A beautiful Country
Whenever you visit the ancient land of Greece, you will find a beautiful country full of friendly welcoming people and you are sure to have a good time. The cultural and historical attractions will have history buffs watering at the mouth and many areas have scenery that is to die for not matter what month you go. However, depending on what you are looking for, you may want to choose when you visit Greece carefully in order to get the most out of your time there.
Weather in Greece
Winter - For the most part, the climate in Greece is mild even in the winter though the mountainous region to the north does have short summers and harsh winters. In southern Greece, winter temperatures are usually mild, averaging between 13 and 16 Celsius in the capitol, Athens.
By the end of October the islands become much quieter and many facilities begin to close for the winter. However if you are visiting Athens or the mainland you can see all the sites and attractions while enjoying cooler but still warm weather.
This time of year is not a popular time to visit Greece though prices are much cheaper everywhere during the months between November and March. While the summer attractions such as the beaches are not an option, cultural pursuits are still available and you could even go skiing in the mountains, a popular activity with many Greek people.
In the summer, temperatures average between 30 – 35 degrees centigrade and at their peak can go as high as 38. However in many parts of the country especially on the islands, a prevailing north wind known as meltemi makes the temperatures more bearable and cools things down in the evening considerably.
If you like big crowds and very hot weather, the best time to go is in the high season which is between July and August. People pour into the country from all over the world so it’s best to book everything well in advance including your activities for your stay where possible as facilities do become strained at this time of year.
For many tourists, the best time to visit Greece is in the early season, sometime between April and June or late season, between September and October. During these months, the crowds are relatively low, services and facilities are more readily available and everything tends to be cheaper but the weather is still very comfortable.
If you visit in the spring, you may be around for the Orthodox Easter celebrations, which takes place around the same time as in non-Orthodox countries (but not exactly). During this time, there are ceremonies, precessions and traditional customs that you can observe and in many cases take part in which can give a real flavour for life in Greece as the people there celebrate their most important religious holiday. However, travelling at this time will be difficult as many people return to their hometowns to celebrate with loved ones and during the holiday period, most official buildings are closed.