It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.
When to go to Greece
Peak Season: July to AugustSummer sees tourism at its peak. The weather is ideal for sunbathing – beaches are equipped with sun beds and umbrellas, and water sports facilities are widely available. The majority of Athenians take their vacation in August, heading to the islands to escape the summer heat. Hotel prices increase significantly and reservations are essential. Cultural attractions have extended opening hours, but can get very crowded. July temperatures average in the 80s, though are known to exceed 100 degrees.
Off Season: November to AprilIn winter you can expect chilly weather, interspersed by sunny days with deep blue skies, and occasional snow. On the islands, most hotels and restaurants close completely. Winter winds can be harsh and boat travel may be disrupted. In the mountains, winter is peak season for ski resorts. On the mainland, most archaeological sites and museums are open, but with restricted hours. In Athens, hotel prices drop significantly. January temperatures average in the 50s in Athens, but in the mountains, the mercury occasionally plummets as low as 5 degrees.
Sweet Spot: May to June; September to OctoberFor many people, shoulder season is the best time to visit. The weather is reasonable, the sea is warm enough for swimming, and the beaches are not overcrowded. Hotels, restaurants, and cultural attractions are open, yet peaceful. This is also the best time for outdoor pursuits such as hiking. May temperatures average a pleasant 68 degrees.
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