Best Time To Visit Greece

The best time to visit Greece is May to September when the Greek islands are bustling with life, and the weather is perfect for enjoying the coast. Beginning in May, the warmth of the Mediterranean sun arrives on the islands. The balmy weather offers the perfect sailing trip, while the sea breeze makes the nights pleasant for enjoying music and cultural activities. 

July and August are the busiest months, especially in popular islands such as Mykonos, Santorini, and Ios. Most cultural events take place around this time, and the country hosts the perfect beach weather. Around September and October, the temperatures are slightly lower, and the islands are less busy.

In winter, the weather in Athens is cold, and the islands are closed. Most trips to Greece start around April, so waiting for spring is recommended for the ultimate Greece experience. 

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Travelling in Greece between April and June

Late April to June offers the perfect weather for Greece tours. Enjoying the beaches in the Greek islands and sightseeing in Athens is quite pleasant in springtime. The European holiday does not start until July, so it is the best time to visit Greece before the crowds arrive. 

Greece celebrates easter around late April or early May, which offers an opportunity to experience the Greek culture while traveling in the popular attractions of the country.

By June, sea temperatures reach the perfect level in Santorini, Mykonos, and Ios. The weather is balmy, and nights are fresh due to the sea breeze. It is a perfect month to enjoy some quiet leisure time under the clear blue skies.

Best Time to Visit Greece
Temple of Poseidon

Travelling in Greece in July and August

July and August are the hottest months in Greece, with temperatures reaching 35°C and above. Summer is the peak season for Greece tours and a perfect time to enjoy the nightlife in the islands.

If you don’t mind the busy streets and beaches, July and August is the best time to visit Greece for sea activities and exploring the cultural attractions of Athens. 

Best Time to Visit Greece

Travelling in Greece in September

September is the ideal month for having a more quiet time in the Greek islands. The warmth of summer lingers on, sea temperatures are ideal for swimming, and the beaches are less busy. It is also a good time for visiting the urban attractions in Athens without the heat and the crowds. 

Best Time to Visit Greece
Temple of Olympian Zeus

Travelling in Greece in October

The average temperature in the Greek islands is around 20°C, and they are open for visitors until the end of the month. Visiting the attractions in Athens and the islands becomes comfortable as the heat of summer leaves the country.

October is a wonderful month for enjoying the views of the changing landscape, as well as trying Greek cuisine and local wines. 

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Santorini at Sunset

Travelling in Greece between November and February

The Winter season in Greece is quiet and chilly. Temperatures range from 8 to 15°C, which is not the ideal beach weather. The islands are closed around this time, although the historic sites are open.  

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Greece Climate & Weather Guide

