Greece is obviously among the most popular countries for holidays. It is usually ranked at the 15th or 16th position in the list of the most tourist countries in the world, according to the UN World Tourism Organization. As we frequently receive messages on which is the best time for Greek vacations, we have prepared this article to explain in detail all you need to know on this issue plus the current trends.
The tourist season
The majority of tourists visit Greece for summer holidays. Traditionally, July and August are the most popular months for Greek vacations. This is due to the hot sunny weather which provides a great opportunity for enjoy a long day at the beach. Swimming in the sea is actually the most popular activity when you holiday in the Greek islands or nice resorts in the mainland. July and August is also the period when most Greek employees take their summer break and head to the islands to relax.
These two months (July and August) is the best time for Greek vacations if you enjoy very hot weather (about 35oC in the daytime) and crowded resorts. Of course, the crowded resorts applies only to the most popular islands, such as Mykonos, Santorini, Paros or Lefkada, which get very busy during these months. If you choose less popular islands, such as Kythira, Ithaca, Serifos or Andros, you will not have to worry about mass visitors.
Greek vacations in low season
Officially low tourist season in Greece is the period from April to June and from September to October. These months are less hot in temperature, prices are lower, visitors are fewer and beaches are not crowded. They surely offer a fantastic chance to explore the most authentic side of Greece. Due to the cooler weather, these periods are perfect for various activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, diving and more. In fact, if you are fan of a particular sport of activity, it is a good idea for look for a Greek island that is ideal for this activity. For example, Kalymnos island is world famous for rock climbing, Leros for diving and Kefalonia for hiking.
Greece in winter season
Although the most popular time to visit Greece until now has been the summer season, over the last years there is a large effort to attract tourists even in winter season? Some popular islands, such as Santorini and Crete, have decided to stay “open” this past winter (2015-16), although in the past they used to close down at the end of October and open again in early April. This means that there are hotels that stay open all year round, many restaurants and shops as well as better public transport. This is pilot program in an effort to attract visitors in the islands even in winter time.
However, apart from the islands, winter is also a great season to visit the Greek mainland, an unknown part of the country with traditional villages, interesting archaeological sites and rural lifestyle. In addition, did you know that there are about 10 ski centers in the Greek mainland, especially in the central and northern part of the country? So, why not try something alternative for your winter break like spending few days in Greece?