Greece: Weather, Best time to go, Where to go ?

Discover the very best time to visit Greece from seasonal averages in many locations like Delphi or Kalambaka below.

Best time to go in Europe?

When is the best time to go in Greece ?

The peak tourist season in Greece corresponds to not only the summer season but also the time of school holidays. Most tourist sites see a large influx of vacationers, travelling from around the world. For this main reason, one should consider making their reservations well in advance in order to ensure a reasonable price with adequate accommodation. Especially if one desires to enjoy the sun and sea in peace. Otherwise, spring and fall are beautiful to visit Greece in all its authenticity.

Some Greek islands can even be visited all year round. During these off periods, one can benefit from the low level of tourists in order to privately discover the ancient ruins, relax on the Greek countryside and soak up the hospitality of the residents who live away from the modern world. If one is visiting Greece during the off season, take a moment to travel to Macedonia throughout the winter as this can be exciting: one can follow the footsteps of the great historical figures like Aristotle and Alexander the Great at a personal pace, while enjoying the peace and nature.

So, what is the best time to go in Greece? Here is some more information to help you in your decision:

  • In Greece, the weather is good everywhere in May, June, July, August and September
  • The most favorable months to visit Athens are April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
  • On average, the warmest months in Athens are July and August, and the coldest months are January and February
  • The rainiest month in this city are January, February and December
  • The cities with the best climate are Amorgos Island, Kalamata, Milos, Naxos and Paros with good weather at least 9 months a year
  • August is the more conducive month for swimming in Athens

For all information about the climate and the weather city by city in Greece for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

Month Our opinion View Details
partially okay weather Greece in january
partially okay weather Greece in february
partially good weather Greece in march
partially good weather Greece in april
partially perfect weather Greece in may
partially perfect weather Greece in june
partially perfect weather Greece in july
partially perfect weather Greece in august
partially perfect weather Greece in september
partially perfect weather Greece in october
partially good weather Greece in november
partially good weather Greece in december

When to go in Greece by cities

Athens

Best time to visit Athens

The best months to visit Athens are april, may, june, july, august, september, october et november.

Hydra Island

Best time to visit Hydra Island

The best months to visit Hydra Island are april, may, june, july, august, september, october et november.

Mykonos

Best time to visit Mykonos

The best months to visit Mykonos are april, may, june, july, august, september, october et november.

Thessaloniki

Best time to visit Thessaloniki

The best months to visit Thessaloniki are april, may, june, july, august, september et october.

Amorgos Island

Best time to visit Amorgos Island

The best months to visit Amorgos Island are april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november et december.


Climate and Weather of Greece

Throughout most of its territory, Greece has a Mediterranean climate which varies mainly with the differing altitudes and latitudes of the region. In general, we find mild, rainy winters and hot dry summers, like its neighbors, Albania, Bulgaria and Turkey. Less notable, seasons like the fall or the spring, although they are relatively pleasant, are generally short when compared to the summer or winter seasons. The climate in Greece is regularly softened and cooled by the wind on the coast, but the heat is quite common within the country.

Greece : Panorama sur la baie de Parikiá, île de Paros, Cyclades, Grèce

The Mainland's Climate in Greece

The winter is in general rather mild and humid and the summers are hot and dry on the Greek mainland, it is not however uncommon for particularly cold temperatures in mountainous regions or in the capital, Athens. This approximates the harsh winters of Turkey, including Ankara as well, or as in Sofia, Bulgaria. In Athens and more generally inland, the heat is also sometimes extreme, causing it to be unbearable at times. On the coast however, the climate is similar to that of the Greek islands, thanks to the intervening North Winds which temper the summer heat. Note the possible appearance of “alcyoneus” days throughout January and February, which offer beautiful moments of sunshine in the middle of the winter blues.

The climate of the mainland in Greece also faces great temperature variations, depending on the location. Thus, summers are particularly hot in the Peloponnese and in the north, while the winters are long and cold. Despite such, Macedonia still faces very hot summers as well!

The Climate on the Greek Islands

Quite different from the mainland climate, the weather of the islands varies enormously depending on which part of the archipelago that one is located. Thus, the Ionian Islands face a lot of humidity and low wind exposure, creating the scorching summer temperatures while the Cyclades suffer from drought on a fairly regular basis when the summer arrives, the latter period lasting for six months in this part of the archipelago and rather popular with the tourists. There are times when the rain may indeed be entirely absent between the months of May and October. The summers are pretty cool though, thanks to a seasonal wind known as “Meltemi” that refreshes the whole of the atmosphere. Sporades and Dodecanese face themselves a climate similar to that of the Cyclades - with lesser important winds and a warmer summer.


Temperatures and rainfall in Greece

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Greece and rainfall month by month for the cities of of Athens, of Hydra Island, of Mykonos, of Thessaloniki et of Amorgos Island, as well as the sea temperature months by month for the coastal cities..


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Map of Greece

Hover on cities to obtain information about weather.


About of Greece

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Are these weather information for Greece reliable?

Climate data for Greece are raised every day since January 2009.Also, the analysis of these meteorological data for Greece allows us to determine the average for each month in Athens, Hydra Island, Mykonos, Thessaloniki, Amorgos Island, Chalkidiki, Chios, Corfu Island, Delphi, Greek islands of the Cyclades, Gregolimano, Kalamata, Kalambaka, Kefalonia island, Kos, Lesbos, Milos, Naxos, Olympia et Paros.

So yes: these data are reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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