Best time to vacation in greece

Vacations are supposed to be about relaxing and letting your hair down. But it’s no fun when you’re not enjoying your vacation because of bad weather. You want to see the best views, eat at the best restaurants, and experience the best activities, but timing is everything with these things. So, it’s important to know what time of year is the best time tourist individuals plan to visit a country, activity or component of an area. On this site, we’ll reveal what’s most popular in cities across Greece so you can plan your trip accordingly.

Vacations in Europe can be great, but what’s important if you are going to spend your hard-earned money is making sure you have the best of the best. This is why you shouldn’t invest in greek tourism and visit at the wrong time.

The time of year is probably the most important factor you’ll have to consider when deciding where in Greece to travel. The weather may cause you to avoid certain areas during particular times of the year. You must consider whether you’d prefer to swim in the sea or relax on a beach. Equally, if you intend to see some of the beautiful historical sites around the country, do your homework and choose your destination wisely. But don’t get too hung up on these factors. You can swim any time of year, and many people visit Greece during the off-season and always have a great holiday experience through travel planning and flexibility.

The best time to vacation in Greece is during the summer, from June to September. Greece has mild winters with temperatures averaging around 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) and hot summers with temperatures averaging around 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). The climate is very predictable and pleasant.

Greece has a diverse climate, so there are many things to do throughout the year. You can visit museums and historical sites in Athens or go hiking in the mountains of Meteora. You can also swim in the sea or go skiing on Mount Olympus.

The best time to vacation in Greece is between May and September, when the weather is warm but not too hot. This is generally considered the high season, when most tourists visit the country. Between October and April there are fewer crowds and prices are cheaper, but it can also get chilly at night.

Greece is not the same every month of the year, as it’s a country with 4 distinct seasons and a hot summer. The best time to visit Greece and the greek islands really depends on what you are looking for, from your holidays in my beautiful country.

A trip to Greece is completely different in the winter and compared to the summer, as there are different things you can do in every season. The beauty of Greece is that it is an extremely diverse country with lots of things to do in any month. Greek islands like Mykonos and Santorini are probably the most famous destinations in Greece, but you have to be aware of the peak season and the shoulder season of these islands as they can be swamped with tourists during certain times of the year.

The best time to visit Greece is June or September where you will get warm weather but fewer tourists, in general. This does not apply to Santorini and Mykonos islands however, as they are equally crowded even in June or September and it would be better to visit those islands in May or the end of September/early October to avoid the tourist crowds. All Covid-19 restrictions, have now been lifted for Greece and the tourist crowds have returned!

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Vlychada beach in Santorini will never feel crowded as it’s a massive beach with white sand.


  • Best Time to visit Greece for beaches and swimming in the sea: May to October (sea water will be warm enough)
  • Best Time to Visit Greece for Weather: the weather in Greece is at its best between June and October (temperatures between 20-35 degrees C and very minimal rain)
  • Best Time to Visit Greece for Honeymoon: the best time for a honeymoon in Greece is June or September as the weather will be warm enough and the crowds won’t be that bad.
  • Best Time to Visit Mykonos and Santorini: the best time to visit Santorini and Mykonos islands is May, mid-June and mid-September or October. Both islands islands can get extremely crowded even in June or Septemnber the last years so you should probably avoid these months too.
  • Best Time for partying, buzz, crowds: July, August, early September (this is when all greek islands and mainland Greece are buzzling with people and tourists)
  • Avoid visiting Greece in August by all means: August is by far the worst month to visit Greece as it is the month where greeks actually go on holidays and it will be packed and super expensive everywhere
  • Most businesses, hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars on the greek islands close between and including November-March; this is considered the low season in Greece (or winter)

Weather in Greece

Here are the average temperatures in Athens Greece for the whole year:

Average temperatures per month for Athens, Greece

As you can see from the figure above, Greece has very mild weather compared to other European countries or even compared to North American weather.

The weather on the Greek islands can be very windy in the summer (July or August) but this is something that cannot be predicted. As a rule of thumb and according to my experience of having visited almost all greek islands the last 35 years, the only thing that can ruin your greek holidays is not the temperature or rain but the strong winds that you may come across, which will prevent you from enjoying a day on the beach. There are some greek islands that are notoriously windy (such as Andros or even some parts of Crete) but in general, you shouldn’t worry that much, and chances are that you won’t face any typhoons or storms (there is none of this in Greece by the way!).

Best Time to Visit Greece for swimming and beach life

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Koukounaries beach in Skiathos island is one of the beaches in the world

Beaches in Greece are some of the best in the world, so beach life and swimming in the crystal waters of the Aegean sea or the Ionian sea makes absolute sense as the main target of your trip to Greece!

The best time to visit Greece for beaches and swimming is during the summer months of June, July, August, and September as this is when the sea waters will be hot and you will enjoy the most beach bars and clubs on every island (or even mainland Greece).

Best time to visit Greece for good weather

Elia beach in Mykonos is very well organized with lots of beach bars and sunbeds even in October!

The best time to visit Greece if you are looking for warm weather is any month between June and October. The temperatures during these months are the highest of the year and they can actually be boiling (up to 42 degrees Celsius due to world climate change).

You should be very careful during that time because the sun can be very harmful if you are not protecting your skin properly or hydrating yourself regularly. if you are not used to those temperatures or you want less hot weather then you should visit Greece in May or October because the weather is definitely less hot during these months. You should also bear in mind that the weather during the winter (or low season) months from November till April can be very unpredictable. You may get 25 degrees and sun or you may get 0 degrees and snow!

BUT as a rule of thumb, you should always have in mind that bad weather in Greece only lasts for a few days (3-5 days on average). in fact, every time we have terrible weather in Greece with snow or colder temperatures…it’s on the news!

Best Time to Visit Greece for Honeymoon

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A honeymoon in Greece can be an awesome experience as there are some fantastic hotels and literally thousands of romantic things you can do in Greece

honeymoon in Greece can be an exceptional experience but I truly believe you are going to have the best time if you go to Greece in June.

June in Greece has awesome sunny and warm weather which is perfect for swimming in your private pool or in the sea. The great thing about June in Greece though is that in general, the islands are less crowded and less expensive. This does not apply to Santorini and Mykonos though as they are expensive any time of the year nowadays but you will definitely find fewer tourist crowds during those months.

When is summer in Greece?

Summer in Greece is the months of June, July, and August but you will also get sunny warm weather in May and in September. For you to understand the temperatures in Greece bear in mind that April and May in Greece are like the hottest months you can get in major European cities such as Paris or London UK. June, July, and August can be very hot (taking into account the global climate change as well…) you may get temperatures of up to 43-44 degrees Celsius (110 Fahrenheit).

Weather in Greece in September

I keep on telling people who want to go to Greece that September is the best month to do so because the weather is not that hot and most of the places are not that crowded with tourists. Weather in Greece in September is exceptional with temperatures up to 32 degrees Celsius. Here is the weather in Greece in September in a nutshell:

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