The Best Time To Visit Greece

Article posted on 23rd April 2021

When Should You Go to Greece?

Greece is known for its divine summer climate making it an amazing summer holiday destination for all, including families and couples. However, if you plan to explore more of this beautiful country and visit its stunning ancient ruins you may prefer to visit when the temperatures are a little cooler.

Spring

March - May

For those that prefer a milder climate, spring time is perfect for you as the average temperature ranges between 17°C to 25°C, and with around 8 hours of sunshine a day you can enjoy plenty of sun but in more comfortable conditions. The more comfortable temperature means you can enjoy lots of outdoor adventures as a family.

May brings warmer temperatures coupled with less crowds making May Half Term a perfect time to visit Greece with your family. From dips in the ocean to strolls in the beautiful pine forest, our Gregolimano resort is a perfect place to discover.

For fans of Jazz music, the annual Athens Jazz Festival takes place at the end of May and sees musicians from around the world perform. This is considered one of the best festivals of its kind in Europe and admission is free for the public.

Summer

June - August

The Summer season is definitely one of the most popular times to visit Greece and it is understandable why. These months experience temperatures of up to 34°C and are the driest months with the longest hours of sunshine at an average of 12 hours a day, meaning it is perfect for topping up your tan and enjoying some glorious heat. These high temperatures will mean that you will want to save your sight-seeing and excursion for the mornings when it is cooler and then you can relax by the pool or sea during the hotter midday hours. Since Club Med Gregolimano is by the sea, coastal breezes will also provide relief from the heat. The warm summer climate also brings Grecian summer evenings perfect for al fresco dining and for a sunset cruise with Club Med. These peak summer months are also best for nightlife, with there often being many beach parties throughout the season.

The end of May to mid-July is considered the best time for island hopping in Greece because the seas are calmer and ferries are more frequent and less crowded. You have the option of travelling between the islands by ferry or plane, or, for a more relaxed experience you can go on a Mediterranean cruise which requires less planning in advance. July and August enjoy the highest water temperatures in the year meaning that these months are perfect for watersports such as waterskiing, paddleboarding and swimming. Finally, August brings with it the August Moon Festival which celebrates the moon being at its brightest and most beautiful at this time of year. Many towns around Greece host special night time events. You could even travel to Athens where moonlit performances of theatre and dance are hosted in the sunning settings of the Acropolis and Roman Agora.

Autumn

September - November

For those seeking a quieter holiday but still want the warm weather then September is the best time to visit because temperatures are still high at 29°C but it is outside of the school holidays so hotels and beaches won’t be as busy. This also means that sight-seeing may be better during these months as there will be fewer crowds and cooler temperatures meaning that you can spend more time exploring. Many archaeological sites will still be operating with ‘summer hours’ meaning sites will be open for longer so you can fit more into one day.

Although August does offer great conditions for scuba diving and snorkelling, September enjoys these same conditions such as warm sea temperatures, but due to it not being high season you are likely to have more privacy and ocean space when exploring the exotic marine life Greece has to offer.

Winter

December - February

Since Winter brings more rain and cooler temperatures of 15°C to Greece it is best to spend this time sight-seeing in mainland Greece rather than visiting the islands. Due to fewer tourists you will benefit from shorter queues for the popular tourist destinations such as the Acropolis and will have an opportunity to experience the authentic Greek culture. If you want to immerse yourself further into the Greek culture there are two festivals that take place during these months. The first is the Patras Carnival, the celebrations include music, dancing, games, BBQs and a stunning floats parade. Considered a Greek style fiesta this is not an event to be missed if you’re nearby during January or February. The other is Apokries which takes place from February to March and dates back to ancient times. Here you will witness colour costumes and masks, traditional dancing and lots of feasting, meaning that a great time is guaranteed.

You may be surprised to learn that some parts of Greece actually become winter wonderlands during the winter period with skiing being a popular pastime, with January being the best month to go. The most popular ski resort is the Parnassos Ski Resort as it is the biggest downhill ski resort in Greece and is located only two hours away from Athens. Other popular ski resorts include Kalavrita Ski Centre, and Elatochori Ski Centre on the northern slopes of the infamous Mount Olympus.

The Best Time To Get Deals

As with many holiday destinations, off-peak times of the year offer cheaper holidays. However, with a Club Med holiday, you can benefit from our Early Booking Offers, Free Kids Places or Last Minute Offers meaning you can enjoy the perfect holiday to Greece any time!

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