September in Greece: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

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View of the ocean from Santorini

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September travel to Greece provides visitors with the best of all worlds—lighter crowds, lower prices, pleasant weather, and a full slate of events and attractions. In September, you can enjoy music festivals, picturesque religious feast day celebrations, and the Athens International Film festival.

Most tourists will find attractions open toward the last part of the month less crowded—a few places on the Greek islands will close at the end of the month, and activities for children start to wane as the school year begins. Transportation schedules start to be cut back about September 15.

September is also the beginning of the repositioning cruise season. This is when many cruise lines offer some great discounts while moving their European vessels over to the Caribbean for the winter season.

Greece Weather in September

The climate in Greece is typical of the Mediterranean countries with mild and rainy winters, warm and dry summers, and lots of sunshine. There are regional variations. The winter is milder in the Aegean and Ionian Islands as compared with the northern and eastern mainland of Greece. The Greek islands may be more humid than mainland Greece.

The beginning of September in Athens is still warm but the heat of the summer dissipates by the end of the month as fall approaches, though you might see a day or two that reaches as high as 82 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Average high: 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius)
  • Average low: 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius)

Expect sun at the beginning of September. The end of September also offers sunny skies, with just a little more chance of rain. It’s swimming weather at the beach because the water is fairly warm, with an average sea temperature in September of 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius).

In the Greek islands, temperatures are just a little warmer. During September on Santorini, the average temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) on September 1 and gradually decreases until it reaches an average of 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius) by the end of the month. And it’s gloriously sunny in the Greek islands too. Greece enjoys an average of 11 hours of sunshine every day during September, making outdoor activities ideal.

What to Pack

You’ll need good walking shoes for exploring ruins and walking along cobblestone streets. And, for the beach, sandals are perfect. If you’ll be in the water, consider a pair of water-walking sandals to prevent injury in case you step on a sea urchin or sharp rock.

A bathing suit is a must as are sundresses and short-sleeved shirts. Don’t pack too many T-shirts because you’ll find plenty of souvenir tees in Greece. For evening, or in case of a rare rain, bring a lightweight jacket. Toward the end of September when the weather is cooler, layering will keep you comfortable. In beach areas, you can enjoy dressing lightly with flowing cotton fabrics. If you are visiting churches or religious festivals, long pants or skirt and a sleeved shirt will be appropriate.

September Events in Greece

September in Greece brings opportunities to attend large events, music festivals, and small-village religious feast days.

Best Greek Islands to Visit in September 2022: A Local’s Guide

Best Greek islands to visit in September? There are plenty.

Arguably, there is no such thing as a “bad” Greek island to visit at this time of year. As a matter of fact, September and October are among the best times to travel to Greece.

Best Greek Islands to Visit in September

Prices of hotels, tours, and flights in Greece drop by as much as 60% as August makes way for September. Better still, the crowds that visit Greece during the peak summer months disperse.

You might even find the temperature and weather conditions preferable at this time of year. July and August in Greece see temperatures that soar well above 30-35 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, September temperatures tend to linger in the late twenties. In other words, it’s still very hot and this is “summer” weather by anyone’s standard.

However, the conditions are not so hot that it is unpleasant being outside for extended periods of time. Hiking in Greece or exploring outdoor archaeological and UNESCO-protected sites is much more pleasant in September.

Warmest Greek Island in September?

Best Greek islands to visit in September

Most Greek island groups see pretty hot, sunny conditions in September. Even the northern, frequently rainy islands in the Sporades and North Aegean are very warm.

However, typically, the farther south you go, the warmer the temperatures. So the warmest Greek island in September? Arguably Crete, and some of the southernmost islands of the Cyclades.

Best Greek Islands to Visit in September

Best Greek islands to visit in September

A selection of the best Greek islands to visit in September is detailed below. This list is not exhaustive – there are hundreds of Greek islands after all!

However, these are among the warmest, and most culturally rich to explore in the shoulder season. Some islands detailed here are easier to get to than others. Use Ferryscanner to check the latest ferry ticket prices, routes and schedules.

The stunning island of Kos in the Dodecanese is one of Greece’s most popular island getaway destinations. For good reason too. Kos is stunning.

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The conditions here are perfect for a little late summer sun and rest and relaxation. The average daytime temperature in Kos in September ranges between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius.

Even in the evenings, the temperature rarely drops below 20 degrees Celsius. So, you can enjoy a cocktail or two by the sea and only have to take a light cardigan.

Kos is renowned for its abundance of long sandy beaches that border crystal-clear azure waters. Visiting in September, you can enjoy swimming and snorkelling without sitting elbow to elbow with other beachgoers on their towels!


