Greece is usually at its best from mid-May through to mid-October, when the days are usually bright and sunny, with the mid-summer temperatures soaring. Most of the resort hotels close at the end of October and start reducing facilities from mid-October onwards, as occupancy decreases. Equally, in May, hotel facilities are opened gradually, depending on occupancy, usually fully operational by mid-June.
The winter months can be cold and damp, with most of the resort hotels closed. The sea tends to be warmer in October than in May as, rather logically, it’s had the summer to warm up. Those islands further east tend to warm up a little earlier in the season than resorts in the western region.
The total variety and the consistent quality. Costa Navarino is on the eastern coast of the Peloponnese, an up and coming area that is still delightfully unspoilt. Halkidiki is just one hour transfer from Thessaloniki, in the north of the country, an area known for its super soft sand beaches. Mykonos and Santorini are world famous resort islands, with great style. Santorini must be one of the most romantic islands anywhere! Crete offers some of the most stylish and individual resorts in the region.
Getting There – several direct flights from the UK to Thessaloniki, Crete, Santorini and Mykonos most days during the summer, and a couple of days weekly to Kalamata (Peloponnese), or daily flights to Athens and then 50 minutes onward connection.
The Truth Behind the Headlines
The economic problems experienced by Greece in the last few years have been widely reported. Less well reported has been the remarkable recovery, driven by tourism. In the resorts, tourism is the lifeblood and they go from strength to strength, with virtually every source market selling way beyond expectations. Come, enjoy and rejoice in the amazing hospitality.
Both Mykonos and Santorini are popular cruise destinations, so can get very busy for a few hours virtually on a daily basis in the spring and summer months.