Bargain Destinations on the Greek Islands
Given the tough economic times Greece has been dealing with over the last few years, prices here have fallen dramatically and budget-minded travelers are taking advantage. The county is now entering its sixth year of a very deep recession and hotels have lowered prices by up to 40%. Greece has become one of the cheapest destinations in the area and travelers are heading here for the unforgettable experience of walking through ancient ruins along white sand beaches. Here are some of the best destinations on the Greek Islands this year if you’re looking for the best deal.
The Island of Kos
While there are over 200 inhabited Greek Islands, Kos offers something unique. It was once the home of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, and the beautiful castle that dates all the way back to the 3rd century BC where it’s believed he schooled students. Families enjoy the long pebble beaches full of beach bars and Friends Junior, a play area for kids that costs only €4 and gives parents a chance to take a break. Hotel Sentido Mitsis Norida Beach is found in Kardamenda, near the castle, and this five-star resort has something for everyone, whether you’re after peace and beautiful views, fine dining or scuba diving.
Amathus Beach Hotel on Rhodes
Rhodes, also known as the island of Knights, enjoys 300 days of sunlight every year. According to the Greek poet Pindar, the island of Rhodes was created after a union between Rhode and the sun god, Helios, and it’s easy to fall into this ancient story yourself as you walk through the sun-bathed towns. Rhodes is one of the largest, and most affordable, of the Greek Islands with cool breezes, crystal clear waters and this gorgeous 5-star hotel.
Mykonos — The Island of Winds
Mykonos has a reputation for its huge parties and exciting nightlife, as well as steep prices. Well, not anymore as prices have fallen considerably in the last few years. Mykonos is truly one of the most stunning islands with beautiful white sand beaches. The Hotel Dorion is the best place to stay here and it sits on the beach of Ornos, which was once called Dorion, or a small gift from God. According to Greek mythology, the island was also the location of a great battle between Zeus, king of the gods, and the Titans and it was named in honor of Mykons, grandson of Apollo.
The Best of Both Worlds on Corfu
Corfu continues to amaze visitors with its fresh Venetian air and endless things to do. Unlike most of its neighboring islands, Corfu also offers guests all of the benefits of a large city without sacrificing any of that island feel. Corfu sits close to the coast of Italy and you can see both an Italian and Greek influence here. One of the best bargain accommodations on the island is the Akrotiri Beach Hotel, which is found in the city of Paleokastritsa, right on the beach. Every room in the hotel offers breathtaking views of the sea with plenty of amenities. Spend your vacation relaxing by the pool or lounge under the stars in the warm air.