How to plan your summer in Greece in 2021?

With summer just around the corner, we are starting to dream about travelling. Nowadays a trip would require much more planning than before. There were many cancelled flights in the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The good news is you can have the dreamed vacation and travel to Greece this summer. You can check here what other European countries will be open for visitors and what are the travelling conditions.

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How can you make your holiday in Greece possible?

The latest news from the Greek government is that travellers from all around the world will be welcome in the country. They will need a vaccine or a negative PCR test. Some sources state that people with a COVID-19 antibodies test would also cross the Greek border.

For now, the date when Greece aims to open for tourists is 14 May. This means that after you spent the holidays, and most importantly Easter Sunday with your family, you can start planning your trip.

Even though it is not exactly summer, May can be really pleasant to spend in Greece. The weather is warm, you can even have a chance for some beach days. But expect a little rain. There are several islands that are really welcoming in the spring, like Crete, Santorini, Korfu, Rhodes and if you are travelling with your family, consider going to Naxos.

Below you will find more recommendations for your summer holiday in Greece.


When and where to go to Greece?

You have your vaccine or your negative PCR test, you have packed your bags and organized your friends, and it is time to set off to a beautiful greek island. There is a vast choice of opportunities so be sure to do your research before taking off.

The best months to visit Greece are June and September. They are not too cold nor too hot. Many travel guides recommend visiting Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Crete, Corfo and Peloponnese at this time.


If you prefer the hot summertime, you should consider a holiday in the warmest months - July and August. During this time the average temperature there is 29°C. All Greek islands from the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea will welcome you with beaches wide open during this time! Nevertheless, the preferred destinations in the peak of the summer are Naxos, Paros and Ios.

You can have your magnificent greek summer in mid-September or early October when the sea is still warm and the calamari is delicious. Many coastal areas are formidable during this time, especially Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Mykonos, Corfu, Paros, Naxos and Kos. The sea temperature is around 25°C and can go up to 29°C. This is arguably the perfect warmth for swimming and other water-related activities.



Greece is marvellous even in the off-season. Late October and November are perfect for visiting ancient archaeological sites in Athens and Thessaloniki. People from all around the world gather to express their astonishment in front of the Acropolis and its most famous temple - the Parthenon. Others will be more interested in the Byzantine churches and the Roman monuments located in Thessaloniki. 

The sea breeze is still a little warm in November and you can enjoy it at some of the most famous Greek islands such as Santorini, Crete, Naxos, Rhodes and Paros. This time is the best for sightseeing without many tourists wandering around. 

If you are working from home, November could be a great time to change your home-office environment for a while. Being off-season, during this month the prices of the hotels are lower. You can bring your family and live in a Greek manner for a month or so.


In conclusion

After you have made yourself familiar with the Greek islands and other destinations, you’ll find that there is no best time to visit Greece. You can stay there for a full year and still have things to do and hidden treasures to explore.

Of course, this summer will be a little different with all the security measures that you will have to keep in mind. If you have gotten a vaccine, remember to have a document at your disposal when travelling. If you have a negative PCR test be sure to bring your results with you. Masks and disinfectants will still be in our daily lives but at least the summer emotions will also be present. 

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