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Greece or any other Europe countries (Sept, Oct, Nov?)

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1. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 9y

We are looking to do Greece or any other country around Sept, Oct, Nov. Anyone have any suggestions for the best place in Europe to visit.

Essentially, we chose Greece, however, we found out that it may not be the best time due to the weather. I don't know what the weather is like elsewhere in Europe is there other options?

2. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 9y

Austria still can be warm in Sept and October and even if it isn't there's still plenty to see and do.
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3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

Greece is actually perfect in fall or spring, with temperatures around 30 degrees or so, but without the extreme heat or rain later in year.
Other countries to visit in september could be the Alpine countries like Austria or Switzerland and afterwards you can head down to the mediterrenean countries where it is still nice and warm until early november.
Neighbouring countries which are worth a visit are Albania, Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bulgaria, with great culture, beautiful beaches and islands and some good mountain hikes.

So maybe start in Austria, head down towards the former Yugoslavian republics and end in Greece?

4. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 9y

Ok, so as long as I don't touch November, Europe in general is a good time without the extreme cold/heat. I have to keep that in mind. I only will only have 4-5 days which is essentially really not a long vacation so I will have to focus on one country (less travel time) and just enjoy it from there.

Any other suggestions?

5. Posted by jefranklin (Full Member 19 posts) 9y

Generally, the further south you are, the better the weather will be. Also the decision as to which country to visit will be influenced by what you want to do as well.

6. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 9y

Quoting jefranklin

Generally, the further south you are, the better the weather will be. Also the decision as to which country to visit will be influenced by what you want to do as well.

There isn't really a specific thing we want to do. There is a charm that Europe carries and that is the experience we are expecting to once again experience. We have done Italy and Portugal and both times and places were spur the moment. No tourist packages, literally looked at the map and say ok, which cities we thought were interesting. With a little research (such as this forum), we would decide and plan that way. Even then, we don't have a set itinerary.

Nevertheless, we usually do this every April 7 to 14 day trips depending on how vast the country is. We can say that it can get a little cold at nights, slight rain, but the weather is essentialy favorable. However we are totally dumbfounded on the weather during Sept, Oct, Nov time period.

7. Posted by dbgomes (Respected Member 72 posts) 9y

We went to Greece for 2 weeks last October and found it was perfect. We did Athens and 4 islands over the 2 weeks and only had 1 day of rain. We very rarely required a jumper or trousers and on saome days, particularly Athens, the heat was almost unbearable (Being Aussie too, we are used to the heat). We could still swim in the pools and sea with the weather being that warm still.

The crowds were far less around the islands as what it would be in the peak of summer, but almost everything was still open and operating. The only things we found we missed out on were doing waterskiing and some other water activities. There were sheds down on the beach with all the equipment in them, but noone around to open up. On a few of the beaches on different islands, we were the only 5 people around. Other main beaches still had a few people around but there were still plenty of lounge chairs to relax on. If you do go to islands i would recommend getting a quad bike (very reasonable rates) and driving around the islands, down the little dirt tracks and finding the parts of the islands that are not easily accessible by car. These were teh best parts that we found, and the quad biking was great fun too!


8. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 9y

Great to hear this! Unfortunately, I think a November time period is more likely going to happen. I know I think I just narrowed down my find

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Nutsandbolts:)

U could get take the ferry from Greece to Italy.
About the weather, it will be warmer in the Southern European countries(Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal) in Autumn and Winter, than in the more northerly countires, so Greece would be a good choice, if u dont like cold. If u are hoping for shorts and t-shirt weather then choose September. It will still be quite warm there.


10. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 9y

One of my recommendations for October would be Andalusia, Moorish Spain and the Costa del Sol. It is perfect then, because at all other times it is too hot to visit (YMMV). The region was under muslim rule for over 750 years and it shows in the culture and the architecture. Its is one of the main contact points Europe had with the muslim world - it gave us the guitar, modern spoken spanish and saved medical, philosphical and scientific knowledge like the works of Aristotle from obscurity. And for the less culturally interested: it might be a bit cool, but the Med can still warm enough for a swim at this time.