By Darren Griffiths

The Best Time to Visit the Greek Islands

21st December 2023

Holidays are essential to our living experiences because they allow us to break from the routine and offer us more time to spend with our loved ones, friends and ourselves. Hence, it is vital to choose excellent locations where we can make the most of our time. If you are looking for some excellent beach holidays visiting Greek islands would be the right thing to do.

Apart from pristine white sandy beaches, Greek islands are also known for their amazing weather, lip-smacking food, epic nightlife and rich history. This offers a great combination that would allow you to do more when you are in Greece. 

Greece’s Ionian and Aegean islands provide you with a great opportunity to have fun or just unwind and enjoy the laidback vibe depending on what you prefer. If you prefer to spend more time with your loved ones and friends you can book villa holidays in the Ionian Islands for that perfect holiday experience. However, holidaying at the right time can make a huge difference and weather can play a critical role in helping you choose the right time. 

Let’s take a quick look at the best time to visit the Greek islands.

Spring (April-May-June)

If you are planning to visit the Greek islands during the spring season you can certainly make the most of it. The weather is pleasant and sunny during the spring season and this makes for a perfect holiday time. This is the ideal time for those who want to spend quieter holidays with fewer tourists around. If you are someone who prefers to enjoy holidays without bothering about crowds this is the time to visit these Greek islands.

You can unwind in Samos and enjoy some beautiful weather. On the other hand, if you are somewhere in the centre you will experience a mildly warmer climate. In general, the temperature fluctuates between 5 degrees Celsius to 29 degrees Celsius. However, you can make the most of the springtime and enjoy all the local attractions and tourist locations at your own pace. 

Spring is also known as the shoulder season which means that can find more hotel deals during this time of the year. If you are looking for excellent accommodations at reasonable rates, spring is the best time of the year to visit the Greek islands.

However, the prices can go up during the Greek Orthodox Easter holiday. This also means that you can find fewer crowds at various restaurants and cafes. If you are visiting the Greek islands in the spring season you can pack light cotton clothes, but you also need to carry jackets and scarves which you can use for layering. This is a great way to adapt to the changing temperatures as the day progresses. If you prefer warmer temperatures you can visit the Greek islands in June in late spring.

Summer (July-August)

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If you are looking for a peak holiday season summer is the time to visit the Greek islands. This is when most of the tourists flock to these islands for holidays. At this time of the year, the temperatures rise from 15 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius making it comfortable for almost everyone. However, for many, this can also be a not-so-good time to visit Greece.

Summers in Greek islands are accompanied by random showers and this can bring in a terrible combination of heat and humidity to an extent. Hence, when you are visiting the islands in the summer you need to pack right for your summer trip to Greece.

Being the peak tourist season, August can see a sharp rise in accommodation prices. With more tourists booking their accommodations you will find that most hotels and villas will charge you more. August especially is when most of the celebrations happen in Greece and many people flock to these islands for parties and events.

Various film and music festivals are organized in August and that brings more people to explore these islands. Similarly, beaches, restaurants and cafes will be crowded as well. If you love celebrations, festivals, people and sunny weather, you should visit the Greek islands during the peak summer season. 

Autumn (September-October)

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Most of the Greek islands see a drop in their daytime temperatures by the middle of September. If you do not like the heat and humidity factor visiting the Greek islands after mid-September sounds like a great idea. This is when the temperature hovers from 8 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius offering you a warm experience but not very humid. You can pack light clothing as you can enjoy the sun and make the most of the beautiful beaches of Greece.

If you love to spend your day on the beach you can book your holidays for September and October. You can also do more island-hopping as you have a pleasant climate that encourages you to do more daytime activities. You can try hiking and walking tours and even try some water sports activities.

As the mercury drops, so does the number of tourists on Greek islands. This once again provides you with the opportunity to explore the islands at your own pace and without having to bother much about the crowds. With fewer people around you can find many accommodation options and hotels that allow you to stay at reasonable rates.

During the autumn season, you also get the opportunity to attend various cultural and food festivals which make it a great holiday experience. However, during this time of the year, occasional rains can quickly bring down the temperature and therefore layering is the best way to adapt to the weather.

Winter (November-December-January-February-March)

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November marks the beginning of the winter season in Greece and various Greek islands. Hence, the maximum temperature now never exceeds 15 degrees Celsius. To make it worse, the cold weather will be accompanied by random showers plummeting the mercury further, especially in the North Aegean islands.

Considering the cold weather conditions, most tourists move out of Greece by this time of the year. However, if you enjoy being in solitude and bagging some heavy discounts for accommodations and food this is the time of the year for you to visit the Greek islands. While you are here you can also enjoy some Greek Christmas vibe and do some shopping if you are a shopaholic.

Many Greek islands especially the smaller and less popular ones close for winter. However, Greek islands like Mykonos, Corfu, Crete, and Santorini remain open in the winter season as well. While this might sound like a great deal you need to know that even these islands will not have the same vibe as you might experience in the summer months. Also, you will need to pack the right winter clothing and gear if you plan to hike or trek these islands.