I have booked a RTW ticket and my first destination is Athens, Greece arriving 21st November, 2011. I have always wanted to go to the Greek Islands (Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, etc.), however, obviously it will be winter when I arrive.. I am now unsure if it is even worth going to any of the islands.... I am considering just visiting Athens and having extra time to spend in other parts of Europe as I travel towards Spain.
What are your thoughts? Is it stupid to consider going to the Greek Islands in late November/early December? Ideally, I would like to party, etc.. I'm not so concerned about the beaches/sun. I was hoping that some of the bars/clubs would still be opened in November but I have also heard that the entire tourist scenes shuts down after October, 31st?
The financial troubles, so the protests are ongoing in Greece, notably Athens. It may be quiet there, it may be riots in the central area. I would avoid Athens.
Most Greek islands tend to start shutting down in mid-October with many shops, bars and sites closed or only open for very limited hours, and no tours. Weather can also be cold and wet and windy.
I would give the whole country a miss and come back another time. Can you rebook, or if you face a penalty, would it be cheaper to pick up a flight from Athens to your next destination?
Thanks for your reply!
Unfortunately, I can't change my flights. I was at least hoping to stay in Athens 2-3 days so I am a bit shocked to see you think I should skip the whole country all together! Do you have any suggestions on where I could fly too relatively cheaply? I was going to catch a ferry to Italy but now if I skip the islands I could spend some extra time perhaps in Croatia (Fly from Athens to Croatia - Ferry to Italy)?
Are the riots really a major problem? Surely I could steer clear of them if if I stick to the touristy locations?
I would really like to get someones opinion on the Greek Islands in November???? I don't care if it is a bit colder - I would just like to know if it is actually worth the trouble in getting on a ferry and traveling around??
[ Edit: Edited on 12-Jul-2011, at 02:12 by jsimmo25 ]
There are no direct flights between Greece and Croatia. You would have to catch a connecting flight in another country.
I don't think you will have a problem in Athens. I read that while the riots were going on in central Athens, just streets away, life was going on as normal with the police having drinks with the protesters. Crazy.
Why don't you explore the rest of Greece. You can go to Olympia or climb Mt Olympus. You can make your way to Macedonia or maybe even Rhodes or Crete (the larger Greek islands).
Well, you're favored by the ticket. And the people there survive the cold. You'll be fine. Just ask what great food to eat during the winter there and what festivities could be there.
Some people write things about countries like they are living there. Im sorry to say that but Cyberia you dont have a clue of what is happening in Athens. If you need more informations about the situation in Athens please contact me and i would be glad to give you all the info you want. I m not saying that just because i m Greek. When in December of 2008 was a riot problem in Athens, i was the first who adviced people to avoid the city, moderators can confirm that or check for my posts, but now its just ridicillous saying something like this. So please before warning be more informed about the situation. Riots whenever those happened took place in Syntagma square, in front of the parliament. All the other areas in Athens are totally in peace and full of tourists at the same time. Some of them are visiting Syntagma square to live their revolutionary moments..lol and to see how the people taking decision with the precidure of real democracy..anyway
Islands the period you re planning to visit will be empty not only from nightlife but inhabitants too..prolly you ll find a few of them, old people..im sure you dont want that especially if you like parties and nightlife..stay in Athens..you ll find many of those cause the weather will still be good.
[ Edit: Edited on 13-Jul-2011, at 18:26 by vickon ]
Hi Vickon, thanks for your reply.
You say the weather in Athens will still be good? Does this mean blue skies and sunshine?
Also - do you recommend that I don't even visit Crete? Considering it is the largest island, wouldn't it have some nightlife and a little bit more people during November/December?
Yes the weather usually is ok and the temperature around 23 degrees..i cant promise you that though, not even scients can do..
Crete is totally different. Lots of inhabitants, cheaper prices because of low season and better hospitality..but have in mind that alikarnasos - the place most tourist staying- is a touristic places so its not the best season to visit but you could go to Chania, Rethymno or Heraclion. Chania is my favourite city in Creta..the old city is really worth it.
OK perfect! Thanks for your comments.
My plan is to stay in Athens for a few days, and then i'll venture off to Crete where i'll most likely spend about 5 days.
Is it best to catch a ferry directly to the island or would it be advisable to hop off at another island on the way to Crete?? Any suggestions? Preferably somewhere with a bit of 'night life' in November