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Sun, sea and temples: This is the best time to go to Greece

From the golden beaches of Mykonos to the historical city of Athens, here are the best times to travel to Greece.

Published Jun 06, 2024
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Image of Acropolis, Odeaon of Herodes Atticus and a Greek hotel

Eyeing a Greek vacation? From Athens, Mykonos and Santorini, there are many cities that make Greece a destination unlike any other. Whether you’re looking for a dip in its pristine blue waters or a visit to the archeological sites and ancient ruins, each Greek city has its charm to offer to travelers around the world.

So how do you decide on the best time to go?

To help you plan your vacation in Greece, we have researched and put together a list of the best time of year to visit Greece and where to stay, depending on your destination.

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Top hotels in Greece

Acrogiali Beachfront Hotel Mykonos
Acrogiali Beachfront Hotel Mykonos
Mykonos Blu, Grecotel Boutique Resort
Mykonos Blu, Grecotel Boutique Resort
Mykonos Riviera Hotel & Spa
Mykonos Riviera Hotel & Spa
Hotel Kastraki
Hotel Kastraki

Mykonos

Well known for its partying scene and music festivals, Mykonos attracts people from all over the world looking for an escape from everyday life. Because of its strategic location, Mykonos is also a top spot for those looking for island hopping activities. 

Mykonos Islands
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The shoulder season for a Mykonos getaway would be between September and November, with September being the busiest month. As the crowd starts to disperse at the end of September, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the beach and explore the surrounding islands without the risk of overcrowding.

Hotel rooms also start to return to a normal rate, making it perfect if you don’t want to spend a premium fee on accommodation.

Top Mykonos hotels

Kalambaka

This quaint ancient town in Thessaly, Greece is ​​famed for its legendary monasteries built atop Meteora rocks, which is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Situated about 207 meters above sea level, this settlement is home to Aspropotamos (white river), Koziaka Mountain and Chasia.

Kalambaka Meteora Monasteries
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If Kalambaka is your main agenda, the best months to visit Greece will be from April to May or September to October. With an average temperature of around 60°F to 80°F, it’s a great time to explore the mountains and monasteries. 

We recommend visiting during the Holy Week to experience the unique atmosphere during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations. 

Top Kalambaka hotels

Athens

As the capital and largest city in Greece, Athens needs no introduction. Rich with historic sites, Athens is known for its 5th-century BC landmarks including the Acropolis, Parthenon and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

Odeaon of Herodes Atticus
Photo: Trip Advisor

For a great time in Athens, Greece plan your visit in May (late spring) or between September and October. Summers in Athens are the busiest with July and August being the hottest times of year.

Top Athens hotels

Hydra

One of the famous Greek islands, Hydra is located between the Myrtoan Sea and the Argolic Gulf. This island nicknamed “Little England” is famous for its monasteries, historical architecture and crescent-shaped port. With no cars around, Hydra’s charm makes visitors feel like they’re traveling back in time.

Hydra
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Hydra is best visited during summer, which ranges from June to September. However, if you’re looking to avoid the crowd, visit during the shoulder season, which is from October to December.

Note that Hydra is only accessible via a ferry ride from Athens, which operates all year round. 

Top Hydra hotels

Santorini

A seaside town famous for its cubiform houses and volcanic beaches, Santorini offers warm hospitality, exquisite cuisine and plenty of watersports activities. Home to most of the all-inclusive resorts Greece, a holiday in this tourist spot is well sought after especially for honeymooners and solo travelers.

Santorini
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If you’re looking to spend most of your time here, the best season to visit Greece is in the fall when you can enjoy the warm weather without worrying about overcrowding. During this season, you’ll get the tranquility of enjoying volcanic views without being disturbed. Plus, a lot of the establishments are still open.

Summer sees the best weather to enjoy the island however it also brings local and international tourists with prices soaring during the season. It’s best to avoid it if you want to fully experience the beauty of Santorini.

Top Santorini hotels

Top attractions in Greece

A country rich with history and archeological ruins, you’ll want to make sure you see all these top places when visiting Greece.

The Acropolis: A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Acropolis is perched on a jagged clifftop and dates back to as early as 510 BC.

Acropolis
Image: Trip Advisor

Parthenon: Built between 447 and 432 BC, this temple was dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena and is also a  UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Odeon of Herodes Atticus: Dating back to 161 BC, this theatre holds up to 5,000 spectators. Today, it hosts summertime open-air concerts and stages classical plays.

Meteora’s rock monasteries: A holy site of Greece, this is another addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list and consists of four monasteries built on Meteora’s rock formation.

Red Beach: This pebbly stretched beach is scattered with large volcanic rocks, giving it a red hue resting by its pristine blue waters. It’s a must-see for visitors in Santorini.

Red Beach Santorini
Image: Trip Advisor

Our top Greece destinations revealed

Now that you’re well-versed on the best time of year to go to Greece, here are our favorite Greek destinations if you’re still planning your trip.

If you’re a history buff and want to learn more about Greece’s famous gods and heroes, Athens makes a great stop as it houses many temples and ancient architecture.

For couples and solo travelers, we recommend Santorini as the highlight of your Greek vacation as there are plenty of water activities and you’ll get a lot of time to relax while enjoying true Greek hospitality.


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