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Best time of year to visit Greece

May to June and September to mid-October are the best time to visit Greece. If you are eager to discover this country at its finest, late spring and early summer offer mild weather, fewer tourist, and reasonable prices. It's perfect time to enjoy beaches and swim in the sea (a bit cool though) watch unforgettable sunsets or hike the White Mountains on Crete. Peak season between July and August brings in unruly crowds, inflated room rates, and torturous heat. Summer is a great time to taste some delicious Greek moussaka, octopus, or Horiatiki salad. Olive and wine harvest give a delicious and tipsy twist to Greek autumn. By the end of October, Western Greece can get stormy at times. Winter in Greece is the coldest and rainiest time of the year, and lots of island hotels and restaurants close down. Yet, it attracts numerous skiers, hikers, and sightseers. Early spring brings blossoms and Easter holiday crowds.

23 THINGS TO DO IN GREECE (AUGUST 19 - AUGUST 28)

Breathtaking Sunsets

Breathtaking Sunsets

mid-February–October  • nature

One of the most famous features of Santorini is its sunset

Octopus Season

Octopus Season

August–October  • food

Santorini boasts to be a seafood destination, and offers octopus dishes with its own unique flavour

Fuchsia Bougainvillea Bloom

Fuchsia Bougainvillea Bloom

April–late October  • nature

The bloom of these flowers are considered to be Santorini's trademark

Hiking in Samaria Gorge National Park

Hiking in Samaria Gorge National Park

May–October • activity

Samaria Gorge National Park is a place with incredibly stunning nature, waterfalls, lakes, ancient settlements, and unique flora and fauna

Lefka Ori Hike (The White Mountains)

Lefka Ori Hike (The White Mountains)

May–October • activity

These snowy mountains are waiting for you in sunny Crete

Sea Turtles

Sea Turtles

late May–October • nature

Visit some of the wonderful Greek beaches, which are home to the adorable Caretta turtles

Wine Making Season

Wine Making Season

mid-August–September • activity

Santorini boasts best wine production on Cyclades

Moussaka ​

Moussaka ​

June–September • food

Greece beats all of the Mediterranean with its layered variation of moussaka

Artisan Honey and Baklava

Artisan Honey and Baklava

March–November • food

This golden sweet can be eaten with Greek yoghurt​, or enjoyed in traditional baklava

Horiatiki Salata

Horiatiki Salata

June–August • food

No place on Earth can compete with an authentic Greek Salad in its birthplace

Fruit Season

Fruit Season

May–October • food

Hot greek summers would be incomplete without a juicy fruit plate

Crete Beach Season

Crete Beach Season

May–October • activity

Enjoy plenty of swimming and sunbathing spots on the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea

Summer Coffee (Frappe)

Summer Coffee (Frappe)

May–September • food

Solving the biggest summer struggle of coffee lovers since 1957

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–October • activity

The most popular time to visit Greece and enjoy the sun and sea

Valley of Butterflies in Rhodes

Valley of Butterflies in Rhodes

late May–August • nature

Thousands of butterflies flock to Rhodes every year at the end of May

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

May–October • activity

Santorini is perfect when viewed from the water!

Chios Mastiha (Mastic)

Chios Mastiha (Mastic)

July–September • nature

A Greek elixir that cures diseases and complements desserts

Neda River Hiking

Neda River Hiking

May–September • activity

Grab your hiking shoes and swimming suit to explore one of the most beautiful spots in Greece

Climbing Mount Olympus

Climbing Mount Olympus

May–October • activity

You don't need to be a Greek god to climb Mount Olympus

Sporades Dolphins & Seals

Sporades Dolphins & Seals

May–September • nature

Discover some of the largest European sea creatures at the first Greek marine natural preserve

Sardine Season

Sardine Season

July–August  • food

In fishermen's villages, people eat sardines every day, which is perhaps the secret to Greek longevity

Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

May–September • activity

What can be more alluring than white sand, blue water and great waves? Only when you are standing on a board

34 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Greek Orthodox Easter and Holy Week

Greek Orthodox Easter and Holy Week

April 26–28, 2019 • event

Easter is one of the main Greek celebrations, but on Santorini the traditions are most authentical and spiritual

Ifestia Festival

Ifestia Festival

September 15, 2018 • event

The festival entirely dedicated to the volcano eruption that changed the landscape of Santorini forever in the mid-second millennium BCE

Olives and Olive Oil

Olives and Olive Oil

October–March • food

Raw Greek olives are a great seasonal delicacy and don't forget virgin olive oil too!