Skopelos island

The blue-green island of Skopelos rose to fame in recent years after it featured as the fictional island of “Kalokairi” in Mamma Mia. Regardless of its Hollywood links, Skopelos has, until now, managed to avoid being a victim of mass tourism.

This, in part, may be due to the fact that the island is so awkward to get to. Visiting Skopelos entails either a flight to Skiathos and a ferry, or a cross-country journey to Volos, and a long boat ride.

September is essentially the last month of the “season” in Skopelos before local bars and restaurants close for the winter. While the island may not be a mainstream tourist destination, Skopelos still has its fans.

In July and August, some parts of the island – notably Panormos and Skopelos town (“Chora”) are overrun with tourists. Travelling slightly out of season – either in mid or late September, means having some of the Skopelos beaches and villages almost entirely to yourself.

Better yet, these cooler conditions mean it’s nice to hike around the island, without having to wake up early and avoid the midday sun in order to do so. Don’t miss

Sendoukia. This site, in the midst of a dense pine forest, is a mysterious pirate’s graveyard. Better yet, from this view, you can enjoy some of the best viewpoints in Skopelos.


September is one of the best times to visit Santorini. The crowds are finally starting to disperse and flight and accommodation prices become more reasonable as Autumn approaches.

Conquering the infamous 10km Fira to Oia hike is a must. Temperatures are a lot more bearable at this time of year, though it does get very hot during the day so set out early in the morning or the late afternoon if you plan on hiking.

The trail leads you through stunning volcanic landscapes and past the gorgeous villages of Imerovigli, Oia, and Firostefani. There are plenty of places where you can stop for a coffee or a spot of lunch in a traditional taverna along the way.

Fira, the capital of Santorini is home to charming boutique stores and is the perfect place to indulge in some retail therapy. Meanwhile, Oia, with its quintessentially Greek whitewashed buildings with blue domed roofs, is one of the best places on the island to catch a famous Santorini sunset.

For the best Santorini trip, plan to spend a little time in both towns. If you like wine, you will be pleased to discover that there are more than 20 wineries on Santorini!

Some offer incredible caldera views and the vast majority enable you to book a tasting of their different wines paired with local agro products, cold cuts and cheeses. Santorini also makes a good base for island-hopping to other places in the Cyclades such as Delos and Ios.


Crete, owing to its southern location, is not only one of the best Greek islands to visit in September, but it is also one of the hottest. Early in the month, it is not uncommon for temperatures to remain at around 30 degrees Celsius.

As the month progresses, you can still enjoy temperatures in the mid-twenties. Crete is the largest Greek island and it can be overwhelming to plan your itinerary here.

Depending on the amount of time you have, you may decide to either embark on a cross-island itinerary. Alternatively, you might want to concentrate your time on a specific side of the island.

Crete boasts three international airports. Consider flying into Heraklion and spending a day or two exploring the historic capital and participating in the national sport of Greece – drinking Greek coffee!

From Heraklion, take a day trip to Knossos. This is one of the largest Minoan palaces in the world.

The site dates back to 2000 BC. Be sure to also visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum where many of the artefacts recovered from the region are stored.

Rethymno and Chania are both charming Cretan cities with picturesque old towns. Their historic centres consist of a maze-like network of narrow cobbled streets adorned with colourful buildings and houses. It is easy to get from Chania to Heraklion and vice versa.


est Greek islands to visit in September

Skiathos is the most popular island in the Sporades group. It is well connected with the rest of Greece, as well as wider Europe.

It is the only island in the Sporades to have an airport. As such, it makes a logical starting point for a wider island-hopping adventure.

Some of the resort towns and beaches in Skiathos become extremely busy during the months of July and August. It can be near impossible to find a corner of the island that is not overrun with crowds.

This is a shame as Skiathos is naturally gorgeous. By September, the crowds begin to taper off.

As such, you enjoy the rare, more peaceful side of breathtaking beaches such as Diamandis beach, Katharina beach and Vromolimnos. Skiathos may well be known for its party scene.

However, the island caters to people of all tastes. If you enjoy hiking, there are more than 26 trails that lead around the island.

There are several monasteries in Skiathos that are well worth an afternoon’s exploration. The Monastery of Evangelistria is one of the most important in Greece.

It is here where the very first Greek flag was flown in the 1800s. Similarly, there is Kounistras Monastery in the hills behind Troulos.

There’s a lady living in the monastery that was quite a well-known Greek bouzouki singer in Athens. However, she moved to the monastery to take care of it and dedicates her life to her faith.

