The Best Times to Visit Greece
No matter the season, discover the best of Greece with Scott Dunn…
With warm temperatures and sunny skies for most of the year, there’s no bad time for a holiday in Greece. Whether you want to relax by the sea on one of Greece’s stunning islands or explore the mainland’s impressive historical sites during the quieter winter months, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, no matter the time of year.
At Scott Dunn, our travel experts will help you plan an unforgettable holiday based on what you want to see and do. From the best time of year to visit Greece weather-wise to when to visit some of it’s most popular sights, we’ll help you discover Greece throughout the seasons.
When is the Best Time to Go to Greece?
If you’re wondering “when is the best time to visit Greece?”, it all depends on what kind of holiday you’re planning. From dining alfresco along the coast in the summer to taking in the fascinating cultural sites during an autumn visit to the cities, there are endless things to see and do in Greece throughout the year.
Below are some of our favourite ways to enjoy the very best of Greece year-round.
Spring in Greece
Spring is one of the best times to visit Greece to experience all this amazing country has to offer. With temperatures ranging from 15-30℃ across the country, a springtime holiday is ideal for a range of activities.
Warm weather and relatively small crowds make spring a good time to visit Athens before the summer heat and tourists set in. Immerse yourself in the region’s rich Ancient Greek heritage with a trip to the iconic Acropolis or sample some delicious Souvlaki from an authentic street food vendor as you wander through the city centre.
If you’re visiting Greece in May, you can make the most of the glorious weather with a trip to one of the stunning Greek islands before the summer season really gets started. Wander through the stylish boutiques of Santorini, or relax on one of Crete’s beautiful beaches before they get too busy.
Summer in Greece
With temperatures in the 30s and high tourist numbers, planning a summer vacation in Greece can be tricky. At Scott Dunn, we’ll advise you on everything from crowd-beating activities to the best beaches and places to eat, to help you create your ideal trip during these peak months.
We recommend escaping the summer tourists with a trip to one of the lesser-known islands, like Sifnos and the other Small Cyclades. The warm weather makes a vacation to these destinations ideal for relaxing on the beach or enjoying thrilling water activities with the family.
For something a little different, take a trip to the idyllic Halkidiki peninsula to enjoy secluded beaches and beautiful pine forests alike.
Autumn in Greece
While the summer season might be busy, autumn is one of the best times of year to visit Greece if you’re looking to avoid the crowds.
September and October are the best times to go to Greece’s more popular islands, like Mykonos and Corfu. With warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine, you can enjoy the breathtaking landscapes and beaches without worrying about tourists taking over. Why not let us arrange you a private sunset cruise along Santorini’s coastline for the perfect finishing touch to a romantic getaway?
Autumn is also a good time to visit popular sites in Athens and the surrounding areas as the summer crowds begin to die down.
Winter in Greece
As temperatures start to cool, a winter holiday to Greece may not be top of your list. But, while many of the islands close down between December and March, most of the mainland’s historical sites remain open and are typically very quiet.
This makes winter one of the best times of year to visit Greece if you’re interested in this country’s fascinating cultural heritage. The Peloponnese, for example, is home to many historical sites, including Olympia, the town where the Ancient Olympic Games were held.
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Climate guide for Greece
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