Which Greek Islands have you visited? Which would you recommend and which would you avoid and why? Is there any problem you can see with visiting particular Greek islands in November?
my friend and I are heading to greece in mid november. i know its low season but i want to hit some islands for 5 or 6 days each and hang out. a mix of party and culture and beach rest. just wondering if anyone has been to santorini, ios, crete or any other recommended places at this time of year. Hotel, apt, hostel info and anything else helpful would be appreciated. thanks
Hi, as you mention November is not a good season for Greek Islands. It can be very cold, rainy and generally unpleasant. Forget about beaches, it is not a time for swimming. In addition most tourist facilities are closed and smaller islands are completely empty (even most of the "inhabitants" leave for Athens or other mailands places). Crete however is another matter, although the tourist places will be closed down there are several "real" towns which are worth visiting. Chania is probably the nicest, old Venetian city, a big enough city (around 50 000 inhabitants) to offer restaurants, bars, hotels even at this time. In case the weather is good there are beaches nearby. Rethymnon is another nice place although smaller than Chania, again Venetian old town. Heraklion is the biggest city of about 250 000 inhabitants and although not beautiful is very dynamic with a hectic night life. The minoan palace of Knossos is just outside town and there are many places you can visit as day trips. A very good public bus service makes it easy to travel around. Suggest a boat to Heraklion and then travel by bus to Chania (2.5 hrs), maybe staying in Rethymnon which is in the middle, and leave from Chania (both cities also have airports with frequent connections to Athens). The advantage of travelling this time of year is that there are very few tourists so it is easy to find accomodation (in the cities), the locals are relaxed and friendly and the scenery can be magnificient (unless it is pouring rain of course). Bring warm clothes as it can get quite cold and the heating indoors can be next to unexisting.
Although November isn't the ideal time to go to the Greek islands, I wouldn't discourage you. I would still recommend going to Santorini as the views are magnificent and some hotels etc are still open. I stayed at and think it's still open in the winter. Its also worth going to see the sunset at Oia. Its not going to be possible to get any beach rest at this time of year and I wouldn't think partying is really possible as there will be hardly any other travellers around. Another island I really enjoyed was Mykonos. We stayed at but I think it's closed in winter. Its perfectly located just outside Mykonos Town, near the bus station, and in summer, the swimming pool is gorgeous. You must go to Athens too - winter is probably a better time to visit as going up to the Acropolis in 40 degrees wasnt all that fun. Have a great time!!
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I was wondering about the Greek Islands in April. We are heading over to Italy and wanted to visit the Greek Islands as well. I don't know if it is worth the trip at this time of the year. Are we better off spending a few days in Positano and saving the expence of flying over to Greece if it is the wrong time of the year.
mykonos and stay at mimi's
Hi Blackfred, April is shoulder season in the Greek islands, tourist places are opening up but there are few tourists around. Weather in April is unpredictable, can be beautiful or rainy and cold. It all depends on what you want to do. If you just want to experience the Greek culture and nature it is a good season. After the winter rains there are flowers everywhere and all fields are lush green, not at all like the burnt summer season. If you want to swim and party it is not a good time. If you have the possibility to come over Easter it is an unforgettable experience, this is the main religious holiday in Greece and visitors are welcome to watch the processions and the decorated churches. Corfu would be a good choice for you if you are coming with a ferry from Italy, and it is a beautiful island. But there are many others of course.
I think that it November is better to go not on island but main land part of Greece, for example to Athens. I am in Athens (Greece) for 6 months. i really love them, u can never get bored here! during the day: ancient sightseeing or beach, in the evening amazing nightlife! if u will travel here use this page for all updates of interesting events or tips
Have a nice traveling !!!
Have you been in Greece? I really enjoy Greece, especially city of Athens,
dear sir ,sure the islands that you must to visit ,are sporades island
are choosed for the Mamma Mia movie as the best place for the movie
skiathos town ,the old port is fantastic alll the periods thatyou will coming