Rethymnon Weather May Averages, Greece
What's the Weather like in Rethymnon in May
The early summer season starts in May in Rethymnon which means a taste of the long hot summer that is yet to come. Average temperatures of 19°C make this part of Crete one of the nicest places to be at this time of the year, offering plenty of sun for everyone.
As the traditional summer period hasn't started yet, the beaches, hotels and restaurants are not too busy. But with average high temperatures of 23°C at this time of the year, it's the perfect time to enjoy an early getaway.
Historically Rethymnon has seen some incredible temperatures in May. The highest recorded level was measured in 2010, when the weather reached over 37°C. And while a low of just over 7°C was recorded in Rethymnon back in 1991, visitors to the area can expect a majority of good weather days.
While the temperature is high, the lack of rain in the region means humidity is never a problem. The cool Mediterranean Sea also offers a breeze that ensures the heat doesn't get intolerable, even in the hottest months of July and August.
There is the risk of some lower temperatures, with average lows reaching 14°C. But for those that want to avoid the highs of the middle of summer, May is a fabulous time to visit Rethymnon. There us an average of 12 hours of daily sunshine ensure long, light bright days.
May does see an increase in the average level of rainfall when compared with the drier month of April. But with only four days expecting rain in the entire month, precipitation is unlikely to spoil any visit to the Rethymnon in May.
Hotels in Rethymnon in May
Zouridi Villa Park
The exquisite Zouridi Villa Park offers a sensational place to stay in Rethymnon. For the external elegance to the internal facilities, this accommodation offers a little piece of Greek paradise. The hosts are so welcoming, they feel more like friends than professional operators. Yet the service you receive is second to none. The accommodation is separated into three distinct units, suitable for a larger group or three individual teams of visitors. For the cooler May nights, the beautiful fireplace offers all the comfort you need. While a dip in the well maintained pool is perfect to cool off when the sun gets warm. This perfectly renovated traditional mansion is the ultimate place to stay so that no one will ever forget a trip to Zouridi Villa Park.
The Astali Hotel offers well equipped, convenient accommodation to anyone that wants to keep a keen eye on their outgoings. This small, family hotel is comfortable, well equipped with all modern conveniences and is only 100m from the nearest beach. Convenient for the airport, everything from the buffet breakfast to the cleanliness of the rooms is truly exceptional. Located on the main road into the town, the Astali Hotel can be the key to a wonderful visit to Rethymnon.
Antica Dimora Suites
Nestled in the heart of the old town, the magnificence of the Antica Dimora Suites is never in question. Every one of the nine individual suites has been decorated to the highest standard with authentic exposed stonework and wooden beams. For those quiet days lounging by the private pool, the courtyard at Antica Dimora just cannot be beaten. But step outside the doors and you are in the middle of all the action, ensuring everyone gets the trip they want when they stay at Antica Dimora.
Hit the Beach
The sea temperature gets a boost with average water temperatures reaching a very comfortable 19°C. This will then climb and reach closer to 22°C by the time the month is out.
Though Panormos is a 30 minute drive from the centre of Rethymnon, it is well worth the trip. The long, sandy beach has all the facilities you would expect from a well organised seafront area, with lots of room to spare when you visit in May. There are plenty of Tavernas and Restaurants for refreshment, and the situation in a quaint fishing village ensures Panormos offers lots of areas to explore. Come back in peak season and you may not be able to find space. But at this time of year it is there to enjoy.
The 5km long Adele Beach stretches along the north coast of the Rethymnon shore line. Thanks to its combination of clean sand and pebble beach and gradual water decline, this beach highly popular with families. There are plenty of secluded areas for when that May sun gets too hot. And a wealth of bars and tavernas to keep you fully satisfied. Take a walk up to this beautiful area or hop on the local bus. Public transport stops directly on the edge of the beach making this a convenient spot for everyone.
Bars and Restaurants
An outstanding atmosphere, great dance tunes and fairly priced drinks ensure Metropolis Musiclub heats up in May, even if the weather outside isn't playing ball. This is one of the hottest clubs in Rethymnon and the place to be seen when the sun goes down. Situated in the lively old town, just make sure you don't get there too early. Metropolis Musiclub doesn't warm up until well into the night.
Taverna Yannis doesn't open its doors for the summer season until May. But when it does, its arrival is always warmly welcomed. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable whether you come here for lunch or for dinner. Take a break from the hot sun and have a cool beer with a light snack of Calamari or olives. Or order from the extensive evening menu. With everything from traditional Greek cuisine and freshly cooked fish to pizza, pasta and even chicken nuggets for the kids, no one will ever go hungry.
Zefyros Family Fish Taverna
Situated in the old harbour in Rethymnon, Zefyros Family Fish Taverna is one of the longest running fish restaurants in the region, and still one of the best. The father and son team will cater for your every need and know exactly what is required to make you get the most from your visit. From the extra large portions of freshly caught mussels to the delectable shrimp saganaki and beautifully grilled fish, every dish is cooked to order using only the freshest ingredients. And to wash it all down, the wide range of local and international wines compliment every dish perfectly.
Things to Do in Rethymnon in May
As the sea temperature warms, along with the air temperature, May is a wonderful way to try your hand at Scuba Diving in Rethymnon. The expanse of beaches and natural harbours offer the perfect sight for introductory lessons. While those more experienced divers can enjoy a more challenging night dive or one of the fascinating historical sites found in the area. There are many PADI certified centres across the island that all have their own unique locations. Choose from services for children, experienced dives for adults or a treat for a mixed family. Then everyone makes the very best of their underwater experience.
Museum of Wooden Sculptures
The Museum of Wooden Sculptures is a very unique experience located in a small village at the foot of Mount Psiloritis. Sculptor and owner, Georgios Koutantos, is one of the world's top wood artists. And if you are lucky, he will be on hand to talk you through the origins of his craft and how he is able to achieve such sensational results. Though it is situated 45km from Rethymnon, the products created are truly breath taking and provide a very unique photo opportunity. This is a treasure trove completely created in wood and an experience no one will forget.