My boyfriend and I are visiting Greece in late September/early October, flying to and from Athens. We will be in Greece for 10 days overall and allowing for a couple of days in Athens at the end of the trip, we will have about a week to visit an island (the last week of September and perhaps a day or two in to October).
Originally we were planning to stay around the Saronic islands so as not to waste time on ferries. However, the more I research it it seems that the Saronic islands are more like an extension of Athens and perhaps we would be better going further afield and staying in one place for the week, Santorini, Paros and Naxos are all options within a few hours of Athensr.
My question really is where will still be somewhat lively this late in the season? I know everything will be winding down at this stage - we are in our late 20's and not looking for partying but it would be nice if there were still some busy restaurants and tavernas for some atmosphere.