flag Heraklion, Average Weather May

  • High Temperature
  • Low Temperature
  • Sea Temperature
  • Temperature
  • Rainfall

    20 mm
  • Rainfall Days

    4 days
  • Sunshine Hours

    10 hours

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May daily averages


May daily averages for Heraklion

  • 1st
    18 64
  • 2nd
    18 64
  • 3rd
    18 64
  • 4th
    18 64
  • 5th
    19 66
  • 6th
    18 64
  • 7th
    18 64
  • 8th
    18 64
  • 9th
    18 64
  • 10th
    18 64
  • 11th
    18 64
  • 12th
    19 66
  • 13th
    20 68
  • 14th
    19 66
  • 15th
    20 68
  • 16th
    19 66
  • 17th
    20 68
  • 18th
    19 66
  • 19th
    20 68
  • 20th
    20 68
  • 21st
    20 68
  • 22nd
    20 68
  • 23rd
    21 70
  • 24th
    20 68
  • 25th
    20 68
  • 26th
    20 68
  • 27th
    20 68
  • 28th
    20 68
  • 29th
    21 70
  • 30th
    21 70
  • 31st
    21 70

What's the Weather Like in Heraklion in May


May is the start of the summer in Heraklion on the north coast of Crete. This month has an average temperature of 19°C which is 3°C higher than in April but 4°C lower than it will be in June. With the average temperature being warm, it is a great to time to explore the archaeological sites, beautiful churches and great museums. During this summer month, you may experience high temperatures of up to 23°C which is also 3°C higher than the month before but 4°C lower than the month after. In the evening time, temperatures will dip to an average of 15°C which is fairly cool so take a jacket just in case.


As it is the start of summer, the average monthly rainfall begins to considerably decrease to 20mm falling over an average of 4 days, which is the second lowest amount experienced in the year.


During the month, you will get a lovely average of 10 hours of sunshine per day. With the low rainfall and a full day of daylight, it is a good time to visit this popular holiday destination and now might be the time to start visiting some beaches.  

Sea Temperature

In fact, if you love to hit the beach when on holiday then you will be happy to know that the average sea temperature in May is a fairly warm 20°C which is 3°C higher than the month before. Most people will be able to enjoy a swim in the sea at this temperature but some may still find it a bit too cool, so the increased temperature in June will be even better news. 


The chance of there being a windy day in May is a low 22% which is lower than in April when it is 36% as well as being lower than it will be in June when it is 28%. 

Hotels in Heraklion in May

Hotel Evans

If you are looking for a budget hotel to stay in the try the Hotel Evans which is a 2 star hotel located close to the Heraklion Port. It has 26 rooms available including twin rooms, triple rooms and single rooms which all have air conditioning, balcony and TV. The hotel offers facilities such as free Wi-Fi, free parking, sun terrace and a bar to enjoy. It is a popular choice for couples and is a very good budget hotel to stay at.

Kronos Hotel

If you're looking for a luxury hotel to stay at then try the Kronos Hotel which is a 2 star hotel located a short walk away from the town centre. It has 32 rooms available in a range of double rooms, twin rooms and triple rooms which all have a balcony, air conditioning, TV and in-room safe. Amenities at the hotel include parking, a bar, safety deposit boxes and English speaking staff. It is a great choice for couples and comes highly recommended for its great location, excellent service, value for money and its cleanliness. It is a great family run hotel which is in the heart of the Heraklion town centre.

Hotel LiLi

One of the most popular places to stay when visiting Heraklion is the Hotel LiLi which is a 2 star hotel located close to the Ammoudara Beach. It has 30 rooms available which are all twin rooms that have a balcony, air conditioning, soundproofing and free Wi-Fi. There are plenty of activities to do at this hotel such as table tennis, fitness centre, indoor pool and sauna. It has received a Certificate of Excellence and is a great place for couples to stay. It is highly recommended for its great location, excellent service, value for money and its cleanliness. You will enjoy a very relaxing holiday when staying at this popular hotel.

Hit the Beach

Kommos Beach

It is the beginning of summer which means it is a good time to hit the beach. A good beach to visit is the Kommos Beach which has beautiful clear water. This is a great beach to visit if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle as not many people come here as it is a bit of a drive away.

Bars and Restaurants


If you're looking for a good Greek restaurant to eat at then we recommend Erganos which is a great restaurant for traditional Cretan food. Here you will get big portions that are traditionally home cooked and it is great value for your money.  The service is excellent and it is definitely a must visit restaurant in Heraklion. It has a beautiful authentic atmosphere and is away from the main tourist area.

Dipolo Kafepantopolio

If you love seafood then head to Dipolo Kafepantopolio which is a seafood and Mediterranean restaurant. It is a traditional tavern with great service and equally great food. You will not be disappointed eating here.

Things to Do in Heraklion in May

Saint George Apanosifis

A great place to visit with the weather being so warm is the Saint George Apanosifis which is a beautiful and peaceful monastery. It is a lovely and calm place to relax and take in the breathtaking views that surround it. As well as the monastery, there is also a Greek church close by that is good to visit too and to take some photos.

Cathedral of St. Minas

Another great place to go and see is the Cathedral of St. Minas which is absolutely monumental. Inside it has mesmerising paintings and a ceiling that you could look at forever. There is that much to look at inside, you could spend a whole hour in there paying close attention to the finer details. Once you have finished there are small shops and plenty of cafes in the square for you to enjoy a coffee.

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