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When’s the best time to go?
From the ancient capital of Heraklion to the sandy beaches of Ierapetra, Crete is one of the most beautiful Greek islands, and also the largest. Packed with beautiful beaches, ancient treasures and sleepy villages, a holiday to Crete is sure to be a memorable experience. But when is the best time to go and what do you need to know before you jet off? Our Crete travel advice is here to help.
Crete has a Mediterranean climate with hot, sunny summers and mild, wet winters. The hottest month is August with the average temperature reaching around 29°C, making summer the ideal time for a beach break. Sometimes a heatwave can see temperatures as high as 35-40°C, so don’t forget to pack your sun cream.
The sea is at its warmest from July-September which is ideal for swimming and snorkelling, while from mid-May to mid-September you may find the sea a little rough due to coastal winds.
Spring remains one of the most popular times to visit Crete, with temperatures in May ranging from 19°C-27°C and plenty of sunshine. During the months of October-March, Greece has its rainy season and it can be a little chilly, with temperatures averaging around 10°C during the day which often gets lower at night.
If you’re planning on visiting ancient ruins or taking excursions, spring or autumn is the best time to visit Crete, when attractions are less crowded, and the weather is cooler.