Best Time to Visit Greece

Greece is not the same every month of the year, as it’s a country with distinct 4 seasons and a hot summer. The best time to visit Greece and the greek islands really depends on what you are looking for, from your holidays in my beautiful country.

A trip to Greece is completely different in the winter and in the summer, as there are different things you can do in every season. The beauty of Greece is that it is an extremely diverse country with lots of things to do any month. Greek islands like Mykonos and Santorini are probably the most famous destinations in Greece but you have to be aware of the peak season and the shoulder season of these islands as they can be swamped during certain times of the year.

The best time to visit Greece is June or September where you will get warm weather but fewer tourists in general. This does not apply to Santorini and Mykonos islands. However, as they are equally crowded even in June or September and it should be better to visit those islands in May or the end of September/early October to avoid the tourist masses. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is not that crowded anywhere in Greece this year (2021) so you should not worry about crowds anywhere.

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Vlychada beach in Santorini will never feel crowded as it’s a massive one with white sand.

VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW:

  • Best Time to visit Greece for beaches and swimming in the sea: May to October (sea water will be warm enough)
  • Best Time to Visit Greece for Weather: the weather in Greece is at its best between June and October (temperatures between 20-35 degrees C and very minimal rain)
  • Best Time to Visit Greece for Honeymoon: the best time for a honeymoon in Greece is June or September as the weather will be warm enough and the crowds won’t be that bad.
  • Best Time to Visit Mykonos and Santorini: the best time to visit Santorini and mykonos islands is May, mid-June and mid-September or October. Both islands islands can get extremely crowded even in June or Septemnber the last years so you should probably avoid these months too.
  • Best Time for partying, buzz, crowds: July, August, early September (this is when all greek islands and mainland Greece are buzzling with people and tourists)
  • Avoid visiting Greece in August by all means: August is by far the worst month to visit Greece as it is the month where greeks actually go on holidays and it will be packed and super expensive everywhere
  • Most businesses, hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars on the greek islands close between and including November-March; this is considered the low season in Greece (or winter)

Weather in Greece

Here are the average temperatures in Athens Greece for the whole year:

Average temperatures per month for Athens, Greece

As you can see from the figure above, Greece has very mild weather compared to other European countries or even compared to North American weather.

The weather on the Greek islands can be very windy in the summer (July or August) but this is something that cannot be predicted. As a rule of thumb and according to my experience of having visited almost all greek islands the last 35 years, the only thing that can ruin your greek holidays is not the temperature or rain but the strong winds that you may come across, which will prevent you from enjoying a day on the beach. There are some greek islands that are notoriously windy (such as Andros or even some parts of Crete) but in general, you shouldn’t worry that much, and chances you won’t face any typhoons or storms (there is none of this in Greece by the way!).

Best Time to Visit Greece for swimming and beach life

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Koukounaries beach in Skiathos island is one of the beaches in the world

Beaches in Greece are some of the best in the world, so beach life and swimming in the crystal waters of the Aegean sea or the Ionian sea makes absolute sense as the main target of your trip to Greece!

the best time to visit Greece for beaches and swimming is during the summer months of June, July, August, and September as this is when the sea waters will be hot and you will enjoy the most beach bars and clubs on every island (or even mainland Greece).

Best time to visit Greece for good weather

Elia beach in Mykonos is very well organized with lots of beach bars and sunbeds even in October!

The best time to visit Greece if you are looking for warm weather is any month between June and October. The temperatures during these months are the highest of the year and they can actually be boiling (up to 42 degrees Celsius due to world climate change).

You should be very careful during that time because the sun can be very harmful if you are not protecting your skin properly or hydrating yourself regularly. if you are not used to those temperatures or you want less hot weather then you should visit Greece in May or October because the weather is definitely less hot during these months. You should also bear in mind that the weather during the winter (or low season) months from November till April can be very unpredictable. You may get 25 degrees and sun or you may get 0 degrees and snow!

