Greece is a bucket list destination that you may be dying to see. The ancient Roman sites, flavourful food, and colourful coastline make Greece a well-known and loved destination by tourists from all over the world. Trying to decide the best time to visit Greece can be tough since each month brings its own unique feelings, colours, and weather. But, keep in mind that Greece is fantastic any time of the year, so you really can’t go too wrong. If you’re planning a trip to Greece but don’t know when to visit, here is a month-by-month guide to help you understand the perks and downsides of visiting each month.

January

 Winter in Greece certainly isn’t all sun and sand like the summer months but it does have its own allure. January is considered an off season so you may find yourself roaming around Greece with very little crowds and for cheaper prices.

Weather

 Expect mild weather throughout the country except in the mountains where there may even be some snow. Athens stays at about 55 degrees Fahrenheit with temperatures dipping close to freezing in the evenings. Even the islands get brisk and there may be rainfall one out of every three days. Travelling to the islands can also be a little rough as the seas are more choppy and the weather is damp.

Things To See / Do

See The Main Attractions:  The major Greek attractions will be way less crowded than other times of the year.

Go Skiing: Enjoy the winter weather by hitting the slopes at Parnassus Ski Resort.

Feast of Saint Basil’s/New Year’s Day: This is Greece’s Christmas Day so you’ll see all sorts of celebrations throughout the country. Athens usually has fireworks.

Patras Carnival: The largest carnival in Greece with parades, pageants, and more.

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February

 This winter month is another low season so expect less crowds and cheaper prices. Many of the restaurants and local businesses close down for the winter but there’s still plenty to see and do (especially when it comes to carnivals.)

Weather

 This is generally the coldest month of the year with temperatures averaging about 57 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s a high probability of grey clouds, rain, and very cold evenings. You’ll see snow in the mountains and will find very rough seas if you’re travelling to the islands by ferry.

Things To See / Do

Visit Museums: Stay inside as much as possible by visiting the fantastic museums all around Greece. You can learn about the history and culture while staying warm.

Carnival: Greece is alive with carnivals in February so you’ll be bound to find one no matter where you’re visiting. Patras is the largest carnival in Greece but Athens, Corfu, Xanthi and Zanthos throw notable celebrations as well.

March

March is when the shoulder season starts to dwindle and larger numbers of tourists start to filter into the country again. The weather is becoming warmer and the flowers are in bloom. You may want to pack a variety of clothing and layers as the weather can change.

Weather

 March is a mix of rain, clouds, and sunny skies. The end of March is notorious for higher temperatures, clear skies, and overall beautiful days. The seas are too cold to swim in but the days may be sunny enough to soak up the sun rays. The average temperature in Athens is typically 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

Things To See / Do

 Sailing: Yacht charter companies begin opening up and offering tours near the end of March. The air is clear, the sun is low, and the crowds are minimal which makes this a great time for sailing.

Athens Half-Marathon: Witness more than 200,000 runners running through the streets of Athens.

Feast of the Annunciation/Independence Day: This religious holiday is celebrated all over Greece and is a great way to join in some local celebrations, parades, and feasts.

April

 April is a fantastic time to visit Greece. The weather is sunny and warm and colourful flowers are in full bloom. This may be the best month to visit as the shoulder season prices are still largely in effect and the large crowds haven’t yet arrived.

 Weather

Expect sunny, clear skies with very little rain. The days will be warm, fresh, and full of possibility. The average temperature in Athens is typically around 67 degrees Fahrenheit with slightly cooler temperatures in the evening. Keep in mind that the water still might be too cold to swim but pack your bathing suit just in case.

 Things To See / Do

Athens International Film Festival: This is a great time of year for film buffs as movie screenings and events are going on all over the city.

Holy Week/Easter: This is one of Greece’s largest celebrations so expect festivals, fireworks, and lots of cheer.

Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival: This event takes place over five days in late April. It’s one of the top jazz festivals in Europe and brings in musicians from all over the world.

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 May

 May brings with it extremely sunny weather with very, very little rain. The water is just warm enough for swimming, but you can take the plunge if you’re brave. The weather is beautiful during this month and you still won’t be faced with the hoards of summer vacationers.

Weather

 May weather officially feels like summer as it is hot, sunny, and just about time for swimming. The average high is 77 degrees Fahrenheit with hardly any chance for rain. Pack your summer clothes and get ready to soak up the sun. Also, keep in mind that the seas can get pretty rough around this time so some ferry services may be cancelled.

Things To See / Do

Salsa Spring Festival: Visit the Club Hotel Casino Conference Center to see some of the best salsa performers in the world. They come for four days to teach classes and put on performances.

Sail: While part of the month lends itself to choppy seas, it’s actually a great time for sailing so charter a boat and explore by water.

Outdoor Activities: No matter where you are in Greece, May is a great time to spend outside. There are hiking and biking opportunities all over the country to take advantage of.

June

 Summer is really in full swing once June comes around. The temperatures are hot (sometimes a little too hot.) This is a great time to forget about the rain and hit the beach as the crowds haven’t fully arrived. The beginning of June is better if you want to snag the last of those off-season prices.