Athens 12°C 13°C 14°C 18°C 24°C 29°C 32°C 32°C 29°C 23°C 17°C 14°C
Mykonos 11°C 11°C 14°C 17°C 22°C 28°C 30°C 29°C 27°C 22°C 17°C 12°C
Santorini 12°C 13°C 15°C 18°C 22°C 27°C 28°C 27°C 26°C 21°C 19°C 15°C
Ios 14°C 14°C 16°C 17°C 20°C 23°C 25°C 26°C 24°C 21°C 18°C 16°C
Delphi 10°C 11°C 14°C 18°C 23°C 28°C 31°C 30°C 27°C 21°C 16°C 12°C
Kalambaka 7°C 9°C 12°C 17°C 22°C 27°C 31°C 30°C 26°C 19°C 13°C 9°C
Thessaloniki 8°C 10°C 13°C 18°C 24°C 29°C 31°C 30°C 27°C 20°C 14°C 10°C
Athens 56°F 57°F 60°F 66°F 75°F 84°F 90°F 89°F 83°F 73°F 65°F 59°F
Mykonos 54°F 54°F 59°F 64°F 73°F 81°F 86°F 84°F 81°F 72°F 63°F 55°F
Santorini 57°F 58°F 60°F 66°F 72°F 80°F 82°F 81°F 78°F 71°F 66°F 60°F
Ios 57°F 58°F 61°F 62°F 67°F 73°F 77°F 78°F 76°F 70°F 65°F 60°F
Delphi 50°F 51°F 57°F 64°F 73°F 83°F 88°F 86°F 80°F 70°F 60°F 53°F
Kalambaka 44°F 48°F 53°F 62°F 72°F 81°F 88°F 86°F 78°F 66°F 55°F 48°F
Thessaloniki 48°F 51°F 57°F 66°F 76°F 85°F 89°F 88°F 81°F 70°F 59°F 51°F
Athens 54 mm 60 mm 57 mm 49 mm 41 mm 36 mm 10 mm 7 mm 46 mm 64 mm 60 mm 71 mm
Mykonos 49 mm 37 mm 23 mm 10 mm 14 mm 9 mm 1 mm 1 mm 8 mm 19 mm 23 mm 33 mm
Santorini 74 mm 67 mm 44 mm 17 mm 24 mm 11 mm 2 mm 3 mm 16 mm 45 mm 45 mm 64 mm
Ios 73 mm 57 mm 43 mm 18 mm 25 mm 10 mm 1 mm 2 mm 17 mm 44 mm 46 mm 63 mm
Delphi 7 mm 54 mm 55 mm 18 mm 28 mm 26 mm 11 mm 9 mm 28 mm 43 mm 37 mm 43 mm
Kalambaka 71 mm 62 mm 60 mm 34 mm 53 mm 52 mm 38 mm 31 mm 42 mm 42 mm 49 mm 41 mm
Thessaloniki 36 mm 35 mm 44 mm 19 mm 33 mm 30 mm 17 mm 18 mm 28 mm 34 mm 35 mm 30 mm
Athens 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mykonos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Santorini 3 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Ios 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Delphi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kalambaka 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thessaloniki 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
55 mm 18 mm55 mm
Athens 9 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 8 km/h 7 km/h 8 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 8 km/h 9 km/h 8 km/h 9 km/h
Mykonos 15 km/h 15 km/h 14 km/h 11 km/h 10 km/h 10 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 12 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 14 km/h
Santorini 16 km/h 17 km/h 15 km/h 12 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 14 km/h 12 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 14 km/h
Ios 17 km/h 16 km/h 15 km/h 13 km/h 12 km/h 12 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 14 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 14 km/h
Delphi 5 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 4 km/h 4 km/h 4 km/h
Kalambaka 3 km/h 4 km/h 4 km/h 4 km/h 4 km/h 4 km/h 4 km/h 3 km/h 3 km/h 3 km/h 3 km/h 3 km/h
Thessaloniki 5 km/h 6 km/h 6 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 6 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 4 km/h 5 km/h

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Greece Island Hopping Tours in July-August 

Athens host many cultural and traditional events in these months, all of which are open-air and perfect for filling your evening hours. Since it is the peak season, the historical attractions can be busy. But if you don’t mind the crowds, summer is the best time to visit Greece for cultural trips.

Summer is the peak season for island hopping tours, The hot weather is perfect for enjoying the comfort of sea travel, and the sparkling sea offers the best views. Beaches in the most famous islands of Greece are at their best for swimming and soaking up in the sun.

The luxury center Santorini is at its most vibrant time in these months. The nightlife is glamorous, hosting a variety of live events and famous DJs. Party life in Mykonos is slightly less epic, although the beach bars offer the most iconic island vibe. Our Best of Greece tour offers the ultimate island experience by taking you to each of these destinations along with Athens.

Explore the Island Life in May-September

May and September are the shoulder seasons in Greece. The warm, balmy weather is perfect for exploring the volcanic landscape of Santorini with a walking tour, capture and savor the Mediterranean sunset in the islands, and learn about ancient Greek history in Mykonos. 

Since it is less crowded in the shoulder season, witnessing the lives of locals in the island towns is much more comfortable. Athens is also a popular spot at this time of year, with temperatures varying around 25°C and the inter-season offering spectacular views for photography. 

Visit Turkey & Greece in September

September is the best time to visit Greece and Turkey for the ultimate Mediterranean experience. The pleasantly warm weather of late summer is dominant across the islands and the Aegean coast of Turkey. As the heat of summer is gone, it is the ideal time for admiring natural sites in Pamukkale, Cappadocia, and the hot springs of Santorini.

The crowds leave both countries towards the end of August, making cultural trips in Athens and Istanbul comfortable. Our Greece & Turkey Discovered tour has the perfect itinerary for an in-depth exploration into the highlights of both countries. 

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