If you have ever wondered what it would be like to visit Greece in October and how is the weather in Greece in October then this post will get your answers.
Greece is a very beautiful country with numerous outdoor, historical, artistic, culinary, or just relaxing and fun vacations.
October in Greece is a month that offers so many enjoyable choices plus the shoulder-season rates but minus the mass of tourists.
I get all kinds of questions from people who want to visit Greece in October but they are not sure if it will be warm or if anything will be open on the islands!
Some of the most common questions about traveling to Greece in October are:
What is the Weather in Greece in October?
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. And why is that?
- Because the sea is still very warm from the long hot summer and it is really the best time to swim or sail around the islands. Summer meltemia (Aegean north winds) have stopped blowing everyone’s hair and it is now much more enjoyable to sail
- Because in October the daily temperature in Athens is around 25 to 26 C (weather forecast of October 2020) 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 in around 4-5 to days of the month
- Because nature is magnificent with red and orange colors making the hikes in the hills one of the best things to do in Greece in October
So if you ask me if it is warm enough to swim in Greece in October, I would say absolutely yes!
I love this weather because you can do outdoor activities, you can easily explore Athens or any other place feeling comfortable and relaxed and not sweaty.
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Does Santorini close down in October?
No, it doesn’t!
Actually, October in Santorini is probably one of the best months to visit this super popular Greek island.
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!
As Santorini and all the other Greek islands have tourism throughout the year – with the peak being the summer months – they never really close.
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 stray fat cats. You will definitely find everything that you need at Santorini just at much lower prices, better – fast – service, and in a more relaxed environment.
That does sound nice, doesn’t it?
And if you need one last excuse to go to Santorini in October:
Every 1-3 of October Santorini is organizing the SANTORINI EXPERIENCE with open water swimming in the Aegean Sea with the volcano as the background and trail running along the Caldera! Find out about the event and register for 2021 here
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What are the best Greek islands to visit in October?
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. Find out all about the schedules and prices from the best booking engine, the FerryHopper
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.
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.
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 forms the jaw-dropping Andros Routes.
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
- Aegean Castle Andros (luxury): 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 pirces on Booking.com
- Blue Bay Resort Village (mid-range): Located in a stunning location in Batsi Andros, the Blue Bay Resort offers a heartwarming hospitality with fine decorated rooms and classy environtment. Check availability and prices on Booking.com
Egli Hotel (mid-range) in Chora Andros is a real gem of a hotel. Very centrally located, elegant in its neoclassic style decoration and architecture with extra friendly and helpful staff. Mouthwatering breakfast with traditional local dishes.
Check here for prices and availability on Booking
Villa George (budget) 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 in Booking.com
How is Athens in October?
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.
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 most favorite things to do and visit in Athens are:
- Travel the Athens Riviera all the way to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion and watch the stunning sunset there
- Choose any of the numerous beaches in the Attika region and swim in the clear waters. One of the best beach and nearest in Athens center, is in Vouliagmeni or Kavouri beach, where you can also find some of the best waterfront restaurants in Athens
- Go to the Chocolate Festival organized in Technopolis on Gkazi area in mid-October
- Watch the OCHI DAY, a military parade in central Athens, celebrating the refusal of Greeks to surrender to the Italians back in 28th Ocotber 1940. It’s celebrated nationwide and all the sites /museums will be closed for that day.
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.
If you are interested in staying near Acropolis check out my post on Best Plaka Hotel in Athens
Where is Best to Hike in Greece in October?
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 in Pelion mountain located in mid-eastern Greece.
Imagine a deeply forested peninsula with 28 traditional, beautiful villages full of old mansions and monuments, trees laden with pears, apples and chestnuts, planes, streams, and centuries-old bridges.
.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
- The first week of October in Tsagkarada the locals organise 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.
Find here the 2019 program for Tsagarada Festival.
2. 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!).
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 offer their guests the best experience in their place.
So that when you go back home, Greece will stay in your hearts forever.
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