5 Amazing Greek Island Villas to Stay at in Autumn

From Tinos to Santorini and Corfu to Crete, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite Greek villas to stay at during Autumn.

Fall is one of the best seasons to visit Greece, as with harvest comes some of the best food festivals, local markets, and restaurants that take pride in highlighting the delicious seasonal produce on offer. Now’s the time you’ll also find fewer crowds, giving visitors a fantastic opportunity to experience the Greek islands’ cultural, historical, and gastronomic charms.

These fresher days are when it’s ideal to have a cozy and welcoming villa to call home. So, here are our top picks across the Greek islands for an unforgettable stay this autumn!



Insights Greece - 5 Amazing Greek Island Villas to Stay at in Autumn

Known for being a foodie’s paradise, Tinos is one of the best Greek islands to visit during Autumn, as you can go on some awesome hikes and also find some amazing wineries that deserve to be explored. And this architectural oasis in Volax, is the perfect place to stay, as it’s a one-of-a-kind holiday home that is truly warm and inviting. Built carefully into the magnificent boulders that make Volax so unique, the spacious and airy 3-bedroom home is cleverly laid out with an internal garden and wide glass doors, making guests feel close to nature both day and night.

Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 2 



Insights Greece - 5 Amazing Greek Island Villas to Stay at in Autumn

With a charming Venetian Old Town, great local museums and markets, and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Corfu is an ideal place for a getaway this time of year. And boasting a stunning sea view position in one of Corfu’s most sought-after areas, Iola is one of the top luxury villas available for rent in the Ionian Islands. Featuring an exquisite design, superior fittings and finishings, and stylish designer furnishings; its array of high-spec amenities, including a cinema room, a sauna, a gym and an infinity pool, guarantees you won’t want to leave!

Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 6



Insights Greece - 5 Amazing Greek Island Villas to Stay at in Autumn

Greece’s most romantic island is as grand as ever in Autumn, so if you want to catch the magical sunset and the fall moon rising over this beautiful Cycladic isle, this is the best time to visit! With amazing hiking, wineries and restaurants open till the end of November, this  3- bedroom villa is the perfect place to come back to after a long day of exploring. Boasting classic Santorini architecture and breathtaking caldera views, this cliffside home with an infinity pool and terrace will make your time here all the more memorable.

Sleeps 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 3



Insights Greece - 5 Amazing Greek Island Villas to Stay at in Autumn

The largest island of the Dodecanese, Rhodes is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the medieval Old Town, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. With its impressive castle, fortifications and cobbled streets, Rhodes’ beautiful historic sites are best enjoyed out of peak season. And only a 15-minute drive from the Old Town, you’ll find this well-decorated bungalow that offers a lovely getaway for a holiday among friends or a small family. With a pool, BBQ area, and hammock, this is the kind of place you can easily come back to and totally unwind after a busy day sightseeing!

Sleeps 4 | Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1



Insights Greece - 5 Amazing Greek Island Villas to Stay at in Autumn

The temperatures in Crete are never too cold, and beautiful autumn days are filled with sunny afternoons allowing you the chance for a swim until the end of November. And what better place to stay than this beautiful beachfront villa with stunning sea views, that’s only a few minutes walk to the local shops and restaurants! Featuring clean and modern finishes, this stunning abode also boasts an outdoor swimming pool with a jacuzzi.

Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 5

Featured Image | Volax by Aegean Dream Bnb

5 Vibrant Neighbourhoods to Visit in Athens

We’ve put together a list of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Athens’ centre, where old meets new, and every corner reveals a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

The heart of Athens is a tapestry of lively neighbourhoods, each with its own distinct character and allure. From the colourful streets of Metaxourgio to the bustling energy of Exarchia, the city is a melting pot of culture, history, and urban flair – we recommend you try to explore as many as you can! 



Insights Greece - 5 Vibrant Neighbourhoods to Visit in Athens

If you want to hang out with locals, make your way over to Pangrati, which has become one of the most popular spots in the city.


1. Best brunch. Need I say more? Athenians flock to Pangrati on the weekends to eat at one of the many hip brunch spots scattered throughout the neighbourhood.

2. Fabulous museums that highlight both historical and modern art.

3. From here you can explore the Panathenaic Stadium, National Gardens and Zappio.



Insights Greece - 5 Vibrant Neighbourhoods to Visit in Athens

Situated beneath the Acropolis, Koukaki really deserves a visit when heading to the capital.


1. Lively nightlife with numerous bars and buzzing taverns.

2. Great restaurants that serve both authentic and more international-inspired cuisine.

3. After a long day exploring the city, take a seat at Materia Prima, one of the city’s best wine bars that is located in the heart of Koukaki!



Insights Greece - 5 Vibrant Neighbourhoods to Visit in Athens

Known as the Upper East Side of Athens, Kolonaki is the chicest neighbourhood on this list. And if you love luxury – make sure you spend some time here.


