Three Days in Crete - Low Budget!


My boyfriend and I are 18 and are going to be in Crete for 3 days as part of a self-guided tour of Greece, Italy, and France.

We're looking for low cost ways to maximize fun and adventure while on the island. We're flying into Heraklion in late May.

Do you have any advice for the best hostels/campsites, snorkeling/day trips and food for low prices?

Thanks so much!

Crete on a ShoeString


Well, you can really enjoy Crete on a budget, you could choose Matala which is extraordinarily beautiful and has a camping ground right on the beach, plenty of beaches and cheap places to eat.

You could take the local bus there. The water is really clear and safe there and there is excellent snorkelling.

Here is our page about Matala Village...

See good info about Matala Beach here...

In Matala a low cost hotel we suggest is Iliaki Pension, a simple place run by a local family.

There are plenty of other good camping spots all around the island. Of course if you only have 3 days in Crete you will need to choose one of these spots and just stay there and enjoy it. Plenty to choose from!

Camping Nopigia is on Kissamos Bay 7 km from Kissamos town, on a lovely scenic bay with sand and pebble beach.

From Kissamos you can take a beautiful boat ride out to Balos Lagoon, a mystical, secluded pirate cove, these boat rides are affordable and well worth it, this stunning lagoon will be a special memory forever...boat trips are around 25 Euro.

Camping Chania which is located about 5 km to the west of Chania Town, in a pretty location at Agioi Apostoli near Golden Beach.

Camping near Rethymnon at Camping Elizabeth which is right on the beach and 3 km from town.

Camping Sisi is on the north coast 2 km from the pretty fishing village of Sisi.

In the east of Crete near Ierapetra is Camping Koutsounari which is right on the beach, 9 km from town, with some of the most beautiful clear waters around, great for snorkelling, visit the paradise of Chrissi Island on a very low cost boat ride from Ierapetra.

From mid-April to the end of October, you can visit this small uninhabited island by boat, because of its white sand, clear turquoise waters and natural simplicity. It is only 8 km south of Ierapetra. Return ferry trips around 20 Euro.

More information for your trip:

Getting Around in Crete

Local Buses in Crete – Info

Chania Region

Rethymnon Region

Heraklion Region

Lasithi Region

Kalo Taxidi! Bon Voyage!

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