a resort on the north coast of Greece’s
largest island, Crete,
enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with long hot summers and warm to mild,
in Stalis is baking hot with low humidity levels and seemingly endless sunshine:
perfect. From May till October day time temperatures
rise above 20°C. In May the average high temperature is
already at 22°C, climbing to 26°C in June and peaking at a glorious 28°C in June
and August. These high temperatures are moderated by a refreshing sea breeze
and accompanied by a whopping twelve hours of brilliant sunshine each day. September is a
lovely time to visit with similar temperatures to June but a warmer sea. By
October the average high is back down to a pleasant 22°C. While the temperature
in May and October is often very agreeable in the day, the evenings can call
for extra layers with average night time lows of 14°C in May and 16°C in
October. The sea is usually swim-able throughout these months, already at
around 19°C in May. October also sees a slight increase in rainfall, though still only seeing around five days with
rain in the month.
Spring and autumn are brief and mild affairs; the weather is better
suited to walking holidays. This is not really the point of Stalis though; it
is right next to the party resort of Malia and has its own helping of Irish
bars, English pubs and six euro deck chairs. However, many do prefer to visit
in March, April, October and early November to avoid the crowds of the summer
months. The smaller towns Mohos and Krassi are nestled in the mountains behind
Stalis and can provide more cultural distractions, and the rest of Crete is easily accessible. Visitors at this time of year
are greeted by temperatures hovering between 15°C and 20°C during the day, with
nights dropping off to between 10°C and 15°C, depending on proximity to winter
months. Rainfall is not particularly high though higher than in summer months
and highly unpredictable. In Autumn the sea is still warm enough to swim in at
around 20°C. In the spring months the sea is still cold from the winter and at
around 15°C requires some courage to enter.
Winter, from December to February, is mild but not suitable for
sunbathing or even t-shirts. Daytime temperatures usually get up to around 14°C
with night times getting down to around 8°C. It is also considerably wetter,
with December seeing the most rain, and the sun is only reliable for around
four hours a day.
Crete is a very
mountainous island and so even in a small resort such as Stalis there are
regional climatic variations. Higher elevations are always cooler with higher
levels of rainfall, and peaks often see snow in the winter.
puts Stalis in the path of the northern, Etesian winds which moderate its heat
in the summer. They also block the flow the Etesian winds to the south side of
Crete, so that northern Crete, including
Stalis is generally cloudier and cooler than the southern side of the island.
Humid air, trapped on the north side of the mountains, often forms
precipitation and so Stalis is on average wetter than resorts on the south
side. Stalis’ location on the coast of Crete means it benefits from the warming
effect of the Mediterranean in the winter.