Crete Weather

The climate of Crete is one reason why so many holidaymakers choose Crete every summer! Like the rest of the Greek Islands Crete has a Mediterranean climate which is hot and dry during the summer and although rainy in the winter, temperatures are still mild.

Hersonissos Old Town, Crete

Crete has a typically milder and more temperate climate compared to the other Greek islands and this is due to the landscape and location of the island. The mountains that run through the centre of the island tend to divide Crete weather wise! The weather in the north of Crete is similar to that also experienced by islands in the Mediterranean Sea however the south of Crete has a climate which resembles that experienced in North Africa with very hot, dry summers and lots of sunshine.

Holidays to Crete tend to start in Spring when the winter rainfall is subsiding and day time temperatures begin to rise. In April and May temperatures reach highs of 24 degrees and lows tend to be around 12 degrees so still relatively warm, even on the coldest days! Rainfall in the two months is no more than 6 days per month and a maximum of 21mm so if it does rain it will be short bursts before you can get back to enjoying the Mediterranean sun. Average hours of sunshine per day are 6 hours in April and 8 hours in May so still pleasant for a comfortable holiday before the summer peak temperatures hit the island.

Summer in Crete is hot, especially in the south coast of the island. The average temperatures between June and September are around 24 degrees centigrade with a dip in October to 20 degrees however it has the potential and often goes much higher than these averages. If there is a North African wind heading towards the island the climate can change dramatically with temperatures hitting 40 degrees centigrade which may make you think you are actually holidaying in Africa! On the north side of the island there is a completely different picture! Temperatures are still hot, with high temperatures reaching the low 30+ degrees which continues through the evening however the winds of the North West are cool and breeze-like which is welcomed by many during the hotter days. These winds are perfect for those wind surfing or getting involved in any other wind based activities. During the summer months Crete welcomes 12 hours of sunshine on a daily basis between June and August. In total Crete is one of the sunniest places to visit in Europe with 2800 hours of sunshine over the year. To end the holiday season October temperatures return to an average of 20 degrees centigrade with highs of 24 degrees making Crete a great destination for an end of season holiday.

Platanias Beach, Crete

Sea temperatures in Crete are high throughout the year, especially summer (24-25 degrees in July/August) but the advantage which Crete has compared to other destinations is the fact that sea temperatures in Spring and early Autumn such as September and October are still relatively high with an average of 23 degrees and therefore perfect for those visiting the island for water sports.

What’s the best time of year to visit Crete? This is a matter for personal preference, but many people describe September as the “perfect” time of year.  Here at we notice that many repeat customers have a preference for September departures and early bookings by couple are often strong at this time of year.