Seasons in Greece

Greece is the land of heroes, scholiasts and artists. This small South European country is the cradle of modern civilization. Philosophy, mathematics, mechanics, military art, the concept of citizenship, and even more were born under the azure skies of Greece.

Since ancient times this beautiful land lies in crossroad of important trade routes. The Greeks took over the best from neighboring nation both developing their national traditions. The unique culture has no analogs even in the modern world. Spectacular architecture pieces, interesting artifact and wonderful climatic conditions are perfect combination for tourism.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Greece

Spring in Greece is the remarkable event. Buds are swelling and flowers are blooming just in front of your eyes. Sleepy turtles are getting out after hibernation and amount of basking in the sun lizards increases gradually.

March is warm enough to wear light shirts yet water is still cool. April and May are the most suitable time for tourism. They offer fresh vegetation, lots of flowers, warm water and absence of debilitating heat. This is the most suitable time for swimming, sunbathing and sightseeing without sweating under the hot southern sun.

May 25 Independence Day is the major spring celebration. Apokries (Greek Easter) is the favorite holiday of the Greeks. It lasts for about three weeks and replete with the most spectacular parades and religious ceremonies. This holiday is beautiful, bright and unusual like everything else in this sunny county.

The climate of the spring months

(Athens)

March
Max average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 35 mm (1.4")
Water t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
April
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (51.8 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 25 mm (1")
Water t°: +16 °C (60.8 °F)
May
Max average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Min average t°: +16 °C (60.8 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 25 mm (1")
Water t°: +18 °C (64.4 °F)

Spring holidays

March 25: Greek Independence Day.

May 1(2016): Apokries (Easter).

May 1: Labour Day.

May 19: Genocide of Greeks in Asia Minor Remembrance Day.

May 21: Pyrovassiya - firewalking in Greece.

May 27: Ioannis Rossos’s Day.

Summer in Greece

The Greek Summer is the heat of hot sand of beach and mixture of aromas from warm sea water, flowering herbs and hot coffee from neighboring cafes. This is the perfect time for a lazy bliss on the beach and short excursions to nearby attractions, boating or traveling to neighboring islands.

Summer is the time of numerous holidays but Assumption is the main and it is celebrated on a grand scale. The most unusual celebration is Midsummer. It held in the night between June 23 and 24. This is time for mysterious rituals to ward off witches.

The climate of the summer months

(Athens)

June
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 15 mm (0.6")
Water t°: +21 °C (69.8 °F)
Jule
Max average t°: +33 °C (91.4 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (73.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 6 mm (0.2")
Water t°: +24 °C (75.2 °F)
August
Max average t°: +33 °C (91.4 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (73.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 7 mm (0.3")
Water t°: +24 °C (75.2 °F)


Summer holidays

June 2: Festival of the Holy Trinity in Kanoli.

June 23-24: Midsummer night.

Sunday between June 25 and July 15: Flowers and Cherry Blossom Dance at the village of Emborio.

June 21: European Music Day.

July 20: The Panagiri day for the Prophet Elias.

July 21-22: religious festival in Agia Markela.

August 15: The Falling Asleep of the Virgin.

Autumn in Greece

Autumn in Greece is wonderful time. Water in seas still warm and sun is tender and doesn’t burn. The tourist season on the islands lasts through October, and in the northern part of the country till September.

Autumn in Greece offers numerous entertainments: boat trips, beach fun, and excursions to vineyards with ripe grapes, visiting architectural sights and museums and way more.

Autumn holidays are not less numerous. First of this is the variety of harvest celebrations. Day of St. Demetrios (October 26) is celebrated on especially grand scale. Ohi holiday is very beautiful and symbolic. It represents country’s entry into World War II to fight against Hitler Coalition.

The climate of the autumn months

(Athens)

September
Max average t°: +29 °C (84.2 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (66.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 15 mm (0.6")
Water t°: +23 °C (73.4 °F)
October
Max average t°: +24 °C (75.2 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2")
Water t°: +21 °C (69.8 °F)
November
Max average t°: +24 °C (75.2 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2")
Water t°: +21 °C (69.8 °F)

Autumn holidays

September 17: the name day for Saint Sophia.

September 29: the name day for Saint Kyriakos.

October 8: the celebration of Saint Iganatios at the Limonas monastery.

October 26: Day of St. Demetrius.

October 28: "Ochi" Day.

November 8: the celebration day for Michael and Gabriel.

November 17: Polytechneo, International Students' Day in Greece.

November 30: the name day for Saint Andreas.

Winter in Greece

Greece in winter is the calm and quiet country. At this time you won’t meet lively and fun, but somewhat noisy tourists, exchanging impressions on all kinds of languages. Winter is the time for those who highly appreciates the Greek culture. Prices in hotels are reduced to a minimum and stagnant guides provide tours with an incredible enthusiasm, demonstrating miracles of professionalism. In winter, architectural sights aren’t surrounded by crowds of tourists and museum halls are quiet and unfrequented. This provides opportunity for calm observations of pieces of art without distracting on inappropriate comments of drunken visitors.

Christmas which held in December 25 is the main winter holiday in country. The day of St. Nicholas, December 6th, is also popular. Any significant holiday is an occasion to have fun for the whole country, and tourists are happy to participate in them, while gaining valuable experience.

The climate of the winter months

(Athens)

December
Max average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2.7")
Water t°: +16 °C (60.8 °F)
January
Max average t°: +13 °C (55.4 °F)
Min average t°: +6 °C (42.8 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 60 mm (2.4")
Water t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
February
Max average t°: +14 °C (57.2 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44.6 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 35 mm (1.4")
Water t°: +15 °C (59 °F)

Winter holidays

December 6: St. Nicolas Day.

December 15: Day of Remembrance of victims of the NKVD’s "Greek operation".

December 25: Christmas.

January 1: The New Ear.

January 6: Epiphany in Greece (Theofania).

January 8: Ginaykratiya (Women Festival in Greece).