Crete is the biggest of the Greek islands, and is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Sheltered rocky coves, unspoiled sandy beaches, the shimmering blue Mediterranean and picture postcard traditional villages attract visitors from all over the globe. The island’s main city, Heraklion is easy to reach from anywhere in the world by air, and numerous cruise ships and ferries also call at Crete.
You’ll adore the blue domed, white washed churches that are a feature of many villages, while the old Venetian lighthouse at Chania is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the sea. Visit Samaria national park to hike through the spectacular gorge or just make the most of the perfect beaches and enjoy swimming, sunbathing and water sports in a superb setting.
Crete: The current water temperature 80.6 °FThe temperature is suitable for swimming
Water temperatures in the Mediterranean Sea around Crete are at their lowest in the month of February when 59F or 15C is average. The temperature rises steadily over spring and summer to reach the annual high of approximately 79.7F or 26.5C in early September. The crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkelling and diving and in summer it feels like swimming in a nice warm bath.
14 Days Weather Forecast for Crete
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Best time to visit Crete
Crete lies in two distinct climate zones, with the northern part of the island enjoying a temperate Mediterranean climate, while the south basks in a sunny, North African climate zone. The overall temperatures throughout the year range from 62F or 16.7C in February to 88F or 31C in August and early September.
If you’re visiting in the cooler winter months you might like to pack a warmer jacket for evenings, while light beach wear and cotton clothing is perfect for the hot, dry summer months.
Climate for Crete
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You should see this when you visiting Crete
Crete is beautiful, and from the snow capped mountains of the interior to the sandy beaches of the south coast, the countryside is as diverse as it is spectacular. Take a trip to Ha Gorge in Lerapetra. The magnificent gorge is just feet apart at some places and also features the highest waterfalls in Crete, and close to Ha Gorge, the remains of a Minoan settlement at Vassiliki are of interest to history fans.
The Samaria Gorge National park is in south west Crete close to the village of Agia Roumeli, and visitors can climb up through the gorge from the beach or enter from the other side near Chania, where you can also see the old Venetian lighthouse. There is excellent shopping in Heraklion and Chania, while nightlife and entertainment is vibrant and varied and a predominant attraction in beach resorts and the major cities. The exquisite beaches are some of the cleanest and most unspoiled in the Greek Islands, and the clear waters are perfect for swimming, water skiing, kayaking, sailing, snorkelling and diving.
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