BUT as a rule of thumb, you should always have in mind that bad weather in Greece only lasts for a few days (3-5 days on average). in fact, every time we have terrible weather in Greece with snow or colder temperatures…it’s on the news! 😊

Best Time to Visit Greece for Honeymoon

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A honeymoon in Greece can be an awesome experience as there are some fantastic hotels and literally thousands of romantic things you can do in Greece

A honeymoon in Greece can be an exceptional experience but I truly believe you are going to have the best time if you go to Greece in June.

June in Greece has awesome sunny and warm weather which is perfect for swimming in your private pool or in the sea. The great thing about June in Greece though is that in general, the islands are less crowded and less expensive. This does not apply to Santorini and Mykonos though as they are expensive any time of the year nowadays but you will definitely find fewer tourist crowds during those months.

When is summer in Greece?

Summer in Greece is the months of June, July, and August but you will also get sunny warm weather in May and in September. For you to understand the temperatures in Greece bear in mind that April and May in Greece are like the hottest months you can get in major European cities such as Paris or London UK. June, July, and August can be very hot (taking into account the global climate change as well…) you may get temperatures of up to 43-44 degrees Celsius (110 Fahrenheit).

Weather in Greece in September

I keep on telling people who want to go to Greece that September is the best month to do so because the weather is not that hot and most of the places are not that crowded with tourists. Weather in Greece in September is exceptional with temperatures up to 32 degrees Celsius. Here is the weather in Greece in September in a nutshell:

Some FAQ:

What is the best month to travel to Greece?

The best month of the year to travel to Greece and to the greek islands is June and September. This is usually called the shoulder season in Greece, while July and August is the peak season (or high season). During these 2 months, you will get warm summer weather (between 20-35 degrees Celsius or 70-95 degrees Fahrenheit) but you will also get fewer tourists and lower prices in general. The summer months in Greece are June, July, and August but most tourists and the large cruise ships go to Greece in July and August so these are the busiest and most expensive months. So, I would say that the best time to go to Greece is mid-June or mid-September where you will get warm weather but fewer tourists.

When should you avoid Greece?

You should definitely avoid visiting Greece during July and August as these are the busiest and also hottest months. You should also know that 99% of the Greeks go on holiday in August. If you want to visit any Greek island such as Santorini or Mykonos you should definitely avoid July and August and also possibly September as the last years September feels like August in these 2 islands.

What is the cheapest time to go to Greece?

The cheapest time to go to Greece is the low season (or winter) which is the months between November and March. You can also visit Greece in April or May but this is usually the time when the greek easter occurs and it’s usually the time when the Greeks go to the countryside or the islands they come from to celebrate Easter Sunday of the Greek Orthodox Easter. usually, the prices in hotels and Airbnb’s are slightly more expensive during that time. If money is an issue for you then I would recommend visiting Greece during the winter or at least visit in the should seasons of May-June and September-October.

How many days in Greece is enough?

You need at least 7 days in Greece but it really depends on your situation and if your visit is part of a longer visit in Europe. In theory, the absolute minimum number of days you need in Greece is 3 days. During these 3 days, you can spend 1 day in Athens and then head to one of the greek islands (make it Santorini if you can as it is the most impressive greek island). I do not generally recommend visiting Greece for such a short period of time as I am not a big fan of the tick-the-box holidays and I really like to spend some proper quality time anywhere but I also understand that everyone’s situation (and bank account…) is different so that’s my advice!

Which Greek island is the prettiest?

Well, if you ask greek this question you will get a different answer! However, it is globally accepted that Santorini is the prettiest island of them all and there are excellent reasons to believe that in general. My personal opinion is that every greek island is an extremely pretty destination and you can definitely find beauty and amazing places on each one of these, even the less known ones.

CONCLUSION

The best time to visit Greece is definitely some time between the months of June and September. All areas are usually less crowded in June but you will still get awesome warm weather and you should be able to go swimming and enjoy the sunny summer weather. You should definitely avoid August as it is the most crowded month of the year and accommodation and restaurants can be very expensive during that time. You should also bear in mind that most businesses (hotels, rooms, bars, restaurants, and shops) on the islands operate mostly between May and October. The weather in Greece in September is awesome and it still feels like summer for the most part with sunny days and warm sea waters.

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