Updated August 17th, 2022 by Travel the Greek Way

Greece in October, fall leaves people walking in Pelion Mt
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If you have ever wondered what it would be like to visit Greece in October and how is the weather in Greece then this post will get your answers. Visiting Greece in October is ideal if you are intimidated by the crazy hot Greek summer temperatures.

Greece in October, Delphi Oracle Athina Pronaia Temple
Delphi Oracle Tholos

October in Greece is still quite warm, and the sea is great to swim from the previous hot summer months, at least the first half of October. This cooler weather allows all kinds of outdoor activities as well as visiting more demanding sites that are uphill, like Delphi, Mystras, or Meteora.

Traveling to Greece in October is also a fantastic month for the shoulder season prices in hotels and the much better customer service everywhere as the crowds have gone back home!

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Top Things to Do in Greece in October

  • Visit classy Spetses island in the Argosaronic
  • Discover fertile Andros island in the Cyclades
  • Enjoy popular Santorini with no crowds
  • Marvel at a 3-Day Trip to Delphi and Meteora
  • Explore the capital, Athens
  • Join the October Pelion Mt Festivals and discover 28 traditional villages

What is the Weather Like in Greece in October?

a group of hikers in Meteora rocks
Meteora Rocks Hiking

If you can’t stand the crazy hot temperatures of Greek summers (30-45 C in July and August) then October is your ideal month to explore Greece. Summer meltemia (Aegean north winds) have stopped blowing everyone’s hair and it is now much more enjoyable to sail.

Best Places to Go to Greece in April, Andros Greece chora sea and old houses
Andros Island

The daily temperature in Athens in October is usually around 25 to 26 C while in the evening drops around to 17 C. Towards the end of October it might get a bit cooler but nothing too dramatic. There might be some rain for 4-5 days of the month.

Centaurs Trail in Makrinitsa Pelion
Pelion, The Centaurus Trail

Greek nature and forests are beautiful with red and orange colors making the hikes in the hills one of the best things to do in Greece in October

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Best Things to Do in Greece in October!

1. Visit Classy Spetses Island

General view of Sptses island port
Spetses Island

All the Greek islands are simply amazing to visit but If I had to choose, I would say go to Spetses, the most aristocratic island of the Argosaronic.

From Spetses it is very easy to hop to the other nearby island of Poros, Hydra, and Aegina.

Spetses Island mini marathon
Spetses Mini Marathon

If you are a marathon runner then there is a bonus for you: participate in the Spetses Mini Marathon held every 4-6th of October.

Ferry Tip: The ferries in October are not as frequent as they are during the summer. Book your trip with no hidden fees at FerryScanner

2. Discover Andros Island

Andros Island at dusk

Andros island is another great island you can visit in October in Greece as it is only 2 hours away from Athen’s smaller port of Rafina.

It differs from the other barren Cycladic islands as it has a lot of water and consequently a much greener environment. There are 7 mineral water springs on Andros with the most famous of them being Sariza.

Andros Greek Island main Chora
Andros

You will be thrilled with the classy and elegant Chora town, with a mixture of neoclassical buildings and Cycladic whitewashed houses.

Andros is great if you love art and museums, there are just tons of them, plus castles, towers, and a very impressive lighthouse.

Andros Chora

Not to mention the sandy beaches which are some of the best beaches in the Cyclades! Andros island is ideal for hiking: There is a well-signed hiking network of over 170 km of waymarked and some of them cobblestoned paths.

100 km of them are signposted trails that connect the north with the south part of Andros and form the jaw-dropping Andros Routes.

Grias to Pidima Beach on Andros Island

Gorgeous paths lead to the Cave of Foros, a rich in Stalagmite formations cave, the ravines of Pithara, rivers, abandoned towers, secluded picturesque villages, and springs in every turn.

Andros has a wealth of things to do and see in an elegant and peaceful environment.

