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  • Writer's pictureMargarita Orfanidou

Best Time to Visit Crete And Hire a Boat


Visiting Balos by boat
Visiting Balos by boat

The best time to visit Crete and hire a boat largely depends on your preferences for weather, crowd levels, and activities. Here are some considerations for different seasons:

Spring (April to June):

  • Weather: Pleasant and mild temperatures, blooming landscapes.

  • Boating: Ideal time for boating, fewer crowds, and the sea is warming up for swimming.

  • Advantages: Lower prices, fewer tourists, vibrant nature.

Summer (July to August):

  • Weather: Hot and sunny, perfect for beach activities and water sports.

  • Boating: Popular season for boating, but expect more tourists and higher prices. We highly recommend booking your boat in advance as you might have not much choice left.

  • Advantages: Vibrant nightlife, festivals, clear waters for snorkeling and swimming.

Autumn (September to October):

  • Weather: Warm temperatures, pleasant evenings, and less crowded.

  • Boating: Sea is still warm, and weather is suitable for boating. Tourist numbers begin to decrease.

  • Advantages: Comfortable temperatures, less crowded attractions, affordable prices.

Winter (November to March):

  • Weather: Mild and wet in some parts. Snow can be experienced in the mountains.

  • Boating: Not the main boating season due to cooler weather and fewer daylight hours. Most of the boats will be taken out of the water for maintenance.

  • Advantages: Lower prices, uncrowded attractions, a more local experience.


For boating specifically, the spring and early summer months (April to June) or the early autumn months (September to October) are often considered the best times. During these periods, the weather is pleasant, the sea is warm enough for water activities, and the island is not as crowded as in the peak summer months.

Ultimately, the best time to visit and hire a boat in Crete depends on your preferences for weather, activities, and the kind of experience you desire, whether it's a vibrant summer holiday or a peaceful off-season getaway.

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