Jet2 is offering holidays to Greece right up to November for the first time this year.
It has added nearly 80 extra flights in October and November to the islands of Zante (Zakynthos), Crete, Rhodes and Kefalonia.
Jet2holidays has also added to its range of hotels in Greece, where you can choose from two-star to five-star properties.
Clearly the operator is trying to extend the season as the start could be delayed due to the pandemic. No-one knows yet when travel restrictions in the UK or Greece will be lifted.
But I’ll explain later why I think you should be cautious about booking a holiday to Greece in the late autumn.
Where can you fly to Greece with Jet2 in October and November?
From Birmingham, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Stansted there are a total of 34 new flights to Zante up to the end of October.
From Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Stansted there are 20 new flights to Rhodes up to mid-November.
From Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Stansted there are almost 20 new flights to Crete up to 9 November.
And from Glasgow, Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Manchester there are extra flights to Kefalonia up to mid-October.
Jet2 boss Steve Heapy said the company ‘is continuing to respond to demand’.
Emy Anagnostopoulou of the Greek National Tourist Office in the UK described the weather in Greece in October and November as ‘unbelievable’.
What is Greece actually like in autumn?
I’ve only been to Greece once in late autumn – and there’s a reason for that.
I went to Kalamata on the Peloponnese peninsula in the October half-term holiday and it rained every day. And when I say it rained, I mean it poured.
The hotel and the restaurants weren’t equipped for bad weather. There wasn’t enough seating in the hotel dining room because half the guests were normally seated outside so they put additional tables in the chilly reception areas.
There was very little entertainment since most of the activities at our all-inclusive resort were outside. Many were water-based but the sea was too choppy for sailing or water skiing.
When we ventured to the local town, it was miserable. Most of the restaurants seemed to have already closed for the season. The one that was open was chilly, we were the only diners but the waiters could barely be bothered to serve us and the atmosphere was grim.
On the last day of our seven-day holiday the sun came out and it was warm, not hot but you could sit outside, but the pool was freezing.
Rhodes and Crete are much further south than where I was in Kalamata so the weather is likely to be better in the autumn, but Kefalonia and Zante are among the most northern of the Greek islands so there’s a risk of it being wet. Also, when I was in Kalamata, my weather app was showing a cloud over the whole of the country.
So you might get some fabulous weather in Greece in the late autumn but I think it’s a risk and if it does rain, you might find there’s not a lot to do.
Where is better for an autumn holiday?
For an autumn holiday in the Mediterranean I’d think Cyprus would be warmer and drier than Greece. Alternatively, the Canary Islands should be a safe bet. Or, if you can stretch to long-haul, I’d look at Dubai or Egypt.