Averages for Rethymnon in March

March is definitely the start of the spring in Rethymnon. The weather certainly begins to settle down and become more predictable throughout the month. And the number of days experiencing rain falls significantly.

While there are still expected to be approximately 41mm of rainfall in March, only an average of 10 days will experience any precipitation. This ensures there are plenty more dry days than wet ones. But, if there is a severe drop in temperature during the month, there is the...

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  • Temperature Temperature 12°C 54°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 15°C 59°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 8°C 46°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 6 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 41 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 10 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F

March is definitely the start of the spring in Rethymnon. The weather certainly begins to settle down and become more predictable throughout the month. And the number of days experiencing rain falls significantly.

While there are still expected to be approximately 41mm of rainfall in March, only an average of 10 days will experience any precipitation. This ensures there are plenty more dry days than wet ones. But, if there is a severe drop in temperature during the month, there is the chance that one day in March could experience some snow.

The average temperature certainly rises in March and can climb up to a very pleasant 12°C during the start of spring. This provides the perfect climate for the many keen walkers that visit the area during this month.

There is a significant hike in the number of daily sunshine hours in Rethymnon when compared with the months that have gone before it. While February will only experience approximately 7 sunshine hours every day, by the time March arrives, the sun will be up for closer to 9 hours in every 24.

Though the climate does improve during this month, sea temperatures are still effected by the chillier period that has preceded it. This means sea temperatures remain the same as February at a very cool 16°C. However, with average highs of 15°C in the air, it isn't unknown for hardened swimmers and those in wet suits to be braving the water on the warmest days.

Traditionally, night time is still very mild in Rethymnon in March. Average lows for this time of the year are usually 8°C. However a record low of 0°C was recorded in Rethymnon in March 1987, so it is always advisable to have an extra layer to hand.  But with record highs of over 33°C in 2001, there is plenty of opportunity for some good weather for anyone who chooses to visit Rethymnon during this time.

The city of Rethymnon by night

The city of Rethymnon by night

Where to Stay

The warm and friendly Eveline Apartments offer the ideal location for many visitors to Rethymnon in March. Surrounded by the mountains, but close enough to walk to all local amenities, this is the ideal place for trekkers in Rethymnon to stay. For the more adventurous, there is a certified PADI certified diving school located within the apartments. Or even if you just want to kick back and enjoy good food and good hospitality overlooking their own private pool, Eveline has it all.

When luxury and fine dining is the aim of your trip to Rethymnon, the Atlantis Beach Hotel will always provide. The beach side location and incredible views on the clear days of March ensure the Atlantis Beach offers four start luxury to all of its visitors. Exceptional service, a wide variety of amenities and a very inclusive attitude make the Atlantis Beach Hotel popular all year round. The youngest visitors can enjoy the onsite playground while the mature guest can indulge in the spa facilities. From honeymooners to family holidays, the Atlantis Beach Hotel caters for all.

The Iperion Beach Hotel is a very popular place to stay in Rethymnon, especially if you just want to sit back and enjoy the Greek way of life. The rooms are spacious and well laid out. The food is impeccable and the welcome is incredibly warm. The hotel is situated directly on the beach, and near the promenade to offer a beautiful 40 minute walk to the old town on a warm March day. From the enticing breakfast to the friendly bar tenders in the evening, the Iperion offers a completely serene experience.

Lighthouse Pier in the old harbour of Rethymnon

Lighthouse Pier in the old harbour of Rethymnon

Things to Do

There are certain places in the world that make you realise just how marvellous nature can be, and the Kotsifou Canyon is definitely one of those. If you can take the pace, there is a six hour hike available through the river and waterfalls that make up this gorge. But make sure all your belongings are secure, at some points you will be up to waist deep in water. Alternatively take an arranged tour or drive independently on the small windy roads that lead to the best viewing points. The outlook is breath taking and offers a unique perspective of the Cretan landscape. Just don't go home without seeing it.

You can get up close and personal with one of the most adorable creatures on the planet when you visit the Archelon Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece. By no means a petting zoo, the society is focussed on maintaining the population of turtles in Crete by protecting their own natural habitats. A combination of volunteers and full time workers will give you an update on how the turtles are doing and provide the opportunity to buy some very unique mementos. And you can be confident in knowing that every penny you spend goes straight back into helping these much loved animals survive.

The cretian coast near Rethymnon

The cretian coast near Rethymnon

Restaurants and Nightlife

Even in the less popular month of March, the Taverna Othonas is still full of life. Warm up with shot of traditional Raki before ordering from the very broad menu of local and international cuisine. Unlike many Greek eateries, there aren't people outside pestering you to go in. The reputation of this taverna is enough to always keep it full. The lamb is definitely a favourite at Othonas, but with a range of fish and vegetarian dishes too, the flavours just keep on flowing.

Though not traditionally Greek, the pizzas offered at La Piazza Pizzeria in the old part of Rethymnon are mouth wateringly good. Wood burning ovens provide a variety of traditional and eclectic flavours in deliciously ample portions. Though it does get very busy in the peak months, you shouldn't have to wait too long in March. You may even be treated to a complimentary desert, ensuring everyone is always satisfied.

Rethymnon has a reputation for providing some of the best seafood dishes in the whole of Crete, and Jimmy's Seafood & Grill will show you why. Situated directly on the seafront, this locally run eatery offers fish and seafood caught fresh that day, providing incredible flavour in every plate. Moist and tender grilled fish, outstanding soups and exceptional sushi are all on the menu. And for those that prefer something more land loving, the range of steaks and grilled vegetables is excellent too. Friendly staff and a very warm welcome ensure everyone loves eating at Jimmy's.

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