The Best Time To Visit Greece

Best time to visit Greece

With breathtaking islands, rich history, and vibrant culture, Greece has something for every type of traveler. But what time of year is best to visit? That depends on what you're after, whether it's island hopping and outdoor activities or fewer crowds and low prices. And we've got you covered. In this article, we'll walk you through the best time to visit Greece.

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Greece's Main Tourist Seasons

Here's a breakdown of Greece's main tourist seasons:

  • High Season: June to September
  • Shoulder Seasons: April to May and October
  • Low Season: November to March

Athens, Greece
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Best Time To Visit Greece for Fewer Crowds

December to February

The most popular times to visit Greece are late spring, summer, and early fall when tourists flock to the Greek islands. If you don't plan on hitting the beach, consider visiting Greece from December to February. The weather cools, and the crowds thin out, making for a more relaxing trip. It's a fantastic time of year to visit world-famous archeological sites in Athens, Thessaloniki, and Patras.

Best Time To Visit Greece for Low Prices

April to May and October

Believe it or not, it's possible to do Greece on a budget. The best time of year to score a deal is during the shoulder seasons. Outside of the high season, flights and accommodations for popular destinations like Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos take a dip. If you're set on taking a trip to Greece in the summer, try lesser-known islands like Sifnos and Naxos, where you can still enjoy a more affordable vacation. 

Santorini, Greece
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Best Time To Visit Greece for Good Weather

April to June and September to October

Late spring and early fall are the best times to visit Greece for good weather. April to June and September to October bring ideal conditions to explore all Greece has to offer, from ancient archeological sites to pristine island beaches. You'll see warm, sunny days, but skip the sweltering heat of July and August. 

Best Time To Visit the Greek Islands

May to June and September

The best time to visit the Greek islands is early summer and early fall. At this time of year, you'll have guaranteed sun, warm seas, and plenty of events and activities to enjoy. If you're after beach parties, aim for July and August, but be prepared for heatwaves, crowded venues, and high season prices.

Related: Greece Travel Guide: 12 Best Greek Islands To Visit

outdoor restaurant in Greece
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Best Time To Visit Greece for Festivals

June to August

Greece is full of cultural events throughout the year; however, the summer months (June to August) are when many of the country's festivals occur, particularly those in Athens. From the Athens & Epidaurus Festival to the Naoussa International Film Festival and the August Moon Festival, it's a fantastic time of year to visit.

Best Time To Visit Greece for Outdoor Activities

April to May and September to October

Late spring and early fall are perfect for hiking and exploring Greece's countryside. From April to May and September to October, you'll get fantastic weather without summer's intense heat, making it the perfect time of year for activities such as hiking, biking, sailing, and more.

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