A Greek Island Vacation You Can Afford

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Greece's Cyclades islands have a reputation for perfect beaches, fresh seafood—and an Olympian price tag. But BT's photo editor discovered a down-to-earth (and affordable!) vibe on the islands of Paros and Santorini. 
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Fresh octopus hauled from the Aegean drape over the wooded rails at the fishing port of Naoussa, on Paros.
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This Santorini taverna, Ouzeqi, is named for the Greek liqueur ouzo, and serves up treats like tomato fritters and pureed fava beans (ouzeri-santorini.blogspot.com, appetizers from $4).
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Dolmades, Yellow Donkey beer, and feta dip with tomatoes are traditional Greek treats. 
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A home in Lefkes, a central hilltop village on Paros.
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Swimmers at Paros's Kolymbithres beach, which offers secluded nooks for hanging out and soaking up the Aegean sun.
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Naoussa's Venetian-style port is a scooter ride from nearby Hotel Petres, an affordable lodging choice in Paros (petres.gr, sea-view rooms from $105).
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The Church of Agia Triada sits in the center of Lefkes.
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Dodge the donkeys while cascading down the stairs to Santorini's Ammoudi Bay to find delicious grilled octopus at Dimitris Taverna.
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Santorini's cliffside neighborhood, Firostefani.
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Santorini's capital, Fira, has quaint cobblestone pathways, bustling tavernas, hidden hotels, and boutique shops.
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Pastel-colored walls and white-weathered furniture are characteristic of Santorini's décor.
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Whether you choose to explore Santorini on foot or on a scooter, the island offers delightful, always surprising vistas.
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A stay at Efterpi Villas' studio includes a private veranda and an amazing breakfast delivered to your door (efterpi.gr, studio room with private veranda from $125).
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You can watch the sun sink into the Aegean from an old fishing dock on Santorini's Ammoudi Bay. 
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If you thought the luxurious isles of Greece were off-limits to all but the most deep-pocketed visitors, think again. With gorgeous hotels at $125 and under and sizzling taverna treats starting at just $4, the islands of Paros and Santorini are beckoning right now!

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