Greece is one of the top visited destinations in Europe at summer time, with flocks of people gathering on the many exquisite islands. The temperature can reach up and over 35℃ (95℉) and scorchingly sunny in the summer months, which may be great for the mid-20s and tanned folk - but can be quite a challenge for families, older or paler visitors! There is no doubt that the busiest months (July & August) attract the crowds, but that does not mean to say this is the best time to visit Greece.
In fact, if you are looking for a more relaxed holiday with fewer hoards of fellow tourists while still getting the sun you are yearning for, perhaps traveling in the Spring time is a much better option for you!
According to the meteorological calendar, Spring time begins on March 1st, and carries on through until May 31st. In Greece on March 1st, it was 15℃ (59℉) and sunny, in April its 22℃ (72℉) and sunny - and if you go to any beach on any island, you will likely have it all to yourself. The whole month of May in Greece is beach weather and locals begin making a beach day a part of their weekend ritual. May is perhaps the best month to visit islands as it is warm enough to swim but also cool enough to enjoy being outdoors all day in the sun.
That being said, March is also a great month to visit Greece if you enjoy hiking or skiing/snowboarding as there is still snowfall on Parnassos and Kalabrita peaks. 80% of Greece’s land is hills and mountain terrain, making it a hiker’s heaven. Samaria Gorge in Crete, is a great hiking option in the Spring (or at any time actually but better in the Spring). It is 16 km long, one of the longest Gorges in Europe and located in Crete’s national park on the South side of the island, facing Libya. While in Crete, be sure to experience a true Greek feast with us or learn to cook the amazing Greek meals that you will have sure tried out on our Cretan Cooking Class.
Samaria Gorge in Crete - credits : Panos_Karas/Depositphotos.com
If you are planning your trip to Santorini and want to avoid the masses of people, May is the best time to go. Santorini is one of Greece’s most popular destinations, which can make visiting the island in the peak of summer actually quite difficult. You will find that far fewer visitors make their way to the islands in May, which will ensure that you will have a much more romantic and relaxing time if you were to go to Santorini in Spring. Furthermore, prices are lower and you are much more likely to find availability at the most beautiful boutique hotels that the island offers. The weather is also warm enough to swim so be sure to book your Santorini Sunset Cruise! You most definitely should try the local wine that Greece’s most popular island is so famous for on our Cooking Class and Wine Tasting Tour.
Greek Orthodox Easter is the most celebrated religious holiday in the country and usually takes place in April and sometimes in May. This year, Easter Sunday was on April 9th and in 2019, Easter Sunday is on April 28th. The whole of Easter weekend from Friday through Monday is sacred to Greeks who will travel to their villages to be with family. Keep in mind that on this weekend most establishments and services will be closed and almost everyone will have a day-off! Easter festivities are interesting to partake in and you can learn more about the ins and outs here.
Traditional Tsoureki - credits: Gts/Shutterstock.com
Visiting Greece in the Spring is the best because you will be able to visit the most impressive archaeological sites without the presence of so many others. You can visit ancient Delphi and Olympia and take the most amazing photographs without being photo-bombed by other visitors! Enjoying day trips from Athens is hard to do when it is over 35℃ (95℉) - one would naturally much prefer the beach. But in the Spring, venturing inland is a perfect day escape. Our Nemea Myth and Wine Tour is a perfect example of a great Spring activity that you can thoroughly enjoy outdoors and in the sun.
Temple of Zeus in Nemea - credits: Constantinos Iliopoulos/Shutterstock.com
Another must-do in Spring time is a day or two in the beautiful seaside town of Nafplio, just a couple of hours outside of Athens. This little gem just starts to awaken in April and May and the summer mood starts to kick in. Our carefully designed Argolis Day Trip ventures to the best of the Peloponnese ensuring a stop in Nafplio for great food and ice cream! If you are already in Nafplio, perhaps one of the best ways to spend your sunny Spring day is enjoying delicious wines of the region on our Nafplio Wine Tasting Tour or our Nafplio Walking Tour.
Town of Nafplio - credits: lulu and isabelle/Shutterstock.com
Pack your bags for the best Spring vacation you have every been on here in glorious Greece!