When the summer sun has withdrawn its blazing rays and things begin to cool down, the beautiful autumn season unfurls throughout Greece. If you get the chance to visit sometime September through November, try to get out to the countryside for a memorable experience.
The beginning of autumn in Greece is characterized by refreshingly crisp mornings that turn into warmer afternoons once the bright Greek sun makes its debut. Students look forward to a new school year and Athens is bustling with life as the city gradually fills up again after everyone retreats from vacation. Both young and old hit the streets and ports, filling up cafes, restaurants, bars (and parking spaces) to the brim on the weekends.
Weather-wise, it gets a bit windy with occasional rains, giving the countryside’s vegetation plenty to drink. And though some trees do lose their leaves, autumn (and even winter) in Greece are very green seasons. Hillsides fill with sprouting grass and tasty season fruits once again make their appearance at local “laiki” farmer’s markets. Autumn is the season for pomegranates, olives, chestnuts, grapes and cotton.
When visiting Greece in autumn, be sure to take a ride to the countryside and mountains where you will experience all the scenic nature and charm of this brilliant – in color and essence – season. For agro and ecotourists, autumn means olive picking. Traditional olive harvesting in Greek orchards is a rich experience to be had, especially for city visitors who don’t get to see such a sight all too often. Various areas like Kalamata, Crete, Lesvos, and Evia host agrotourists that visit Greece to gain insight and hands on experience in harvesting techniques at every stage of the olive harvest and olive press oil production.
And for the more adventurous and sporty visitors, the mild weather typical of the autumn season makes for a particularly great time to engage in a number of outdoor activities including hiking and trekking.