What if I told you that Greece in autumn is not like you imagine? When we think about this Mediterranean beauty, we’re more likely to picture paradisiac beaches, with golden sand and crystalline waters glowing under the vibrant summer sun. While the idea of spending your autumn holidays in Greece may not naturally come to mind, this can actually be the perfect season for your next getaway!
Why You Should Visit Greece In Autumn
Before you think that the fall season might stop you from enjoying everything you had planned for your itinerary (or postpone your Greek holidays for the summer), let’s get into what the weather is like in Greece and why it’s different from other countries.
What Is The Best Time To Visit Greece
Although Greece is popular for being a summer destination, there is no bad time to visit Greece! Every season has different advantages depending on what you’re looking for. While the best weather tends to be between April and June (this is also the peak season for tourism), you’ll find that everything’s cheaper during the colder months from December to February.
However, coming for the Greek fall (mid-September to November) is an ideal way to get a little bit of everything!
What Is Autumn Like In Greece?
Autumn is one of the loveliest seasons to experience in Greece. The city comes alive with vibrant colors and flowers blooming on the trees.
With temperatures around 73-88°F (23-31°C), you can still enjoy a nice day at the beach without getting sunburnt. Likewise, the sea temperature will remain warm enough to go for a swim from September to October.
Experience The Greek Fall
Apart from the mild temperatures and colors of autumn, Greece offers different opportunities for travelers looking for a pleasant trip at this time of the year. Here are some great reasons to visit Greece in autumn – especially if you’re traveling on a budget.
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Fewer Crowds & Lower Prices
Once the crowds have dispersed past the peak season, October is an ideal time to enjoy the sights and top cultural attractions without long queues. This will also make other activities more pleasant and easily accessible, such as visiting farms or taking a stroll around the city center without the masses of tourists.
Regarding costs, these tend to drop once summer is over. Not only will you be saving money on your hotel room and plane tickets, but also on ferry tickets. This will allow you to explore other Greek Islands besides the mainland.
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Events And Festivals In The Fall
Because of the harvest season, most festivals tend to be in September and October. Many of them are related to local food and art, including gastronomy events, live music, dancing, and even a marathon that takes place every November.
This is a fantastic opportunity to have a taste of Greek culture in a way that you can only experience during the fall.
My special recommendation: The annual pistachio festival, Fistiki Fest!
The “Ohi” Day
Another important event you can enjoy while visiting Greece in autumn is the ‘Ohi’ Day (meaning ‘Anniversary of the No’) on 28th October. The national holiday commemorates the day on which the Greek Prime Minister denied access to the Italian army forces during World War II.
Besides celebrations all around the country with public events and parades, all historical sites and museums are free to visit!
Harvest Season In Greece
Visiting Greece in autumn means you can enjoy the benefits of the harvest season. Although Greek cuisine is exceptional at any time of the year, in the fall you’ll find products and seasonal recipes that are not available in other seasons. It’s also a great time to try activities like visiting farms, partaking in truffle hunting at the Mushroom Museum in Meteora, and going on a food tour! If you’re staying in Athens, these are some tours you must try::
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Hiking And Outdoor Activities
Now that the body-melting heat of summer is gone, autumn temperatures are perfect to do different outdoor activities! Apart from lying at the beach or going for a hike, experience Greece’s landscapes in unique ways by biking, rafting, tubing, or having a canyoning adventure.
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Greece In Autumn – FAQ
If you’re planning a trip to Greece in autumn, you might want to take a few more things into account 😉
What Month Is The Cheapest To Go To Greece?
Consider booking your flight from September to October since this time is considered off-season and you’ll find the lower prices. However, if you don’t mind the cold, you can go even cheaper by traveling from December to February –it’s a great option if you like snow and winter sports!
Can You Swim In Greece In October?
Although the water starts to rapidly cool down by the end of summer, you can still swim in Greece in September and the first half of October. In fact, it is the perfect time to enjoy the beach since the sea is still warm enough to swim and the sun is not as strong.
What Should I Pack For Greece In September And October?
Although you’ll be comfortable enough wearing light clothes during the day, make sure to pack a sweater, and long pants in case the weather changes, as well as a light jacket for more chilly nights. Hiking shoes should also be in your bag to feel comfortable while you explore the city.
Furthermore, don’t forget about your bathing suit, sunscreen, and a hat! Even if you go to Greece in autumn, you’ll surely have plenty of sunny days to swim and sunbathe.
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Overall, fall is a wonderful season when you can have a combination of the best weather, affordable prices, and unique activities. If you missed the opportunity to visit Greece this summer, you still have time to go on a memorable trip.