Weather in Greece in July

Is July a good time to visit Greece?

Peak holiday season in Greece is in July. Tourists and holidaymakers from across Europe, and even further afield, fly to Greece in July. This has its advantages and disadvantages. Prices in Greece tend to inflate as peak season approaches. Cheap flights to Greece in July are also more difficult to find, unless they are booked well in advance. However, there are also a lot more festivals and events in Greece during the summer period. The weather in Greece is particularly hot during July, which is perfect for a beach holiday, but it can make other activities unavailable, particularly during the midday heat.


Climate in Greece in July

July is peak summer in Greece. Temperatures shoot up and the beach is definitely the place to be. Greek islands experience a phenomenal thirteen sunshine hours per day during July, while Athens and mainland Greece get twelve hours per day. The average sea temperature in Greece in July is 24°C (75°F). Temperature averages on mainland Greece tend to vary between 23 and 33°C (73 to 91°F). The northern parts of the mainland are slightly cooler, as are the average temperatures throughout the Greek islands during July. Most of Greece experiences little rainfall during the summer period, although there are sometimes sporadic afternoon showers, particularly on the island of Crete.


What’s on in Greece in July

A trip to Greece in July isn’t complete without experiencing the excitement and vigour of traditional Greek dancing. The Traditional Greek Dance Festival takes place annually in July at the Dora Stratou Theatre in Athens. There are also a number of long-running festivals that continue throughout July, such as the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. The Lycabettus Hill Festival is also a popular event in Greece in July and it runs throughout the summer period until the end of September.


What to pack for a holiday in Greece in July

Greece’s Mediterranean climate around the islands and southern Greece means that summers are hot and dry. Items to pack for a holiday in Greece in July should be as cool as possible, this includes eveningwear. Skirts, strappy tops, linen pants, shorts and t-shirts are some of the best items of clothing to pack for Greece in July. Beachwear, hats, suncream, sunglasses and bikinis are essential items. Open shoes such as sandals or flip-flops are the best type of footwear to pack for a holiday in Greece during summer.