October Weather Averages for Crete, Greece

What's the weather like in Crete in October

October is one of the best months of the year to visit Crete, Greece, when the temperatures are not as hot as the blistering summer months of July and August, but the weather is still warm enough to go to the beach.


The first week of October is the warmest time to visit Cyprus. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 20°C, with average highs of 24°C and average l...

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    Crete Weather for October 2019

    What's the weather like in Crete in October

    October is one of the best months of the year to visit CreteGreece, when the temperatures are not as hot as the blistering summer months of July and August, but the weather is still warm enough to go to the beach.


    The first week of October is the warmest time to visit Cyprus. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 20°C, with average highs of 24°C and average lows of 20°C.  In October, the daily averages steadily drop as the month progresses. Daily averages start off at 22°C and remain constant for the first week. By the fourth week of the month, daily averages drop to 20°C and can drop to 18 °C by the end of this bus.

    The south coast of the island is generally the warmer than the northern coast, with the south east usually being the driest place in October.  


    In October, Crete receives an average of 40mm of precipitation which falls across six wet days. The probability of rainfall rapidly increases as the month progresses, doubling from 15% at the start of the month to 30% by the end.

    The most common forms of precipitation you should expect to experience in Crete in October are thunderstorms and moderate rain (both of which occur on 39% of days with rainfall), followed by light rain (20%). On average, the western section of Crete is the part of the island most likely to be affected by rainfall in October.

    Extreme Weather

    During October 2006, Crete saw some of the worst wet weather it's ever seen. During this month, averages where considerably cooler than they usually are (ranging between 17°C and 19°C) and on the 17th, torrential rain unlike anything the island had seen in several years fell, causing severe disruption and damage.

    Average Sunshine Hours

    Across the month, Crete boasts an average of six hours of sunshine each day, alongside median cloud coverage which quickly rises as the month develops. Median cloud coverage starts off at 30% on October 1st and increases until it reaches 49% by October 31st.

    Average Sea Tempertature

    Despite October falling within the autumn season for Crete, the sea is more than warm enough for swimming in. During this month, the average sea temperature for the waters around Crete is 23°C – that's just 2°C cooler than the peak sea temperature for the year.


    The relative humidity for Crete in October ranges between 51% (mildly humid) and 83% (humid) throughout the month, rarely falling below 36% (comfortable) or exceeding 94% (very humid). The air is at its driest around October 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 58% (mildly humid) three days out of every four, whilst it's at its most humid around October 30th, when it rises above 77% (humid) three days out of four.

    Moderate Winds

    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). The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) occurs around October 31st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s (moderate breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around October 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s (moderate breeze). These winds can often make the cool evening temperatures seem cooler than they actually are, so consider packing a jumper and coat to keep you warm.

    Seasonal closures

    Although the peak tourist season doesn't officially end until October 31st, you might find a few tavernas, restaurants and hotels are closed if you visit toward 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.

    Sunrise Suites

    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

    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.

    Lenikos Resort

    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

    Listis Beach

    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.

    Sidonia Beach

    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.

    Water Parks

    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.

    Off-road Safari

    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.

    October events in Crete


    Chestnut Festival

    21st October 2019 to 22nd October 2019

    This festival takes place in the village of Elos. This gives Elos the chance to show off their chestnut trees and produce during harvest. During this festivals visitors and locals should expect dancing, music and traditional Greek food.



    Commemoration Day

    The Ouchi Day

    28th October 2019

    This day celebrates the refusal to yield to the Axis powers in 1940. On this day there are military and student parades, this happens in most of the villages in Greece. It is also a public holiday for the Greeks.



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