Best Time to Visit Greece
The best times to be in Greece are spring (mid-April to mid-June and fall (September to mid-October). Not only are temperatures mild but you avoid the high season in the summer when prices are higher and many Europeans invade Greece. In the summer, temperatures are scorching hot. In spring, you will see more wildflowers and in the fall, you can still swim in the sea. Service tends to be more efficient in the spring and the fall as it is less crowded. Avoid Easter week if possible as almost every hotel is fully booked by locals celebrating this time of year. Also, many shops, museums, and important sites are closed. Winters can be mild or cold depending on where you are. However, the air is fresh and clear. High altitudes are cold and wet with snow in the mountains. Ferry and plane services are more restricted. Many hotels, sights, and restaurants shut down, especially on the islands. Expect rain between November and February.
Every Greek island has its own celebrations, but generally speaking, the biggest holiday is August 15th, "The Day of the Panagia," or the Virgin Mary. Some may even tempt you to brave the summer temperatures and crowds. The Hellenic Festival from June through September involves modern and ancient theatre, music, dance, and opera over numerous cultural events. The Epidaurus Festival of the ancient theatre in July and August is another popular event.
|Athens||13 C/55 F||20 C/68 F||30 C/86 F||34 C/93 F||24 C/75 F|
|Thessaloniki||9 C/48 F||19 C/66 F||29 C/84 F||30 C/86 F||21 C/70 F|
|Crete||15 C/59 F||20 C/68 F||21 C/81 F||28 C/82 F||23 C/73 F|
NOTE – All quoted temperatures are daytime average highs unless otherwise stated and can vary.
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