1. Boutique after boutique showcasing every designer brand imaginable.

2. One of the best places in Athens to do coffee

3. Close to Lycabettus Hill, you can take a stroll up there (a must-do) when you visit this part of town.



Insights Greece - 5 Vibrant Neighbourhoods to Visit in Athens

Recognised as one of the most unique neighbourhoods in Athens, Exarchia is becoming more of a hot spot. To the east of Omonia, Exarchia is known for being a student hangout, and also for its great bookshops, and delightful small-plate restaurants that line the streets.


1. Amazing food and drinks scene that also creates a great nightlife – many restaurants have live music playing almost every evening.

2. Amazing finds at the many vintage stores.

3. Lofos Strefi, one of the best parks in the centre of Athens, also offers amazing views of the city.



Insights Greece - 5 Vibrant Neighbourhoods to Visit in Athens

Just west of Omonia is the cool neighbourhood of Metaxourgio, with its colourful streets and cool vibe. Make sure to check out the impressive street art that lines many of the buildings.


1. Inviting coffee shops and restaurants – varying from authentic to more modern cuisine.

2. A range of unique stores that will impress most fashion aficionados.

3. Discover its rich history in the silk industry.

Featured Image  | μe Kolonaki 

5 Must-Try Brunch Spots in Athens

Discover our picks for some of the best brunch spots in Athens that are always a hit with both locals and visitors!

With a thriving food scene, the capital is home to some excellent brunch spots that cater to every taste. From poached eggs with smashed avocado to French toast topped with fresh berries- these fabulous menus match the Instagram-able decor!


Acera The Brunch Spot

Insights Greece - 5 Must-Try Brunch Spots in Athens

Located in Kallithea, Acera offers the perfect variety of sweet and savory dishes. Just make sure to get there early on the weekend, as there are queues of people waiting!


1. A relaxed open dining space at the front of the café, that’s buzzing with locals.

2. Savor fluffy Banoffee pancakes topped with ice cream.

3. Pair your croc monsieur with a signature cocktail. 

Open: All week | 8 am to 10 pm

A: Mantziagriotaki 105, Kallithea 


Lollobrigida Italian Experience

Insights Greece - 5 Must-Try Brunch Spots in Athens

This chic find is conveniently located in the heart of Piraeus, so if you have a few hours to kill before boarding your ferry- this is for you! Oozing style- what stands out most is the stunning views of the marina!


1. Shareable platters filled with sweet and savoury delights. 

2. Great coffee that tastes even better with freshly baked cookies that are served straight out of the oven.

3. DJ sessions every Sunday from noon.

Open: All week | 10 am to 2 am

A: Akti Koumoundourou 62, Piraeus


Jardin All Day Stories

Insights Greece - 5 Must-Try Brunch Spots in Athens

Enjoy signature brunch plates, while taking in the great atmosphere at this modern, boho-botanical style lounge found inside the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre.


1. Lush indoor and outdoor garden seating.   

2. Organic eggs, perfectly made any which way you like.

3. €5 cocktail hour on select days. 

Open: All week | 8 am to 2 am 

A: Navarchou Votsi 1, Kallithea


Sisinely All Day Gastro Bar

Insights Greece - 5 Must-Try Brunch Spots in Athens

This meticulously designed space is nestled in the heart of trendy Thissio, a neighbourhood luring in the creative crowd.


1. Indulge in casual yet sophisticated brunch dishes.

2. Warm, cozy, and laid-back atmosphere. 

3. Did we mention the stunning Acropolis views?   

Open: All week | 9 am to 12 am

A: Adrianou 23, Athens


Katsioulis Bakery and Patisserie

Insights Greece - 5 Must-Try Brunch Spots in Athens

A bakery that not only specialises in fine baked goods and desserts, but also a fabulous brunch!


1. Serves a mix of European, Asian, and American flavours. 

2. Dishes are all made using high-quality, local produce. 

3. Grab an irresistible slice of your favourite pastry on the way out, which you can enjoy later!

Open: All week | 6 am to 10:30 pm

A: Titanon 4, Elliniko

5 Best Beach Spots Around Athens

With so many hidden gems stretching along the coastline, we’ve rounded up Athens’ best beaches to sink into on a hot summer’s day! 

The Greek capital has great beach spots within a relatively quick drive from the city, that make you feel as if you have just arrived on an island. Here, we’ve put together five of our favourites where you’ll be tempted to spend the entire day.  


Astir Beach

Insights Greece - 5 Best Beach Spots Around Athens

This prestigious private beach resort located in Vouliagmeni, has always been a regular haunt for celebrities (we are talking Bridget Bardot, Jackie Onassis, and Frank Sinatra), and who could blame them? 


1. Pristine waters to dip into, plus fine, soft sand to walk along as you lap up the luxurious surroundings. 

2. Rows of elegant sunbeds and lounges (featuring Astir’s signature striped umbrellas) to choose from. 

3. After a long day at the beach, make your way over to one of the award-winning restaurants at FS Athens. Our pick: Michelin-star-rated Pelagos. 

