You might associate the Greek Islands with the summer months, but it’s just as special – if not, better – in the autumn. The temperatures are still balmy, the crowds of kids are scarce and there’s generally just a nicer, more chilled out vibe to the secluded islands and resorts. 

If you’re yet to jet off this 2022, add one of the Greek Islands to your agenda to soak up the best of the blue seas, sun and sand. Holiday experts lastminute.com are on hand to help you curate the perfect September stay, from which island to pick down to the resort, flights and finer details. 

Read on to get inspired…

Santorini

If you haven’t ticked off Santorini off your checklist, make this September the month you do. Famed for its whitewashed villages, towering cliffs, turquoise waters and active volcano, it’s the honeymoon destination on everyone’s list. 

Spend your week wandering around the picturesque village of Oia, explore the island’s legendary volcano and lose yourself in the magic of the buzzy capital city of Fira.

Crete

The largest island of the bunch, Crete is known best for its crystal clear waters, fine sand beaches and beautiful scenery. 

Let your Instagram dreams come true and visit Elafonisi, the island’s pink-sandy stretch of beaches, hike through the Samaria Gorge or immerse yourself in the local culture discovering the music and art that’s distinct from mainland Greece.

If you’re looking for a party, its nightlife is also world-renowned for being epic.

Corfu

Great for families, couples and everyone alike, Corfu is a go-to destination for many – and it’s easy to see why! It’s rich in Greek mythology, home to stunning stretches of sandy beaches and plenty of activities to entertain all ages. 

For club vibes, look to the seaside village of Kavos, while Kassiopi is great for those looking to laze by sandy beaches and sample some of the best seafood on the island. You can explore the island easily by car or public transport, and Corfu Town is definitely worth visiting for a quaint old town day-trip.

Rhodes

Traditional tavernas, ancient ruins, sandy beaches and boat trips… What more could you want from a Greek getaway? Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands, and is divided into two parts. One side of the island is metropolitan, filled with cosy restaurants, buzzy bars and quaint independent boutiques, while the other side is rich in history, aptly named The Old Town. It’s great for those looking to dive into the culture, immersing themselves in Greek myths and history. 

Kefalonia

From hidden caves that can be explored only by boat to sunbathing hotspots, forested hikes to laidback village tavernas, Kefalonia is the unsung hero of the Greek Islands. 

If you love to get stuck into the local food, this is a great island to explore! Stop by one of the local taverns to try the island’s signature dish of Kefalonian meat pie or dive into tasty mezes. 

The nightlife is a big part of the culture: hop from the island’s capital of Argostoli and drink in the main square of Platia Vallianou, before heading to Fiskardo for a harbour feel. 

Kos

Pack your party shoes as this little Greek Island is renowned for its electrifying nightlife, from evening entertainment in the Kardamena district to the bars and clubs in the Mastichari district. 

There are plenty of pretty spots to stop by throughout the day too. Hire out a buggy and explore the island in a day, from the small beaches away from the tourists to wandering the ruins of the mediaeval castle in Kefalos.

Halkidiki

The popular location located in northern Greece, Halkidiki might be world-famous for its clubs including Pasha, but it’s also a peaceful spot to peruse. You’ll find pine forests, olive groves, sandy stretches and the Aegean sea waiting for you on your arrival.

Mykonos

Santorini’s party-loving sister, Mykonos is renowned for its nightlife, packed with parties, clubs, resorts and cocktails. 

For those who aren’t looking to party, there’s also a quieter side to the island that’s just as beautiful as its sibling, home to sandy stretches including the island’s largest beach Elia Beach, and plenty of photo opportunities near the Kato Mills.

Nearby there’s also the small Island of Delos, said to be the birthplace of Apollo. Grab a boat ride over to explore the ruins, from old temples to an amphitheatre.

Zante

Channel your inner pirate and head to Zante to explore Navagio, the crystal blue cove with a shipwreck waiting to be discovered. Known as ‘Smugglers Cove’, this white pebble beach paradise can only be accessed by boat, making it the perfect place for a day excursion before heading back to the hotel for an evening of cocktails by the seafront. 

Stop by the cultural haven and capital of the island, Zante Town for an afternoon of roaming the streets like a local. With great offers available from lastminute.com, you won’t find a better holiday location for September.


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