Best Time to Visit Greece

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Greece. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Athens und Thessaloniki. 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 Greece for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 1 °C to 33 °C
Waves Symbol 12 °C to 26 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 07.13 in (0 – 14 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 15 °C (Gerakini) and 18.8 °C (Rhodes)
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Geographical location

Greece is located in southeastern Europe and borders on Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Turkey. The Mediterranean Sea forms a natural border from the southwest to the northeast.

Greece is known for its 3054 islands. Only 87 of them are inhabited. About 10.8 million people live on an area of 86000 square miles. This results in a population density of 82 inhabitants per square kilometre.

Crete is the largest Greek island, it lies quite far south and is a popular tourist destination just like the Peloponnese and the mainland region Chalkidiki around Thessaloniki.

The capital Athens is world-famous for its old town and historical buildings such as the Acropolis. Athens is not only a political and economic centre Greece, but also very popular as a tourist destination. From Düsseldorf, the capital can be reached in about three hours flying time.

Climate in Greece

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Greece has a temperate Mediterranean climate. Temperatures rise to over 20 °C early in the year. In both Thessaloniki and Athens, temperatures of around 30 °C can be found in June. These high temperatures ebb away only minimally until October and the precipitation values are very low. These long periods of drought repeatedly lead to forest fires, primarily in the southern regions.

In the north of the country, summer shows itself from a slightly different side. A light wind ensures more pleasant temperatures here. In winter, precipitation increases somewhat and showers also regularly occur in coastal areas. Temperatures in Athens drop to less than 10 °C. In the mountainous interior and even on the southern island of Crete it can occasionally even snow in winter.

Best Time to Visit Greece: Overview

JanuaryJan
MaximumMax. 13 °C
Water max. 14 °C
FebruaryFeb
MaximumMax. 14 °C
Water max. 14 °C
MarchMar
TemperaturesTemp. up to 16 °C
Water max. 14 °C
AprilApr
TemperaturesTemp. up to 21 °C
Water max. 15 °C
MayMay
TemperaturesTemp. up to 25 °C
JuneJun
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OctoberOct
TemperaturesTemp. up to 23 °C
NovemberNov
TemperaturesTemp. up to 19 °C
DecemberDec
MaximumMax. 15 °C
Water max. 16 °C

When to travel to Greece?


The warm climate in summer offers ideal conditions for a holiday and is therefore recommended as the best time to travel in Greece from June to September. The excellent water temperatures in the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea complement the high number of daily sunshine hours and provide excellent weather conditions.

Truly divine temperatures on the Greek islands and on the south coast also offer ideal conditions for sailing trips or round trips. Athens in particular, but also Thessaloniki in the northeast of the country, are worth a visit. A classic seaside holiday is possible at the best time of the year in all coastal and island regions of Greece. The season usually runs from mid-May to mid-October.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Greece) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
AthensJune, July, August, and September
ThessalonikiJune, July, August, and September
IraklionJune, July, August, September, and October
RhodesJune, July, August, and September
CorfuJune, July, August, and September
SantoriniJune, July, August, September, and October
MykonosJune, July, August, and September
KosJune, July, August, September, and October
ParosJune, July, August, and September
GerakiniJune, July, August, and September
KefaloniaJune, July, August, and September
ZakynthosMay, June, July, August, September, and October

Climate Charts Greece

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Athens

Climate Chart Athens
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Thessaloniki

Climate Chart Thessaloniki
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

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

Climate Tables Greece

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Greece, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Athens (Greece)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature13°14°16°20°25°30°33°32°29°23°19°15°
Night Temperature12°15°20°23°22°19°15°11°
Water Temperature14°14°14°15°18°22°24°24°23°21°19°16°
Precipitation (inch)1.771.891.691.10.670.390.160.20.471.892.012.64
Rainy days666431012457
Hours of Sunshine5568101112129764
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Athens is 17.7 °C.

