Type to Search
Athens in October:
Reasons to Visit Athens This Month

Athens in October: Reasons to Visit Athens This Month

Date
01 October 2020

It’s no secret that we love Greece in fall, but we especially love Athens in October! The trees on the hills of the city are most beautiful than ever with their three-colored leaves and the temperature is ideal to stroll around the streets of Athens and explore. Below we’ve gathered some of the main reasons why you should plan your Greek gateway for this month.

Image after introtext
The Gate of Athena in the Roman Agora during October - Credit: Kavalenkava Volha / BigStock

1. Τhe temperatures in October are ideal to explore Athens

Although in the middle of the fall season, summer is still present in the Greek capital, with temperatures usually around 20°C (68°F). With pleasant sunshine and optimal daytime temperatures, it is the perfect season for you to take out your map and start discovering corners of Athens, without having to worry about the heat or the cold. The day gives way to a nighttime chill and you may need to wear light cardigans. You can sit in a beautiful yard or a local square and enjoy your hot drink with a thin blanket on your legs; a perfect ending to an October day full of new discoveries and memories in Athens!

2. The hills surrounding Athens are at the peak of their beauty in October

With such a pleasant climate, it is the perfect setting for you to get outside and explore outdoors, beyond the main attractions. Enjoy the changing colors of fall and set a course for the green spaces of the city. From Philopappos Hill and the National Gardens to Kaisariani Park and mount Parnitha, there are plenty of options for you to retreat. Get a hot drink from a café in Vasilissis Amalias Avenue and walk towards the three-colored trees of the National Gardens. This season is a photographer’s dream and makes for breathtaking views of Athens’ top sights!

The National Gardens of Athens in October

3. Athens is awakening with the locals filling its busy streets

If you ever visited Athens in the summer you might have noticed the lack of locals, especially in August. It’s not because you are visiting tourist areas; it is because all Greeks are taking their vacation leave during summer and the ones who stay in the city don’t like wandering around its streets in the heat. All, if not most, Athenians will be back from their summer vacations by the end of September. By choosing to visit Athens in October, you will have the opportunity to know the real vibrant rhythm of the city with the locals all around you, hurrying to their jobs, walking with their umbrellas, or enjoying their -first for the upcoming winter- hot cups of coffee. You will discover the authentic side of Athens and you will surely feel the local vibes!

The Arch of Hadrian in Athens in October

4. Enjoy a calmer Athens with fewer crowds in October

Athens in October offers arguably the best opportunity to visit the famous ancient sites, especially the Acropolis Hill. The tourist season is almost over, so you will be able to enjoy the ancient temples and feel the energy of the place without an ocean of people around you. Plus, no matter how sunny the day is, it will be a pleasant warmth instead of a devastating heat. So, take your time and enjoy an Acropolis tour before joining a local guide for a food tour and a journey in the Greek gastronomy! Wander around Plaka, Monastiraki and Psyri, and philosophize for hours in the beautiful autumnal Ancient Agora.

Plaka with Acropolis on the background

5. Take part in the wine celebrations

This is the perfect time for those of you who love wine to indulge in the Greek wine season! Greece produces plenty of grape varieties, especially juicy, delicate peel. In October, many local wine festivals are taking place around Athens and especially in the Mesogeia area of Attica. It is no coincidence that Greece is the place where the god of wine, Dionysus, was worshiped. Many centuries and countless vine harvests later, in the same soil, Greeks have their vineyards, drink their wine and enjoy the achievements of technology and science. Most of the wine's secrets may have now been revealed, but the divine spirit is ever-present!

Tip! During your excursion to the Mesogeia area, do not forget to visit the Wine Museum, which will take you, in its own way, to the magical world of wine, through its history and art. Contact us if you wish to arrange a guided visit.

It smells like fall is coming to town!

Prev Article Next Article

Other articles you may like...

