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Best Times to Visit Crete

The best time to visit Crete is from September to November. But the Mediterranean makes for a great getaway no matter the season, and this island is no exception thanks to its mild weather year-round. However, there are a few sweet moments sandwiched between the rainy season and the over-crowded summer months. You'll find beautiful weather, bare beaches, and yes, lower hotel rates if you plan your Cretan escape for late spring or early fall.

September-November

Low hotel rates, fewer crowds… The autumn months offer all the perks of spring with one exception: The beach weather holds fast. Average temperatures cling to the 80s through September before sinking back into the high 60s come November. Even if you miss the chance to bathe in the Mediterranean, Crete's awe-inspiring historic attractions and lively celebrations are still worth the trip.

Key Events:

  • Chestnut Festival (October)
  • Tsikoudia Festival (November)
  • St. Minas Parade (November)
December-February

As cooler weather descends upon Crete, so does the rain. And temperatures settle in the slightly chilly range (50s and 60s) as the island sees an average of three to three-and-a-half inches of rain per month. But that sure doesn't keep the Cretans from letting loose, and it shouldn't stop you either. The winter season sees some of the most rambunctious festivals. Hotel rooms are generally easy to find (not to mention cheap), but still, consider booking at least two weeks in advance if you're planning to attend Carnival.

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March-April

Springtime brings bright sunny skies and mild temperatures ideal for sightseeing. Average highs range from the low 60s to the low 70s, and fewer crowds means that you won't be spending a good chunk of your day waiting in line. Plus spring has some of the best hotel rates; the summer tourists have yet to invade.

Key Events:

  • 1821 Memorial Parade (March)
  • Burning of Judas Celebrations (April)
  • Greek Easter (April)
May-August

Summer is everyone's favorite time to head to Crete. Average temperatures rest in the low 80s, inspiring tourists and residents alike to don their bathing suits and hit the beach. But as temperatures rise, so do hotel prices, not to mention wait times at popular attractions and restaurants. You'll need to make reservations at least a month in advance. Also, consider getting your day started early: You can avoid long lines by getting to the top sites first.

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