When to pack your bags and head to the Greek Islands is an age-old question, that depends on what you want out of your dream holiday to Greece. Are you looking for golden beaches, historical sites, delicious Mediterranean cuisine, or partying with a zest only the Greek Islands can provide? You’ll be pleased to know that the Greek Islands have something for everyone, and below is all you need to know for the best time to go!
If your number one priority when visiting Greece is to dance until dawn, splash around at a wild pool party, see world-famous DJs, or to go on the biggest pub crawls imaginable, the best time for you to jump on our Greek Island Hopping Tour is June through to September. June sees the official start of the high season in the Greek Islands, when the clubs are pumping at full capacity and the beaches are sprawled with recovering travellers. Partying in June or September also often means wrangling free entry; the clubs and bars will still have plenty of revellers, but it’s not the craziness of July and August. If you are planning on island-hopping to these ultimate party destinations in July and August you can expect packed bars and epic nights out with travellers from all over the world.
Exploring Ancient Greece
If your ideal day involves taking your time to explore ancient towns, museums and ruins, so epic they have to be seen to be believed, shoulder season is the ideal time. This is early June, and late September, as you’ll beat the heat and the crowds. The maximum daily temperatures are a lot more bearable than at the height of summer, especially when out and about during the day. Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos are iconic locations that attract visitors all year-round, but by travelling shoulder season you may even be lucky enough to get that perfect photo with only you in the shot.
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Greece is home to world-renowned cuisine, and the UNESCO recognised traditions and methods of the ‘Mediterranean Diet’. Summer months of June through to September offer the finest cuisine in the Greek Islands, with freshly caught seafood, homemade cheese and local wine being staples at almost every taverna you pass. Many islands have day trips available to smaller islands, such as Antiparos and Antipaxos, where picnics onboard are the perfect Greek way to enjoy lunch at sea. On our Greek Island Hopping Tour you’re able to experience lunch at Sea on the Paros Day Trip. The warmer months of July and August provide the ultimate al fresco dining experience, especially as pop-up restaurants open up right along popular beaches throughout the Greek Islands. Authentic tavernas can be found tucked down alleyways, set on waterfronts and even on rooftop terraces, complete with wooden furniture and checkered tablecloths for a true Greek experience. While the cooler winter months see many of the island restaurants go into hibernation, in cities that never sleep, such as Athens, you can always rely on the thriving coffee culture and deliciously sweet pastries served down grungy streets in surprisingly cosmopolitan cafes.
Greece offers a plethora of ways to relax, and the charm of this beautiful country ensures it can be done all year round, including in peak season! Even at the height of summer, island paradises such as Paros, and Antípaxos provide relief from the craziness of neighbouring islands. Sailing in June and July is the best way to experience the Ionian islands, where the sea is warm and the weather features endless sunny days. Lazing about on the deck of your yacht, where the hardest decision is which secluded bay to anchor at, takes relaxation to a whole new level. We visit Antipaxos on Sail Greece’s 8 day yacht tour.
A sailing holiday is the ultimate way to visit the hidden gems of the Greek Islands, and combine relaxation, exploriation, cuisine, and even the occasional party. June and July are ideal for sailing in Greece, and islands such as Corfu experience calmer winds than the Cyclades, creating near perfect sailing conditions, where even the rustiest of sea legs can give it a go! Temperatures will hit their absolute highest in August, so by setting sail a little earlier in the season you can enjoy sunny days lazing on deck, and swimming (or just floating) in hidden bays that can be accessed only by your yacht. June and July also bring balmy nights where the Islands are your oyster; allowing you to choose whether to don a toga and learn to dance like the Greeks, party at seafront tavernas with other travellers, or simply stare up at the stars and share a cool drink on the back of your yacht, the night is yours.