What's the Weather Like in Pefkos in December
The former fishing village of Pefkos lies on the east coast of Rhodes, the largest of the Greek islands. A popular holiday resort all year round, it is famed for its beautiful beaches, unspoiled scenery and traditional Greek charm. Just like the rest of Rhodes, Pefkos has a typically Mediterranean climate with hot and sunny summers and mild winters.
December marks the arrival of winter on the island and the weather changes accordingly. The average temperature this month is 13°C though highs can still reach 16°C during the day. Temperatures are at their coldest on a night, with lows of 10°C and some sea breezes which makes it feel cooler, so it is advisable to pack some warmer layers to wear as you walk around on an evening.
The sea is also starting to cool down as winter arrives, with an average sea temperature of 19°C. Swimming may not be very comfortable at this time of year as the water is a bit too cold and winter winds are also quite strong, with an average wind speed of around 18 kph or 11 mph. However, you can still enjoy the water when the sun is high up and the wind is not too gusty. Scuba diving and snorkelling can be done too as long as you put on a wet suit.
Pefkos is well-known for its sunny weather and has 300 sunshine days a year. While sunshine hours are at their lowest in December, there's still 6 hours of sun to enjoy. Plus, although your days will be shorter, Pefkos has a great night scene with lively restaurants and bars where you can have fun after dark.
\One of the biggest disadvantages of visiting Pefkos in December is that rainfall increases dramatically into winter. From 8mm of rain in November, the month sees 145mm of precipitation and 12 wet days. If you are planning to visit during this time of the year, make sure you pack appropriate clothing that can keep you warm and dry as it can get pretty wet during this month.
Hotels in Pefkos in December
Although the number of tourists has greatly lessened in December compared to the peak summer months, Pefkos is a great choice for families seeking a quiet and relaxing winter escape. The resort offers a great choice of accommodation to suit every need and budget.
Finas Hotel and Apartments
If you're looking for affordable accommodation, look no further than the Finas Hotel and Apartments. This budget-friendly complex has a traditional feel with white-washed buildings surrounded by gardens, while inside rooms are bright, comfortable and fully-equipped with kitchenette facilities. Situated on a hillside above Pefkos, guests can enjoy beautiful sea views from their balcony.
Treat yourself to a relaxing winter break at the Sunshine Hotel. This family-run hotel is located in a peaceful spot just outside of Pefkos but is within easy reach of Pefkos, Lindos and Lardos, making it an ideal base for exploring the island. The beach is just 200 metres away. On-site facilities include a pool, a restaurant and a bar, providing everything you need for an enjoyable stay.
Highly rated Colomo Studios feature 7 spacious and stylish studio apartments that cater to both couples and families. The hotel benefits from a beautiful hillside location overlooking the village and is just a short walk to the cafés, bars and restaurants of Pefkos as well as the beach.
Bars and Restaurants
Holiday makers will have no problems finding a great place to eat in Pefkos, even in December. The resort is well-known for its friendly dining scene, offering something to suit every taste.
Family-run restaurant Dama Dama is highly rated among past travelers for its delicious food and excellent service. The restaurant serves a range of dishes from traditional Greek food to international cuisine such as pizza, all made by hand and cooked to perfection. Located on the Main Beach Road in the centre of the resort, it's a perfect spot for an evening meal in Pefkos.
George's Restaurant is another popular choice, especially if you want to sample some authentic Greek cuisine. Traditional dishes such as rabbit stifado, hummus and souvlaki are served in the beautiful surroundings of the tree-lined outdoor terrace.
People Snack Bar
Last but not least, if you're looking for a great lunch stop, look no further than People Snack Bar. Located inside the Matina Pefkos Aparthotel, this cool and contemporary snack bar will satisfy your grumbling stomach with a range of delicious burgers, sandwiches, tortillas and more. There's also a great selection of drinks, from homemade milkshakes to tasty cocktails.
Things to do in Pefkos in December
While the weather in December may be a bit too cold to spend your holiday on the beach, there are plenty of fun and interesting things to do around the resort.
Check out the amazing ancient metropolis that are located around the island such as Kamiros. Located on the north west shore of Rhodes, holiday makers can reach Kamiros by car or bus. This ancient city has been built and rebuilt over thousands of centuries and is a great example of Greece's rich history. The cool December weather is perfect for walking around the ruins in comfort.
Monastery of Panagia Tsambika
As the winter weather can be a little unpredictable, you may want to plan some indoor activities such as the Monastery of Panagia Tsambika in nearby Lindos. This ancient monetary houses two traditional Greek churches and a wonderful collection of old artworks and artefacts. Tsambika is considered to be a place of miracles, especially for women who are struggling to have children.