December Weather Averages for Crete, Greece

What's the weather like in Crete in December

December brings winter to Crete. Cretan winter is relatively mild, and even though December is the month with the most rainfall, the weather still lends itself to being outdoors.

Temperature

Average daytime temperature comes down to 14 degrees Celsius, reflecting the winter climate, with temperatures peaking at 17 degrees during midday and dropping down to 10 degrees during nights. Crete rarely sees tempe...

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Daily December Averages for Crete

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°C 18 17 16 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 15 15 15 14 13 14 13 12 13 12 13 13 13 13 13 11
°F 64 63 61 59 59 59 59 57 57 57 55 55 55 55 55 59 59 59 57 55 57 55 54 55 54 55 55 55 55 55 52

What's the weather like in Crete in December

December brings winter to Crete. Cretan winter is relatively mild, and even though December is the month with the most rainfall, the weather still lends itself to being outdoors.

Temperature

Average daytime temperature comes down to 14 degrees Celsius, reflecting the winter climate, with temperatures peaking at 17 degrees during midday and dropping down to 10 degrees during nights. Crete rarely sees temperatures below 10 degrees anywhere except on its mountains.

Average Sea Temperature

Seawater temperature stays at 17 degrees through the month but not many choose to swim due to the island's chilly winds – a daily phenomenon during December.

Average Sunshine Hours

As the rainiest month, December has almost constant clouds that allow only for 3 hours of daily sunshine on average.

Rain

The same clouds produce rain over the island during 9 days of the month, which amounts to 89 mm of total precipitation.

Winds coming from the island's mountains can create storms that drop the temperature even lower. Regardless, subzero temperatures are virtually unheard of in coastal Crete - even in the heart of winter. These strong winds are perfect for watersports enthusiasts (in wetsuits!).

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

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.

December events in Crete

Dinner show

Festive welcome of the new year

1st December 2018 to 25th December 2018

The Market Square is set up with many different Christmas stalls selling hand made little gifts for stockings. Many food stalls will be available as well selling lovely warming winter food and mulled wine.

Website:

http://www.chaniatourism.com/news-events/events.html

Event

Agios Nikolaos

6th December 2018

This is a day to celebrate Saint Nicholas who is the patron saint of many things in Greece sailors being one of these. The people of Greece celebrate this day by gift giving.

Religious

Honey Festival

7th December 2018 to 9th December 2018

This festival takes place in Afrata. It gives everyone the chance to taste some locally grown honey and like all festivals in Crete listen to some traditional Greek music and dance.

Website:

http://www.crete.tournet.gr/en/component/content/article/2399-Cretan%20Honey%20Festival

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