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Greece: Best Time to Visit


The best times to be in Greece are spring (mid-April to mid-June and the fall (September to mid-October). Not only are temperatures not too hot 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 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. The rainy times are between November and February. 

Every Greek island has its own celebrations, but generally speaking, the biggest holiday is Aug. 15th,  "The Day of the Panagia," or Virgin Mary. The Hellenic Festival from June through September involves modern and ancient theatre, music, dance and opera over numerous cultural events. The Epidaurus Festival of ancient theatre in July and August is an interesting time. 

Average Temperatures.

 

  Jan Apr
 Jun  Aug  Oct
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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