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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 Crete

Peak Season: July to August

Foreigners and Greeks invade Crete in droves, attracted by the sunshine, fine beaches, warm sea, and beautiful coastal towns. Hotel prices rise accordingly, reservations are essential, and many resorts are overcrowded. Temperatures can exceed 100°F.

Off Season: November to April

Many establishments shut completely, so call ahead before making plans. Winter winds can be harsh, temperatures average in the 50s, and boat travel may be disrupted. On the plus side, the locals are especially welcoming in low season.

Sweet Spot: May to June; September to October

For many people, shoulder season is the best time to visit. The weather is reasonable, the sea is warm enough for swimming, establishments are open, and the beaches are not overcrowded. Expect weather in the 60s and 70s.

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