Weather Averages for Crete in October
Averages for Crete in October
October signals the end of the tourist season in Crete and is another fairly predictable month weather-wise. Air and sea temperatures continue to steadily drop, clouds appear more and more frequently, and the hot southern winds are replaced by colder, northern winds.
Nonetheless, days are still warm enough for swimming and outdoor activities. During October, average daytime temperature stays around 20 degrees Celsius, while it peaks at 24 degrees and rarely goes below 16 degrees. The sea is slightly colder than it was in September but it still maintains a comfy temperature of 23 degrees Celsius. October sees lots of clouds blotting out the sun, which results in 6 hours of daily sunshine on average. These clouds often rain upon the sunny island, at an average of 6 days of the month. The total monthly precipitation for October is four times that of September and amounts to 40 mm.
During October, the island experiences the signature northern and north-western cooling winds that were pleasant in summer but gradually begin to feel chilly as winter draws closer. Even though the overall weather is still clement, not many people swim in the sea during October due to the chilly winds, locally known as ‘Meltemia’, even though the sea itself is still warm.
Dates for the diary
Every 7th of October at the scenic Monastery of Gouverneto, the eponymous Festival of St John of Gouverneto takes place. The monastery itself is a marvel to behold, and every year the day of its Patron Saint’s celebrations bring colourful celebrations and feasts. Food and drinks are plentiful and folk songs set the mood. The festival is concluded with a religious ceremony inside the monastery’s church itself.
Every October the 28th, Crete celebrates the Ochi Day (Ochi meaning ‘NO’), to commemorate the time when Greece refused the Italian occupation during World War II, a date that marks Greece’s entry into the war. Crete played a major part in WWII, and the battle of Crete was so disastrous for the Nazi armies that they stopped using paratroopers for the remainder of the war. This was due to the fear of others using Cretan’s anti-paratrooper tactics against them.
Things to do
Walk with the Donkeys is a donkey sanctuary in Crete. The Greek donkey, an ancient breed used for millennia across the land is threatened by extinction and these precious sanctuaries do their best to maintain the donkey population – go show your support.
Acqua Plus Water Park in Chersonisos is a widely popular and award-winning water park in Crete. The park is famous for its excellent facilities (it has more water slides than any other park on the island) as well as its strong focus on safety. Acqua Plus is child-friendly and unlike other waterparks in Crete, teenage tourists are not so prevalent, making this park ideal for young kids.
Hit the beach
Listis beach (listis literally meaning ‘thief’) is a highly rated black sand beach that attracts naturists. The beach has shallow waters and very calm waves, making it ideal for taking a relaxed dip.
Sidonia beach, also known as ‘psari forada’, is a very popular black sand beach where many water sports enthusiasts, including surfers and parasailers, hit the waves. The sea quickly becomes deep, so Sidonia beach is not really suitable for children.
Where to eat & drink
Medusa Restaurant and café in Agia Galini serves delicious breakfasts and snacks. Situated right on Agia Galini’s beach, Medusa specialises in quick tasty bites grabbed on the go.
Thea is a restaurant with international scope and a menu to match. The restaurant’s name means ‘beautiful view’ and it is true to its name, with stunning view over Elounda’s beach. Thea’s menu is not particularly extensive but every single recipe is meticulously planned and perfectly executed. You may need to book your table in advance as Thea is very busy, even out of season.
The Sunset bar is a friendly and reasonably priced relaxed bar in the popular village of Sissi. It offers a multitude of games and lots of entertainment options, such as mini-golf and arcades.
The Camelot Club is one of the most popular discos and nightclubs in Crete. Playing classical 70s, 80s and 90s songs as well as modern pop hits, the Camelot attracts partygoers of all ages. The cocktails are great and professional dancers strut their stuff to really get the party going.
Where to stay
Vritomartis Hotel & Bungalows is a unique hotel that caters mostly to naturists who wish to enjoy Crete’s wonders in the nude. Outdoor spaces are naturist-only while indoor areas require at least some basic article of clothing – a pair of Speedos maybe…
Situated in the scenic village of Kalyves, Sunrise Suites offer high quality accommodation and a panoramic view over the village’s beach. The hotel has a spacious pool and a beautiful garden.
Eveline Apartments is a small, family run self-catering hotel that offers good quality budget accommodation. The facilities may be basic but they are always clean and the cost can’t be quibbled.
Lenikos resort rests on the highest hill overlooking the scenic village of Agia Galini. An elegant, quintessentially Greek resort, the Lenikos celebrates the blue and white Greek theme with sun-bathed rooms and beautiful terraces. The natural colours of the hotel’s surroundings blend seamlessly with its spaces and outdoors pool.
Aquila Elounda Village offers one of the most romantic and secluded 5-star luxury accommodation in Crete. The hotel’s services include luxury car rentals, indoor and outdoor pools, several restaurants and bars, plus a fully equipped spa and relaxation area.