Best time to visit Greece
From sea-breezy islands to snow-capped peaks and sun-baked plains, Greece offers a panoply of climates to suit everyone.
The best time of year to visit Greece is summer (July to September) with idyllic weather for island-hopping, small ship cruising or hiking in cooler mountain landscapes. Archaeological sites, as well as beaches islands and walking trails, are less busy in spring (April to June) and autumn (October and November), and the weather is often blissful. These months are also the best time of year to visit Greece for hiking on, islands such as Santorini and Crete. Spring means wildflowers, while autumn colour is augmented by harvests – from wine and olives to wild mushrooms. April to October is the best time for sailing in Greece.
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What happens when in Greece
Chantel Kyriakopoulou-Beuvink from our supplier Natural Greece explains why she believes Easter is the best time to visit Greece – especially Crete: “The celebration of Orthodox Easter (Pascha) in Crete lets you participate in magnificent festivities unchanged for centuries! Hear hymns while the scent of incense accompanies the Good Friday procession. Next day feel the eerie atmosphere at midnight when everyone holds candles, waiting for church bells announcing Christ’s resurrection. Next comes fireworks in the church square, followed by Easter eggs and eating “Margaritsa” soup! Celebrate like you have never done before, with traditional dance, music - and roasted lamb on the spit!”
Festivals & events in Greece
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Athens and Epidaurus Festival (June-August)
Every summer, Greece celebrates its role as birthplace of Western theatre with performances at historic venues – most famously, the magnificent ancient theatre at Epidaurus but also the Odeon of Herodes Atticus on the Acropolis. It's a unique chance to see plays by Sophocles, Aeschylus, Aristophanes and Euripides staged where they were first performed 2,500 years ago.
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