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A September Trip to Remember: Santorini and Mykonos

The sunset from Santorini has been deemed the best in the world. Credit: Giuseppe Milo/CC BY-SA 2.0

Rediscover two of the most popular Greek islands and get to know a different side to Santorini and Mykonos—in September.

These two islands that are known as major tourist attractions quiet down (a little) at the end of the summer season, and if you are lucky enough to visit them in September, you will still have warm summer days and be able to enjoy the islands.

However, you will find a different vibe than if you visit in July or August.


Santorini is perfect in September! Come see the island when the village street that climbs high above the caldera is a little less crowded.

There are so many beautiful sights to take in on the Greek island of Santorini you won’t know where to begin!

The island is known for its colorful volcanic stone backdrop with white houses and winding streets climbing the cliffs, leading you to villages and breathtaking views.

A trip to the island later in the season doesn’t mean you will miss out on anything.
For the adventurous at heart, something you want to be sure to check out is a tour of the volcano and caldera!

Something else you want to be sure to do while visiting the island is hike the path between Fira and Oia.

Santorini. Credit: Dimitra Damian/Greek Reporter

A great way to experience the hike is with a tour that is a full day (eight hours) tour which includes it all—from the volcano hike to hot spring swimming and watching a beautiful sunset! This is the perfect season to go on the tour, as it is still warm but without the scorching summer heat of July and August.

Even if you are not one to rough it while on vacation and you still want to explore the caldera and snap some unforgettable selfies with the beautiful backdrop of Santorini’s distinctive cliffs, you can always opt for a dinner boat tour and dine on the authentic dishes of the island while sipping local wine. It is the perfect way to enjoy Santorini in September!


Everyone knows about the island’s reputation for its nightlife scene, beautiful beaches, and whitewashed homes; however, there is much more to do on this Greek treasure than hanging out on the beach all day only to party all night.

When you visit the island later in the season, the true identity of Mykonos seems to shine through more brightly.

In Greek mythology, Mykonos was named after its first ruler Mykonos—a dependent of the Greek god Apollo. It is said to be the scene where the battle between Zeus and the Titans took place. Now, if that isn’t reason enough to visit this island, what is?

As the summer days wind down, the island still offers a ton of fun outdoor activities that will help you experience the authenticity of the island.

Why not relax on a sailboat tour? Or rent a bicycle and enjoy getting to know Mykonos? There is also scuba diving and kayaking the waters around the island.

Mykonos. Credit:Apel.les/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Another perk is that the summertime sales take place then, and you can find just about everything at a fifty percent or greater discount.

You can also check out the famous windmills on Mykonos. After all, it is known as “the island of the winds.” The island’s iconic windmills were built mostly by the Venetians in the sixteenth century and there are sixteen located throughout the island.

Agios Ioannis Bay, located not far from Mykonos Town, offers a great escape and a window to the ancient lands of the Greek gods with views of the sacred Delos Island—a daily excursion you must check out while on the island.

Delos is considered a sacred island, devoted to Apollo. It is said that it is “bathed in the unique light” of Zeus’ son, Apollo. No one is allowed to live there, but if you’re staying on Mykonos, you must experience this amazing place, where the statues stand in mute testimony to its glorious past.

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