Crete Weather October Averages, Greece
What's The Weather Like in Crete in October?
October is one of the best months to visit Crete, Greece as the temperatures are not as blisteringly hot as they are in July and August. But with an average of six hours of sunshine a day, it's still warm enough to go to the beach.
Is It Hot In Crete In October?
The south coast of Crete is generally warmer than the north. And the south east is often the driest in October,
Does It Rain In October In Crete?
In October Crete has an average of 40mm of precipitation which falls across six wet days. You should expect some thunderstorms. Western Crete is most likely to see rain October.
Unusual October Weather In Crete
In October 2006 Crete saw some of the wettest weather it's ever seen. Averages were much cooler than usual (ranging between 17°C and 19°C). Torrential rain unlike anything the island had seen in years fell, causing severe disruption and damage.
Can You Swim In The Sea In Crete In October?
At 23°C the sea is very comfortable for swimming. The average sea temperature for the waters is just 2°C cooler than the peak sea temperature for the year.
Is Crete Windy In October?
Throughout a typical October in Crete, average wind speeds fluctuate between 0 m/s (calm) and 7 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 12 m/s (strong breeze).
Seasonal Closures In Crete
The peak tourist season doesn't officially finish until the end of October but some tavernas, restaurants and hotels close near the end of the month, as tired locals take their holidays early.
Crete Hotels in October
Vritomartis Naturist Resort
The unique resort of Vritomartis Naturist Resort in Chora Sfakion is 100% naturist-friendly. Accommodation comes in the form of guest rooms as well as bungalows away from the main complex. All well-equipped and boasting mountain or sea views. Accommodation includes breakfast and lunch or dinner, making this resort great value for money. Guests can dine al fresco at the open-air pool bar which serves Greek and Cretan delicacies before heading to the bar and watching the live entertainment on the veranda. There's also a children's playground and activities such as mini golf and archery. Vitromartis Naturist Resort also boasts its own private naturist and beach bar just steps away from the resort.
For something more traditional, take a look at Sunrise Suites in the seaside village of Kalyves. Built on two acres of landscaped gardens, just 300m away from the sea and a 15 minute drive away from the centre of Chania.
With only 27 rooms, Sunrise Suites offer a friendly, intimate experience. Each guestroom comes complete with a basic kitchenette, air conditioning, internet access and balcony or terrace, with most guestrooms also boasting panoramic sea views. The accommodation is set in staggered buildings designed in a typical Cretan style, overlooking the main swimming pool and children's pool. Kalyves beach is a short walk away downhill with plenty of local tavernas lining the beach.
Evelin Hotel is ideal for visitors who want a central location full of interesting architecture and history, as well as restaurants and shops. The hotel offers studios and one-bedroom apartments surrounding a large swimming pool and grassy solarium. Each guestroom features a kitchenette, bathroom with shower and private balcony with pool views. Soak up the sunshine and sip a freshly-made cocktail from the pool bar.
For the adventurous, sign up for a diving excursion or PADI-certified course at the onsite diving school. WiFi access throughout the resort and a continental buffet served each morning at the breakfast bar. You'll find plenty of restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel, in addition to many local points of interest such as the harbour, the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno and the Fortezza Castle.
For a room with a view, it doesn't get much better than Lenikos Resort in Agia Galini. Set on top of a hill at the highest point of Agia Galini, this resort is surrounded by Crete's naturally beautiful landscape and boasts panoramic views across the island and out to the Libyan Sea. The resort's architecture is typically Cretan, with white-washed walls, cube-like structures and wooden accents. The resort offers three swimming pools on the rooftop terrace looking out to sea, a nearby playground for children and free WiFi access throughout. Guests are treated to a continental breakfast enriched with Cretan specialities each morning. Choose from studios, suites, apartments, guesthouses, residences and maisonettes which can sleep between two and six guests. Each guestroom boasts a contemporary design with sleek furnishings, cool coastal colours, marble bathroom, kitchen facilities, air conditioning and satellite TV.