Knossos Minoan Palace

Knossos Minoan Palace

April–May | September–mid-October • activity

Feel the real ancient atmosphere in the heart of Minoan civilization

Cyclades Trail Cup

Cyclades Trail Cup

December 01–02, 2018 • event

Run six exciting races to explore Greece and compete with its best athletes

Kalymnos Climbing Festival

Kalymnos Climbing Festival

October 04–06, 2019 • event

Kalymnos island is a Mecca for climbers from all around the globe

The Tour of Crete

The Tour of Crete

May 12–17, 2019 • event

A great chance to test yourself and partake in a challenging bicycle holiday among the beauty of Crete

Patras Carnival

Patras Carnival

January–February 2019 (TBA) • event

A month-long Greek style fiesta in the city of Patras

River Party in Nestorio, Kastoria

River Party in Nestorio, Kastoria

August (cancelled) • event

This music camp is the best in Greece and in the top ten of Europe

Melitinia

Melitinia

April 23–28, 2019 • food

Traditional Greek Easter sweets that originated from Santorini

Drosoulites of Frangokastello Castle

Drosoulites of Frangokastello Castle

late May–early June • activity

Have you ever seen a mirage? This one is so real that it has confused people for hundreds of years

Hiking

Hiking

December–March • activity

The rich architectural heritage and natural attractions of Athens are best explored on a leisurely hike

Apokries or Carnival

Apokries or Carnival

February 17–March 11, 2019 • event

Before the long-lasting fast, Greeks feast on meat with a huge party that stretches over three weeks

Athens Authentic Marathon

Athens Authentic Marathon

November 11, 2018 • activity

This Greek marathon will make you travel back to glorious ancient times

Spartathlon

Spartathlon

September 27–28, 2019 • event

One of the world's toughest races covers the distance from Athens to Sparta

Elassona Feta Cheese Festival

Elassona Feta Cheese Festival

every 2 years in late September • event

Try all the possible types of feta cheese in one place

Rakomelo

Rakomelo

December–February • food

A strong local spirit that warms up the heart and body

Oxi Day

Oxi Day

October 28 • event

Visit the biggest national holiday in Greece with lots of parades and festive events

Diving

Diving

May–June | September • activity

Explore ancient submerged treasures while diving in Greece

Wild Artichokes

Wild Artichokes

late April–early June • food

This Greek delicacy is cheap, healthy, and really delicious

Epiphany & Blessing of the Waters

Epiphany & Blessing of the Waters

January 06 • event

A symbolic and spectacular ending to the Christmas holidays

Galaxidi Flour War Carnival

Galaxidi Flour War Carnival

March 11, 2019 • event

Even during Clean Monday, there is little chance to avoid getting really dirty

Skiing & Snowboarding

Skiing & Snowboarding

December–March • activity

Greece can be visited beyond its beach season. If you visit during winter, be sure to check out its skiing destinations

Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Thessaloniki International Film Festival

November 01–11, 2018 • event

Ten days take over the city with the magical atmosphere of cinematography

Dalmatian Pelican Breeding Season

Dalmatian Pelican Breeding Season

mid-January–March • nature

An entire colony of this endangered species breeds on Lake Kerkini in winter

Kourampiedes (Kourabiethes)—Greek Christmas Butter Cookies

Kourampiedes (Kourabiethes)—Greek Christmas Butter Cookies

early December–early January • food

During Christmas vacation in Greece, try these delicious traditional butter cookies which look like small snowballs

Melomakarona—Greek Christmas Honey Cookies

Melomakarona—Greek Christmas Honey Cookies

early December–early January • food

Christmas in Greece won't be complete without these traditional festive sweets!

Wild Greens (Horta)

Wild Greens (Horta)

February–April • food

Dreaming of long life and perfect skin? Try these delicious wild greens from Crete

Greek Easter Food

Greek Easter Food

April 28, 2019 • food

Lent is over and Greeks finally feast on lamb delicacies like Magirista, Arni Pashaulino, and Tsoureki

Naoussa Carnival

Naoussa Carnival

February 2019 (TBA) • event

An old Greek masquerade is recreated with precision and respect for traditions

Ouzo & Tsipouro Preparation

Ouzo & Tsipouro Preparation

late October–mid-December • food

Both ouzo and tsipouro are considered as national spirits of Greece that represent its drinking culture

Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Assumption of the Virgin Mary

August 15 • event

One of the largest Orthodox celebrations in Greece

Saffron Harvest

Saffron Harvest

late October–early November • nature

Kozani Krokos Saffron from Greece is recognised as some of the finest in the world

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

April–mid-June • nature

Situated at the crossroads of three continents, Greece boasts a rich bird life