Where to Stay in Andros

Greece in October, hotel room Andros
Aegean Castle

Aegean Castle Andros (Doubles from 123€ B&B): Splendid mansion with amazing views, very friendly and attentive staff, delicious food, in a secluded green area of Agia Eleousa in Andros for a really unforgettable experience! Check availability and prices on Booking.com

Blue Bay Resort Village (Doubles from €91 Β&Β): Located in a stunning location in Batsi Andros, the Blue Bay Resort offers heartwarming hospitality with finely decorated rooms and a classy environment. Check availability and prices on Booking.com

Greece in October, hotel Andros by the sea

Villa George (Doubles from €46) in Batzi Andros is perfectly located in front of the sea with a fantastic beach to swim in, quiet, super clean with friendly and helpful staff. Batsi village is just 5 mins walking. Check availability and prices on Booking.com

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3. Explore Santorini’s magic in October

Santorini or any other of the islands doesn’t close in winter. The Greek islands have permanent residents that stay on the islands throughout the year. For instance, Santorini has 5 high schools, with a permanent population of 15.520 people!

Santorini Oia with blue domes and caldera views

There are indeed businesses that their owners prefer to close down but those are usually the large hotel complexes, clubs, big restaurants, etc.

So, don’t worry that you will go to Santorini in October and it will be just you and 3 fat stray cats. You will definitely find everything that you need at Santorini just at much lower prices, with better – fast – service, and in a more relaxed environment (and no crowds!).

And if you need one last excuse to go to Santorini in October:

For 2022 Santorini Experience is held on September 23-25, with open water swimming in the Aegean Sea with the volcano as the background and a trail running along the Caldera! The event includes the 21.1km “Daedalic Kore of Thira” Half Marathon running across the enchanting areas of Oia, Imerovigli, and Fira as well as the unique 1.5 miles (2.4 km) “L & E Nomikos” open water swimming route starting from the volcano with its finish line being at the old port of Fira.

You can register here  https://forms.gle/qXjAT6UGpL8A4LJJA

Are you looking for the best Santorini budget hotels? Check out this informative post.


4. Enjoy a 3-Day Trip to Delphi and Meteora

Delphi Oracle ancient theater
Delphi Archaeological Site

Greece is a mountainous country so some sites are much more difficult to get to them than others especially if you are visiting during the heat of the Greek summer. Two great examples are the steep uphills of the Delphi Archaeological Site and the endless steps to get to some of the Meteora Monasteries.

A man standing and looking at Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Monasteries

Delphi and Meteora are best visited when the weather is much cooler like October to April and on a 3-day trip, spending a night in Delphi and one night in Meteora. A draft of the itinerary can be:

Day 1: Athens – Ancient Olympia in the Peloponnese – Galaxidi seaside town, 30 km far from Delphi. Spend your evening in the beautiful Galaxidi and stay at the best Boutique Hotel in town with the most delicious handmade marmalades: Ganimede Hotel, Galaxidi (Doubles from €78).

Meteora Monasteries Varlaam
Meteora Monasteries

Day 2: Visit Delphi Archaeological Site, stroll Arachova town, go to UNESCO Osios Loukas Monastery, drive to Meteora and stay overnight in Kalambaka town. The best Hotel to stay in Kalambaka is Archontiko Mesohori Suites & Apartments (Doubles from €109).

Day 3: Visit UNESCO Meteora Monasteries.

If organizing a trip is too much trouble for you, you can book a 3-day tour to Delphi and Meteora!

5. Stroll Athens in October

Acropolis - Parthenon-Athens-Greece
Athens pedestrian Areopagitou

Athens in October is simply amazing. The vast majority of tourists are gone, and you will mostly find the locals hurrying around to their busy schedules.

This is the best time to visit in a relaxing way the most famous Greek landmarks in the world: the Acropolis Hill and the Parthenon.

Greece in October, Acropolis - Parthenon with view to pireaus
Acropolis Hill an the Parthenon Temple

Athens is also perfect as a city break destination. If you are traveling to Europe you can fly for a long weekend to Athens and get the best of what the city has to offer.

