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Kamari, 84700, Greece
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Cruising the Mediterranean in October.

by livmiller

Hoping someone can tell me what the weather is usually like in the middle of October. I have cruised in September and the weather was fabelous.
But, what is October usually like, do you think I can enjoy some sunny warm days.
My cruise takes in Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Israel.

Thanks so much

Re: Cruising the Mediterranean in October.

by brotherleelove

October is usually sunny but windy with chilly nights.

Re: Cruising the Mediterranean in October.

by Rachel972

The chilly nights should be no problem since you don't have to be outside in the wind. I've been on ferries in the Cyclades that had to stay in port because of strong winds, but that was September (three occasions) and the bigger the ship the less you'll have this problem. As for shore trips: Israel has the most pleasant weather in October, less hot and humid than in summer, and it almost never rains. (I live there). Egypt should also be much better than at an earlier season. Istanbul was quite cool, very pleasant. And Greece may have some places closed after the tourist season, or at least not so crowded.
Maybe it won't be so hot, so that you can enjoy the sun instead of trying to avoid it.

Re: Cruising the Mediterranean in October.

by Aitana

Three years ago we travel around the Mediterranean & Black Sea in the last two weeks of October. In the Mediterranean, except for one day with storms (there were floods in some Greek islands), the weather was really pleasant: not as hot as summer, but warm enough during the day, even hot when we visited Ephesus. At Istanbul it changed and we had rain. Going into the Black Sea was like passing from summer to autumn. But you go southward and probably you will have warm days. Enjoy your trip!

Travel Tips for Santorini Island

Don't get too excited about the beaches

by AcornMan

I read a lot about the black sand beaches on Santorini and was very excited to see them in person. And while they are indeed unique, they are not covered with "sand" at all. Instead, it is large black gravel that is extremely uncomfortable to walk on. Perissa and Kamari are the two best-known beaches. They're pretty nice, but fairly crowded. One nice thing is that you can get from Perissa to Kamari by water taxi, which is good because despite the fact that they are close together on the shore, getting from one to the other by road is an extremely long trip because there's a mountain separating them.

If you're looking for great beaches, go to Naxos. But if you have enough time while you're on Santorini, it's worth visiting Perissa and/or Kamari too.

A walk in short paths in Fira!

by gmadmax

Fira has hundreds short roads that can take you in a lot of directions!In these roads you can find almost everything!Cafe shops,night clubs,restaurants,shops,souvenirs...At night time thousands of people are walking there(at summer time of course).

discipline and donkeys of santorini

by puppyfeet

I traveled to Santorini this september 23rd to 25th, and after a great boat ride to hike the volcano and then swim in the hot/warm springs took a donkey ride up to the top. my experience differed from that of some of the web comments and postings i have read about the picturesque donkey ride. the method of disciplining the donkeys included hitting the donkeys violently with a stick/long crop on their upper neck next to their head and yelling loudly in the animal's ear. the offending behavior was never quite apparent to me or seemed to be connected to seemingly benign behaviors such as stepping forward to inspect my hand for further carrots at the top (or apple as in the case of the woman before me who went running down the hill away from the donkey driver... both of us had gained a nod of assent when asking about the feeding of the donkeys). my attempts to inquire about this treatment were responded to by further violence toward the animal and yelling in its ear while looking at me and then laughing in a manner that was easily interpreted as mocking, regardless of what language you speak. most people i spoke to locally simply chalked it up to cultural differences in treatment/training/or relationships with animals. i think though that if your belief abut what is fair and reasonable treatment differs as much as mine from what is apparently acceptable local custom i would skip the donkey ride. i would certainly not want to expose my children to this. i did find the local vet Mrs. Margarita to be an advocate for animal welfare and forwarded a written description of the events to her, and was able to obtain the fax number for the mayor of Santorini to forward a letter of to him as well. if you have already experienced similar things on your trip i would encourage you to forward a letter as well.

Best map of Santorini

by Saagar

A good map is nice to have and the stuff you get for free from the tourist businesses on Santorini isn't good enough.

The best map I have found is the "Road Editions Santorini 1:35000" published in Athens. Good quality paper, accurate with respect to roads and settlements and altitudes, indicates beaches, and with town maps on the back.

You can get it in the newsstand in the Athens airport, on the ferry to Santorini or in Santorini shops once here.
Cost is E 4.20

Blue Star Ferries Tours

by greekcypriot

These offices are to be found all over Fira. I booked tickets at 9:30 and the tour started at 11.

You can take the cable car down or walk down to the port with your ticket and get on the boat. It's such a nice trip. Takes you everywhere on a glass bottom boat to the volcano, the hotsprings, thirassia, and oia.

Bring water and your swimsuit and your camera of course. Also wear sneakers or hiking boots for the volcano. I paid on $20 euros.


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