WEATHER TO EXPECT FOR TRAVEL TO GREECE
May-June and September-October are the ideal months for travel to Greece and the Greek Islands. The weather is perfect and it is much less crowded. There is still some nightlife, but the beaches are almost free of people on the less mainstream islands.
You may get a day or two of rain, but it usually adds a little excitement. This is a time to go to the islands like Mykonos, Santorini, and Rhodes because most of the tourists are gone.
If you go early in the spring or late in the summer, then bring a windbreaker and a warm sweater. You probably won't need more than that.
July and August are fine if you are prepared. It's more crowded and rooms are harder to find, but the island nightlife is jumping and the beaches are lively.
Athens can be brutally hot in the day, but mornings and late afternoons are fine, and the nights in the Plaka are wonderful, if not a little crowded.
November to March can be cold and rainy but it can also be like Indian Summer.
Athens comes alive during these months and there is nothing like a night out in the city. It does snow in Greece. Not usually more than once a season in Athens or the islands; in fact it was rare enough for it to be a major event in the past, but is becoming increasingly common. However it does snow in the mountains so much that you can ski there.
April is usually Easter time, which is magical. If you are lucky enough to be on an island during Easter when all the wildflowers are in bloom and the smell of lamb roasting fills the air, it's a very special time.
The 15th of August is the biggest holiday in Greece along with Easter. The days preceding and following these holidays are the worst times to be travelling.
If you are on an island there will be lots happening if you keep your eyes and ears open (especially Easter).
It is also the best time to be in Athens because the city will be empty. It will also be hot. In Athens in August, go for the hotels with AC.
From Matt Barrett's Guide to Greece
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