corfu provides a delightful mix of lush greenery and stunning beaches, and it’s dotted with castles, churches and ruins – ideal for those who like a balance of relaxation and sightseeing.
Another option is Crete, birthplace of Zeus where myth and legend is whispered on the breeze. Rustic towns sit side by side with party resorts such as nightlife-central Malia, offering a variety of pastimes for both young and old.
Samos is another island gem with dazzling waters, friendly bars and whitewashed villages. Leave the resorts behind to discover vineyards, ancient monasteries and hidden waterfalls. And, in lively Kos fun is the name of the game with waterparks, lively beaches and a vibrant nightlife all promising holiday memories and more.
Elkomi is a cheap holiday base with a location that's hard to beat, as Paradise Beach is a mere 10-minute walk away and Malia's strip of numerous bars and clubs is even closer. The highlight of the hotel is the inviting swimming pool, surrounded by loungers and with a lively party atmosphere – it provides a great venue for socialising and sunbathing. The poolside snack bar and breakfast bar will provide sustenance during the day and your room comes with a balcony and fridge.
Offering a traditional feel, the Ino Village Hotel has an attractive courtyard pool and sea-view restaurant to enjoy. And walk towards the sea and you'll reach the nearest beach in around 10 minutes. A la carte dining options are available between June and September. But if you prefer to dine out there are a selection of cafes and restaurants, for different budgets, in nearby Samos Town, just a 15-minute walk away.
Ideal for those who like plenty to do while on holiday, Aegean Village's large inviting pool forms the focal point of the complex. You can get active with a game of waterpolo, tennis, beach volleyball or keep fit in the gym, and families can make use of the playground and kids' clubs. Dining options cover a buffet restaurant, poolside snack bar and main bar, and the evening entertainment will keep everyone happy, including Greek nights and discos.