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Best Greek islands in September

September is one of the best times to visit the popular Cycladic island of Mykonos. This is especially true if you want to experience the local nightlife, yet you don’t want to travel when the island is overbearingly crowded.

Owing to the island’s South Aegean location, temperatures remain hot here throughout most of September. Best of all? Travelling during this period enables you to escape the Meltemi winds that plague the Aegean in July and August.

Panormos and Super Paradise are two of the best places on the island to enjoy all-night beach parties. If you are looking for something a little more low-key, head to Little Venice.

This picturesque little district extends out from Alefkandra beach. Comparing the area to Venice is fitting.

Here, pastel-coloured stilted houses sit just above the water. These buildings were once the homes of fishermen.

However, they have been converted into chic cocktail bars and upscale eateries serving international and Greek cuisine. The area also has a fascinating history too. Once upon a time, pirates would drink and hang out here while sailing around the Mediterranean!


Best Greek islands to visit in September

The little island of Spetses is one of the closest islands to Athens. It floats in the Saronic Gulf, some 2.5 hours away from the Greek mainland.

The affluent island is a popular weekend getaway destination for Athenians. It is home to less than 4,000 permanent residents, all of whom, live within Spetses town “Chora”.

Venture outside of Spetses town though, and the island is essentially one big national park. No cars are permitted here, making Spetses a unique Greek island travel experience.

Consider renting a bicycle or, better yet, an ATV and zipping through the wilderness of the island. Spetses is one of the best Greek islands to visit in September because of the local events that take place here.

Every September, the island plays host to the annual Armata festival. Spetses, along with nearby Hydra, was the site of many important battles during the Greek war for independence.

The Armata festival exists to celebrate the naval battle of 8th September 1822 in Spetses. Street performances, traditional dances, and theatrical performances are hosted across the island.

Reenactments take place on the 8th of September. A huge model ship is created and then burnt at sea, as fireworks illuminate the night sky.


Best Greek islands to visit in September

Alonissos also sits within a protected marine area – Alonissos marine park. This is the only one of its kind in Greece and the largest such protected area in Europe.

The region is home to a diverse array of rare sea life and underwater fauna. Notably, the endangered Mediterranean monk seal calls Alonissos home.

In recent years, Alonissos has begun to increase in popularity as a scuba diving destination. September is essentially the last month of the season here, with most local businesses closing their doors at the beginning of October.

Patitiri is the main town on the island and the most convenient place to base yourself. From here, you can follow a short woodland trail to the Old town (“Chora”).

This settlement, 200 metres above sea level, offers incredible views over the peninsula. There is a scattering of Byzantine churches and cosy tavernas here. From the end of September though, it practically becomes a ghost town.


There is no such thing as a bad time to visit Hydra island. However, since many of the best things to do in Hydra revolve around hiking, walking, and spending time outdoors, it is nice to visit in September when the temperatures start to cool down a little.

You can get from Athens to Hydra in less than 90 minutes. Travelling to the little island feels almost like travelling back in time.

No cars or vehicles are permitted on the island and locals get around by donkeys and mules. Hydra port is recognised as being one of the most beautiful in Greece and many battles took place here during the 1820 war of independence against Turkey.

Stop for traditional Greek food at Paradosiakó Restaurant (Tompazi 8) and enjoy meandering through the labyrinth-like network of narrow cobbled streets and alleyways near the port. Then, strap on your comfiest shoes and follow the coastal path that takes you to the fishing villages of Kamini and Vlychos.


If you like quiet Greek islands, Amorgos is one of the best Greek islands to visit in September. This horseshoe-shaped island sits at the easternmost part of the Cyclades, close to the Dodecanese.

While Amorgos has started growing in popularity in recent years, it is still relatively off the beaten path as far as most Greek islands go. Amorgos is known for its natural beauty and several incredible hiking trails can be found here – notably the trail to the clifftop Hozoviotissa Monastery.

The Chora is the island’s capital. It’s a great place to base yourself as from here, you have a plethora of restaurants, tavernas, shops and nightlife options right on your doorstep. It is also worth carving the time out of your schedule to visit the quaint villages of Tholaria, Potamos, and Lagada.

Parting Words

Best Greek islands to visit in September

Have any further questions about the best Greek islands to visit in September? Alternatively, are you planning a trip to Greece and need further assistance?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via the comments box below. I have lived in Greece since 2017 and I’m happy to answer any questions or queries that you may have.

Safe travels! Geia sou! Melissa xx

Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas is a British Travel Writer and Blogger based in Athens, Greece. She writes for numerous high profile travel publications across the globe – including Forbes Travel Guide, Matador Network, The Times of Israel and The Huffington Post.

Is greece a good place to visit in late september

What to expect when travelling to Greece in September?

