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Our beautiful island of Crete has contrasting seasons, an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, snow on the mountains in winter and a glorious explosion of wildflowers in spring.
Are you planning a trip? When is the best time to visit Crete?
The spring months of April, May and June in Crete are blissful and ideal for exploring nature, walking in the mountains and gorges, sightseeing and swimming. With high temperatures averaging 20 °C or 67 °F, the nights can be cooler with averages of 14 °C or 58 °F. Sea temperatures warm quickly after May and June is perfect for swimming. The average sea temperatures are 19 °C or 66 °F.
Summer months of July and August are hot in Crete, with high temperatures averaging 26 °C or 78 °F and night time temperatures of 20 °C or 69 °F. Sea temperatures are 24 °C or 76 °F. There is little or no rain and wonderful sunshine each and every day, all the better to enjoy the hundreds of beaches in Crete.
The autumn months of September and October are a little cooler than the hottest months of summer yet still great for beach activities, all water activities and nature walks, hiking and exploring all over Crete. We do prefer autumn as the busy months of tourism are over and locals are more relaxed.
High temperatures average 21°C or 70 °F and night temperatures average 17 °C or 62 °F. Water temperatures average 23 °C or 74 °F, completely enjoyable for snorkelling, diving or just lazing around by sea. Hiking and walking are wonderful in these warm months.
From December to March is cold in Crete and it is time to head to the town to explore the history, tavernas and musicianship.
Locals are out harvesting olives, taking them to the press and bottling. Snow comes to the mountains and life slows down. In contrast to the rest of Europe, days are still sunny and relatively warm.
Without the crowds of summer it is refreshing to visit places all over Crete without the press of humanity on your shoulders. Ancient sites can be explored in an unhurried way, and really the most pleasant thing is that you can meet locals who have more time to talk and who will treat you as a valued visitor with true Cretan hospitality, rather than just a face in the milling throng of summer haze.
Of course the touristic resorts based on beachgoing do close down during this season, yet there is so much more to experience in Crete during this wonderful time, we cannot say strongly enough that you really must experience Kriti in winter.
Chora Beach remains open and you will find plenty of villages with good
tavernas fully operating, such as Armenoi, Drapanos, Kefalas, Kalives
The current weather in Crete with forecast and monthly average temperatures.
In spring visit Knossos without the summer crowds. Knossos is located 5 km south of Heraklion. Stay in Achanes village, in The Old Stone House, in a traditional Cretan home with modern comforts, just 7 km from the archaeological site of Knossos.
In summer stay just a stone's throw from the beach at Falasarna. Mera Beachfront House
sleeps 6 in rustic yet modern apartment with a beachy garden
and views across the sea. This very affordable accommodation, with its
own laid back quirky charm, is very popular and sells out quickly.
In autumn hike in the White Mountains. Visit Omalos Plateau. Make Gianni's House your base. Hike the Samaria Gorge, the trail head is only 7 km from here (open till the end of October only). Enjoy the terrace and views from this fully equipped holiday home welcoming 5 guests in traditional Cretan style.
In autumn hike in the mountains of Heraklion, experience the crisp clean air of Thalori Retreat. This
is a huddle of traditionally built houses in the scenic village of Kapetaniana in the Asterousia Mountains. Relish traditional cuisine in the stone and wood village restaurant with views across to the sea.
In winter visit the eastern mountains and the Selakano Forest for a cozy winter retreat. The stone built Pezoulia Mountain Retreat offers modern comforts in a spectacular setting. Self cater or enjoy the local taverna for home-cooked comfort food. This is a remote location.
Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.
More on flights and ferries below.
Car hire in Crete is a really good idea as it is a large island 60 km by 260 km. There is so much to explore.
When you book with our car rental partners - Rental Centre Crete - you are supporting a local company with excellent service and an easy online booking procedure. We are sure you will be well looked after by the team. Choose from hybrid or non-hybrid vehicles.
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