With gorgeous white sand beaches, over 2,000 unique islands, and hundreds of ancient Greek structures and buildings to explore, you may be thinking there’s never a bad time to visit Greece. And while that’s true, there are definitely better times than others – where you’ll be able to experience more of the islands, enjoy the glorious weather and catch those cheap deals. If you’re planning a trip to Greece any time soon have a read through our guide to find out the best time to travel, whether you’re looking for a quiet break or cheap family holidays.
Weather-wise the best time to visit Greece is between April to mid-October. This is Greece’s summer season, and will be the best time to soak up the rays on your beach of choice. This season sees the hotels opening up their doors and restaurants and nightlife venues coming alive.
It’s an ideal time to make the most of your holiday to Greece, and the months of April, May and October is when you’ll find it the easiest to book a holiday at discounted prices.
More specifically if you’d like to beat the crowds and bypass Greece’s peak season, visit in the early summer or beginning of autumn. The weather will still be beautiful, but milder – averaging at 23°C – and you’ll skip the peak prices and visitor numbers. July and the beginning of August are very hot months with averages at 26°C, and the popular islands, including Mykonos, Santorini and Rhodes, see an influx of tourists.
Beat the crowds
April and May is the beginning of the summer season, and is ideal for swimming in Greece’s warm waters and doing a bit of historical sightseeing. This is when the hotels start opening up after the winter break and you’ll be visiting before all the crowds arrive.
The islands in April and May are often carpeted with wild flowers and you can experience the beauty of Greece’s outdoors by visiting the 300-metre cliffs of Santorini, the olive groves of Corfu or the mountains of Kefalonia.
The first week of September is when children go back to school, and if you’re travelling without kids it’s an ideal time to visit. The crowds will have lessened, and it’s a perfect time to catch those cheap holiday deals.
If you’re interested in discovering some of Greece’s historical past, the start of September is a fantastic time to delve into its Roman and Greek heritage. All the monuments, ancient citadels and temples will be open for tours, and you’ll have a mostly kid-free holiday as you wander through Greece’s historical sites.
Villla Lucia, Perissa, Santorini
Rodos Star, Afandou, Rhodes
Philoxenia Studios and Apartments, Katelios, Kefalonia
Theodosia Studios and Apartments, Sidari, Corfu
The Greek islands each have their own unique culture, ready and waiting to be explored on your next holiday. Visit during April to October and you’re sure to experience the very best that Greece has to offer.
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