Best Time to Visit Crete

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Crete. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Iraklion. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Crete for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 9 °C to 29 °C
Waves Symbol 15 °C to 25 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.043.62 in (0 – 10 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Crete is with over 5000 square miles the largest of the Greek islands and home of over 620,000 inhabitants. “Capital” of the island and administrative seat is Heraklion (Iraklio), which represents with approximately 180,000 inhabitants also the largest city on Crete.

Crete has been one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations for many years and, together with its small neighbouring islands, forms an archipelago in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Whether party holidays in cloudy Malia, romantic days in Rethymnon, relaxation in Agia Galini or bathing fun in Georgiopolis, Elafonissi or the lagoon of Balos: Crete’s variety enchants everyone!

Crete is about 63 miles from the mainland over a length of almost 160 miles (from east to west) and a width of about 37 miles.

The Carpathian Sea in the east, the Libyan Sea in the south and the Cretan Sea in the north of the island are distinguished by the names of the coasts. Crete is a very mountainous island with an extensive mountain range, which is part of the South Aegean island bridge. The highest elevations of the island are Psiloritis in the Ida Mountains (2456m) and Lefka Ori (“the white mountain”).

The climate in Crete

Loutro (Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho)  CC BY Crete benefits from its southern location in the Mediterranean Sea and has up to 305 sunny days a year, which is why Crete is also called the sunniest island in the Mediterranean. The even climate reaches peak values in the dry summer months, while the winter on Crete can be comparatively mild but quite humid.

Snowfalls do indeed occur in the mountains. The island is divided by several micro-climatic zones, so on longer trips it is not uncommon for weather changes to occur. The southern coast of Crete is influenced by the warm African winds and is usually characterized by temperatures about 4 °C to 5 °C higher than the north of the island.

Best Time to Visit Crete: Overview

JanuaryJan
TemperaturesTemp. up to 15 °C
many hotels closedmany hotels closed
FebruaryFeb
TemperaturesTemp. up to 16 °C
many hotels closedmany hotels closed
MarchMar
TemperaturesTemp. up to 17 °C
many hotels closedmany hotels closed
AprilApr
TemperaturesTemp. up to 21 °C
usually sunnymostly sunny
MayMay
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JuneJun
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JulyJul
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AugustAug
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SeptemberSep
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OctoberOct
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NovemberNov
TemperaturesTemp. up to 21 °C
many hotels closedmany hotels closed
DecemberDec
TemperaturesTemp. up to 17 °C
many hotels closedmany hotels closed

When to travel to Crete?


Those who do not (only) focus on bathing holidays can also spend the winter time on Crete with sweaters and light jackets quite wonderfully. In spring, temperatures begin to rise noticeably from around the beginning of March, but it is only from mid-April that the daily temperatures are constantly above 20 °C with a pleasant 8 hours of sunshine. As the best time to travel in Crete we recommend summer from the end of May to mid-October, especially July and August bring fantastic bathing weather and optimal climatic conditions.

Most rain falls in the winter months of December and January, but most tourist hotels are closed during this time anyway. The moderate transition months of May, October and November are particularly suitable for hikers and active holidaymakers. Please also note the night values (lowest temperature) according to our climate data, as it can cool down considerably outside the main season after sunset.

Climate Chart Crete

Iraklion

Climate Chart Iraklion
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Crete

In the following, you will find the climate table for Crete, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Iraklion (Crete)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature15°16°17°20°24°27°29°28°26°23°20°17°
Night Temperature10°12°15°19°22°22°19°17°13°11°
Water Temperature16°15°16°16°19°22°24°25°24°23°20°17°
Precipitation (inch)3.623.032.241.180.590.120.040.040.792.722.323.03
Rainy days1097321001569
Hours of Sunshine4468101212119654
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Iraklion is 18.7 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (26.1 °C)
Coldest month: January (12 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Iraklion is 25 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all except January, February, March, and April

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
June, July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 19.72 inch on 53 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Iraklion.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 12 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.6 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Sights and Excursions


At the top of the popularity scale are tours to the dream beaches of Elafonissi, the rock island Spinalonga and the turquoise lagoon of Balos (by boat from Kastelli). The most beautiful beaches of Crete are Falassarna, Seitan Limania (in Akrotiri) and Stalis Beach. A visit to the old Venetian harbour of Chania and the romantic old town of Rethymno in the north of Crete is not only recommended for couples.

