Rethymnon Weather August Averages, Greece
What's the Weather in Rethymnon in August
As the summer continues into August in Rethymnon, the weather is everything you would expect it to be. Plenty of long, hot summer days are followed by delicious Mediterranean nights that offer the perfect setting for any visit to the region.
Though July is considered the hottest month of the year in Rethymnon, average temperatures remain at 26°C throughout August.
In the daytime expect average high temperatures of up to 30°C, especially during the peak hours surrounding the midday sun. And with record highs of 42°C recorded in the region in August 2002, care must always be taken, especially when the weather is at its warmest.
With such beautiful conditions, in days that enjoy an average of 13 hours of daily sunshine, it is no wonder this area of Northern Crete is so popular. Visitors arrive in their droves, and every beach and eatery is going to be packed full of fun-seeking guests.
Rain is something that is not usually considered in Rethymnon during the summer season. In August, there is a chance of experiencing up to 8mm of rain throughout the entire month. But it is more than likely that you won't see any precipitation at all. And if you do find your meal is ruined by rain in one of the fine restaurants in the region, the staff are more than likely to simply replace your meal and let you get on with enjoying your stay.
Hotels in Rethymnon in August
Villa Maria Ligres
The Villa Maria Ligres offers beautiful views of the ocean from spacious, clean apartments that make it feel like you have come home. The welcome is more like greeting an old friend than checking in for your holiday. And with a variety of different rooms to choose from, you will always get everything you need. Within the grounds of the Villa are a restaurant, bar and its own Ligres beach which even includes a nudist area for those that want to roam free. Though the 51km to the centre of Rethymnon will take half an hour to drive, with its warm welcome and refreshing traditions, Villa Maria Ligres is a wonderful place to stay.
White Palace El Greco Luxury Resort
For the ultimate in luxury in Rethymnon, White Palace El Greco Luxury Resort is the place to stay. A stunning contemporary setting is provided by the infinity pools, private beach, elegant restaurant and platinum quality service. The rooftop bar offers the perfect location to watch the sunset with a glass of Greek wine in hand. Or choose to sit in your own private suite that comes complete with your own swimming pool. This hotel is focussed on indulgence and tranquillity, ensuring even in the middle of August it is still peaceful. White Palace El Greco Luxury Resort is a jewel on the Rethymnon coastline and a treat for anyone lucky enough to stay.
Casa Vitae Hotel
For those that prefer their accommodation more cosy, the Casa Vitae Hotel can always accommodate. Thanks to its reputation for outstanding service and a very welcoming atmosphere, early booking is essential. But if you are lucky enough to be able to occupy one of the well maintained rooms or suites, you will be glad you did. Set in the heart of the old town, nothing is ever too far away. It's just an effort to leave the hotel, especially when it is as good as this.
Hit the Beach
The sea temperature is also at its highest during August, reaching a very pleasurable 26°C. This ensures even the most cold averse beach goer is going to want to take a dip.
Thanks to its stony floor, Geropotamos Beach is never as busy as the main beaches in Rethymnon, making it the perfect destination for those that like their sun bathing a little more peaceful. Even in the height of August you should always be able to find a spot. And with the clear blue sea only meters away, you may want to stay forever. Umbrellas are available for rent from the beach itself, and a small bar offers a range of tantalising refreshments. Exposure to the north wind means the water can be a little choppy, but it does at least bring some relief from that hot August sun.
Platanias Beach is another destination which can benefit from the cool northerly winds. But with a stretching sandy beach and far more organisation, this location does get busy. Several tavernas and bars offer an array of refreshments, while sunbeds and parasols are available as long as you get there before the crowds. Take the local bus from Rethymnon town to travel the 4km to the beach or take your own transport. It's a great place to meet new friends on your trip and enjoy the summer sun as it should be.
Bars and Restaurants
Entasis Cocktail Bar
When you want the best Mojito in Rethymnon, many would argue that Entasis Cocktail Bar is the only place to go. With a lively atmosphere, great music and fabulous company, the place is always popular. The beer is cold, the cocktails are fresh and the prices are fair. The mixologists behind the bar know exactly how to entertain, but for many, the views over the shimmering blue sea are all they want. However you choose to drink your cocktail, make sure it comes from Entasis.
Castelvecchio offers traditional Greek grilled food that will show you just why so many residents look so very well fed. This family run restaurant is the epitome of good taste, offering well flavoured meals for its many visitors. A wealth of local wines accompany the exceptionally broad and innovative dishes. And, as always, the cakes are on the house. Just make sure you bring your wallet when you come to this sensational restaurant as credit cards are not accepted. It is also wise to book ahead. Castelvecchio only opens in the evenings and everyone wants to get a seat.
Thavma Coffee Drinks & Cretan food
From pork and Cretan sausage to stifado and feta in the oven, every dish produced at Thavma Coffee Drinks & Cretan food is going to make you want to come back for more. The hostess is welcoming and will always accommodate any nutritional requirements. It can all then be washed down with a glass of the very drinkable homemade wine. Though it will take you 15 minutes to drive to Thavma from Rethymnon, for those that have time to spare it can also provide a wonderful long walk. That way you can enjoy a very authentic Greek experience without having to worry just how much of Thavma's hospitality you have managed to drink.
Things to Do in Rethymnon in August
See a whole different side of Rethymnon with a night tour while you are in town. As the sunsets and the temperature starts to become more comfortable, take control of your Segway and off you go. This is the perfect form of transport for the cobbled streets of Rethymnon and you can get much further than you ever would on foot. Your knowledgeable guide will show you all the best historical spots washed down with a few bar visits along the way. It's mysterious, it's romantic and it's a whole heap of fun. You will never look at Rethymnon in the same way again.
Moni Preveli Monastery
The drive to Moni Preveli Monastery from Rethymnon is so picturesque, you almost feel like you have enjoyed a full day out before you have even arrived. But when you do, the sights are there to astound. Take a trip around the museum of the monastery itself, and appreciate the historical significance of the church that sits by its side. If a full day sightseeing leaves you too hot in the August sun, take the short walk down the steps to Finikodasos and enjoy a dip in the sea to cool.