Greece is an ideal destination for UK tourists once autumn has hit British shores. Its position, adiposity on a par with southern Spain and northern Africa means September and October are still warm months. With temperatures sitting on average at 20 degrees Celsius/70 degrees Fahrenheit any outdoor activity is a pleasure to undertake.
Towards the end of October, temperatures will begin to drop – but taking a holiday to Greece in Autumn is still a popular choice!
Although mainland Greece is a mountainous country it is also renowned for its spectacular Greek islands. Rhodes, Crete and Corfu are popular destinations which are quintessentially Greek yet each manages to have its own identity.
Lesbos, Kos, Santorini and Mykonos, Naxos and Patmos are also popular island resorts offering amazing coastlines for a beach holiday. Choose a holiday to Greece in the Mediterranean, Ionian, or Aegean Seas and expect to be astounded by mountains, gorges, ancient buildings and a friendly, local population used to welcoming visitors.
As a first choice destination for British tourists most UK airports have direct flights to Athens, Heraklion and Corfu, although there are 15 international airports in Greece and a further 20 more national airports, mainly to serve the islands. Transport via rail, tram and road on the mainland is easy and ferries, hydrofoils and catamarans serve the many Greek islands. As a shipping and fishing nation, boats are part of Greek heritage and daytrips are a ‘must do’ if you wish to absorb the atmosphere.
Be prepared to sing and dance anywhere in Greece and to party hard if you visit Thessaloniki, Santorini or Mykonos, each of which have received awards in esteemed travel guides for their entertainment culture.
Corfu is a splendid location as it is small enough to get to know the place in a short break and offers plenty of attractions to occupy its visitors. Steeped in history there are buildings of architectural importance because of their antiquity including churches, palaces and museums where there are numerous artefacts from old citadels.
From the ruins dating from 700BC that can be seen at the Temple at Kardaki there is evidence of invaders and occupation right through the island’s turbulent history.
Corfu combines ancient and modern in its architecture and its outlook. After a cultural expedition, sunbathing, hiking, fishing or souvenir shopping some people might relax, or go wild, at night in the various restaurants and clubs in Corfu. At this time of the year some may have closed, but if you miss out on one venue, don’t worry, another will be available nearby. Robin’s Nest and Lemon Tree are both friendly bars. Esperides is a club that offers traditional Greek entertainment and music and if you prefer more of a nightclub, Ekati would be worth a visit. More discos and clubs with techno sounds are DNA, Apokalypsis and Hippodrome where you can shimmy your sun-kissed body almost until dawn breaks over the bay.
Cuisine is Mediterranean/Cretan with plenty of fruit, grilled meats and rice. Dishes depend on local tradition and seasonal produce.