Weather

 Athens is downright hot during June with average temperatures of 86 degrees Fahrenheit. The skies are consistently blue and there is hardly ever any rain. Make sure to pack plenty of light clothes that breathe as well as your bathing suit and sunglasses. It’s going to be hot!

Things To See / Do

 Athens and Epidavros Open-Air Festival: This massive event offers music, theatre, and dance right beneath the Acropolis and the Theater of Epidavros. It starts midway through June and brings top talent from all over the country and the world.

Miaoulia Festival: Located on the island of Hydra, this festival is a weekend of dancing, parades, and concerts.

Navy Week: This week celebrates Greece’s nautical history with reenactments, events, and tons of partying. The festivities happen all over the country but the largest one is in Crete.

July

 This is the high season in Greece so expect lots of crowds, higher prices, and great weather. You’ll be able to experience the best that Greece has to offer so get ready for sun, sand, sailing, and visiting the historic sites.

 Weather

 The weather in July is hot so expect temperatures that are around 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. You may even experience sweltering temperatures around 100 degrees so make sure to stay hydrated and lather on the suntan lotion. Evenings will still be warm and you can expect very little to no rain.

Things To See / Do

Hippocratia Festival: This festival takes place on Kos and is made up of a variety of concerts, theatre, and art exhibits.

Philippi Festival: This festival is located in Kavala and is considered the second oldest in the country. Most of the events are held in the ancient theater of Philippi, and include theater, drama, dance, and more.

Enjoy The Nightlife: July is a great time to enjoy the nightlife on the party islands of Paro, Mykonos, and Santorini. Dance the night away to DJ sets, sip on a few cocktails and enjoy mingling with the other tourists.

August

August is the hottest, busiest, and most expensive time of the year. While there may be a lot of crowds and high prices, the party scene is buzzing. If you want to spend lots of time on the beach and party the night away, August is a great time to visit.

Weather

 The weather is gorgeous (although hot) during this time of year. There will be virtually no rain and the sea temperature will be around 77 degrees Fahrenheit so you can spend plenty of time swimming. Make sure to bring lightweight clothing, a water bottle, and plenty of sunscreen.

Things To See / Do

Aegina International Music Festival: This festival is located in Aegina where music from all over the world is played at various venues.

 Enjoy The Nightlife: Head to the party islands of Paro, Mykonos, and Santorini to dance the night away in the clubs with other tourists and locals.

Olympus Festival: This festival is located in Piera, Macedonia where a variety of concerts go on in the theatre at the base of Mt. Olympus.

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September

 September in Greece offers a bit of everything to visitors. The weather is significantly cooler than in August and the crowds have died down quite a bit. You’ll find that there are music festivals, religious celebrations, and plenty of events happening around the country.

Weather

 Expect the beginning of September to be very warm but not as scorching hot as in the summer. Average temperatures range from 66 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit in most places around Greece. The skies are sunny, there is very little rain, and the sea is still ideal for swimming.

Things To See / Do

Athens International Film Festival: This film festival lasts for 12 days and is said to have one of the most eclectic selections in the world. You’ll find gems that most people don’t know about as well as big hits.

Anhiolos Wine Festival: The first two weeks of September is the best time for wine lovers. This festival brings together local wineries that come out to offer tastings and fresh bottles.

September Feast Days: These religious services happen throughout September and offer celebrations, food, and cultural experiences.

October

 October is a great month to visit Greece as the weather is sunny, the temperatures are mild, and the crowds have died down. The end of the month is when it becomes slightly chilly, so you know that fall has officially arrived.

 Weather

 The average temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit with the beginning of the month being significantly warmer than the end when it gets chilly, rainy, and windy.

Things To See / Do

 Chestnut Festival: This festival takes place in Crete during the last weekend in October. You’ll find plenty of chestnuts to sample as well as folk music and dancing.

Dimitria Festival: The city of Thessaloniki puts on a festival featuring ballet, classical music, and opera.

November

 This month is a mix of warm, sunny days and lots of rain. Sure, the weather isn’t perfect, but the crowds are long gone so you won’t have to share with hoards of tourists from the rest of the world.

Weather

 The weather is mild, with temperatures averaging around 66 degrees Fahrenheit. Expect many cold wet days, especially the further north you go.

Things To See / Do

 Music Showcase: A showcase of contemporary Greek musicians who put on workshops and concerts in the city of Thessaloniki.

Visit Athens: This city is always buzzing with culture but as the weather gets a little colder, Athens is great for museum hopping and hanging out in cafes.

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 December

Greece is at its most authentic in December when the locals are celebrating the season and the tourists are mostly gone. The weather can be cold and rainy but those few days of sunshine are glorious.

Weather

 Greece in December can be dark, rainy, and cold with temperatures averaging a high of 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Expect northern Greece to be much colder with the mountain tops sporting snow.

Things To See / Do

 Kladaries: Taking place on December 23rd in the village of Siatista, Macedonia, there are feasts and bonfires to celebrate the shepherds.

Christmas Day: Expect to see church services, family feasts, street caroling, and tons of holiday decorations and treats.

New Years Eve: Expect plenty of parties and fireworks displays all over the country.

Greece is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe. Between the stunning beauty of the islands to the culture and history, this country is an absolute must-see. Regardless of the month, you choose to visit, you’ll be met with some incredible experiences that you’ll always remember.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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