Both places have their very special charm and lure with fantastic restaurants directly at the water. The palace of Knossós is very close by and the monastery of Arkadi is also an important attraction of the region. Families with children love the Aquaworld Aquarium with its attached reptile collection station in Chersonissos.

The exciting 4×4 day trips of Safari Club Crete through the Lasithi plateaus are highly recommended.

Popular Activities

More attractions

Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Entry with Guided Walking Tour | Heraklion: Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch | Day Trip to Chrissi Island from Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos | Acqua Plus Water Park: Entrance Ticket with Hotel Transfer | From Heraklion: Day trip to Agios Nikolaos and Kritsa | Horse Riding with Lunch in the Mountains near Heraklion | Heraklion, Knossos & Minoan Culture Show |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Iraklion (Station Thérissos)
broken clouds     broken clouds, 16 °C
Clouds: 75 %       Wind: 2 mph SO
Air Pressure: 1015 hPa       Humidity: 87 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 04:50 am
The next days …
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light rain18 °C to 21 °Cscattered clouds18 °C to 22 °Cscattered clouds18 °C to 23 °Clight rain18 °C to 22 °Clight rain15 °C to 20 °Csky is clear15 °C to 21 °C
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Clouds: 80 %Clouds: 32 %Clouds: 36 %Clouds: 18 %Clouds: 48 %Clouds: 2 %
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Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Greece: Regions

Crete is part of the holiday destination Greece. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Crete: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 26 reviews for Crete holiday already. Average rating is 4.5 of 5 stars.
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    Torsten , 39 years old was there in July

    Full of summer and sun, very warm, you don’t want to get out of the water…

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Katja, 17 years old was there in May

    From the temperature very pleasant, yet very windy!

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Kerstin, 53 years old was there in January

    We were on Crete in June and the weather was wonderful again. Sometimes there was a rain shower, but it quickly receded. We were at the beach of Adelianos Kampos/Rethymno and the sea was wonderfully warm.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Marion, 57 years old was there in May

    The temperature was very pleasant, so that one could lie well at the pool and enjoyed the cooling in the pool. Nevertheless, on some days the sky was cloudy. You never needed something with long sleeves during the day. It was also possible to swim in the sea.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    ruedi, 78 years old was there in May

    We went at the end of April because of Easter was simply super temp.ca 30 degrees know for 30 years Greeks where we were always in contact at a wedding 1200 people Crete is to end missing at any season

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Ingrid, 59 years old was there in June

    Super pleasant, real lifeguard, although I rather ! I am sensitive….

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Sonja, 43 years old was there in June

    It was sunny and warm all the time, there is a pleasant climate. Only to recommend. This year we travel again in June.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Heike, 54 years old was there in September

    Half of the vacation the temperatures were only around 20 degrees and it was raining.

    Weather Rating: 2 stars – Tricky

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    Jürgen , 69 years old was there in October

    sunny, few short showers, occasionally windy, much warmer in the south than in the north

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Volkmar, 70 years old was there in July

    From 7 days 5 sunny days and 2 cloudy days in total 30 degrees to 38 degrees daily

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Astrid , 50 years old was there in January

    Great vacation, in September we fly again, one can only recommend dreamlike

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    melanie, 27 years old was there in August

    really hot and wonderful for bathing… in the north, of course, the mail goes off, but even here you will find small bays where you can relax, if you want to rent a car.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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