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1. Posted by hellopanda (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Hi all,

We're planning our trip, and I'm worried that I'm a bit naive about the climate... I've done a bit of research about average temps but I'd really like some advice from those with firsthand experience.

We're arriving in Lisbon on 20 August, and will spend the next month travelling in Portugal and Spain, flying out of Barcelona on 19 September - to Athens.

We are then planning to ferry down to the Greek Islands the following day (20 Sept), and spend the next couple of weeks seeing a few islands. At this stage, we're leaning toward Mykonos, Ios, and Santorini, (and possibly Crete... but that's a matter for another post!).

So anyway, my question is- how realistic is this plan, weather wise?

I'm concerned that perhaps the islands will be too cold for swimming by the time we get there...
Has anyone been in late Sept/early Oct who is willing to share their experience?

Also, being such a seasonal destination, will the islands be a ghost town by this time?

We have intentionally avoided flying straight to Athens on August 20 (and doing the trip in reverse) as we wanted to avoid the extremely high rates on the islands in August and being there with huge crowds, but now I'm worried we'll be there when it's competely deserted.... any advice/reassurance would be great! :)

2. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

I was in Rhodes last year in late september and the weather was gorgeous. Really hot. Rhodes is known though for having the most sun of all the greek islands. Also at that time of the year there are not quite so many tourists around which is great when visiting tourist places as it is quieter. The greek islands are full of tourists in mid summer, and i mean really full, so i think it is better to go slightly out of season. You will also get better deals in apartments etc. I had a week in Rhodes for £99. The girl in the apartment next to me paid £39!!! This is including flights and transfers etc. although this was from the UK.

Have fun

3. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

If you've been doing research on average temps, you should've figured that since Greece is in an arid climate that even in the "winter months" it's quite nice there. I'm jealous though, you'll be there and I'll be freezing my butt off up here lol. Greece is a year-round tourist destination so I'm sure even in January there are groups of tourists...

4. Posted by hellopanda (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Thanks Brian, we might just have to add Rhodes to our list of islands!

Quoting NantesFC

If you've been doing research on average temps, you should've figured that since Greece is in an arid climate that even in the "winter months" it's quite nice there...

Nantes, I think maybe you and I have different ideas of nice weather! the graph I found was one of those silly bar graphs that put the average temp as ranging from 15 - 25 degrees C in late Sept/early Oct ... 15 degrees is definitely not swimmable in my book! haha. but 25 is, so I just wanted some firsthand advice...

Thanks for the replies, I'm feeling better about going in late Sept now

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

My sister was in Greece in late September 2 years ago, and for her it was too cold to swim. The air temperature was around 18-20 degrees. She always used the heated outdoor pool at the hotel.

So you might get lucky, but it can also go the other way.

Best get all the sun and beach you need in Portugal and Spain. The Algarve in the very south of Portugal is supposed to be spectacular, and the Costa Brava north of Barcelona is very nice for a swim too.

6. Posted by LittleHote (Inactive 78 posts) 9y

Sorry I can't offer any advice regarding Greece, but Portugal and Spain in Aug/Sept should be good. You can see more weather information on -snip-

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7. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

god have mercy on those who go to spain in august. too hot for me!

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

I was in the south of Spain in late October (I believe the Greek islands are even further south), and it was fine for swimming. A tad cold for me, who's always chilly, but the beaches were still full and plenty of people were out in the water. We wore shorts and Ts just about the whole trip, with maybe a light sweater at night.

9. Posted by adamsa (Budding Member 38 posts) 9y

is there much difference between countries like belgium and italy during july or is all hot.. and how *hot* is it (outside of heatwaves)

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting adamsa

is there much difference between countries like belgium and italy during july or is all hot.. and how *hot* is it (outside of heatwaves)

Lord yes! Italy - especially in the south - can go up beyond 35 C in "normal" weather. Almost unbearable to walk around in. Belgium is much, much farther north, and so more moderate.