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Greece sunindex: the best time to travel to Greece
Greece a great sun destination, but can Greece be classified as a suitable sun destination in the winter season, or not? I had this discussion with another Greece enthusiast just before I wrote this page about Greece. According to him Greece is not suitable as a winter sun destination because many airlines do not offer package tours to Greece during the winter. I do not agree with him. In November the weather is often pleasant enough to be suitable as a winter sun destination. During this period the temperature of the sea water is still pleasant as well. On some Greece islands spring starts as early as March and April has pleasant summer days. However, you should bear in mind that most tourist places are very calm and may even appear to be ghost towns. Most hotels, bars and restaurants are closed during this period. During the winter the famous Samaria gorge is closed as well.

However, this peace and quiet offers an ideal opportunity for culture lovers to explore Greece in April and to a lesser degree in March and November and still be able to enjoy the pleasant weather. The absence of mass tourism may even make the country more beautiful than during the summer. The hotels that are open during this period will probably not offer a complete program. However, it may still be very nice to spend your day by along the pool. Although most tour operators offer travels to Greece during holidays it may still be as calm as during the winter on most islands. For the Greeks the season is from the second part of May till the 1st or 2nd week of October.

Sunindex information per island:
Sunindex on Corfu
Sunindex on Kos
Sunindex on Crete
Sunindex on Rhodes
Sunindex on Samos
Sunindex on Zakynthos

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Greece climate & weather
Do you want to know all about the climate in Greece? Learn about the temperatures, the number of sunny hours, chance of frost, chance of hurricanes, chance of rain and precipitation averages at the awarded climate and weather site:
the climate of Greece


Sunny holidays in Greece
Based on long term average figures, the weather of the past few years and extremes that have been recorded where temperatures, precipitation figures and storms are concerned we are able to give an indication as to the suitability of this particular location as a summer weather destination.

The figures below are an average for Greece. Please, note that local deviations may occur.

 The weather in Greece
(in C
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per day
sea water
(in C
time to travel
here for a
sunny holiday?
chance of
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chance of
Explanation of symbols
January 13 / 55 4 / 39 4 16 / 61   - more sunny symbols = better summer weather (maximum of 5)
- red sunny symbols = high chances of hot or muggy weather

= chances of precipitation
 (0 - 4, higher number of cloudy symbols, higher chance of precipitation)

= the risk of tropical storms
(0 - 3, higher number of symbols, higher risk)
February 13 / 55 5 / 41 5 15 / 59  
March 16 / 61 7 / 45 6 15 / 59  
April 20 / 68 10 / 50 8 16 / 61    
May 25 / 77 14 / 57 10 18 / 64    
June 30 / 86 20 / 68 11 21 / 70    
July 33 / 91 23 / 73 12 24 / 75    
August 34 / 93 24 / 75 11 24 / 75    
September 29 / 84 18 / 64 9 24 / 75    
October 23 / 73 14 / 57 7 21 / 70  
November 18 / 64 10 / 50 5 19 / 66    
December 14 / 57 8 / 46 4 17 / 63    
The weather in Greece
During the summer Greece has a great sunindex score. During the winter temperatures are low, especially in December, January and February. During the rest of the year the weather in Greece is pleasantly warm which makes Greece a perfect sun destination.
Greece climate information

Popular destinations in Greece
Greece has many beautiful islands. The southerly and easterly located islands have the best chance of pleasant weather in November, March and April.
Among these islands are: Crete. Rhodes, Kos, Samos, Lesbos, Karpathos and Chios.

Useful facts & tips
- In Greece gyros is seen as fast food
- If you visit a real Greek tavern it is not unusual for guests to pay a visit to the kitchen.
- Many ATMs are empty at the end of the weekend not to be refilled until Monday.
- Tips smaller than 0,50 are seen as an insult.
- Be careful with cigarette butts, you may start a forest fire.
- Traffic fines are expensive in Greece.
- Try to learn a few Greek words; this will be highly appreciated among the Greeks.
- Greeks are very fond of their siesta which may be from 2PM till 5PM.

More about Greece?
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