Greece might be associated with sun, sea, sand and hot islands, but Greece is a year-round destination. Fall is a wonderful time to travel to Greece. Tourist crowds are thinning, prices and temperatures are dropping, and the food is fantastic. Let’s have a look at what Greece has to offer in fall, reveal the reasons why you should consider a Fall-break with your family and things to do in fall in Greece.
6 reasons why you should travel to Greece in Fall with your family
- Find lower airfares and accommodation prices
- Travel and walk without the heat of summer
- Visit tourist attractions and towns without big crowds
- Attend fall festivals and cultural events
- Experience the dramatic beauty of Greece in fall
- Enjoy fall foods like truffles and wild mushrooms
Fall is very pleasant in Greece. Sunny warm days, occasionally a few clouds, a nice breeze and cooler evenings. Fall is colder inland, especially in the mountains. October generally brings crisp, cool mornings and evenings but again, many sunny days and often hot enough for swimming until the end of October, especially on the islands of Rhodes and Crete. November is one of Greece’s wetter months, but there are usually still many sunny days. Athens is dry and sunny during the fall with a few cloudy days.
Visit tourist attractions and towns without big crowds
Athens and Thessaloniki are less busy during fall meaning you get to admire world-famous monuments and landmarks without the crowds and waiting lines. A stroll around the city centre with kids becomes more pleasant without the thousands of tourists on the pavements in the summer months. Athens in fall is especially great for visiting the Acropolis, the ancient Agora, and to see the Temple of Zeus. The autumn is a wonderful season to visit some parks both in the city itself and in the surrounding area. A must-visit for fall colors are the National Gardens. With comfortable temperatures, autumn is the perfect time for families to try an urban adventure in Athens. Take your pick from a number of walking tours that highlight contemporary cultural aspects of Athens. Although there are fewer sunlight hours, earlier sunsets mean more time to enjoy cities after dark. Athens lights its historic monuments at night so strolling through the city after dark is beautiful and romantic.
Around the 3rd or the 4th week of October, lots of international schools in Europe and especially the ones in the UK have half-term breaks. During these weeks, Kids Love Greece have extra dates for our popular Percy Jackson tours small group. More specifically, in Athens on October 14, October 18 and October 20 and in Delphi on October 21.
Fall is also a great time to visit the world-famous monasteries of Meteora. Without the crowds, you will truly absorb the impressive rocks and stunning nature at this UNESCO world heritage site. You can combine your visit to Meteora with a mushroom hunt with the Meteora Mushroom Museum.
Unlike many of the other Greek islands whose tourist industry seems to close in October, the season in some island carries on in fall. As such, we’d recommend Crete and Santorini. In fall, when the tourist numbers drop, it is a little easier to find family accommodation in Santorini, and the temperatures on this volcanic island are a lot more tolerable. One of the bonuses of visiting in fall is that the waters might still be warm enough to swim in.
Attend fall festivals and cultural events
Most of Greece’s local festivals tend to be in the fall. These festivals are often related to food because of the harvest months. Think of festivals dedicated to truffles, chestnuts, mushrooms, grapes and wine. In Aegina, a pistachio nuts festival takes places each September including gastronomy events, workshops, live music, theatrical events and creative activities. Chestnuts grow all over Greece and many communities hold chestnut festivals, such as the one in Crete in the scenic village Elos. You’ll find music, folk dancing, eating and drinking and chestnut delicacies. The Chestnut festival of Agios Demetrios near Nafpaktos takes place at the beginning of October. Throughout the festival, roasted chestnuts are served to the visitors along with local traditional dishes and desserts.
In Elassona in the Thessaly region, one of Greece’s most important feta-cheese-producing regions, a Feta Cheese Festival takes place in September. You can also find wine and beer festivals around Greece such as the Corfu Beer Festival in September. Wines of Peloponnese is a fall festival featuring 30 wines from the region.
An important cultural event in Greece is the national holiday of 28 October with parades, marching bands and folklore dress all over Greece. In November, the Authentic Marathon takes places in Athens. The race is one of the most unique sports events in the world and attended by thousands of runners and spectators from all over the world. Finally, Halloween is increasingly popular in Greece over the past years and lots of interesting Halloween parties are being organized in Athens.
Greece’s stunning nature in fall
Greece’s colors are magical in fall. Nature transforms itself from fresh green into many shades of red and orange as the trees change colour. Hiking and biking are just a few activities that will allow your family to enjoy Greece’s magnificent mountain landscape. One of our favorite fall activities is hiking. Ideal destinations for hiking are Crete, Meteora and Pelion because nature is truly at its best at this time of the year. Kids will love the picturesque villages of Pelion with their apple trees and acorns. Crete is a paradise destination in fall with lots of organized outdoor activities in its stunning nature and colourful landscape.
Greece Food in Fall
Fall is an interesting time for food-loving families. Besides Greece’s year-round delicacies, fall offers products that are not available in other seasons. What can be better than fresh truffles? Truffle hunting, as well as mushroom picking, are some fall activities that are being organized after the summer. Have a look at the Mushroom Museum in Meteora that organizes truffle hunts for families. There are lots of fresh mushrooms in fall so many restaurants will feature them in special dishes. Wine and olive harvests are another great aspect of fall in Greece. If you want to discover all the goodies that Greek fall offers, we recommend joining one of our food experiences for families. Have a look at our food tours in Nafplio and Chania, both excellent destinations to visit in fall.
If you would like help to plan your fall vacation break in Greece, contact the Kids Love Greece team. We would love to create the perfect vacation itinerary for you and your family!