Crete Weather - Best time to visit Crete

Weather in Crete

Holidays in Crete invite you to the largest of the Greek islands where you’ll find stunning beaches, historic architecture and impressive scenery. Whether you’re travelling as a couple, a family or a multigenerational group, there’s plenty to do here.

Crete weather by month

Crete has a Mediterranean climate which means the country is typically warm and sunny throughout most of the year. Here’s our month-by-month guide to the average weather and climate in Crete.

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Frequently asked questions

Best time to visit Crete?

The best time to visit depends on what you want to get out of your luxury holiday in Crete. 

Best time for beaches in Crete?

The best time for a beach holiday to Crete is from late spring to early autumn (May to September) when the temperatures are warm and the clear waters heat up, making it perfect for swimming.

Best time for sightseeing in Crete?

The best time for sightseeing in Crete is during the milder months of spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October). The weather is still warm and pleasant, and the tourist crowds tend to be smaller, making for a more relaxed time exploring the island.

Is Crete hot all year round?

Crete benefits from a Mediterranean climate, so it tends to stay warm all year round. The warmest months are July and August with hot average temperatures around 30˚C. The coolest month of the year is January with an average temperature of 15˚C.

Does it rain in Crete?

With a Mediterranean climate, Crete doesn’t experience much rain throughout the year. The driest time is July, with an average rainfall of 0mm. The wettest months are January and December with around 90mm of rain.  

Best time for quieter holidays in Crete? 

For a quieter holiday experience with fewer crowds, consider visiting Crete during the seasons of late spring (May and June) or early autumn (September and October). During these times the weather is still warm and comfortable and the crowds tend to be smaller, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of Crete all to yourself.

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Add a touch of luxury with Sovereign

Are you ready to start planning your luxury Crete getaway? Take a look at our luxury hotels in Crete below. 

Grecotel Lux Me White Palace, Adele near Rethymnon
  • Eight saltwater pools across the resort to cool off in
  • Exquisite dining options with buffet and a la carte choices
  • Beachfront location with close links to the pretty town of Rethymnon
St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas, Aghios Nikolaos
  • A member of the 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World'
  • Featuring a luxury spa with an extensive treatment menu
  • Unique location set in six stunning acres of gardens
  • Ideally situated in a secluded, peaceful beachfront location
  • Personable and attentive Greek hospitality
Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection, Plaka near Elounda
  • Spectacular hillside location and magical sea views
  • Great dining experience and warm hospitality
  • Perfect for the whole family
  • This 5* luxury resort will leave a lasting impression
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