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.

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When is the best time to go to 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, when is the best time to go to Greece? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • In Greece, the weather is good everywhere in May, June, July, August and September
  • The best months to go to 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 months in this city are January, February and December
  • The cities with the best climate are Rhodes, Santorini, Amorgos Island, Kalamata, Milos, Naxos, Paros, Sifnos, Ios, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kyparissia and Symi, with good weather at least 9 months a year
  • August is the best month for swimming in Athens

For 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
very bad to tolerable* Greece in january
very bad to tolerable* Greece in february
bad to good* Greece in march
tolerable to good* Greece in april
good to perfect* Greece in may
good to perfect* Greece in june
good to perfect* Greece in july
good to perfect* Greece in august
good to perfect* Greece in september
tolerable to perfect* Greece in october
tolerable to good* Greece in november
very bad to good* Greece in december

When to go to Greece by city

Athens

Best time to go to Athens

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

Corfu Island

Best time to go to Corfu Island

The best months to go to Corfu Island are april, may, june, july, august, september, october and november.

Hydra Island

Best time to go to Hydra Island

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

Kos

Best time to go to Kos

The best months to go to Kos are may, june, july, august, september, october and november.

Mykonos

Best time to go to Mykonos

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


Climate and Weather in 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 month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Athens, Corfu Island, Hydra Island, Kos and Mykonos, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities..


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Is this weather information for Greece reliable?

Climate data for Greece has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Greece allows us to determine the average for each month in Athens, Corfu Island, Hydra Island, Kos, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini, Thessaloniki, and 92 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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