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The best time to travel to Greece really depends on what you hope to get out of your trip.

The traditional ‘holiday’ season begins in mid-April, and ends towards the end of October. This is when temperatures reach their peak and hordes of Greeks and travellers from all over the world head both to the mainland and the islands to enjoy the beautiful summer. However, if you arrive in June or September, you are still likely to be greeted with warm sun and seas, plus less people! Even October can be clement, particularly on Crete. There is a certain slant to the light later in the year, the colours are wonderful and the sea is still warm and welcoming.

The weather can be somewhat unpredictable between December and March, although many days are clear, it can get quite cold. For the mildest of Greek winters head to the island of Rhodes, or perhaps the south-east side of Crete. Spring starts to kick in in April, and this is the time of year when Greece is at its most beautiful, with cascades of wild flowers, verdant green landscapes - perfect conditions for those wishing to explore by foot along the well-kept and signposted walking trails that criss-cross the mainland and the islands. As May comes, the weather becomes ever more predictable, although the sea may yet be too cool for the more reluctant swimmer.

If you are looking for the full scope of tourist facilities, you may be better off travelling during the peak season, when all the tavernas, shops and other amenities will definitely be open. If you plan on travelling in the school holidays, be sure to book well in advance, as most popular family friendly resorts tend to get booked up extremely quickly. If you prefer a last minute approach, it is still perfectly possible to island hop at this time of year, just be aware you may need to shop around for accommodation.

Out of season, particularly between later in October and the end of April, you will find that the ferry services between islands tend to trail off somewhat, and facilities in resorts are likely to be much reduced. On the mainland things continue much as normal throughout the year, with the exception of mountainous areas, which may be occasionally snowbound during the winter. In fact, perhaps surprisingly, there is some great skiing to be found in Greece, so if so fancy hitting the slopes, just ask advice from the locals who know the all great spots!

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