We are leaving soon for the RS Greece tour in Oct 2014. Does anyone know how much mosquitoes are an issue in October in Greece. I heard that the main areas are Kardamyli and Monemvasia. Just wondering how much insect repellant to bring. Thanks.
I took that tour in May and June of this year and never saw a mosquitoe (your spelling).
We took that tour in October 2012 and had no problems with mosquitos. Is this something new?
Thanks everyone. In some of the Greece guide books, they mention mosquito in Monemvasia and Kardamyli as a possible issue. Thanks.
Hi, you might already be in Greece so this might come too late. My husband and I returned six days ago from Santorini and Athens and we did see mosquitoes. I was surprised to see mosquitoes as we dined in a restaurant in Oia since it was cold and windy but nonetheless there they were. Me and another traveler we met also got bit several times by mosquitoes while in the heart of Athens and I saw a few in the Athens apartment we were staying in. There were also quite a few mosquitoes while we wandered the Anafiotika area during the day near the Acropolis. We met a Athens local who said "yes, mosquitoes are a problem here." So I got bit, my husband didn't. I'd suggest taking some sprays with you (or at least cover up especially at night or in the morning).
Mosquitoes are mainly an issue in the high season and in the fall ... I have visited Greece 11 times, 10 of them in Mid-May thru mid-june ... almost never had a mosquito bite. I guess that time of year it's just incubation, and from Mid-July thru Autumn is Skeeter season. Most hotels do not hav screens. At that time, some provide little "incense-burner" types of repellent tht you light at night. I would definitely suggest DEET based lotion or Avon skin-so-soft, non-deet lotion. ALSO: the basic strategy for open-window sleeping without bites is .... leave lights OFF when windows are open. When you go to dinner, close windows. Upon return, have shutters closed while lights are on. Only open when lights are off & ready for slumber.
Mosquitoes were indeed a problem during our trip, from Kardamyli to Hydra - not so much in Athens. The hotel in Kardamyli had citronella "candles" (electric plug-ins) that our guide recommended we use. Insect repellent helped to a certain extent, but we still got bit multiple times.
I also took the RS Greece tour in May / June, and don't recall any mosquitoes in either Kardamyli or Monemvasia. The weather was really hot and dry at the time of my tour, so that probably suppressed the mosquitoes a bit.
As you've probably now completed your tour, did you encounter any mosquitoes?
Yes indeed. But only myself and one other tour member seemed to attract all the mosquitoes. In fact, the entire tour group were in Nafplio, waiting for our hotel room assignments. She and I were the only ones swatting away. Such luck. The weather was bit hot and humid, which contributed. Despite the bites, it was a great trip.
It's great to hear that you had such a good time on the tour (how could it be otherwise on a RS tour!). It's odd that only you and one other attracted the mosquitoes, but who knows why that was. Your mention of Nafplio brought back some fond memories, and hopefully your group also stayed in Pension Marianna (that was one of my favourite hotels Greece).
We did indeed stay at the delightful hotel in Nafplio. They had great homemade lemonade, couldn't drink enough of it. The owners were the nicest, hardest working, friendliest people. Absolutely lovely. They had their own lemon tress, which produced the great lemonade. Unfortunately, those trees must be were the mosquitoes were living, since that is were I got the most bites. However, application of enough DEET handles the problem.