Weather Averages for Crete in July
Averages for Crete in July
July is a popular month with tourists looking for some guaranteed sunshine and almost no rain. July is the hottest month of the year in Crete with an average daytime temperature at a warm 26 degrees Celsius, the highest average of the year, while high peaks can go up to 29 degrees (or more in hot summers and in southern Crete) and lows never going below a comfy 22 degrees. Seawater temperatures are equally inviting, with averages floating around 24 degrees.
July is the sunniest month of the year in Crete, with sunshine hours reaching a whopping 13 each day on average. July is another virtually rainless month, with total monthly precipitation barely reaching 1 mm and rainfall expected only in one day of the month across the whole island.
July is a windy month, with the southern winds known as ‘sirocco’ heats the island during the day, while the famous north-western meltemi wind cools it down in the evenings. A rather unpleasant weather phenomenon that can manifest itself during this month is dust storms, which come all the way from the Sahara desert. Carried by the sirocco wind, desert sand can blur the skies and create mildly uncomfortable conditions, however, these storms rarely last long and dissipate within a day.
Dates for the diary
Wine lovers should visit Crete in July as the towns of Rethymnon and Heraklion both host popular wine festivals during this month. The wine festival in Rethymnon is a lively, two-week celebration of Cretan wine and spirits, marked by local music and lots of festivities. Visitors are asked to pay a small entrance fee and bring their own glasses, then it’s all you can drink from the local wineries - cheers!
Free wine and tsikoudia are also at the epicentre of the Heraklion “Dafnes Wine Festival”. Typically held between 5th and 15th of July, the Dafnes focuses more on Cretan tradition and also explores Cretan cuisine as well as wine and tsikoudia. Visitors are treated to a lot of local food to soak up the free wine – sensible.
Starting at the end of July and lasting until August, the annual Renaissance Festival is a two-week long event organised by the state in Rethymno. The festival holds a plethora of cultural exhibits and performances including dancers, mimes, costumes, magicians and more.
Enjoy local wine at the wine festival, Crete.
Hit the beach
Psaropoula beach at Lassithi is a child-friendly beach with good amenities. This is one of the most popular water sports beaches in eastern Crete, with virtually every sport being represented by several providers, including surfing schools, snorkelling schools, parasailing services and more.
Agia Fotia Beach (literally meaning “holy fire”) is a spectacular blue flag beach on the eastern side of the island. Located 12km east of Lerapetra, the beach features coarse, dark sand and medium depth waters.
Agia Fotia Beach, Crete.
Things to do
Crete’s diverse beaches and numerous conflicting winds make the island a popular spot for surfing and windsurfing. Surf can come from any direction in Crete, but it pays to get in touch with local surfers and windsurfers to find out the best spots, plus to be aware of the pitfalls and any risky beaches.
For surfing, there are at least 18 beaches that have been filed internationally as surfing beaches. Between them you can find beginner’s beach breaks such as those at Dirty beach and rocky, challenging beaches for experienced surfers such as Sfinari beach.
Windsurfing is even more widespread in Crete, with schools in every major town and virtually every tourist-friendly beach offering windsurfs for rent. However, the local laws prohibit surfing and windsurfing on certain, dangerous beaches so do your homework!
Where to eat & drink
Mam’s house is a hospitable restaurant serving fantastic traditional Greek as well as international culinary favourites. Mam’s serves delicious food throughout the day, from breakfasts to late-night bites, this popular place is open virtually 24/7 during high season. Mam’s is well known for gigantic portions and low prices.
The Lotus Eaters is a lovely Mediterranean restaurant located in the popular village of Elounda. With unremitting focus on quality, the restaurant’s chefs have managed to earn numerous awards and distinctions for their unique recipes and tasty dishes. Located on an elevated terrace, the Lotus Eaters offers a commanding view over the bay of Elounda. A real treat.
Dwyers is an Irish pub in the heart of Stalis with a definite Greek twist. Here, you can find authentic Irish beers resting side by side with local tsikoudia concoctions. The pub is located next to the busy Stalis beach and therefore attracts a number of surfers seeking a nice cold beer after a hard day’s surf.
Have a beer with your Greek meal at Dwyers, Crete.
The Jolly Roger is one of the most popular beach cocktail bars in Sissi, and attracts tourists from across the island. Cheap drinks, a fun atmosphere and regular parties means the Roger is always jolly.
Where to stay
The Galaxy Hotel Iraklio is a luxurious 5-star resort with simple, elegant style and impeccable service. The hotel boasts 117 rooms, two restaurants, the largest pool in Heraklion, and exclusive access to Crete’s only 18-hole golf course at the Crete Golf Club.
Galaxy Hotel Iraklio, Crete.
The Casa Vitae is a beautiful boutique hotel located in a renovated old Venetian castle house that was built in the late 16th century. This unique, detached old building in Rethymnon’s old town has its own Venetian veranda and beautiful garden.
Offering an ideal choice of accommodation for families and couples, the Anastasia is a cosy hotel in Stalis in north-eastern Crete. This huge complex spans 13 buildings across 8,500 square meters, surrounded by trees and Mediterranean flower gardens.
Olive Grove apartments in Elounda are situated inside an old olive grove, minutes away from Elounda’s village square. There are 14 apartments in total, along with a swimming pool, a children’s pool, a beautiful garden, a bar and a restaurant.
The Niriides hotel Almyrida offers affordable apartments and studios just minutes away from the airport of Chania. The hotel is also 150 meters away from two shallow, child-friendly beaches, making it ideal for families. The Niriides’ rooms are disabled-friendly and include lots of amenities such as satellite TV, kitchen, private bathroom, telephone and more.