When is the best time to go to Crete?

When is the best time to go to Crete? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In Crete, the weather is good everywhere in April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
  • The best months to go to Heraklion are February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December
  • On average, the warmest months in Heraklion are June, July, August and September, and the coldest months are January and February
  • The rainiest months in this city are January and December
  • The cities with the best climate are Heraklion, Chania, Matala, Agia Galini, Agia Pelagia, Agios Nikolaos, Ano Rodakino, Anogia, Argyroupoli and Arkalochóri (Minóa Pediáda), with good weather at least 10 months a year
  • August is the best month for swimming in Heraklion

Annual weather in Crete

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

January 50°F to 59°F
2 to 9 days*
February 52°F to 61°F
2 to 8 days*
March 54°F to 63°F
1 to 5 days*
April 59°F to 68°F
0 to 3 days*
May 67°F to 76°F
0 to 2 days*
June 72°F to 81°F
0 to 2 days*
July 76°F to 86°F
0 days
August 76°F to 86°F
0 to 1 days*
September 72°F to 83°F
0 to 3 days*
October 67°F to 76°F
1 to 5 days*
November 59°F to 68°F
1 to 5 days*
December 54°F to 63°F
2 to 8 days*
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Crete by cities

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Temperatures and rainfall in Crete

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Crete and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Heraklion, Chania, Matala, Agia Galini and Agia Pelagia, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Crete

Find out when Crete has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Crete

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, May, June, November and December. The number of visitors to Crete is high in: July, August, September and October.

  • Very low season in Crete: January, February, March, November and December.
  • Low season in Crete: April, May and June.
  • High season in Crete: September and October.
  • Peak season in Crete: July and August.

Figure: Visitor index for Crete month by month

Average price for flights to Crete

A return flight between London and Heraklion is generally cheaper if you go in november ($ 173 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 114 more for your airline ticket to Heraklion if you go in august.

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Where to go in Crete?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Agia Galini59°F59°F63°F67°F72°F77°F83°F83°F79°F74°F68°F63°F
Agia Pelagia59°F61°F63°F67°F74°F79°F83°F85°F81°F74°F68°F63°F
Agios Nikolaos59°F59°F63°F67°F72°F79°F83°F85°F81°F74°F68°F63°F
Ano Rodakino59°F59°F63°F67°F72°F77°F83°F83°F79°F74°F68°F63°F
Arkalochóri (Minóa Pediáda)58°F59°F61°F67°F74°F81°F86°F86°F83°F76°F68°F61°F
Balí (Mylopotamos)59°F59°F63°F67°F72°F77°F83°F83°F79°F74°F68°F63°F
Dia island59°F61°F63°F67°F74°F79°F83°F85°F81°F74°F68°F63°F
Gavdos Island59°F59°F63°F67°F72°F77°F83°F83°F79°F74°F68°F63°F


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Is this weather information for Crete reliable?

Climate data for Crete has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Crete allows us to determine the average for each month in Heraklion, Chania, Matala, Agia Galini, Agia Pelagia, Agios Nikolaos, Ano Rodakino, Anogia, and 39 other cities.

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

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