Best Time to Visit Greece

Greece is a popular country in Europe with nearly 6000 islands. Although only 170 Greek islands are inhabited, Greece has one of the highest tourist arrivals in Europe due to its fascinating history. The country is known for its ancient architecture, stunning white-washed houses of Santorini, gorgeous beaches and delicious Greek food. Check out the best time to visit Greece if a trip is in the pipeline.

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Best Time to Visit Greece for Ideal Weather

The best time to visit Greece is from April to mid-June (spring season) and September to mid-October (autumn season). The weather around this time is mild, which is neither too hot nor very cold.

The water is suitably warm for swimming and you will be able to get ample sunshine to laze around at the beach. Besides, the spring season is also the time for the blooming of wildflowers, which make for a beautiful sight.

The temperature in Greece varies slightly according to the region. The northern islands experience pleasant weather during the spring and autumn season with the average temperatures looming between 5°C to 29°C.

On the other hand, the central and southern islands are warmer during the spring and autumn season as the temperatures average between 11°C to 31°C. However, there can be short bouts of rain during the autumn season at some places in Greece.

Best Time to Visit Greece for Diving and Water Sports

Greece is well-known for its water sports activities across the globe. It offers diving enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the underwater coral reefs and marine life of Greece through scuba diving and open sea diving.

Apart from diving, Greece also offers a wide range of other water sports activities, including kayaking, paddle boarding, jet-skiing, snorkelling and motor boating.

If you love participating in water sports, the best time to visit Greece for diving and other water sports activities is during the months of May, June, September and mid-October. The water during these months are adequately warm to indulge in water sports and it will be less crowded too.

Where to Dive in Greece?

Greece offers a coastline of more than 15,000 km, which is the largest across the Mediterranean Sea. The country boasts of a large number of diving spots for tourists to explore its underwater world. Take a look at some of the best places to go for scuba diving in Greece below:

  • Schinaria in Crete
  • Paleokastritsa in Corfu
  • Kea
  • Nea Kameni in Santorini
  • Elephant’s Cave in Crete
  • Mirmigi Reef in Lesvos
  • Mykonos
  • Nea Makri in Athens
  • Marathonisi in Zakyntos

Best Time to Go to Greece for Bioluminescence

The Lefkada island in Greece is famous for bioluminescence as its water turn neon green at night. It happens due to the presence of bioluminescence planktons in the water. You can see the water changing colour every time you move in the water. You can visit the island’s beach to observe bioluminescence during the months of August and September.

Most Affordable Time to Visit Greece

The most affordable time to visit Greece is during the shoulder season i.e. the spring and the autumn season. The footfall of tourists in Greece is lower during this time as maximum tourists visit this southeastern European country during the summer season. As a consequence, the prices of hotels, tours and flights are extremely low during the shoulder season. Moreover, lesser tourists mean that you can explore Greece at your own pace with a minimal crowd.

However, a lot of hotels, restaurants and shops in Greece remain closed until June and shut again in October. Many islands do not entertain tourists during the shoulder season, which is why you may find lesser flights and boats plying to these islands.

Worst Time to Visit Greece

Greece is gorgeous to visit any time of the year. However, planning a trip to Greece during the winter season from November to March is not a good idea. The temperature across the country gets really low during this time as the cold air masses from northern Europe and Russia engulfs Greece.

On top of it, the country witnesses heavy rainfall throughout the winter season making it difficult for you to explore Greece to its glory. Although you will be able to enjoy snow in the northern plains, you will hardly find sunny weather during this season.

Moreover, most islands will be closed for tourists during the winter season. You will find fewer boats to take you to islands that are still open. Several resorts and restaurants will also be closed for the winter season. Even going for a swim in the sea will be difficult at this time as the water will be freezing cold and dangerous to venture into.

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