Tips for your holidays and tours to the Greek islands
When is the best time to visit the greek islands? When is the best time to swim in Greece?
The best time to visit the greek islands is from late April to early November. The hottest months are usually July and August with the temperature being mostly over 30 degrees.
Beaches in Greece are best for swimming and sunbathing from late May to early October, while you may see people doing so throughout the year, when the weather is good! When is the peak season in Greece?
High season in the Greek Islands runs from late June until mid September. July and August are the busiest and most expensive months.
Meanwhile, the cruise season lasts longer, which can make some Greek destinations busy in months like October and November.
Prepare for the sun. Temperatures can rise to more than 40 degrees Celsius on the Greek islands at the height of summer. You’ll want to protect yourself with plenty of sunscreen, a hat and lots of water.
Many of these Greek beaches have been awarded the blue flag under the Blue Flags of Europe Program, providing not only swimming, but also scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, sailing and windsurfing.
What are main greek island groups?
Most of the islands are found in the Aegean Sea and are divided into seven groups (from north to south):
The Northeastern Aegean Islands
Agios Efstratios, Thasos, Ikaria, Lesbos, Limnos, Inouses, Samos, Samothrace, Chios, Psara.
Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros
The prefecture of Evia (which also includes the island of Skiros), is next to the prefecture of Viotia on the east and on the south touches the Aegean Sea, on the north and northwest to the Pagasitiko and Maliako Gulf, while on the west and southwest with the north and south Evian Gulf.
Islands of Argosaronic
Angistri, Aegina, Methana, Poros, Salamina, Spetses, Hydra.
A group of 56 islands, with the most important being Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Syros, Tinos, Folegandros, as well as the “Minor Cyclades” comprising Donousa, Irakleia, Koufonisia and Schinousa.
Astypalaia, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastellorizo, Kos, Lipsi, Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Symi, Tilos, Chalki.
Crete is divided in to four prefectures. From west to east: Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Lasithi.
The Ionian Sea has only one island complex:
The Ionian Islands
Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu, Kefallonia, Lefkada, Paxi, and Kythira which is situated opposite the southern Peloponnese (Laconia). These islands, which are the biggest of the Ionian Sea, constitute the famous Eptanissa (meaning seven islands; epta in Greek means seven).
Antipaxi, Ereikoussa, Kalamos, Kastos, Mathraki, Meganissi, Othoni, Skorpios, Strofades are smaller islands of the Ionian Sea.