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No Money, No Problem: how to do Athens on a Budget

Athens ● 17 November 2017

Athens is the ultimate Greek destination for students and backpackers for it is a cheap Greek city that can offer you vacation in Greece on a budget. With these travel tips for backpackers, you can spend affordable holidays in Athens, which has unbeatable prices in areas, such as museums, accommodation, drinks, food and generally entertainment and culture, and really understand that having great time is not a matter of money.

Accommodation in Athens

You can easily find high-quality hostels in Athens, which are characterised by their standards, cleanliness and safety. There, you will meet friendly people, have fun with other backpackers and enjoy the easy-going character of Athens, which is ideal for people, who want to live alternative experiences. If you don't want to stay in a hostel in Athens, there are also nice hotels in Athens Center, where you can spend the night with less than 30€ for two persons.

Free walks around Athens

Window-shopping, strolling around the beautiful parks and gardens of Athens as well as walking under Acropolis Hill admiring the paved streets with the colourful traditional neoclassical houses of Athens is totally free. Anafiotika in Plaka, Ermou pedestrian street for window-shopping and Monastiraki square are amazing places, where you can walk around in a wonderful setting without paying anything. The weather in Athens is warm and sunny, and you can easily spend the whole day outside exploring the urban scenery of Athens.

Cheap food in Athens

Street food in Athens is everywhere in the city and gives you the possibility to eat on a budget. There are many places to eat economically in Athens, such as Mitropoleos street for souvlaki, Apollonos street near Syntagma Square for Asian street food and Mavili square for sandwiches and hot dogs (vromiko) in food trucks with less than 5€.

Ancient monuments and museums

Some museums in Athens are free (like the significant Epigraphical Museum), and there are also free admission days for archaeological sites and museums in Athens. Moreover, you can walk around the city and admire the ancient monuments, which are everywhere and are free. For example, at the end of Amalias Avenue, Hadrian's Arch needs no ticket, while the Tower of the Winds, the first weather station in the world, can be seen from the street without having to pay the entrance-fee to the Roman Agora.

Seaside Athens

Athens has wonderful beaches .Many of them are organised and have an entrance-fee, but near them, you can find many small bays and coves with crystal clear waters, where you can swim and sunbathe for free. K.A.P.E. in Sounio is maybe the best hidden beach in Athens, and because it is not organised, it is totally free. Other lovely unorganised free beaches in Athens are Kokkino Limanaki in Rafina, Limanakia in Vouliagmeni and many sandy coves in Lagonisi on the road to Cape Sounio.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Sparta Team Hotel
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Sparta Team Hotel
21, Menandrou Str., 10563 Athens, Greece

Sparta Team Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 8-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station and Monastiraki Metro Station. The port of Piraeus is 11 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Argo Hotel
Argo Hotel
25, Victor Hugo Str., 10437 Athens, Greece

Argo Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 3- minute walk from Metaxourgeio Metro Station and an 8- minute walk from Omonoia Square. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is a 35- minute drive.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Aegli Hotel
Aegli Hotel
1, Karaiskaki & Iera Odos ave., Chaidari, 12461 Athens, Greece

Aegli hotel is situated in Haidari area, close to the city center. The nearby Agia Marina metro station favors direct access to Athens Airport, Piraeus Port and vibrant areas of the city.