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.
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.
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.