Crete in detail

When to go and weather

High Season (Jul & Aug)

  • Queues at big sights, heavy traffic, busy beaches.
  • Prices for lodgings at their peak.
  • Meltemi winds can make sandy beaches unpleasant.
  • Hot days, but balmy evenings and warm sea for swimming.

Shoulder (Apr–Jun & Sep–Oct)

  • Best time for hiking and outdoor activities.
  • Moderate temperatures, smaller crowds.
  • Wildflowers in springtime, grape harvest in autumn.
  • Lower rates and wide availability for lodgings.

Low Season (Nov–Mar)

  • Sights, attractions and restaurants scale back their hours; beach resorts close.
  • No crowds at major sights, some sights closed.
  • Locals have the most time to sit and chat.
  • Highest chance of rain.