Endless Summer: Four Ways To Enjoy Autumn In Greece
Not ready to let go of summer just yet? Thanks to its mild autumn climate, Greece provides the perfect escape if you’re looking to delay the onset of the coming season for a little while longer. Pack your passport – the following are four ways to experience an endless summer in Greece:
See the City Sights
Fewer crowds and comfortably warm temperatures are just two good reasons to head to Athens or Thessaloniki at this time of year. With blue skies still providing picture-perfect backdrops, this is the ideal season to explore the ancient sites of Greece’s cities. Get a selfie at the Acropolis or enjoy a traditional Greek coffee at an outdoor café in Plaka or Monastiraki. Take your time to wander Thessaloniki’s open-air museum of Byzantine art and architecture. Without the oven-like heat of high summer, you’re free to discover these attraction-packed cities at a much easier, more laid-back pace.
Embrace the Great Outdoors
Sweeping stretches of sandy beaches, challenging gorges and wild, gushing rivers makes Greece a playground for adventure seekers. With cooler, milder weather in the offing, there’s no better time than autumn to get active. Take your pick from mountain biking, sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling, trekking, kayaking, rafting, canyoning or horse-riding. Dive centres can be found across the mainland, as well as the Dodecanese, Ionians, Cyclades and Crete. Between the clear inviting waters and rocky caves of the coastline, you’ll find plenty to explore.
Go Island Hopping
Famous for their iconic blue and white architecture, not to mention paradise beaches, Crete, Santorini and Rhodes are some of the most visited islands in the world. Autumn sees these islands enjoying less crowded resorts and pleasant temperatures, while the spectacular scenery that draws summer holidaymakers remains completely unchanged. Capture Santorini’s famous sunsets, discover the colourful villages of Crete’s Chania region and see the medieval sights of Rhodes – the chilly temperatures and grey skies of home will be a distant memory in no time.
Feast on Autumn’s Harvest
Prepare to loosen your belt a notch or two on your return journey, Greece is heaven for foodies. From street-food staples such as gyro and souvlaki to the freshly netted seafood of the islands, the kitchens of Greece are ready and waiting to spoil you with delicious local dishes. Tuna is said to be at its best at this time of year, while harvest season brings a bounty of green olives, wine and oil to dinner tables across the mainland and islands.
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