Averages for Crete in October

Weather lowdown

October is one of the best months of the year to visit Crete, Greece, when the temperatures are not as hot as the blistering summer months of July and August, but the weather is still warm enough to go to the beach. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 20°C, created by average highs of 24°C and average lows of 20°C.  

In October, the daily averages steadily drop as the month progresses. Daily avera...

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  • Temperature Temperature 20°C 68°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 24°C 75°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 16°C 61°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 6 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 40 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 6 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 23°C 74°F

Daily averages for October

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 23 23 22 21 21 22 22 22 22 21 21 22 22 22 22 22 22 20 20 20 20 20 19 20 19 19 19 19 19 18 18
°F 73 73 72 70 70 72 72 72 72 70 70 72 72 72 72 72 72 68 68 68 68 68 66 68 66 66 66 66 66 64 64

Averages for Crete in October

Weather lowdown

October is one of the best months of the year to visit Crete, Greece, when the temperatures are not as hot as the blistering summer months of July and August, but the weather is still warm enough to go to the beach. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 20°C, created by average highs of 24°C and average lows of 20°C.  

In October, the daily averages steadily drop as the month progresses. Daily averages start off at 22°C and remain constant for the first week. Daily averages then fluctuate between 22°C and 21°C for the following fortnight. By the fourth week of the month, daily averages have dropped down to 20°C and they continue to drop until they reach 18°C by the end of the month. This makes the first week of October the warmest time to visit Cyprus.

Although these average temperatures give you a good overview of the weather in Crete, both temperatures and weather can vary greatly depending on which part of the island you’re staying in. The south coast of the island is generally the warmer than the northern coast, with the south east usually being the driest place in October.  

If you love the heat and want to visit Crete when temperatures are at their highest, forget about going in October and plan your holiday for July or August instead, when average temperatures are around 26°C.

In October, Crete receives an average of 40mm of precipitation which falls across six wet days. The probability of rainfall rapidly increases as the month progresses, doubling from 15% at the start of the month to 30% by the end. The most common forms of precipitation you should expect to experience in Crete in October are thunderstorms and moderate rain (both of which occur on 39% of days with rainfall), followed by light rain (20%). On average, the western section of Crete is the part of the island most likely to be affected by rainfall in October.

During October 2006, Crete saw some of the worst wet weather it’s ever seen. During this month, averages where considerably cooler than they usually are (ranging between 17°C and 19°C) and on the 17th, torrential rain unlike anything the island had seen in several years fell, causing severe disruption and damage.

Across the month, Crete boasts an average of six hours of sunshine each day, alongside median cloud coverage which quickly rises as the month develops. Median cloud coverage starts off at 30% on October 1st and increases until it reaches 49% by October 31st.

Despite October falling within the autumn season for Crete, the sea is more than warm enough for swimming in. During this month, the average sea temperature for the waters around Crete is 23°C – that’s just 2°C cooler than the peak sea temperature for the year.

The relative humidity for Crete in October ranges between 51% (mildly humid) and 83% (humid) throughout the month, rarely falling below 36% (comfortable) or exceeding 94% (very humid). The air is at its driest around October 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 58% (mildly humid) three days out of every four, whilst it’s at its most humid around October 30th, when it rises above 77% (humid) three days out of four.

Throughout a typical October in Crete, average wind speeds fluctuate between 0 m/s (calm) and 7 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 12 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) occurs around October 31st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s (moderate breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around October 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s (moderate breeze). These winds can often make the cool evening temperatures seem cooler than they actually are, so consider packing a jumper and coat to keep you warm.

Although the peak tourist season doesn’t officially end until October 31st, you might find a few tavernas, restaurants and hotels are closed if you visit toward the end of the month, as tired locals take their holidays early. 