Alquila Elounda Village
Five-star Alquila Elounda Village is ideal for travellers looking for a romantic holiday in Crete. Tucked in between the sea and the mountains, this resort boasts a secluded location and luxury facilities. From the three staggered seawater swimming pools with sea views and the two decorative fresh water pools to the glass of bubbly upon arrival and complementary room service continental breakfast served each morning, this hotel is the epitome of opulence. The onsite spa and wellness centre offers customised spa packages carried out in six treatment rooms and VIP couples suites. The hotel boasts its own small private beach, just steps away from the complex.
There are three restaurants within the hotel's grounds or choose an intimate candle-lit dinner on your private terrace, next to the swimming pool or at the beach for an extra charge. Guests can choose between standard and luxury rooms and bungalows, all of which come with garden or sea views. Each guestroom features luxury toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, LCD flat-screen satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities and air conditioning.
Crete Beach for October
This is one of the most remote and beautiful beaches in Crete, tucked in between Keratokambos and Tsoutsouras. The sand here is a mixture of golden and black sand, dotted with small round pebbles which some people might find uncomfortable.
The water is clear and shallow, with a soft sandy seabed, making it ideal for swimming. What makes this beach special is the collection of huge cliff-like dark rocks which line the beach and jut out of the sea, too, providing great photo opportunities.
Due to its small size and remote location, Listis Beach has no services or facilities, so make sure you take everything you'll need for the day with you.
For something a bit livelier, spend a day at Sidonia Beach. This popular beach falls between Cape Theophilos and Sendona hill and is known for its long stretch of dark coarse sand and clear waters which are always calm enough for swimming in.
If you don't fancy paying to rent a parasol, you can take advantage of the tamarisk trees on the sand and bag yourself some free natural shade underneath them. When you've had your fill of sunbathing, you can take to the water and try your hand at the water sports on offer or enjoy a game of volleyball at the games court on the beach.
Although there are no eateries on the sand, you'll find plenty of cafes, tavernas and restaurants just a short walk away in Psari Forada.
Bars and Restaurants
If you're looking for a casual bite to eat, check out Medusa. This café-like eatery serves full English breakfasts in the morning and classic British comfort food, such as fish 'n' chips, roast dinners and lamb chops, for lunch and dinner, making it ideal for a taste of home. There is also a small selection of Greek and Cretan specialities, in addition to an extensive cocktail menu. Thanks to its prestigious location directly on Agia Galini Beach, this café has superb sea views from the small outdoor terrace.
For something more sophisticated and local, try Thea. This restaurant has been established for more than 20 years and prides itself on serving seasonal dishes made out of fresh, local produce. Some of the restaurant's specialities include whole roast leg of goat, wild rabbit and cuttlefish stifado. But if you fancy one of these dishes, you'll need to give the restaurant a call 24 hours in advance, so the staff have enough time to source the ingredients. If you're staying in Ag.Nikolaos, Plaka or Elounda, Thea will even send a taxi to pick you up or drop you off totally free of charge.
Traditional Greek taverna that hits the spot with delicous Greek dishes inspired by family meals at home. Tamam is set in an historical building that used to be a Turkish Hamam and has a unique atmosphere, Try the stuffed vine leaves, any of the traditional Greek pies and delicous aubergine and lamb dishes. This family run restaurant is warm and inviting.
Things to do in Crete in October
Show your support by visiting Walk with the Donkeys a donkey sanctuary during your holiday in Crete. This charity was set up in 2006 to take care of donkeys that have been carelessly abandoned by their owners and give them a "for life" home. For a small donation, you can visit the sanctuary and see the donkeys living life to the fullest, enjoying all the freedom, love, food, drink and medical attention that they deserve. In order to avoid disappointment, it's best to call before visiting.
Since October is one of the quieter months of the tourist season, it's arguably the best time to visit popular attractions, such as the Acqua Plus in Hersonissos. Highly regarded as the best water park in Crete, this award-winning attraction is divided into two sections one purposely-built with extreme water slides for adults and one designed with calmer water slides and splash zones for children.
There are more than 50 different water slides and pools to enjoy here, in addition to bars, restaurants, cafes, gift shops and even a fish spa, providing everything you could ever need for a great day out.
During the winter months, tourists can still enjoy acvitities such as off-road buggy safari. MotoXperience offers whole, half and multiple day trips, all providing an unforgettable and thrilling experience. The prices include return hotel transfers, food and drinks, safety equiptment and fuel.