A: Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni 



Insights Greece - 5 Best Beach Spots Around Athens

Also set in the southern suburb of Vouliagmeni, here, not only will you discover a stunning beach, but also an upscale and award-winning seaside restaurant!


1. Blue waters and rustic surroundings- you’d be forgiven for believing you’ve just arrived on an exotic island!

2. Boho-chic all-day beach restaurant serving fresh, modern twists on seasonal Mediterranean cuisine. 

3. Laid-back vibe where you can soak up the sun and then also stay to catch the sunset. 

A: Thespidos, Vouliagmeni



Insights Greece - 5 Best Beach Spots Around Athens

Conveniently located just 25 kilometres from the city, this affluent neighbourhood is home to Yabanaki Beach, Coyoacan Playa, as well as Athens Riviera’s landmark Island Club!


1. You’ll get to hang with locals and catch fishermen in their little wooden boats making their way across to the nearby open-air fish market. 

2. Perfect spot to jet ski, join a game of beach volleyball or practice yoga by the sea.   

3. Relax with a cocktail in hand or enjoy a professional massage while listening to international DJs playing summer tracks. 

A: Varkiza, Vari 



Insights Greece - 5 Best Beach Spots Around Athens

About an hour’s drive from the city (absolutely worth every minute) this is a picture-perfect place to spend an entire day at! Not only is it a top beach destination, but also home to the historic Temple of Poseidon. 


1. Dive into clear blue waters as you take in views of the Temple. 

2. In between swims enjoy brunch or a long, lazy lunch at one of the nearby taverns.   

3. Stay to catch the magical sunset, which will undoubtedly be a memorable experience. 

A: Leof. Athinon, Sounio



Insights Greece - 5 Best Beach Spots Around Athens

Located close to Cape Sounio, Anavyssos is slowly becoming a new hot spot amongst Athenians who are leaving their inner-city life behind to call this seaside town home.


1. Clean and shallow waters make the beaches around here perfect for those with young kids.

2. Just drop your towel down on the sand- no need to hire a sunbed, as there are both organised and non-organised sections.

3. Order a Freddo or club sandwich from one of the cafes/ beach bars- or walk across to one of the nearby restaurants for sit-down dining.

A: Anavyssos, Attica

Main image Courtesy of Astir Beach 

Top 5 Autumn Destinations in Greece

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If fall is your favourite season, and you love the crisp air and the changing leaves, we have spotlighted the top 5 autumn destinations to visit in Greece, so you can admire the magical atmosphere.

Autumn will officially kick in soon and the fresh makeover this time of the year brings to mountains, cities and landscapes all around Greece the most beautiful atmosphere; it inspires weekend getaways and short holiday breaks- where you can travel and enjoy the stunning orange, amber and deep gold colour palette nature throughout the countryside. 


This mountain village was built like an amphitheatre in Arcadia, in the Peloponnese. The picturesque medieval village has become a popular destination thanks to its close proximity to Athens and its authentic character. History buffs will be fascinated to know that it is among the places where the Greek Revolution of 1821 against the Ottoman occupation began. The Gunpowder Mills located in the village used to produce gunpowder for the Revolutionary War and they are a historic sight worth visiting.


Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, Meteora is a rock formation located in the city of Kalambaka in Thessaly, northern Greece and it is hands down one of the most spectacular locations you’ll visit in the country. The awe-inspiring landscape with the rare gigantic rocks that look like they are hovering in the air feature 11th-century monasteries nestled on top of them. Apart from a visit to the monasteries, you can visit the Museum of Geological formations in Kastraki village.


Fourty-six small villages combine to create one of the most magical regions in the country; Zagori in Epirus, northwestern Greece is a must-see destination all year round, but even more so during fall. This remote part of the country is known for its wild beauty, its stone villages, which are considered to be a historical monument and the world-renowned UNESCO-protected Vikos Gorge. The narrow trail that crosses the deep gorge is one of the most challenging treks in the world, so if you love hiking, this is definitely a must!


A fairytale destination close to Athens, Mount Pelion is a natural paradise near the city of Volos in Thessaly. It features some of the most picturesque traditional villages in Greece such as Makrinitsa, Portaria, Tsagarada and Milies with their stone-built house being in the spotlight with their irresistible beauty and charm. According to Greek mythology, the mountain was the home of the Centaurs, the mythical creatures who were half-men, and half-horse so it’s only natural that horseback riding is one of the most popular activities in the area!


One of the top autumn and winter destinations in Greece, Kalavryta is situated in the Peloponnese on the foot of Mount Chelmos. Being a popular ski center, Kalavryta starts buzzing during fall; walk its stone-pebbled alleys, visit one of the many restaurants in the small square and get cozy with a cup of coffee at one of the cute cafes in the area. Kalavryta is known for the famous rack railway service called “Odontotos” – inaugurated in 1896 and covering a 22km route from the village to Diakopto, it is one of the most spectacular routes in Greece; don’t miss a ride!

Main Image Courtesy of Primoula Country Hotel | Zagarohoria