Weather Averages for Crete in March
Averages for Crete in March
March ushers in spring and is considered an unpredictable and varied month, as winter struggles to keep its grip on the island. For that reason, tourists visiting the island of Crete in March should be prepared for any weather – rain one minute, sunshine the next.
March sees average daytime temperatures floating around 14 degrees Celsius, with daytime high peaks reaching up to 17 degrees and lows going down to 10 degrees Celsius. The sea is almost constantly warmer than the air outside, with average seawater temperature staying around 16 degrees during the month of March. Expect 5 hours of daily sunshine on average. Crete experiences the regular winter-summer circle and March is a relatively rainy spring month. Total monthly precipitation reaches 62 mm and rainfall is expected during 8 of the month’s days.
There are numerous local sayings about how March can be warm as summer one day and cold as winter the next, warning people about the unpredictability of the weather during this month. Hailstorms and even snow has been known to fall during March, alongside the rare phenomenon of winds carrying snow from the top of the Cretan mountains down to the beaches below.
Dates for the diary
Right after the famous carnival and marking the start of a five-week lent, Kathari Deftera (literally meaning clean Monday) is a huge celebration across Greece. On clean Monday, locals close down their shops and fly paper kites, filling the skies of Crete with colour. Traditional food is eaten among celebrations and lent-friendly BBQs that include roasted vegetables, fish and a specially made bread, which is baked on this day of the year only.
Every year on March the 25th, Greece celebrates the anniversary of the Greek War of Independence in what is perhaps the most popular national holiday in Greece. Crete does its best to celebrate Greek independence with parades on all major towns, free food and nightlong fiestas commemorating this momentous event.
Things to do
The Natural History Museum of Crete attracts science and nature enthusiasts throughout the year. Since it opened its doors in 1980, the museum has been working closely with the reputable University of Crete (responsible for a large part of the Human Genome project) to promote scientific awareness about Crete’s history and natural resources.
The Flowers of Crete Day Trip is a unique touring opportunity that allows visitors to explore and discover some rare and beautiful flowers. You’ll be taken through remote areas and untouched prairies to explore Crete’s natural wonders and understand how unique Crete’s ecosystem is. Tourists also collect their own sea salt exactly how the ancients did and see some sights of Crete that are well off the beaten track.
Where to eat & drink
Spyros taverna in Gouves is a great traditional Greek eatery. Run by the eponymous Spyros, a talented chef, the taverna serves local dishes and Greek delicacies in an excellent environment. The restaurant is child-friendly and its prices won’t break the bank.
The Del Mar Snack Bar is a popular fast food restaurant in the bustling tourist area of Elounda. Serving coffee, sandwiches and crepes on the go, Del Mar caters to active beachgoers during the day and peckish partygoers through the night.
The WKD Bar at Malia is one of the most popular bars in Malia. The club has a brilliant, lively atmosphere, good music and a fun crowd. The bar is known for throwing some pretty big parties, too.
Bar Code is a top bar in Stalis. Cheap drinks and good entertainment including karaoke, darts, twister and fancy dress all guarantee a fun night out.
Hit the beach
Almyrida beaches are two blue flag beaches that boast fine golden-coloured sand and truly clean waters. Both beaches are in close proximity to each other, and even though they have virtually no tourist facilities, visitors can find everything they need close by in various large tourist complexes that are within short walking distance. However, you can rent loungers and parasols. The west Almyrida is more family friendly, while the east beach attracts naturists and couples more.
Where to stay
Mediterranean Studios Apartments is a small, self-catering hotel that provides high quality affordable accommodation in the city of Chania. The apartments are fully furnished and come at bargain prices, especially in off-season months.
Niriides Hotel Apartment Studios is a popular boutique hotel that has only 10 rooms – hence the meticulous care and attention to detail. The hotel is newly built and features high-tech amenities. It is located in a quiet and friendly neighbourhood, too.
The Danelis Apartments is especially good for families, there’s a child-friendly pool and many other amenities geared towards kids.
Avli Lounge Apartments at Rethymnon offers traditional Cretan hospitality at its best. This traditionally styled boutique was designed with an authentic Cretan courtyard in mind. The service is impeccable.
Casa Moazzo Suites & Apartments offers premium apartments for those seeking privacy and some quiet time. Located in a renovated neo-classical building, the residence of Venetian royalty, each apartment and suite is carefully designed to offer maximum pleasure and luxury. A real gem.