Greece - Climate And Activities

Things to do in Greece

From sandy Mediterranean beaches and rustic olive groves to the historical monuments of its capital city Athens, Greece and it's surrounding islands have something for everyone. Why not immerse yourself in history with a trip to the Parthenon which has sat on top of the Acropolis of Athens for nearly 2,500 years. No holiday in Greece would be complete without a visit to the archaeological site of Delphi. Reaching its pinnacle in the 6th century BC the ruins which survive today serve as a testament to the diversity of the cultural influences which made Delphi probably the most important city at that time.

The city of Athens has more than enough to keep any sightseer happy with ancient buildings and museums to explore. It's also home to the Parnitha National Park and the National Art Gallery. In the summer it hosts the Athens and Epidaurus Festival which includes all manner of musical, theatre and cultural events. If it's night life you're after, Athens has an abundance of it with a multitude of bars, night clubs and live music.

The adventurous might want to hike the Samaria Gorge in south west Crete which at 16km long takes between 4-7 hours to walk. Passing through ancients forests of pines and cypress trees, the scenery dramatically changes as it cuts between vertical cliffs. If you love water sports then you'll be spoilt for choice. The Greek Islands are home to some of the best water activities in the Mediterranean. Here you can windsurf, sail, scuba dive, surf, snorkel and much more besides. Alternatively, if you want to get away from it all and simply relax, then what better way to do it than to book an island hopping tour. Explore some of the most tranquil and fascinating islands in the Aegean at your own pace.

What's the weather like?

Greece is the perfect destination for sun lovers because for around two thirds of the year it basks beneath clear, sunny skies. Temperatures do vary with summers being both long and dry .However at times temperatures can easily reach up to 40C, so be prepared! Conversely the winter months are generally mild and rainy. Surprisingly, In the north, temperatures can drop to freezing point and snow is not uncommon. This means it's perfect for those who fancy a bit of skiing on their honeymoon.

Almost everyone agrees that Spring or early summer is the best time to visit Greece since the temperatures are more manageable and there are less tourists around. In the spring you'll also get to see more wild flowers than you can possibly imagine. September to mid October is another good time of the year to visit since the days are pleasant and the sea is still warm enough to swim in.

The peak holiday season in Greece is from early July to the end of August when both locals and foreigners flock to the Greek islands.

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