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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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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.
Changing of the Guards, Athens

Visiting Greece in March

March marks the beginning of spring across the country. Although it’s still low season in most places, and many island destinations are yet to open, attractions across the mainland are open and much quieter than they will be in a few weeks’ time.

Events & Festivals

  • Greek Independence Day is celebrated on 25th March throughout the country with military parades and traditional folk dress and music.
  • March usually falls almost entirely within Lent and, starting with Clean Monday at the end of February or beginning of March, Orthodox Greeks traditionally observe this time by abstaining from meat, fish, dairy and eggs.
Greek Easter bread, Greece

Visiting Greece in April

Most years, the highlight of April is Greek Orthodox Easter, which occurs near the end of the month or in the first few days of May. The weather at this time is excellent for sightseeing or hiking, with plenty of sun and mild temperatures averaging around 17 C (68 F).

Events & Festivals

  • The celebrations of Holy Week and Easter, culminating on Easter Sunday, are usually the highlight of the month and mark the most important holiday of the year.
Local taverna, Greece

Visiting Greece in May

One of the best times to visit Greece, May is a good month to travel if you’re looking to experience both the cities and the islands. While sea temperatures can still be chilly, the weather is usually warm enough for swimming, and it’s not too hot for touring the cities. May marks the month when all the island destinations open fully for the summer season.

Theatre of Epidavros, Ancient Epidavros

Visiting Greece in June

June sees temperatures rising and crowds increasing but, overall, it’s a very pleasant time to be in Greece. Everywhere is open, the sun is warm, and plenty of festivals are taking place across the country.

Events & Festivals

  • Beginning in June and lasting throughout the summer, the Athens and Epidavros Festival showcases performances, including Greek plays, in ancient and modern venues across both cities, including the Theatre of Epidavros.
Kleftico, Milos

Visiting Greece in July - August

The heat of summer in July and August brings temperatures that can run north of 38 C (100 F) and plenty of sunshine with very little rain. At this time of year, the cities can feel oppressive under the unrelenting sun and sights get extremely crowded, but it’s a good time for water activities, if you don’t mind the coastal towns and islands being busier.

Events & Festivals

  • The Feast of the Assumption on 15th August is a national public holiday, when people return to their hometown to enjoy the festivities.
Nafplio, Greece

Visiting Greece in September

September is a great time to visit Greece. The weather remains hot throughout the month, sea temperatures stay warm, and visitors start to thin out as children go back to school. While the main sights are still busy, September is usually better for touring compared with hotter and more crowded July and August.

Meteora, Greece

Visiting Greece in October

Visiting in October represents a good-value time to go, when you can enjoy cooler weather and fewer crowds. The islands start to wind down ahead of winter, but usually stay open until the end of the month. In central and northern areas, leaves turn to their autumnal hues.

Events & Festivals

  • Ochi (or Ohi) Day on 28th October commemorates the date in 1940 when the Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas said ohi (no) to Mussolini’s demand for the Axis forces to occupy parts of Greece.
Galaxidi, Greece

Visiting Greece in November - December

The final two months of the year bring cooler temperatures to Greece. Island destinations close down for the winter, while historical sites across the mainland remain quietly open.

Events & Festivals

  • Christmas, while not as important as Easter, is celebrated on 25th December as a joyful holiday shared with family.

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