Greece in September is probably one of the best months of the whole year and as such a lot of people try to plan their holidays for the mellow days of early autumn.

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This is not always achievable, however, due to the fact that for most Europeans, September signals the start of school so kids need to be back in class and parents at work. For those of you, however, that have more flexibility with your holidays, choosing September can be a very rewarding experience.

diaporos island - swimming - boat and beach

What do you need to pack for Greece in September?

As a general piece of advice, September should have mostly summer clothes with the addition of a few “just in case” items.

If you are sticking to southern Greece and the islands you are probably going to have little to no rain. However, do grab a cardigan or sweater for cooler nights. For taverns or festivals that take place on a higher altitude or in the mountains, you are probably going to need a light jacket. Your bathing suit is of course required!

What to expect when travelling to Greece in September?

For September, expect fewer crowds than August or July but not as quiet as early spring and April or May. That is because the weather is still so pleasant everybody tries to delay getting back to real life responsibilities. The Mediterranean Sea heated to a perfect 27°C degrees during the summer months, still hovers around 25 and the nights are cooler but only require a light jacket.

Greece in September

Where to travel in Greece in September?


We love Crete island and recommend visitors become better acquainted with what it offers. It combines the advantages of a big island (the largest in the country) and the charm of an island destination. Due to its location in the southernmost part of the country, Cretan summer lasts all of September and often even October.

In addition, due to its size there is never a shortage of ferries or plane options for travellers. Where other islands start to downsize the frequency of ferries, Crete still has daily routes. It is also one of the easiest islands to fly into, with a plethora of international connections arriving into both Chania Airport and Herakleion.

Greece in September

Events and Festivals in September

Pistachio Festival – This annual festival takes place on the island of Aegina. Usually celebrated over a long weekend, a period of at least 3 days, this small island in the Saronic Gulf welcomes hundreds of visitors that pay tribute to the local pistachio of Aegina. If you plan it well, you can enjoy the serene beauty of Aegina as well as learn more about the cultivation of their favourite produce and sample different products.

Thessaloniki International Trade Fair – An event that is closely linked to the identity of the city, the International Trade show has been running for almost 100 years. Always on the first week of September, this event is both of commercial and political improtance with a wealth of businesses that attend and conferences on various matters.

Armata Festival in Spetses Island – The island of Spetses played an important role in the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire that started in 1821 and lasted for a period of about 10 years. The small Aegean island has a long and proud seafaring tradition and together with Hydra and Psara had managed to put together a small fleet of warships, manned by expert seamen but grossly inadequate to compete against the much larger ships of the Ottoman Empire that were heavily armed and ready for war. From the 8th to the 13th of September in 1822, a series of naval battles took place with Greek revolutinary Andreas Miaouliss commanding the Greek squadron. A combination of strategy and luck brought victory to the Greek fighters that is still celebrated to this day around the second week of September. A dramatization of the event usually takes place on the Saturday night and a replica of the Ottoman warship is built that is ceremoniously blown up during the night. The night sky is continuously lit by firework displays.

Trofonia Festivites – In Central Greece, the town of Livadeia puts on the Trofonia festival every August and September. Events taken place in the area of Krya, where the beautiful river of Herkyna runs through. Trophonius was a Greek daimon, that was worshipped in the area in antiquity. There are theatrical performances for children and adults, music, exhibitions and lots of concerts.

Trofonia Festivites – In Central Greece, the town of Livadeia puts on the Trofonia festival every August and September. Events taken place in the area of Krya, where the beautiful river of Herkyna runs through. Trophonius was a Greek daimon, that was worshipped in the area in antiquity. There are theatrical performances for children and adults, music, exhibitions and lots of concerts.


Athens Open Air Film Festival – From June to September enjoy classic movies or blockbusters in unique locations all around Athens. Some of the venues they come up with are museums, archaelogical sites, parks or beaches. The best thing? Entrance is free for everyone.

Athens International Film Festival – This annual festival that was founded by the Athens Film Society, has been taking place between the 18th and 29th of September for the last 25 years. Audiences can expect a roundup of some of the best indepedent productions of the year from different genres. If you are flying into Greece through Athens consider spending a few days exploring the rich historical and cultural sites of the capital and attending a screening for a different local experience.

Greece in September: Average Weather Temperatures

September offers the best of both worlds.

Prepare for beautiful warm days and little to no rain with more than 8 hours of sunshine a day. If you are thinking of planning a beach holiday for September the weather is ideal for swimming and lounging on a sunbed.

If you are travelling further north or in high altitude destinations like mountains bring a light jacket for cooler nights. Don’t skip the sunscreen, just in case!




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