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Budget ideas

Cheap Flights and Ferries

Flying to Athens, then traveling on to Crete by ferry can be cheaper than flying direct to Crete. If coming from outside Europe, look for a cheap fare to London and a connecting flight to Athens or Crete.

Cheap Food

Giros stands offer the cheapest tasty hot meals in Crete. Markets are piled with inexpensive fruit in summer, and if you stick to picnicking on fruit, olives, cheese and fresh-baked bread (the healthy diet of the Cretan Villager), you can live on surprisingly little. In restaurants, Greek salad (onions, cucumber, tomatoes, olives and a slab of feta cheese, drowned in oil) is a cheap meal in its own right. Fish is always the most expensive dish on any menu, and chicken and squid are usually the cheapest.