EuroCheapo's Greece Articles

Discovering Crete: Exploring Greece’s largest island on foot

Discovering Crete: Exploring Greece’s largest island on foot

There are small islands which capture the peculiarities of island life—and bigger islands where insular qualities are less evident. Crete is most certainly in the latter category. It is the largest of the Greek islands, and indeed one of the largest islands in the entire Mediterranean. Only Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus and Corsica are larger. From » Read more

To Visit or Stay Away: The Greece Question

To Visit or Stay Away: The Greece Question

Tourism in Greece hasn’t fared at all badly this past year or two. Indeed, in 2011 visitor numbers were very buoyant as travelers who might otherwise have taken vacations in Egypt or Tunisia opted instead for Greece. Greece was a key beneficiary of the Arab Spring. Germany shuns Greece Yet over the past year, Greek » Read more

Greece: Wine-Tasting in Nafplio

Nafplio, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Athens, is hands-down one of Greece’s most charming towns. It is also home to Karonis Wine Shop (Amalias Street 5, Nafplio, +30-27520-24446.) The shop was established in 1882, although Karonis has actually been producing ouzo, brandy, wine, and other spirits since 1869. Recently, the family-owned company has taken a lead » Read more

Greece: Bus to Cape Sounion

Photo by Jill Stowe If there is one ancient site outside Athens you absolutely should not miss during your Athens sojourn, it’s the Temple of Poseidon (admission: €4; +30-22920-39363) at Cape Sounion. You could make the approximately 90-minute drive on a bus as part of a €34 tour, but we recommend the less expensive and » Read more

Greece: Delphi the Cheapo Way

Greece: Delphi the Cheapo Way

While in Athens, you want to visit nearthe navel of the universe—but you don’t want to rent a car or embark on a €90 tour. Here’s our Cheapo solution to your dilemma. Take an inter-city bus from Bus Terminal B in Athens (Liossion Street 260, +30-210-831-7096) and pay only €13 each way. You will need » Read more

Greek Graffiti Artists: Mr. Phaz & Others

Photo by Tara Lencl Graffiti art hasn’t been an exclusively Stateside phenomenon for quite some time. It’s been developing and spreading throughout the world over the past 20 years, ever since people overseas first saw films like Beat Street. There are many talented graffiti artists in the Balkan region. One example of local graffiti can » Read more

Greece, Where Pharmacies are Cheapo Territory

Greece, Where Pharmacies are Cheapo Territory

The absolutely wonderful thing about Greece’s state-subsidized health care system is that just about any cream you could possibly need while traveling—from anti-histamine cream for easing the itch to yeast infection cream for, well, easing the itch—is available at every pharmacy throughout the country, and very likely at a much lower cost than whatever you’re » Read more

Greece: Culture for Free

Greece: Culture for Free

Photo by Jaci Daskarolis Remember your travel assistant Zac? He’s the guy who hipped us to this great news: If you are 19 or under, you can enjoy free admission to all Ministry of Culture sites in Greece. This basically means that more than 1000 archaeological sites, museums, and other cultural places of interest managed » Read more

Athens Flash: Fruit Stand S’berries Cheap Right Now!

Athens Flash: Fruit Stand S’berries Cheap Right Now!

This week in Athens, we found gorgeous strawberries being sold for €2.50 per kilo at a fruit stand. At the supermarket, less inviting strawberries are currently being sold for €4.30 per kilo. Low fruit stand prices are a great way to gauge what’s local, fresh, and in season; they also provide a wonderful excuse to » Read more

Greece: Zac the Travel Assistant

Greece: Zac the Travel Assistant

Photo by Kaymaria Daskarolis You probably thought that retaining a travel assistant was out of the Cheapo question. We thought so, too, until we met Athens-based Chris “Zac” Zachariou (tel: +30-210-935-4129, +30-6942-879-783, cdzac@yahoo.com). Hiring Zac to help you plan your travel in Greece can save you money and time. The man works in mysterious, efficacious » Read more

Greece: Independence Day

Greece: Independence Day

Photograph by Kaymaria Daskarolis Yesterday (March 25) was Greek Independence Day. This date marks the day when the Greeks, after 400 years of slavery, took up their fight for freedom against the Turks in 1821. It is, obviously, an important date for Greeks, and is celebrated with patriotic parades and displays of Greek culture hidden » Read more

Greek Ferry Finder

Greek Ferry Finder

Photograph by Jerry and Betty Latta On Monday, we told you about the great ferry options offered by Hellenic Seaways. If you don’t find what you are looking for on the Hellenic Seaways Web site—after all, there are many Greek islands not serviced check out the Paleologos S.A. Shipping and Travel Enterprises site. It is » Read more

Greece: Flying Dolphins

Greece: Flying Dolphins

Photograph by Kaymaria Daskarolis Greek ferry company Hellenic Seaways offers one-way, round-trip, and multi-leg ferry trips between the main ports of mainland Greece (Piraeus, Rafina, Agios Constantinos, and Volos) and 32 Greek islands. The company’s Web site is very easy to use, and permits online ticket purchase and multiple ticket pick-up options. While you can » Read more

Greek Treat: Nafplio by Train

Greek Treat: Nafplio by Train

Many call Nafplio “the most charming city in Greece”— and for good reason. The Peloponnesian city boasts noticeable Venetian influences, recently renovated pedestrian streets, three formidable fortresses, and a charming seaside location. Together, these features create a city atmosphere unlike any other in Greece. There are three main ways to get to Nafplio from Athens » Read more

After Burning Meat Thursday, Cheese Week

After Burning Meat Thursday, Cheese Week

photograph courtesy of Peter and May Kireopoulos From today until Easter, meat is forbidden from the diet of practicing Orthodox Christians. This is good news for vegetarians in Greece, who will enjoy 40 days without being asked how they will survive without meat—the assumption being that they are not consuming it because they are faithful » Read more