Greeks opt for camping as economy stays bad

camping more popular in Greece

Greece's severe ongoing economic problems have led to a growing number of locals opting for camping as their choice of holidays, according to data published by the country's statistics service.

A record high unemployment rate of nearly 22% and plummeting disposable income levels amidst Greece's eight year economic slump have prompted many Greeks to pitch a tent for their summer break. Data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority last week showed that more Greeks now go camping in the country than those among the 25 million foreign tourists that visit the country every year.

Figures show that Greeks camped out for 810,443 nights between January to September in 2016, versus 770,806 nights spent by foreign tourists at the country's camping sites. The data showed that in 2015 camping was more popular among foreigners in Greece but this trend looks to have been reversed.

Many camping sites have reported a strong season for this summer with solid interest from Greek holiday makers.