The sea is still warm enough for swimming in October in Crete, Greece

The sea is still warm enough for swimming in October in Crete, Greece

Where to stay

If you want to go home with an all-over tan, consider staying at Vritomartis Naturist Resort in Chora Sfakion. This unique resort is 100% naturist-friendly, which means that you’re free to be nude the whole time you’re in the resort if you want to. Accommodation comes in the form of 42 standard, superior and family rooms situated in the main building, as well as 43 standard, superior and grand bungalows away from the main complex. All guestrooms and bungalows are well-equipped with air conditioning, mini fridge, satellite TVs, free WiFi access and mountain or sea views. The price of each guestrooms includes daily breakfast and lunch or dinner, making this resort great value for money.  The main hotel building looks out onto the large swimming pool, with children’s pool and grassy area nearby for nude sunbathing. Guests can dine al fresco at the open-air pool bar which serves Greek and Cretan delicacies before heading to the bar and watching the live entertainment on the veranda. There’s also a third Greek restaurant which hosts buffet-style meals for breakfast and dinner, plus a minimarket that sells local products, children’s playground, mini golf course, tennis court, volleyball court and loads of organised sports and games, like ping pong and archery. Vitromartis Naturist Resort also boasts its own private naturist and beach bar just steps away from the resort.

For something more traditional, take a look at Sunrise Suites in the seaside village of Kalyves. Highly rated by previous guests, this hotel is built on two acres of landscaped gardens, just 300m away from the sea and a 15 minute drive away from the centre of Chania where you’ll find all kinds of bars, restaurants and shops. There are just 27 rooms available – creating a friendly, intimate experience – divided between studios, family apartments and masisonettes. Each guestroom comes complete with a basic kitchenette, air conditioning, internet access and balcony or terrace, with most guestrooms also boasting panoramic sea views. The accommodation is set in staggered buildings designed in a typical Cretan style, overlooking the main swimming pool and children’s pool. Although services and facilities within the resort are fairly limited, there is a lobby bar with free WiFi access, plus a snack bar which serves local and international light bites throughout the day. The highlight of this resort is its location – Kalyves beach is a short walk away downhill and there are plenty of local tavernas lining the beach which specialise in Greek and Cretan seafood dishes.

Evelin Hotel is ideal for travellers who want to be in the centre of it all. Located just off the main road in one of the most architecturally and historically interesting parts of Platanes, this hotel is just a short walk away from the beach and the centre of the resort where you’ll find everything from monasteries, monuments and ancient sites to tavernas, restaurants and shops. Accommodation comes in the form of studios and one-bedroom apartments which are set inside peach-coloured townhouses surrounding a large swimming pool and grassy solarium. Each guestroom features a kitchenette with microwave and hob, private bathroom with shower and private balcony with pool views. Here you can soak up the sunshine and sip a freshly-made cocktail from the pool bar whilst the kids have fun in the nearby play area. For something more exciting, you can sign up for a diving excursion or PADI-certified course at the onsite diving school. There is also WiFi access throughout the resort, a continental buffet served each morning at the breakfast bar and a billiards table. You’ll find plenty of restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel, in addition to many local points of interest such as the harbour, the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno and the Fortezza Castle.

When it comes to a room with a view, it doesn’t get much better than Lenikos Resort in Agia Galini. Set on top of a hill at the highest point of Agia Galini, this resort is surrounded by Crete’s naturally beautiful landscape and boasts panoramic views across the island and out to the Libyan Sea. The resort’s architecture is typically Cretan, with white-washed walls, cube-like structures and wooden accents, alongside modern, minimalist décor inside the public parts of the resort, as well as the guestrooms. Here you’ll find three swimming pools on a rooftop terrace looking out to sea, a nearby playground for children and free WiFi access throughout. There is also one restaurant where guests are treated to a continental breakfast enriched with Cretan specialities each morning and landscaped gardens with verandas and flowerbeds throughout, adding a bit of colour even in the driest months. Accommodation here comes in the form of studios, suites, apartments, guesthouses, residences and maisonettes which can sleep between two and six guests. Each guestroom boasts a contemporary design with sleek furnishings, cool coastal colours, marble bathroom, kitchen facilities, air conditioning and satellite TV.

