Autumn is when nature comes into its own and you can get to know Greece like a local.

Autumn is a very special time in Greece. The countryside becomes especially luminous, the sea stays warm enough for swimming, the resorts become a bit quieter and the earth delivers its bounty of olives and grapes. It’s a time to enjoy the many shades of red and orange as the trees change colour and nature comes into its own. This is the time to discover the other side of holidays in Greece. Autumn is when the cosmopolitan islands are at their quietest, or when you can extend your city break to include the islands close to Athens. Or perhaps visit one of the green Sporades islands for a weekend sojourn.  Hop over to Evia’s long beaches and thick forests or go up to Pelion, where you can combine beach and mountain pleasures. Autumn is also perfect for sailing in the Aegean or Ionian seas since August’s north winds have calmed down. This is when so many of Greece’s most romantic venues come into their own: the fortress state of Monemvasia, and Nafplion and Nafpaktos with their Venetian castles and ports. It’s the time to take a hike on the old trails on the islands and mainland and pay homage to the wonderful Byzantine churches and monasteries found all over Greece. If you’re an urbanite, this is when you can really get to know Athens and Thessaloniki. In autumn, both cities regain their very different rhythms and unique spirit. Explore on foot, shop till you drop, dip into their fabulous museums and avant-garde galleries, take in a play or a concert… and above, all explore the night scene.

 

Chania

As summer in Crete lasts a bit more than anywhere else in the country, you will enjoy the warm sea and the wonderful inland areas throughout October. A fine choice for your upcoming autumn holiday is Chania.

Don’t miss out on:

– a stroll around the fascinating Venetian Harbour of Chania town, its renowned fortress and lighthouse

– a visit to the town market place area where you can taste and buy delicious local products

– a canyoning trip to Samaria gorge through a lush area teeming with wildlife

– the opportunity to participate in agritourism activities in Vamos and Milia traditional villages;

– a day trip to some of the area’s golden exotic beaches.

 

Nafplio

Greece’s first capital in recent times lies in the innermost nook of the Argolic Gulf. Nafplio’s romantic atmosphere and rich history make it the perfect destination for families and couples alike.

Don’t miss out on:

– a stroll along the narrow cobblestone alleys in Palia Poli (the Old Town) lined with impressive neoclassical houses

– a visit to Syntagma Square, which is surrounded by historic buildings

– taking a picture of the landmark of Nafplion, Bourtzi. This small fortress is located on the islet of Agioi Theodoroi, opposite the harbour

– climbing up the 999 rock-hewn steps to Palamidi Castle, where you will be rewarded with an amazing view of the Old Town.

 

Hydra

The first thing that wins you over in Hydra is how picturesque an island it is. It’s what you feel before you even set foot on the island while you’re still on board. It is no coincidence that it is a favorite destination of lovers. You know that with this quaintness you’re going to have a romantic weekend.

Don’t miss out on:

-Try the famous and delicious dessert Amigdalota.

-Definitely visit the Historical Archive – Museum of Hydra. It operates daily and it has important museum relics, archival material, and a library with valuable publications.

– Ecclesiastical and Byzantine Museum: Housed in the old Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, it houses vestments, holy vessels, elaborately decorated gospel and icons, mainly from the 18th century.

– Annex to the National Historical Museum: The house of Lazaros Kountouriotis operates as an annex of the National Historical Museum. It was donated to the National and Ethnological Society of Greece in 1979 by Kountouriotis’ descendents.

-Museum of Post-Byzantine Art and History of Hydra: Housed in the mansion of Georgios Kountouriotis, the museum exhibits personal artifacts of the Kountouriotis family, as well as exhibits from the modern history of the island.

 

Monemvasia

If you are the romantic type of traveller, this unchanged by time medieval fortified town is your dream destination. Take a stroll with your better half through Monemvasia’s narrow streets and pass by stone-built grand houses, medieval towers, historic buildings and centuries-old churches.

Don’t miss out on:

– a walk along the cobblestone winding streets where you can sense the special atmosphere of a town that once played host to Byzantine emperors

– a tour of historic edifices, medieval fortified residences, and impressive Byzantine churches

– a visit to the house of Giannis Ritsos, a local who is one of the most widely acclaimed 20th century Greek poets

– a walk up Goula (called the Upper Castle area), to drink in the panoramic view of the town

– a visit to the imposing church of Agia Sophia, perched at the end of the rock with a sheer face dropping in the sea.