Summer may seem far behind us however there are some destinations that can boast about their Summer-like climate well into Autumn. Greece is one of them, enjoying fantastic weather until October almost certainly, with temperatures easily reaching 25 degrees celsius during the sunny days. The Autumn nights are as pleasant as the Autumn days, and you can comfortably sit outdoors in the evenings, only needing a light jacket thrown across your shoulders. So since the weather absolutely permits, Autumn is a wonderful season to extend that Summer vibe, and experience the essence of a island holiday, by-passing the intense Summer hype.
The ‘Emerald Lady’ of the Ionian
Corfu is an island in the Ionian sea that has it all; an elegant town of immense history, brimming with impressive landmarks that include fortresses, palaces and mansions; spectacular, awarded, beaches that are graced by azure waters, and verdant cliffs that topple down to meet the sea; delicious, local gastronomy that is found nowhere else in Greece and an overall charm that is hard to resist. October’s weather can still make a beach holiday enjoyable, especially on a blue flag beach resort such as Mayor Pelekas Monastery on Kontogialos beach. Situated not far from the picturesque village of Pelekas on Corfu’s western side, guests can explore the rural part of Corfu at their leisure in between being pampered by 4 star services of the resort.
The Underdog of the Cyclades
Folegandros is almost a hidden gem, overshadowed by the more popular and flamboyant islands of Santorini and Mykonos. However, the natural beauty of this island is disarming with its steep cliffs and barren landscapes that plunge into the blue waters of the Aegean. Island life in Folegandros is demure and frugal, as it has been for decades. On this island, it would appear that time has stood still while, having escaped the radar of mass tourism, it remains largely unaffected. Visitors of Folegandros can expect to be greeted warmly by the locals, often riding their donkeys which is their usual way of getting about. Arriving at the main port, Karavostasis, you will pleasantly be surprised at the cleanliness and transparency of the water. Further inland is where you can enjoy a 5 star hospitality in the Anemi Design hotel in Folegandros that absolutely respects the island’s character.
Smooth Sailing Island Hopping
Choose an Autumn cruise if you want to fully capitalize on the fantastic post-summer weather. The sea is evidently smoother than in August, and those who are sailing enthusiasts will confirm it. August is renowned for the ‘meltemi’ winds that can go up to 8 beau-fort; at these wind speeds it is a challenge to be on land, let alone being at sea. Therefore, an Autumn cruise is the best way to discover a handful of islands, while extending the summer feeling of a yachting holiday. Variety Cruises offers a variety of boutique cruises around Greece among some other fantastic places, and are categorized somewhere in between sailing and conventional cruising. This gives passengers the best of both worlds; more comfortable facilities a yacht, but the advantages of a smaller size vessel than a massive cruise ship.
I used to be the quintessential lover of Greece in the summer. As I have gotten older I realize that autumn is my favorite time of the year. The crowds are gone and the air is crisp in the way that reminds me of when I was a little girl and would travel to islands and feel alone, in a good way. There is a lot to be said for experiencing a destination on your own terms.
What is your favorite time of the year to experience Greece?