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Meteora

When is the best time to visit Greece?

Generally speaking, spring (April to June) and early autumn (September and October) are the best times to visit Greece. Temperatures are warm but not stifling, and you’ll find that destinations are open but still relatively quiet. The period from November to February tends to be colder, but city attractions remain open and are pleasantly quiet. Summer brings steamy, hot weather and hordes of visitors at the main sights and on the islands.

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In order to avoid the heat and crowds, I suggest visiting in the spring (April to June) or fall (September and October). I think April and September are the two best months — the weather is fantastic, but you get a better travel experience away from the cruise-ship crowds of July and August.

Brittany, Greece Specialist

Greece Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Athens 12°C 63mm 13°C 54mm 15°C 50mm 19°C 31mm 24°C 23mm 29°C 12mm 32°C 6mm 31°C 6mm 28°C 13mm 22°C 55mm 18°C 64mm 14°C 80mm
Delphi 9°C 62mm 9°C 57mm 12°C 52mm 17°C 37mm 22°C 25mm 26°C 13mm 29°C 9mm 29°C 11mm 25°C 13mm 19°C 57mm 14°C 84mm 10°C 101mm
Olympia 14°C 116mm 14°C 93mm 16°C 70mm 19°C 45mm 23°C 22mm 27°C 8mm 30°C 6mm 30°C 8mm 28°C 27mm 23°C 102mm 19°C 131mm 15°C 148mm
Santorini 14°C 114mm 14°C 81mm 16°C 66mm 19°C 28mm 22°C 14mm 26°C 4mm 28°C 1mm 27°C 1mm 25°C 13mm 22°C 61mm 19°C 69mm 16°C 102mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Greece

Meteora in winter, Greece

Visiting Greece in January - February

The year in Greece begins with cool temperatures and damp weather in some areas. Meteora and the Delphi area can even see snow. For the most part, seasonal destinations such as the Greek islands are closed down for the winter. But, cities like Athens remain open for business, and major sights are pleasantly uncrowded.

Events & Festivals

  • Epiphany on 6th January is celebrated by local priests blessing major bodies of water, and a chill-inducing tradition in which adventurous Greeks leap in to retrieve a cross thrown in by the priest in the hope of good fortune for the coming year.

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