Weather Averages for Crete in September
Averages for Crete in September
With the summer behind us, September feels more like springtime than autumn in Crete thanks to the fair weather and the rare rainfalls. This is a fairly predictable month, weather-wise, as the winds that can cause sudden changes are much less pronounced during September - and the subsequent autumn months. Temperatures drop slightly and occasional clouds dot the skies above the island, bringing about expected showers.
September is still high season and the island is brimming with tourists catching some sun. During this month, average daytime temperature drops slightly to 24 degrees Celsius, with high peaks reaching 27 degrees and lows dropping again to 19 degrees Celsius. The sea remains warm, despite the changing weather and tourists can expect average seawater temperatures to be around 24 degrees.
Frequent, light clouds block the sun, resulting in 10 hours of sunshine each day on average. Some days are clear and sunny while others are rainy during September, with 2 days of the month expected to have rainfall during the month. This rainfall amounts to 10 mm total precipitation, which doesn’t seem much but it is ten times more than August’s rainfall, and three times more than all the summertime rainfall in Crete combined. The African-borne winds are far less prominent during September, another factor that contributes to the island’s climate gradually cooling.
Dates for the diary
In 13th and 14th of September the Festival of St Stavros is celebrated at the Aptera village. In the first day of the festival, locals gather from across Crete to celebrate the holy cross. Stands and outdoors areas are prepared for feasting and when the 14th dawns, the village is transformed into an outdoors folk party area, with lots of food and free drinks (especially tsikoudia) to celebrate the festival of St. Stavros (his name literally meaning cross). Though the festival is religious in nature, the festivities can get rather wild in nature, especially in the night.
As a quintessentially tourist island, Crete celebrates the World Day of Tourism in 27th of September as very few other places do. The old harbour of Chania becomes the epicentre of the celebrations that put tourists in the seat of honour. The day includes local and international music parades along with free food and drinks for tourists as a sign of appreciation for their enduring patronage.
Things to do
The archaeological site of Phaistos is a Bronze Age settlement with a grand Minoan palace. It attracts history lovers and archaeology enthusiasts with its eerie charm. The Phaistos disc, one of the most famous mysteries in archaeology, is an ancient clay disc that no amount of research has been able to decipher yet. There are lots of other unique and mysterious artefacts in Phaistos, too.
The Boutari Winery in Crete is a modern and well-equipped winery. The winery marries age-old tradition with new technology and innovation to create some of the best wines in the Mediterranean. It is open to the public and visits include tasting and sampling various different wines and grapes from the land. The winery also includes a history section where people can learn more about wine in Crete.
Where to eat & drink
Neromilos is a family friendly, Greek themed restaurant in Sissi. The restaurant serves local delicacies and specialises in seafood dishes produced with fresh fish caught in Sissi the very same day.
David Vegera is an authentic Greek restaurant that is not afraid to innovate and experiment with its dishes. The restaurant opens every day except Sunday and starts serving food after 18:30, catering mostly to evening diners and peckish late-night partygoers. David Vegera’s menu pushes the boundaries on what is considered “traditional” Greek cuisine to serve some innovative dishes not found anywhere else on the island.
Sportz Bar in Agios Nikolaos features several wide TV sets that continually display sports events from all around the world – so don’t worry, you won’t miss that all-important footie match.
Avalon Metal Cafe Chania is a popular rock and heavy metal bar. It's located in the heart of the old Chania harbour and is one of the few places where you can enjoy this genre of music. The drinks are cheap and from time to time the bar also attracts start-up rock musicians who happen to visit the island.
Perfect for all the family, the Lerapetra City Beaches are 3 blue-flag beaches next to each other, including the naturist-friendly beach, Peristeras. Each of the three blue flag breaches boasts excellent facilities and offers a host of water sports. The western and southern beaches are fairly crowded and have fine white sand, while the third beach, known locally as St. Andrews, is a pebbly beach that is often less crowded.
Creta Blue Suites offer quality suites for families who seek top notch quality without breaking the bank. The hotel is able to offer affordable luxurious suites while maintaining high standards of service and quality, which has earned it a spot in the finalists of the World Luxury Hotel Awards.
Kastro Beach Apartments in Malia offer affordable self-catering accommodation. The complex is family run and focuses on brilliant service. Each apartment offers a great view over the ocean and is sun-bathed throughout the day thanks to the hotel’s smart architecture.
The Pazinos village studios offer traditional Cretan hospitality infused with a tangible Latino touch. The studios are well-furnished and squeaky clean. Compared to most similar studio hotels in Chania, Pazinos manages to stand out from the crowd with low prices and great quality.
The hotel Splanzia is a charming boutique that focuses on quality rather than quantity. In the words of its owner the hotel “has as much emphasis on hospitality and local traditions as on the comfortable, contemporary and decadent décor of this stylishly restored Venetian building.” The Splanzia is beautiful, attractive and above all - affordable.
Castello Boutique Resort & Spa is a swanky hotel in Sissi, perhaps the most popular tourist destination in Crete. Situated in a newly built complex, Castello boasts a fantastic spa along with several other award winning facilities, including limousine services.