The five-star Alquila Elounda Village is ideal for travellers looking for a romantic holiday in Crete, Greece. Tucked in between the sea and the mountains, this resort boasts a secluded location in Elounda and luxury facilities everywhere you turn. From the three staggered seawater swimming pools with sea views and the two decorative fresh water pools to the glass of bubbly upon arrival and complementary room service continental breakfast served each morning, this hotel is the epitome of opulence. The onsite spa and wellness centre offers customised spa packages carried out in six treatment rooms and VIP couples suites, whilst a hammam, sauna, nail salon, heated pool, fitness room, massage parlour and hair salon is also at your disposal. The hotel boasts its own small private beach, just steps away from the complex, and low-key animation which is organised each day onsite. There are three restaurants within the hotel’s grounds – the Main Restaurant which serves American-style and continental breakfasts in the morning, plus a full buffet dinner with live show cooking on an evening. There’s also the Mirebello a la carte restaurant which serves local and Mediterranean dishes for lunch and dinner and the a la carte Symposium restaurant which serves up typical Greek and Cretan cuisine for dinner. Candle-lit dinners can also be organised on your private terrace, next to the swimming pool or at the beach for an extra charge. Guests can choose between standard and luxury rooms and bungalows, all of which come with garden or sea views. Each guestroom is decorated with neutral greys, blues and beiges and features luxury toiletries, bathrobes and slippers in the bathroom, LCD flat-screen satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities and air conditioning.

Aquila Elounda Village Crete

Aquila Elounda Village in Crete, Greece

Things to do

Show your support by visiting Walk with the Donkeys – a donkey sanctuary – during your holiday in Crete. This charity was set up in 2006 to take care of donkeys that have been carelessly abandoned by their owners and give them a “for life” home. For a small donation, you can visit the sanctuary and see the donkeys living life to the fullest, enjoying all the freedom, love, food, drink and medical attention that they deserve. In order to avoid disappointment, it’s best to call before visiting.

Since October is one of the quieter months of the tourist season, it’s arguably the best time to visit popular attractions, such as the Acqua Plus in Hersonissos. Highly regarded as the best water park in Crete, this award-winning attraction is divided into two sections – one purposely-built with extreme water slides for adults and one designed with calmer water slides and splash zones for children. There are more than 50 different water slides and pools to enjoy here, in addition to bars, restaurants, cafes, gift shops and even a fish spa, providing everything you could ever need for a great day out.

Adrenaline-pumping water slides and Acqua Plus in Crete, Greece

Adrenaline-pumping water slides and Acqua Plus in Crete, Greece

Hit the beach

Listis Beach is one of the most remote and beautiful beaches in Crete, tucked in between Keratokambos and Tsoutsouras. The sand here is a mixture of golden and black sand, dotted with small round pebbles everywhere which some people might find uncomfortable. However, the water is clear and shallow, with a soft sandy seabed, making it ideal for swimming. What makes this beach special is the collection of huge cliff-like dark rocks which line the beach and jut out of the sea, too, providing great photo opportunities. Due to its small size and remote location, Listis Beach has no services or facilities, so make sure you take everything you’ll need for the day with you.

For something a bit livelier, spend a day at Sidonia Beach. This popular beach falls between Cape Theophilos and Sendona hill and is known for its long stretch of dark coarse sand and clear waters which are always calm enough for swimming in. If you don’t fancy paying to rent a parasol, you can take advantage of the tamarisk trees on the sand and bag yourself some free natural shade underneath them. When you’ve had your fill of sunbathing, you can take to the water and try your hand at the water sports on offer or enjoy a game of volleyball at the games court on the beach. Although there are no eateries on the sand, you’ll find plenty of cafes, tavernas and restaurants just a short walk away in Psari Forada.

The beautiful and remote Listis Beach in Crete, Greece

The beautiful and remote Listis Beach in Crete, Greece image via cretanbeaches.com

Where to eat & drink

If you’re looking for a casual bite to eat, check out Medusa. This café-like eatery serves full English breakfasts in the morning and classic British comfort food, such as fish ‘n’ chips, roast dinners and lamb chops, for lunch and dinner, making it ideal for a taste of home. There is also a small selection of Greek and Cretan specialities, in addition to an extensive cocktail menu. Thanks to its prestigious location directly on Agia Galini Beach, this café has superb sea views from the small outdoor terrace. 

For something more sophisticated and local, try Thea. This restaurant has been established for more than 20 years and prides itself on serving seasonal dishes made out of fresh, local produce. Some of the restaurant’s specialities include whole roast leg of goat, wild rabbit and cuttlefish stifado. But if you fancy one of these dishes, you’ll need to give the restaurant a call 24 hours in advance, so the staff have enough time to source the ingredients. If you’re staying in Ag.Nikolaos, Plaka or Elounda, Thea will even send a taxi to pick you up or drop you off totally free of charge.

Crete restaurant with seaside views

Medusa Restaurant in Crete, Greece

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