Weather Averages for Crete in May
Averages for Crete in May
While still technically spring, May is considered a summer month by locals and tourists who come to enjoy the fine weather already in full swing.
Average daytime temperature rises up to an inviting 24 degrees Celsius with highs going a bit above that figure and lows rarely dropping below 15 degrees. Sea temperature rises too and in May you should expect average seawater temperatures of about 19 degrees. May sees the sun shine for 8 full hours each day. Rain is scarce as the signature summer drought comes about in Crete. During May, total precipitation reaches only up to 11 mm and light rain visits the island only 3 days of the month.
The sirocco wind that blows from the south, bring warm, dry air from Africa that rises the temperature and quickly dries the climate, an effect that is much more pronounced on the southern side of the island than anywhere else.
Dates for the diary
Greece is a country with a turbulent political past. For that reason, every year in May the 1st, people across the land celebrate Labour Day. Labour Day coincides with the Feast of Flower celebrations, and on the first day of the month everyone heads outdoors to fly kites and eat traditional picnics - tourists are often welcome to join in.
From 20 to 24th of May, Crete celebrates the anniversary of the legendary battle of Crete that largely influenced the outcome of World War II in the Mediterranean and Africa. This is marked by outdoor parades and city wide feasts where locals don traditional Cretan uniforms and dance to local folk songs.
Things to do
For a perfect family-friendly activity, the Happy Train in Elounda offers scenic railroad routes across the natural landscapes of Crete. While not exactly a real train (The Happy Train runs on a few dozen car tyres) the train encompasses scenic routes across Crete’s less areas. This activity is child-friendly and the music that accompanies the tours features local tunes.
Malia and Hersonissos vie for the title of the best nightlife area on the island. Out of the two, Malia is the more casual and hedonistic location, while Hersonissos features a more upscale, classy nightlife. Both areas are famous for the fun-filled parties, which last until morning and often spill into the streets and beaches. Both areas have impressive coasts with numerous beach bars and beach parties are more common, too.
Hit the beach
Orthi Ammos beach is a nice, naturist-friendly sandy and shallow beach, next to Frangokastelo, south of Chania. The beach is located at the edge of a wide valley and is famous for its sandy dunes. Note that the eastern side of the beach is almost always occupied by naturists.
Moving west from Orthi Ammos, families can find Frangokastelo beach, which is one of the most famous beaches in Crete. Known for its authentic Venetian castle and the legends of the Drosoulites ghosts, this beach offers stunning natural beauty and convenient tourist services.
Where to eat & drink
The Alchemist is a popular local restaurant, which serves all kinds of dishes ranging from the familiar to the exotic. What sets the Alchemist apart from most other restaurants is the unique, nouveau cuisine approach along with a nod to traditional Cretan roots.
Mythos restaurant is famous for serving Greek, European but also local Cretan delicacies in a friendly and unpretentious environment. A fish tavern at heart, Mythos is a no-frills eatery whose cooks prepare down-to-earth honest dishes accompanied with traditional Cretan folk music.
Murphy’s in Hersonissos boasts a wide range of beers and lagers, and is especially popular with Brits. Perfect for a pint – or few.
Where to stay
The Aegean Sky Hotel & Suites in Malia is the accommodation of choice for young tourists who wish to party hard and make the most of Malia’s lively nightlife scene. The hotel is clean and boasts three separate buildings – plus good rates.
Renieris is a lovely, welcoming hotel based in the port of Chania. This newly built hotel attempts (and succeeds) to stand out from the crowd by going above and beyond in terms of offering tremendous value for money and excellent overall quality.
Giorgi's Blue Apartments is a small budget aparthotel sat near the sea, situated in Kalathas, 10 Km from the town centre of Chania. The hotel is simple but very decent with 19 fully furnished apartments, ideal for a money saving self-catering holiday.
SunCity Hotel Studios is an attractive apartment complex just 19 km away from Chania airport. The convenient location, the proximity to the sea and the budget prices make SunCity a favourite with money savvy holidaymakers.
The Galini beach hotel is a beautiful beachfront hotel in Kissamos, which is famous for its stunning sunsets. The hotel focuses on quality rather than quantity; with only 25 rooms, it pays meticulous attention to every detail and the management ensures that every area is clean and well-maintained.