Holidays to Greece
Greece is a mix of old and new, with Greek hospitality welcoming everyone to its shores. The island of Mykonos is renowned for its nightlife and also for its hot sun and sandy beaches. Athens has the Parthenon and its associated museums and galleries. Crete is more rugged, with a carpet of wild flowers in Spring.
Food throughout Greece is laden with olive oil, and is cooked and eaten at a slow pace for best enjoyment at lunchtime, when the sun is at its hottest.
Greece has a complex set of climatic conditions.
July and August generally brings temperatures around 40°C in the shade throughout the country. Along with this comes high winds, which can upset travel plans as well as beach umbrellas!
Northern Macedonia and Northern Epiros have very hot, humid summers with freezing winters. The winds of July-August reduce humidity to a more comfortable level.
The Cyclades, the Dodecanes, Crete, and central and eastern Peloponnese have hot, dry summers and milder winters.
Some areas don’t suffer the July-August winds, but are the areas with the highest rainfall – the western Peloponnese, western Sterea Ellada, south west Epiros and the Ionian Islands come into this area.
Crete is the exception. The southern coast is so warm that you can swim in the sea from mid-April to November.
Mid-October brings rain, and it stays like this until mid-February.
Snow is rare in anywhere other than the high mountains of Peloponnese and Crete, although Athens does occasionally get snow.
When to go
The Orthodox Easter (usually April) announces the start of the tourist season. Before this, most tourism infrastructure, such as ferries, hotels, and even some of the smaller islands in their entirety, are closed for business.
Between Easter and mid-June brings warm weather, uncrowded beaches and a full programme of events and transport options.
Things change mid-June, when the temperatures soar and the resorts come alive; an ideal time for young, energetic vacations. This lasts until the end of August.
September brings more bearable temperatures, and the crowds head home. The end of October, and the season draws to a close, and the Greek islanders head back to their mainland properties.