Greece is a beautiful destination to visit during each season. But we love exploring some of the prettiest towns here in the fall.
Why? Fewer tourists, plus some of the most beautiful autumn foliage in the entire world. Whether you’re looking for a cozy weekend away, are desperate to breathe in some fresh mountain air, or just want to wander the local streets and enjoy traditional delicacies, here are five of the best places to visit in Greece during the autumn months.
Karpenissi (Central Greece)
Known as the “Switzerland” of Greece, this stunning town is perched at 960 meters on the slopes of Mount Velouchi and surrounded by fir trees. Offering a wonderful getaway from the city, Karpenissi is ideal for all travellers. If you are after some R&R you can relax by the fireplace in a charming boutique hotel, go for a romantic stroll in traditional settlements and enjoy the amazing local culinary delights. For those who prefer an adventurous holiday, you can take part in all kinds of activities including white water rafting in the Trikeriotis and Tavropos rivers, canyoning in Vothonas, skiing and paragliding in Velouchi, riding, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, trekking in the Pantavrechi ravine, fishing in the Karpenissiotis river, or take part in truffle hunting – Karpenissi offers it all.
Don’t leave until: Visiting Proussos Byzantine Monastery, trying the tastiest local dishes- at Paradisos Mikro Horio, a homemade Galaktoboureko at Rakomelo Karvelis and a late night cocktail at Eithistai Café.
This gorgeous and picturesque mountain town has a long history; as it played a crucial role during the Greek War of Independence. Andritsaina impresses visitors by its old stone mansions, its narrow cobbled streets and the central square (plateia), surrounded by tall trees and magnificent view of the nearby mountains. I Trani Vrysi is located on the opposite side of the plateia and is the Peloponnese’s oldest tap, built in 1724. From here you can visit the wonderful Temple of Epicurean Apollo, a World Heritage–listed site, located 14km south.
Don’t leave until: Visiting Nikolopoulios Library which contains unique and historical books, Alfeios River- the longest in the Peloponesse, and if you are there on the weekend make sure to go to the main square for the weekly markets- where you can buy some local delicacies including pasta, mountain tea and herbs.
Galaxidi (Central Greece)
This famous naval town is ideal for a long weekend getaway. Boasting stunning neoclassical houses pebble-covered courtyards, old captains’ mansions, lovely ports and an authentic feel is why you should add Galaxidi to a must visit Autumn destination. The naval and the folklore museums highlight the town’s rich history and just strolling around the port, you will come across many ancient treasures. Make sure to check out the area of Pera Panta.
Don’t leave until: Visiting the Church of Agios Nikolaos, trying the fresh local seafood, tasting a homemade Ravani (syrup drenched cake) and making a stop over at the archaeological site of Delphi, which is very close by.
This charming town lies at the foot of Mt. Chelmos and it is a must-visit buzzing place during autumn and winter- with its stone-built houses, town squares, quaint alleys, buzzing cafés and authentic tavernas. The best thing is to hire a car and drive around to spots including the Monastery of Mega Spileo, carved against the slopes of a mountain, the historical Monastery of Agia Lavra where the Greek Revolution of 1821 was first declared and the miraculous Cave of the Lakes. One of the most popular things to do here is take a train tour around Vouraikos Gorge- it’s considered as one of the most scenic in Greece.
Don’t leave until: Visiting the historical Holocaust Monument, the miraculous church Panagia Plataniotissa, going on a hike or mountain biking as you take in the fresh mountain air, and buying some local products including handmade pasta, honey, and their delicious range of spoon sweets.
This quaint little town is filled with an array of cafes and restaurants. It’s a great spot to enjoy natural beauty, lush valley, hiking and winter sports. Boasting six magnificent lakes (Vegoritida, Petron Lake, Zazari, Ximaritida, Mikri and Megali Prespa), picture-perfect lakeside villages, and a beautiful capital traversed by a river. There is quite a bit to see, and start off with the Archaeological Museum next to the Railway Station and the Art Gallery a few doors down.
Don’t leave until: Visiting the Modern Art Museum and the House of Voyiatzis, checking out the impressive “House of Peios,” and the Turkish Baths, sitting at one of the hive cafes of Melas Pedestrian St for a coffee and local sweet, and trying unique local produce- including the famous sweet red peppers, and Prespa beans.