If you haven’t organised your holiday yet and you are looking for the best Greek islands to visit in September then you are in the right place.
When speaking about the Greek islands, September is considered the last month of summer, not August, offering better opportunities in terms of prices and for a relaxing holiday.
Greece has more than 220 inhabited islands, so choosing which is the best greek island to visit in September might be more challenging than you’ve imagined.
Most of the islands enjoy many sunny and warm days, the perfect time for sunbathing even during this month of the year, but there are a few of them which stand out, amazing places where summer is still at its best.
The main reason why I like to go to Greece in September is that the weather is still warm ( the perfect beach weather as I like to call it), the sea temperature is perfect for a swim and the prices are lower.
Not to mention the number of tourists, which is lower too and gives a more deep feeling of relaxation and a better opportunity to experience the local culture and traditions.
In this article, I will tell you which are the best greek islands where you should go for your September holiday, what you can do on each of them and where to sleep for an ultimate experience.
As regarding the way of getting to these places, I want you to know that all these places have an airport and there are direct flights to and from Athens the whole year.
During the summer season, from May to October, there are also charter flights from major European cities to these Greek islands.
There is also the ferry which has regular trips from Athens’ port to each island and if you want to plan an island-hopping trip, some of these islands are also connected by ferries.
Because September is the end of high season, before planning a trip to one of these islands I strongly advise you to check the ferry connections or planes schedule to maximise your time spent abroad.
The best way to move around the islands and explore its amazing attractions is by car or scooter. The rental offer is varied and the prices start from 30 euros per day.
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Crete is the largest Greek island with a very diverse landscape and many wonderful beaches spread all over the coastline.
You can easily spend 2 weeks on this island, which is the best greek island to visit in September and discover new places and try new activities each and every day.
I will list below the most interesting attractions from the island which definitely should be included in your travel plans:
- Spinalonga island
- Seitan Limania beach for diving
- Village of Loutro
- Chania Old Town
- Balos Lagoon and the hiking trails from the area
- Mirabello Bay, the largest bay from Europe
- The historical town of Rethymno
- Knossos Palace, the oldest town in Europe
- Samaria Gorge, among the largest from Europe
- The Fortress of Koules
- The Monastery of Arkadi
Where to sleep
Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa is the best choice from the island when visit Greece because of its location, landscapes, quality of services and facilities.
The resort has no main building but it is surrounded by bungalows, suites & villas that are dotted around a gentle slope, leading to its impressive beach and breathtaking bay.
All rooms open up to extended verandas, most of them with a private pool and all with beautiful views to the Aegean Sea and Spinalonga island.
In September, the holiday season passes, the temperature drops a bit as well, but the basic sensation is a lot more relaxing and also pleasant; ideal for beach-bumming and also for activities like hiking and biking.
While in Kefalonia, one of the best greek islands to visit in September is full of incredible places.
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You definitely should pay a visit to the following attractions while in Kefalonia which is the best greek island to visit in September:
- Assos Village, a pretty human settlement in a natural harbour
- Myrtos Beach rates as the best beach in Greece
- Mount Aenos with its amazing hiking trails
- Agios Gerasimos Monastery
- Melissani Cave
- The great beaches Makris Gialos, Antisamos and Kaminia
Where to sleep
Family friendly F Zeen engulfed by nature has unique accommodation, with a simplistic and natural approach to the design through incredible attention to detail.
You will always find plenty of space to lounge around as the retreat is only accessible to residents.
Boasting 3 beautiful swimming pools, two holistic spas, an outdoor gym and yoga decks, 2 bars, 2 restaurants as well as boutique shops, the resort is the perfect place to spend your September holiday.
This is the best time of the year to visit Mykonos, one the best greek islands to visit in September from Cyclades islands as the prices drop, the weather is still sunny and warm and the clubs are still open.
I am sure that you already know but I want to point out that Mykonos is one of the best places to go if you are looking for vibrant nightlife, beach parties and fancy bars.
But Mykonos is more than that; it has many amazing attractions and experiences which should be tried while there:
- The windmills from Little Venice neighbourhood
- The island of Delos the perfect destination for a boat trip
- Scuba dive at Paradise Reef
- Party the whole day at Paradise beach
- Taste the local wine into a wine tour
Where to sleep
While on Mykonos, which is the best greek island to visit in September for non-stop parties, book a few nights at Petinos Hotel, a superb location, a few steps from the famous long sandy beach of Platis Gialos and a short drive from Mykonos Town.
Lying between the famous Nammos and Scorpios restaurants & bars, the hotel’s privileged location is the ideal base to delve into Mykonos’ dazzling cosmopolitan life.
The airport is located 3 km away from our hotel, the port 5 km, the idyllic Psarou Beach is only 1 km away, and the world-renowned Paradise Beach lies at 2 km.
Santorini, one of the best Greek islands to visit in September is Greece’s most famous island, a hotspot for honeymooners and couples looking for some romantic moments.
September in Santorini is practically the fifth month of summertime, as the crowds of tourists start to come from May to spend memorable moments and watch beautiful sunsets without the need for a beach visit.
Among the most important places to visit when in Santorini, which is the best Greek island to visit in September, especially if you are looking for a romantic getaway are:
- Fira, the island capital with its whitewashed houses spread on hills
- Oia, with the blue dome church and the view of the caldera
- Volcanic islands and Palea Kameni hot springs, the ideal day trip destinations
- The wonderful beaches Perissa, Perivolos and Agios Georgios, Kamari, Vlihada and Monilithos
- The small fishing village from Amoudi Bay
Where to sleep
Tucked away within the medieval village of Megalochori, the enchanting Vedema Resort has evolved from a 400-year-old wine cellar and a 100-year-old mansion into an authentic, Cycladic-style property.
Dedicated to the needs of seasoned travellers, Vedema houses 59 spacious suites and villas, all with their own terraces and many with jacuzzis or private pools.
Rhodes, the largest island from Dodecanese islands is one of the best greek islands to visit in September because of the sunny weather, low prices and the wide variety of attractions spread all over the island.
During this time of the year, the crowds are gone and the temperatures are perfect for hiking, exploring and bathing and the prices drop consistently.
The island is full of wonderful places and interesting attractions which you definitely have to explore:
- The medieval city of Rhodes
- The beautiful village of Lindos
- The incredible beaches of Lindos, Anthony Quinn Bay, Faliraki, Tsambika, Prasonisi
- The ancient site of Kamiros
- The Valley of the Butterflies and Kalithea Springs
Where to sleep
If you are looking for an amazing accommodation on the island of Rhodes, which is the best greek island to visit in September if you are looking for a relaxing holiday, then Sentido Port Royal Villas and Spa is the best choice.
Located on the beach, with immersive sunsets and warm Aegean winds, the hotel and its surroundings are the perfect space to loosen up, breathe and bask.
The area of Kolymbia has two beautiful bays which envelop the hotel in crystal clear waters, the sand and shingle beaches are consistently awarded Blue Flags every year.
All these islands are the best greek islands to visit in September because of their location and favourable climate.
I recommend you to visit all of them because each island is unique and has its own beauty and charm, incredible places to discover and breathtaking sceneries.