My favorite things to do and visit in Athens are:

  1. Travel the Athens Riviera all the way to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion and watch the stunning sunset there
  2. Choose any of the numerous beaches in the Attika region and swim in the clear waters. One of the best beaches and nearest in Athens center is in Vouliagmeni or Kavouri beach, where you can also find some of the best waterfront restaurants in Athens
  3. Go to the Chocolate Festival organized in Technopolis in the Gkazi area in mid-October
  4. Watch the OCHI DAY, a military parade in central Athens, celebrating the refusal of Greeks to surrender to the Italians back on 28th October 1940. It’s celebrated nationwide and all the sites /museums will be closed for that day.
Greece in October, Greek parliament special guerds - evzones
Special Guards Outside Athens Parliament

If you would like to get a full tour of Athens, check my full Guide on the Best Athens Monuments so that you do not miss a site!

Where to Stay in Athens

You can find all types of hotels in Athens from super luxury hotels like Grande Bretagne and Four Seasons Astir Palace to Plaka Boutique Hotels like AthensWasDesign and budget choices like Athens City Hotel.

6. Hike in Pelion Mountain

Pelion © myvolos

Greece is literally made for walking, so the answer is almost everywhere in the country. There is a mountain or a hill or a nearby forest or a river or a lake to hike, climb, cross, wherever you go in Greece.

My very favorite place to hike in Greece is Pelion mountain located in mid-eastern Greece.

Zagora village in Pelion Mt
Pelion Village

Imagine a deeply forested peninsula with 28 traditional, beautiful villages full of old mansions and monuments, trees laden with pears, apples, chestnuts, planes, streams, and centuries-old bridges.

The most famous Pelion villages are:

Greece in October, Agioi Saranta beach in Pelion Mount
Chorefto Beach in Zagora

As if that was not enough, the peninsula is surrounded by endless golden sandy beaches, some of the best in Greece. In autumn the forest leaves take red and orange hues creating magnificent landscapes that you would just love to hike!

Join the October Pelion Festivals

Greece in October, Tsagarada escape festival in pelion Mt

In the first week of October in Tsagkarada the locals organize the Escape Festival.

The Festival is a fully outdoor activity celebration that includes canyoning, hiking, rock climbing, archery, sea kayak, horse riding, flying fox, and yoga. All participation and events are free of charge.

Greece in October, chestnuts Festival in Pelion
Chestnut Festival

2. On The last days of October, usually between 26-28 of the month, in a small village close to Tsagkarada, in Xourichti, the “delicious” Chestnut Festival is organized by the local authorities.

There is no entrance fee and the visitors can taste boiled and baked local chestnuts (Pelion is huge in chestnut production), food cooked with chestnuts, dance with the locals, and enjoy an authentic local Greek feast (the poster says that free wine is included as well!).

Greece in October hiking in Fall Pelion
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Last and very important reason to visit Greece in October? Prices and rates are low and the local businesses devote a lot of quality time to offering their guests the best experience in their place.

So that when you go back home, Greece will stay in your heart forever.

What to Wear in Greece in October

Greece in October, Me Evgenia Pelion Milies November
Me in Milies train station last October

In 2021 Athens October’s highest temperatures, varied between 16 and 26 C and the lowest between 10 and 18 C. For this kind of weather, you need to pack a smart combination of light (t-shirts and light long pants) and warmer clothes for the cooler nights or for a sudden change of weather.

For a smart outfit for your night outs, a smart jumpsuit is perfect and you can combine it with a different jacket. Another essential item is Spyder Women’s Encore Fleece Jacket (amazon), warm, classy, and convenient for any outdoor activity or for the chillier nights in Greece.

Read my Detailed Packing List for Greece here

Top Things to Do in Greece in October

  • Discover Spetses island in the Argosaronic
  • Go to Andros island in the Cyclades
  • Enjoy peaceful Santorini island in the Cyclades
  • Indulge in a 3-Day Trip to Delphi and Meteora
  • Explore Athens
  • Discover Pelion Mt traditional villages

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Where is your dream summer destination? Would you go to Greece in October?

I’d love to hear about where you’re spending your vacation this year, especially if you have any exciting travel plans! There are so many things to do in Greece in October. I hope that you get the chance to try as many as possible. Till next time, Evgenia❤️

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