Rethymnon Weather December Averages, Greece
What's the Weather like in Rethymnon in December
As the end of the year approaches, Rethymnon experiences the coldest weather to date. Historically the lowest temperature ever recorded was registered in December 1985, but at only 0°C, it proves how mild the climate is in this part of Northern Crete can be.
Average temperatures for December in Rethymnon are usually around 12°C, which means it is very unlikely to be a White Christmas here. And with average highs reaching up to 14°C, there is every chance that it could be nice and warm.
The highest ever temperature recorded in Rethymnon in December was a very balmy 29°C in 2005. So, who knows, you could be having Christmas dinner on the beach.
The sea water is definitely still warm enough in December to match a summer's day. Average sea temperatures of 18°C mean a refreshing Boxing Day dip is well within the realms of possibility.
However December is also the wettest month of the year in Rethymnon and approximately half of the 31 days in December will experience some form of precipitation. But with only 62mm expected to fall throughout the entire month, there are plenty of dry times too.
The increase in precipitation can lead to a raise in humidity levels which can reach up to 77% throughout Rethymnon. But with the light coastal breeze, the air remains clear, and comfort levels are always high.
Average lows of 9°C mean that local residents will feel a distinct chill in the air during the month, especially at night. But for those travelling from the UK or Northern parts of Europe, this type of weather in December can feel positively tropical.
Even though December provides some of the shortest days of the year, there is still an average of 6 hours sunshine every day. This ensures Rethymnon is the perfect place to go for a short winter break or to escape the cold altogether for a much longer period.
Hotels in Rethymnon in December
Hotel Faros Beach
Hotel Faros Beach is a fabulous place to spend December in Rethymnon. Situated directly on the harbour, choose between a harbour view, sea view or Marina view when you book your room for a beautiful outlook from every location. Stroll down the winding streets of Rethymnon or enjoy the 15 minute walk to the beach. A rooftop garden offers the perfect outlook on a fresh December day. An authentic setting with authentic décor provides just the right setting for winter in Rethymnon.
Drive up the winding mountains of Rethymnon and find the perfect place to stay in Harkia Villas. Rather than being situated in the hubbub of the main town, this beautiful family run establishment offers peace and tranquillity with some spectacular views thrown in for free. From the best vantage points you can see the wonderful clear Mediterranean Sea, and the snow-capped mountains that sit behind you. The Vasilaki family will then welcome you with open arms, ensuring Harkia Villas becomes a home away from home. Freshly cooked meals and exceptionally clean accommodation is the perfect place for walkers, nature lovers or anyone that wants to get away from it all. A stay at Harkia Villas is always something to remember.
Pepi Studios is a beautiful boutique hotel in the old town in Rethymnon. Built within an elegant Venetian building, this is the perfect place to stay for those that like to be swathed in local culture. The hotel is only a short walk from the bountiful collection of museums, historical sights and top quality restaurants that populate the area. Choose from a room in the main hotel, a luxury suite or a separate maisonette. Every type of accommodation is decorated to the highest standard and offers a truly unique place to stay in Rethymnon.
Bars and Restaurants
Though December is usually a time to indulge, To Parastratima offers a healthy alternative to traditional Greek cuisine with plenty of choice for vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements. To Parastratima offers all the best loved favourites from the Greek menu, but all are cooked fresh to order to provide the highest quality dishes. Try Cretan Pork Casserole for a house classic or the delicious flavour of fennel pie. With a selection of local wines to wash it down and prices that will only add to your enjoyment, time spent at To Parastratima is time well spent.
Whatever time of year it is, you can always find a good meal at the Olive Taverna. From a beautifully varied range of mezze to the incredible flavour of homemade tzatziki, Antonis and his parents welcome you as if you are part of the family. For the best dishes, it is always best to order in advance, as the most perfect meals do take time to prepare. But even in December, you will have to book your table at the Olive. With a restaurant as popular as this, everyone wants to go.
Cul De Sac
Though the food at the Cul De Sac is exquisite, it's the deserts that have people coming back for more. Rather than solely serving the traditional end of meal cake, Cul De Sac provide a range of delectable treats to complete a fantastic gastronomic experience. Sit outside and enjoy the December sun in the morning with an iced frappe and a freshly made omelette. Then come back for lunch for a mezze or wait for the evening and finish your meal with delicious banoffee pie. The Cul De Sac is a great place for great food and great prices. And enjoy a spot of people watching along the way.
Things to Do in Rethymnon in December
Sasnta Fun Run
With Christmas just around the corner, the best way to get in the mood is with the annual Santa Fun Run in Chania. This incredible event sees more than 7,000 people of all ages dressed as Santa walking through the streets of Chania. More of a charitable event than a race, you can even book a place and join in yourself. It's the perfect way to get in the festive spirt and enjoy an alternative side of Northern Crete.
For a truly luxurious trip to Rethymnon, a visit to the spa is always required. Thanks to their Turkish influences, as well as their own unique approach to indulgence, the spas in Rethymnon offer a truly exquisite experience. Tell them about any aches and pains you may have and you are sure to feel one hundred per cent better when they are done. So much so, that you will be counting the days until you can come back again.