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Crete Weather in December, Greece

Crete Averages December


  • What is Average Temperature?
    The average high temperature and the average low temperature for that month, on a daily basis, divided by 2 equals the average temperature for that month


  • What is Average High Low Temperature?
    The sum of high temperatures/low temperatures divided by the number of days in that month, recorded daily

    High Temperature

  • What is Average High Low Temperature?
    The sum of high temperatures/low temperatures divided by the number of days in that month, recorded daily

    Low Temperature

  • What is Average Day Temperature?
    The average temperature recorded between sunrise and sunset

    Day Temperature

  • What is Average Night Temperature?
    The average temperature recorded between sunset and sunrise

    Night Temperature

  • What is Average Sea Temperature?
    Average daily sea temperatures and divided by the number of days in the month. Sea Temperatures are taken from buoys, ships and even satellites can calculate sea temperature based on energy that is radiated from the sea's surface

    Sea Temperature

  • What are Average Daily Sunshine Hours?
    Total sunshine hours for the month, divided by the number of days in the month. Sunshine hours are taken with a sunshine recorder, either a Campbell-Stokes recorder or an Eppley Pyreheliometer

    Sunshine Hours

    3 hours
  • What is Average Rainfall?
    The amount of mm in rain for that month divided by the number of days, and the number of days that it rains during that month on average, over a given period of years

    Rainfall Days

    9 days
  • What is Average Rainfall?
    The amount of mm in rain for that month divided by the number of days, and the number of days that it rains during that month on average, over a given period of years


    89 mm

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Crete Daily Averages December

December 2024 Daily Averages

1 Avg 17º 63º
2 Avg 17º 63º
3 Avg 16º 61º
4 Avg 14º 57º
5 Avg 14º 57º
6 Avg 15º 59º
7 Avg 15º 59º
8 Avg 13º 55º
9 Avg 13º 55º
10 Avg 13º 55º
11 Avg 12º 54º
12 Avg 12º 54º
13 Avg 13º 55º
14 Avg 13º 55º
15 Avg 13º 55º
16 Avg 14º 57º
17 Avg 15º 59º
18 Avg 14º 57º
19 Avg 13º 55º
20 Avg 13º 55º
21 Avg 14º 57º
22 Avg 12º 54º
23 Avg 12º 54º
24 Avg 12º 54º
25 Avg 12º 54º
26 Avg 12º 54º
27 Avg 13º 55º
28 Avg 13º 55º
29 Avg 13º 55º
30 Avg 13º 55º
31 Avg 10º 50º
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What's The Weather Like in Crete in December?

The Cretan winter is relatively mild, and even though December is the rainiest month, the weather still lends itself to being outdoors.

Strong winds are perfect for watersports enthusiasts (in wetsuits!). This makes Crete an enjoyable island to explore in December, especially over Christmas. 

Christmas in Crete

Christmases in Crete tend to be sunny, with an average temperature of 13°C. But you can expect highs of around 17°C. Subzero temperatures are virtually unheard of in coastal Crete - even in the heart of winter. 

Is Crete Warm In December?

Daytime temperatures are around 14°C reflecting the winter climate, peaking at 17°C at midday and dropping to 10°C at night. Crete rarely sees temperatures below 10°C anywhere except on its mountains.

Can You Swim In The Sea In Crete at Christmas?

The sea stays at 17°C through the month but not many choose to swim due to the island's chilly winds a daily phenomenon in December.

How Sunny Is Crete In December?

As the rainiest month, December has almost constant clouds that allow only for 3 hours of sunshine a day.

How Much Does It Rain In Crete In December?

The same clouds produce rain over the island during nine days of the month, which amounts to 89 mm of total precipitation.

Is Crete Windy In December?

Winds from the island's mountains can create storms that drop the temperature.

Crete Hotels in December

Folia Hotel

Folia Hotel is a family run establishment that offers cosy self-catering rooms to tourists on a budget. The Folia is a no-frills, clean and very well-maintained complex that stands out from the crowd thanks to its elegant design and super friendly service.

Saint Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas

Saint Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas is a top end resort in the area of Agios Nikolaos (meaning Saint Nicolas). Having won a number of international awards and boasting one of the most modern spas in Crete, this hotel is offers spacious suites and villas.

Sofia Hotel

Sofia Hotel offers affordable and comfortable accommodation outside the island's capital of Heraklion. The Sofia is considered to be the closest hotel to the capital's airport. Each room has its own private balcony and room service cleans the rooms on a daily basis.

GDM Megaron

GDM Megaron is a lavish 5-star hotel that is situated conveniently close to Heraklion's airport.

Minoa Palace Resort and Spa

Minoa Palace Resort and Spa is another fantastic 5-star hotel located near the beautiful city of Chania. This sprawling resort features several gardens with local flora, four impressive outdoors pools (2000 sqm in total), two child-friendly pools, two outdoors Jacuzzis, an exclusive blue flag beach and more. The resort's spa is fully equipped and modern, including a large indoors pool, a hammam, a spa jet, a hair salon and a modern gym.

Crete Beach for December

Damnoni Beach

Located 35 kms from Rethymnon, Damnoni beach is a busy beach with fine white sand and gentle waves. The beach has all kinds of tourist facilities, including several bars and restaurants. Damnoni's lifeguard services and calm waves make it ideal for children and snorkelling.

Lavrakas Beach

Lavrakas beach in Gavdos is a remote white sandy beach that is famous for being a sea turtle nesting place. The beach is guarded to protect the eggs but tourists can visit during the months when turtles are not laying eggs in the sand.

Bars and Restaurants

Beijing to Bali Chinese & Indonesian

As its name implies, the Beijing to Bali Chinese & Indonesian is an Asian restaurant that serves a wide range of Asian cuisine. This all-encompassing Asian restaurant boasts an extensive menu with hand-picked recipes from across Asia. The food is not too spicy (unless requested!) so children can get stuck in too.

Jasmine House

Jasmine House serves authentic and delicious Chinese and Thai delicacies- ideal if you fancy an Asian Christmas feast instead of a roast with all the trimmings. Highlights include the restaurant's signature noodle dishes and the popular banana fritters for dessert!


Entasis is a laid-back seaside cocktail bar in Rethymnon. Attracting locals throughout the years and tourists during season and Christmas holidays, Entasis is popular for its extensive cocktail menu.

Things to do in Crete in December

Saint Nicholas

December 6th marks the celebrations of Saint Nicholas who is the Patron saint of sailors and ships across orthodox Christendom. As an island with countless sailors and seamen, this is a widely observed celebration, which sees Crete honour the saint for keeping its ships and sailors safe. Religious ceremonies, outdoors feasts and lots of (free) tsikoudia is the order of the day.

Christmas In Crete

Christmas in Crete is relaxed and full of charm. Families gather around and welcome tourists to celebrate with them - more the merrier! On Christmas Eve, children take to the streets and sing festive carols to each and every person they meet individually, filling the air with songs until the holy night comes.

Safari Club Crete

The Safari Club Crete offers fun-packed jeep safaris across the island. There are several different excursions to choose from; you can either traverse Crete's highest mountains or zoom over Crete's beautiful beaches in Land Rover jeeps. The safari's take you off-road to places where "only goats and donkeys go". Tickets include a barbecue lunch and unlimited wine!

Ruins Of Knossos

The ruins of Knossos are a spectacular Bronze Age landmark and Europe's oldest city. This unique, world-heritage archaeological site includes the political centre of the powerful Minoan civilisation, responsible for a number of cultural and scientific advances. This is the place where the labyrinth existed and here you can see evidence of an ancient, matriarchic society.

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