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Catering to young, energetic crowds, Hostels are a cheap alternative to hotels. Generally they are used by low-budget travelers –like students or writers – or by backpackers. Hostels are not for everyone, but planning to stay in a hostel can seriously lower the budget needed for accommodation in Greece.


While Athens is expensive when you start to calculate how much you spend on hotels and meals, staying at a youth hostel means that you can cook your own meals and enjoy cheap bar services. Such facilities can be found at Athens Backpackers Hostel. It’s perfect for any traveler, offering free breakfast, tea and coffee all day, a series of facilities such as heating and AC. And it’s located within walking distance from the historical sites. The room prices start at 18 €/person/night and depend on the season.

Recommended by a series of travel authorities, The Hostel Aphrodite is another good option when visiting Athens is to check out. Located in the center of the city, within walking distance of historical sights, bus, rail, market, offering a bar and free internet access (hot spot), this can be quite a nice choice. However, the rooms are plain but you won’t spend too much time in them anyway.

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In Corfu you’ll find one of the legendary places to stay: The Pink Palace! It’s family run, offers genuine Greek hospitality and great prices. Currently, their offer, valid until April 2008, includes 5 nights for only 100 €/person. The prices are really affordable in season as well, starting at 27€/person/night. Totally not for the faint of heart but recommended for those seeking a lot of FUN! It’s recommended to make a reservation.


When in Crete, check out the southernmost hostel in Europe: Youth Hostel Plakias. All beds are 8 €/person/night, which makes it, probably, the cheapest hostel in Europe. Note that you will have to pay for breakfast, but it costs only 1.2€/person. The hostel opens two weeks before Easter and closes at the end of October. The location is perfect if you want to escape the hectic north part of the island, and yet enjoy the beauty of Crete. Close to beach and to the mountains, the hostel is perfect located to cater for those looking for an active holiday or just enjoy the beach and the nightlife.


Right on the well know Paradise Beach, you will find Paradise Beach Resort. But, wait a minute, it’s not a resort! They offer tents for only 8 €/nigh –and no, they are not those “crawl-in” type tents – , beach cabins for 10 €/night and slight more expensive private rooms. Looking at the facilities and location it just might be the best value hostel in Greece. There is a self-service restaurant, a snack bar, a croissanterie, a mini market and a boutique. The Hostel is opened from April 10th to October 31st.

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Located at 30 meters from the Perissa beach, Anny Studios Perissa Beach is one of the hostels in Santorini that have to be checked out. With prices starting from 10€/person/night, offering air conditioning in each room, a swimming pool, a snack bar, free wi-fi in lobby, car and motor rentals, the hostel is perfect for any traveler. It’s advisable to book in advance.

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Although a “students’ city”, Thessaloniki is home to only one hostel. Thankfully prices are affordable and there is always the possibility to head to a budget hotel as well.

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