Weather Averages for Crete in June
Averages for Crete in June
June continues the warming trend that started in Cretan spring and brings about the island’s signature summer sun. These months are virtually rain free and the midday hotness is mitigated by cool winds that drop temperatures in the evenings. These winds come from the mountainsides and can last throughout the summer, maintaining a comfortable afternoon climate, perfect for relaxing after a day on the beach.
In June, average daytime temperature climbs up to 24 degrees with high peaks reaching up to 28 degrees and lows at 18 degrees. This wide range of temperatures is due to the hot winds blowing from Africa at the southern side of the island. Seawater temperature climbs to a magical 22 degrees Celsius and the island’s numerous water sports and seaside activities are in full swing. The southern wind known as Sirocco rapidly heats up and dries the air. During June, the sun shines over Crete for a bit more than 11 hours each day on average and allows for unlimited outdoors fun. Rain is virtually non-existent during June in Crete, with only 1 mm of rain expected on just one day of the month across the whole island you can rest assured that rain won’t spoil your outdoor pursuits.
Dates for the diary
On the 24th of June, the island celebrates the nativity of St. John the Baptist. Given that John is the most common name in Greece (as Giannis or Ioannis), this is a major celebration and lots of people feast on their name days.
Toward the end of June and in early July the port towns across Crete celebrate Navy Week. During this week, outdoor feasts are frequent - taking advantage of the great weather - and many boats and ships give free rides to tourists and locals. There is a lot of local entertainment too, with folk dancers and plenty of tsikoudia, the local alcoholic beverage.
Things to do
Diver’s Club Crete is the premier providers of scuba diving services and equipment on the island. The club maintains three separate diving centres across the island, offering lessons and organising scuba diving excursions across Crete’s numerous awesome diving spots. The three centres are the Agia Pelagia diving centre, the Amoudara - Heraklion diving centre and the Malia diving centre. The courses available range from those that are suitable to non-divers to challenging dive sites that only pro divers can master.
Another popular water sport in Crete, snorkelling is ideal on the island because visibility is high (sometimes reaching 30 or more meters) the weather is ideal with temperatures ranging from 22 to 27 degrees Celsius, and there’s virtually no currents. There are many excellent snorkelling spots off the island, including those in close proximity to the island’s capital Heraklion. Here, you can find a great variety of marine life thanks to the rocky seabed and diverse eco systems.
Hit the beach
Glyka Nera beach (literally meaning ‘sweet water’) is one of the highest rated beaches in the area of Chania. This relatively quiet beach is naturist friendly and easy to access. The beach has coarse sand and relatively deep water; however it is considered family friendly thanks to the good range of facilities available. This is also a camping friendly beach.
Glyka Nera Beach, Chania photographed by Sarah Murray.
Dhomata beach boasts coarse, golden sand and shallow, azure-coloured water. It is fairly secluded and therefore attracts its fair share of naturists and privacy-seeking couples. It’s popular with divers and snorkelers, too.
Where to eat & drink
A popular seafood tavern, Taverna Pelagos specialises in all kinds of traditional and modern fish dishes. Its name meaning literally ‘ocean’ Pelagos is the quintessential “tavern on the beach” that serves fish freshly caught fresh just metres away from the restaurant.
Swell Restaurant specialises in local seafood recipes as well as innovative vegetarian dishes. Going far beyond typical menu choices, the Swell serves masterfully created dishes created and supervised by Michelin star chef, Lefteris Lazarou.
Located in Kato Gouves, Elite club is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists alike. The Elite specialises in cocktails and fresh juices, which are prepared with locally grown fruit. The prices are reasonable and the surroundings suitably swanky.
The Metropol is a family run café & cocktail bar situated on the main beach road in Stalis. Laid back and friendly, The Metropol features a large open terrace with trees for often much-needed shade.
Where to stay
Lefka Apartments (meaning white apartments) offer good budget accommodation for those who seek decent self-catering deals. The hotel has won numerous awards for its excellent value for money and its clean communal areas that include swimming pools and large patios.
For those seeking luxurious accommodation, Paradise Island Villas will not disappoint. This brand-new 5 star, boutique villa hotel offers just 12 luxurious and elegant villas that focus on discreet luxury and understated style. Each villa comes with its own terrace and private pool – lie back and relax…
The Niriis hotel in Chania is an award-winning budget hotel with numerous accolades, distinctions and awards for its value for money. In 2013 alone, the hotel won the first place in Trip Advisor's Bargain category. This is the hotel offering the best value for money not only in Crete, but arguably, the whole of Greece.
The Sunrise apartments offer quiet and tasteful accommodation especially suited to families. Situated in a calm and pleasant neighbourhood, just meters away from the beach of Koutouloufari, the hotel offers self-catering accommodation along with a large pool, flower gardens and clean and spacious communal areas.
Situated at the tip of the gulf of Georgioupolis, Kokalas Resort overlooks the longest sandy beach in northern Crete and is the hotel of choice for many tourists who enjoy water sports. The hotel has just 20 fully furnished apartments, which are situated a few meters from the sea. These apartments have a cosy and warm atmosphere, ideal for a romantic getaway or honeymoon.
Kokalas Resort, Crete.
June events in Crete
The feast of 'Klidonas'
23rd June 2015
This festival takes place in Rethymnon along with many other villages in Greece. The main event on the eve of this day is many locals and visitors if they are brave enough, jump over a bonfire three times. This is done because it is believed to ward of evil spirits.