16 Sep 2020
The Parthenon: 10 Surprising Facts about the Temple
2 Sep 2020
Creating your Dream Vacation with Tailor-made Tours in Greece
20 Aug 2020
Day Trips from Athens - Where the Locals Go
5 Aug 2020
Caryatids: The Daughters of Athens
22 Jul 2020
Monastiraki: Complete Guide and Things to Do
15 Jul 2020
The Buried Rivers of Athens
8 Jul 2020
300: Movie Vs. Reality
24 Jun 2020
Athens Cultural Highlights Off The Beaten Path
17 Jun 2020
Athens City Break For Foodies
10 Jun 2020
6 Greek Myths to Know Before Visiting Athens
3 Jun 2020
10 Landmarks and Monuments You Should Not Miss in Athens
27 May 2020
Greece from Home: 10 Ideas for a Virtual Athens Tour
20 May 2020
Books on Greek Food and Culture That We Love
13 May 2020
The Apple of Discord and the Fairest of Them All
6 May 2020
20 Most Famous Greek Mythology Movies
29 Apr 2020
The Panhellenic Games of Ancient Greece
22 Apr 2020
Basic Greek Words to Know Before Traveling to Greece
15 Apr 2020
Interview With a Local: Ancient Greek Rituals and the Alternative Athens
8 Apr 2020
The Delphic Idea
24 Mar 2020
The Great Plague of Athens: Lessons from the Past
18 Mar 2020
Best Walking Tours in Athens, Magical Walking Routes
11 Mar 2020
Private Tours in Athens: The Benefits of Booking in Private
4 Mar 2020
Acropolis Tour: Why a Guided Tour is Necessary
26 Feb 2020
9 Things to Know About Eleusis The European Capital of Culture 2021
19 Feb 2020
Battles of Ancient Greeks That Shaped Western Civilization
12 Feb 2020
The Best Places to Enjoy Vegan Food in Athens
7 Feb 2020
9+1 Unique Things to Do in Athens this Summer for Free
4 Feb 2020
Interview With a Local: Athens Through the Prism of Art
28 Jan 2020
The Role of Greek Mythology in the Creation of Athenian Wonders
25 Jan 2020
Mysteries of Ancient Greece You Didn't Know About
21 Jan 2020
10 Reasons Why You Should Join a Food Tour in Athens
18 Jan 2020
Athens for Instagrammers: The Top 30 Photo Locations in Athens
14 Jan 2020
Top 10 Alternative Destinations in Greece
8 Jan 2020
The 10 Best Places to Visit in Greece
4 Jan 2020
10 Sights to Tour in Athens and Bring Greek Mythology to Life
30 Dec 2019
Top 10 Tips to Know Before Traveling to Athens
27 Dec 2019
10 Things to Do in Delphi Home to the Oracle of Apollo
24 Dec 2019
Symposia in Ancient Greece: Reviving the Ancient Custom
19 Dec 2019
30 of the Most Famous Tales from Greek Mythology
17 Dec 2019
Interview with a Local: Greek Neoclassicism and the Unseen Athens
14 Dec 2019
10 Things you didn't Know about Ancient Greeks
12 Dec 2019
48 Hours in Athens: Full Itinerary by Locals - Greek TravelTellers
10 Dec 2019
10+1 Traditional Greek Foods and Drinks to Try when you Visit Greece
7 Dec 2019
10+1 Things to Do in Athens on a Rainy Day
5 Dec 2019
Alternative Things to Do in Athens: Getting Off the Beaten Path in the City of Wonders
3 Dec 2019
Christmas in Athens: Top Things to Do and Know
30 Nov 2019
December in Athens: 4 Reasons why you Should Choose this Month for your Greek Getaway
28 Nov 2019
Interview with a Local: Greek Gastronomy and Athens for Foodies
26 Nov 2019
10+1 Things to Do in Athens to Time Travel to Ancient Greece
23 Nov 2019
How to Travel in Greece Differently: a Guide for Delving Deeper into the Greek Culture