Four Reasons Greece is the Perfect Destination for Backpackers

This article was written in collaboration with Samantha Berry.

Backpacking is a popular holiday type for lots of modern travelers. Of most appeal for many is its affordability, which ensures visitors can get the very most from their trip without emptying their bank accounts.

Backpacking around a country is also a great way to follow the principles of slow travel, which can expose you to a new way of life when exploring the world.

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Santorini, Greece

Greece, with its sun-kissed islands, ancient ruins, and vibrant culture, is more than just a tourist hotspot – it’s a backpacker’s paradise. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a digital nomad seeking new horizons, this captivating country offers a unique blend of affordability, adventure, and charm.

Here are four reasons why Greece should be your next backpacking destination.

Affordable Travel

Affordability is a characteristic of a typical backpacking adventure, and if saving cents is something high on your priority list, Greece is an excellent option.

From affordable accommodation to reasonably priced local cuisine, you can experience the best of Greece without breaking the bank. Particularly in the main towns and cities, hostels, guesthouses, and budget hotels are plentiful.

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The Parthenon in Athens, Greece

Of course, you can choose to venture off the beaten path slightly, perhaps to some of the less commercial Dodecanese Islands. However, doing so will likely require a bit more planning in advance to ensure you’ve got somewhere to rest after a day exploring the sunny streets, and somewhere to eat come mealtimes since options will be more limited.

Warm Hospitality

Especially if you’re traveling alone, it’s important to feel safe and comfortable in the country you’re visiting. Amongst the many brilliant things Greece is known for, the hospitality and friendliness of the locals is one of the most appealing.

The Greek concept of “philoxenia” (love of strangers) ensures that you’ll feel welcome wherever you go. The locals are known for their friendliness and generosity, often going out of their way to help travelers; this warm hospitality makes Greece feel like a home away from home.

In return, it’s helpful (and considered polite) to try and converse in the local language where possible – keep a few key phrases handy to help you get by when striking up a conversation.

Stunning Landscapes and Rich History

In the spirit of affordability, you’ll probably want some reassurance that an itinerary full of activities isn’t going to cost you the earth. With historical and cultural relics waiting to be explored, and awe-inspiring landscapes lurking around every corner, you’ll never run out of free or affordable things to do in Greece.

Every part of the country is steeped in history, from the Acropolis in Athens to the cliff-top monasteries in Meteora, Greece truly is a living museum. Walking through these historical sites offers a glimpse into the past, making it an enriching experience for any traveler.

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Meteora, Greece

When you’ve had your fill of historical discoveries, turn to the viridescent valleys and imposing mountains for endless entertainment. The country’s natural beauty provides plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and photography.

Whether you’re wandering through the olive groves of Crete, trekking the gorges of Samaria, or lounging on the pristine beaches of Mykonos, Greece’s diverse landscapes are breathtaking, and its natural charm is sure to be a highlight of any backpacking adventure.

Vibrant Nightlife

If you’re the type of backpacker who loves to unwind by visiting the local discothèques come sundown, Greece will welcome you with open arms. Some of the islands have garnered a global reputation as being hotspots for nightlife, attracting a range of clientele from A-list celebrities to backpackers on a budget.

Zakynthos, Mykonos, and Ios in particular are famous for their energetic beach parties and nightclubs, while cities like Athens and Thessaloniki offer lively bars and music scenes.

And if you’re looking for a quiet drink at sunset, you’ll be spoiled for choice with quaint local tavernas wherever you are. There’s something for every taste, whether you’re into dancing the night away or enjoying a quiet drink under the stars.

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Milos, Greece

Greece is a country that knows how to throw a party, and hedonistic holidaymakers certainly won’t be left disappointed by its extensive offering.

Where Will Your Greek Adventure Take You?

Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, Greece is an appealing backpacking destination year-round. Spring and autumn are ideal for avoiding the peak summer crowds while still enjoying pleasant weather. Even in winter, some regions remain mild and inviting, offering a different perspective of the country.

Whether you’re embarking on an island-hopping escapade or a historic tour of the mainland, whenever you choose to visit, Greece makes for the perfect backpacking destination.

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