The island of Crete is located in one of the most southern points of Europe and is bathed by the Aegean Sea to the north and the Libyan Sea to the south. Thanks to its location, Crete is characterized by a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, sunny and dry summers and winters, however, mild and often rainy especially in December.
As far as temperatures are concerned, there are significant differences between the inland and mountainous areas and the coastal areas, but also between the western and eastern parts; in fact, the province of Chania is more humid and cooler than the province of Lassithi and this also affects the vegetation which on one side is green and lush while on the other is desert-like.
For this reason, the best period for a vacation in Crete goes from April to November, month in which it is still possible to bathe along the southern coast of the island. However, the months of May, September and October prove to be the ideal months for a vacation in Crete, not only for the climate, but also for the smaller flow of tourists who visit the island in these periods.
The hottest months of the year in Crete are June, July and August, when the monthly average temperature reaches 29 °C, while the coldest months of March, December, January and February the thermometer drops up to 8 °C.
In Crete rainiest months of the year are January and December during which monthly rainfall average reaches 89 mm. On the other side, driest months are September, June, July and August when the average rainfall is reduced to 1 mm per month.
August and July are sunniest months of the year. During that months, from sunrise to sunset there are 13 total light hours in Crete. In March, January, February, November and December daylight hours are reduced to 3.
Months of the year when sea water is warmer are July, September and August, average temperature is around 25 °C.