Greek Isles

Greek Isles: The idyllic Island Getaway

With over 6000 island, it’s no wonder Greece is the ‘go to’ destination for islands in Europe. While most tourists crowd here in peaks months of summer from June to August we prefer September and here’s why.

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Why visit the Greek Isles in September?

Summer in Greece is extremely hot and dry, which is why we recommend travel in September, which is the tail-end of the summer months. The daytime temperatures are bearable; the sea temperatures are warmer after heating through the summer months and accommodation prices are slightly lower. It’s far less crowded at beaches, restaurants and tourist sites but the nightlife is still buzzing. 

When visiting the Greek isles it’s important to time it right. Travel a bit later in October and you might find many ferry routes and restaurants closed and hotels under maintenance for the next season. 

September in Greece also offers many closing parties at the various clubs for party lovers. While Mykonos is the most popular Greek island for night life places like Athens and Ios are not far behind. Santorini remains the most popular and the sunsets here in September are gorgeous. 

September is also a month of last summer festivals. Local produce like grapes and figs are available to gorge on. Exploring the beaches and gorges of Crete is a lot more enjoyable in September’s milder day temperatures and it is also easier to get a perfect picture of the ship-wreck beach on Zante in September minus the tourist crowds. 

Greek Isles Weather in September? 

The average land and sea temperature in September is 23°C. This may vary slightly depending on where you plan to go in Greece. There are minimal chances of rain and about 7 hours of sunshine! All in all it’s perfect holiday weather. 

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Our Favorite Greek Isle Experiences in September:

Go Island Hopping in the Cyclades

Most Greece itineraries cover Mykonos and Santorini, two of the most popular Cycladic islands. But there are many other gems like Ios, Paros, Naxos etc you can visit either on day trips from Mykonos & Santorini or for a few nights. Each of these islands has an unique atmosphere.We can help you pick the right islands for your Island Hopping Trip in Greece.

Swim, Party, Eat, and Repeat in Mykonos

Mykonos is world famous for its nightlife or shall we say even day life as day parties abound on this Island. The island has mega clubs, boat and beach parties and for those who like it more relaxed fantastic eateries lined right by the sea at Little Venice. The mantra is to have a good time, swim, eat, party and just live the good life.

Explore the Melissani Cave & Lake, Kefalonia

Kefalonia is one of those lesser known islands of Greece,though it is gaining popularity now. It’s the perfect island for families,couples, solo travelers etc. Besides the very beautiful Melissani cave and lake, the island also offers fantastic beaches, picturesque villages and lush hiking trails.

Catch a glorious Sunset in Santorini

There is a reason Santorini is so popular, there really is something about the place. The views of the caldera (volcano) as the sun sets from the cliff perched towns of Santorini is truly a sight to behold.Besides the glorious sunsets the white-washed cave hotels is what Santorini is most popular for, be prepared to shell a pretty penny for the coveted caldera view rooms that come with a private pool or hot tub.

Explore Samaria Gorge in Crete

Not many associate Greece with natural formations like canyons and gorges. But there are many Greek islands that actually have lush forests and beautiful gorges to explore. The Samaria gorge in Crete is one of the most popular and beautiful gorges in Greece. September is the perfect time to hike and explore this marvel of nature.  

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