The climate in Greece is generally mild – it is even known to be one of the most pleasant in the world and sun usually shines 300 days a year.

Southern Greece enjoys a relatively mild winter, with temperatures averaging around 13 to 16 C, and hot and dry summers (30 to 40 C). It seldom snows and if it does like in 2001, people get all excited and enjoy the rare phenomenon.
The hot summer temperatures are normally cooled by the north winds, which make the hot evenings more pleasant and get Greeks to sit outside for hours to relax and enjoy the cool, scented breeze.

Northern Greece instead has very cold winters with plenty of snow. Summers, however, are very hot and humid.
From October to April rain can be expected every day, but this does not mean that autumn, winter and spring are not good periods to visit Greece. On the contrary, because of the rain nature comes to life again and gives the country a delightful touch. Also the ruins which usually are dry and unicoloured, in spring and autumn are covered with grass and little, colorful flowers.

The best time to visit Greece is April to June, where temperatures are pleasant, flora begins blooming, the air is fresh and clear and – the kids are in school, so it is much quieter.

Because of the mild climate Greece has a lot of agriculture, which means that vegetables, fruits and olive oil are always fresh and very tasty.

Try to avoid doing a lot of sightseeing between 12am and 4pm in summer days, because temperatures are very high. If so, do not forget your hat and sunglasses

Every year thousands of tourists get badly sun burned by trying to tan too quickly or not using sun blocks while sunbathing because they underestimate the strong sunshine - so be very careful and try to avoid the sun from 12am to 3pm!!

PACIFIC TRAVEL: Athens International Airport, tel. 0030 210 3530 160, City Centre: tel. 0030 210 3241 007,