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11. Posted by mariha2912 (Budding Member, 59 posts) 31 Mar '13 01:48

Hostels are not a very common thing in Greece, in Athens there are maybe 5-6 so called hostels, but the ones that are real tourist-friendly hostels and centrally located are only a couple.

Athens Backpackers gets really good feedback and Athens Style hostel is good too and actualy one friend of mine stayed there 2 weeks ago and had no complaints. You are then left with hostels that might be decent but located in dodgy areas or places that advertise as hostels but usually are on the "hommeless, prostitutes, psyco" resident category. If a hostel doesn't apply, you'll then have to look for cheap small B&B hotels that in Athens will run at a minimum of 40-50 euro/single room.... So I would try to book in advance for Athens if budget is a concern.

Athens is a great city but it needs some homework before hand. Putting major sites and more known museums aside, rest of interesting places/activities are not so much "in your face" . Other capitals promote eve the tiniest corner while in Athens you must make some effort to learn about very worthing attractions. How long to stay there really depends on what you'd like to see and do. This depends on your interests, so I suggest to do some more research on that one...

12. Posted by mariha2912 (Budding Member, 59 posts) 31 Mar '13 01:56

About Santorini, just my opinion of course, but I think this island worths a visit mainly for its unique caldera and maybe the Akrotiri archeological site. There is diving beach and hiking in tons of other islands, more reasonably priced and relaxing. Santorini's beaches are balck volcanic grit, that people used to sandy beaches all their life migth find interesting, but on July I find far too inconvenient for long beach hours... It gets very hot and you need flip-flops or sea shoes or whatever in orfer to step on those beaches. The reason I mentioned I do not like Kamari is that seems to attrack lots of UK and German package tourism, and while decades ago a small traditional village might have stand there, now it seems more like a tourism-purpose built resort. Similar but a bit more low key is Perissa, a bit more aimed to independent budget travelers. If going to Santorini and not able to repeat visit for some years, I would still try to find accomodation on caldera side to admire unique views and landscape. Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigle, Oia might fit the bill... Not suitable to someone seeking the beach though. Only cliffs and a couple of man-made platforms to jumb in the sea though. And much more expensive than the flat "beach" side of the island...

Budget-wise Santorini is one of the most pricey Greek Islands. Cheap accomodation goes fast. I am aware of Oia Youth Hostel (Obviously in Oia) and Youth Hostel Anna in Perissa. Then you look on rooms to let or small hotels etc...

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