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

Warmest month: July (27 °C)
Coldest month: January (9.3 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Athens is 24 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
May, June, July, August, September, October, and November

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

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 14.88 inch on 45 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 Athens.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 12.1 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.9 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.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Thessaloniki (Greece)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature10°12°14°20°25°30°32°33°28°22°17°12°
Night Temperature13°17°19°20°16°12°
Water Temperature12°12°13°14°18°22°24°25°23°20°16°14°
Precipitation (inch)1.541.571.811.421.731.220.870.831.061.572.242.09
Rainy days767564333577
Hours of Sunshine345781011108543
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Thessaloniki is 16.2 °C.

Warmest month: July (27 °C)
Coldest month: January (5.5 °C)

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

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
May, June, July, August, September, and October

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

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 17.95 inch on 63 rainy days

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

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 10.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.4 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


For culture lovers, the capital Athens has endless possibilities to offer. Whether the world-famous Acropolis, the historic Parthenon or the wonderful Old Town Plaka, Athens has the right offer for every taste. In the Kastraki region you can find the impressive Metéora monasteries. These have been impressively built amidst rock formations and represent an absolute attraction.

Other popular destinations in Greece are the Chalkidiki region with its three peninsula fingers and the Greek islands such as Crete, Kos, Mykonos, Corfu, Santorin or Rhodes. Meanwhile, the Meteora monasteries (Thessaly region), the ruins of the city of Olympia and the oracle of Delphi are among the UNESCO cultural heritage sites. The old towns of Corfu and Rhodes also carry the coveted UNESCO classification as a world heritage site.

More information about the best things to do: Crete | Rhodes | Cos | mykonos | Santorini | Halkidiki | Corfu | Athens

Popular Activities

More attractions

The Acropolis Skip-the-Line Ticket with Athens Welcome Walk | Private Guided Tour of the Acropolis & Acropolis Museum | Athens, Piraeus & Riviera & Beaches Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour | Acropolis of Athens Early Morning Guided Tour | Athens Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Piraeus & Beach Riviera Line | The Acropolis Museum Skip-The-Line Ticket | Athens, the Acropolis & Acropolis Museum 5-Hour Tour |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Athens
scattered clouds     scattered clouds, 6.5 °C
Clouds: 40 %       Wind: 7 mph
Air Pressure: 1014 hPa       Humidity: 87 %
Last updated: 21st Jan 2019, 02:50 am
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21st Jan 201922nd Jan 201923rd Jan 201924th Jan 201925th Jan 201926th Jan 2019
light rain10 °C to 14 °Cmoderate rain11 °C to 14 °Cheavy intensity rain12 °C to 14 °Cmoderate rain10 °C to 12 °Clight rain12 °C to 15 °Clight rain12 °C to 14 °C
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Important Regions and Cities

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Greece: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 7 reviews for Greece holiday already. Average rating is 4.4 of 5 stars.
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    Torsten, 38 years old was there in September

    Crete in September World Best clima
    2 weeks in the south of the island
    No swamps used even in the evening.
    Water like in july August warm
    Everything relaxed

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Kristina, 55 years old was there in September

    The weather was wonderful. It was warm to hot, we could swim. A great and successful holiday.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Janna, 32 years old was there in September

    I was on Paros. The weather was mostly sunny. The temperatures were pleasantly warm at about 20 degrees. From time to time it was very windy and stormy but then only for a few days.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Klaus-Peter, 67 years old was there in August

    Pleasant temperatures, around 30°C during the day, 22°-25°C at night. Ionian Sea, water temperature 27°C, always light breeze

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Gerd, 67 years old was there in July

    Holidays in Neo Pori Temp. above 34 degrees C, only once wind and light rain

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Ingeborg, 67 years old was there in May

    mostly cloudless
    pleasant temperature for sightseeing
    the sea was also 20 degrees.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Edmund, 66 years old was there in April

    Region Olympic Riviera – Sunshine, but a very, very cool wind. Water too cold for bathing

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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