Greece weather in July

Seeking a summer trip that offers blazing sun and lively nightlife, along with awe-inspiring scenery and culture? You might want to add Greece to your wish list. With that in mind, read on to find out about the weather in Greece in July. Here we also share itinerary suggestions that might just make your trip all the more memorable.

Greece in July at a glance

  • Average temperatures soar in July, ranging from 23°C to 31°C (73°F to 88°F) .
  • You can expect hot and sunny weather throughout the country, perfect for enjoying the beaches and outdoor activities.
  • July is typically the driest month of the year in Greece, with minimal rainfall and abundant sunshine.
  • July is peak tourist season for Greece. You can expect most destinations to be bustling with crowds and an increase of costs during this month.

Is July a good time to visit Greece?

If you love sunbathing, swimming in bath-warm waters, and sipping sundowners during balmy evenings, July is a top time to visit Greece. Just don’t expect to have beaches to yourself, and don’t expect to be able to bag any bargains.

July is the high season in Greece, which means visitor numbers and prices are at their highest. But, if you budget accordingly, and love hot weather, lively nightlife and the buzz of busy attractions, July might be your ideal month to visit Greece.

It’s worth bearing in mind that Athens and other mainland cities can be stiflingly hot in July, so heading to the islands might be your best bet.

Thinking of visiting Greece in July? Talk to our local Greek travel experts and save yourself the hustle of planning.

Elafonissi beach in Crete © Shutterstock

The weather in Greece in July is ideal for blissing out on the likes of Elafonissi beach, Crete © Shutterstock

Air and sea temperatures in Greece in July

The weather in Greece in July is — in a word ­— hot.

In the capital Athens you can expect an average daytime temperature of 29°C and highs of 33°C. This drops to 24°C in the evenings. Expect it to be a little cooler on the islands.

As for the sea, it’s also appealingly warm. For example, Athens and Corfu average just over 25.5°C, while Kos averages 24°C.

Convinced to go? Browse our inspirational Greece itineraries to start planning your perfect trip.

Symi - Harbour - Greek Islands - Dodecanese

Want somewhere quieter than Kos? Try Symi © Shutterstock

Can it rain in Greece in July?

In general, you’re very unlikely to experience rain if you visit Greece in July.

Thunderstorms and rain showers can occur occasionally, particularly in the country's northern regions or in mountainous locations. They are usually brief and should not significantly affect your stay.

For more details on the weather in Greece around the year, read up on the best time to visit Greece

Idyllic Agios Stefanos on the Greek island of Corfu © Shutterstock

Idyllic Agios Stefanos on the Greek island of Corfu © Shutterstock

What about the crowd and cost?

Given that July falls in Greece’s peak summer season, you can expect crowds to be big, especially on party island favourites like Mykonos and Rhodes.

As for the cost, expect to pay peak season prices for flights and accommodation. With demand high, you’ll also want to book early to secure your favourite hotel, resort or villa.

Still wondering where to head for your summer break? Discover more of the best places to visit in July.

Port Mykonos in evening, Greece © Shutterstock

Port Mykonos, Greece © Shutterstock

What to wear in Greece in July

Given those high average daily temperatures, the weather in Greece in July means you’ll want to wear the likes of shorts, t-shirts and floaty summer dresses.

You’ll also want sunscreen and a sunhat. And, if you’re planning to do a lot of walking, bring suitable footwear as well as a supply of flip-flops and sandals.

Kerkyra, capital of Corfu island, Greece © Shutterstock

Kerkyra, Corfu, Greece © Shutterstock

Unforgettable, fully customisable Greece itineraries

Dreaming of a summer break that delivers sun, fun, breath-taking beaches and enriching cultural experiences? Our customisable Greece itineraries might just help you realise your dream.

With a Greek travel expert on hand, you can avoid all rhe planning and booking and embark on your adventure hassle-free.

  • The Historical and Mythological Cyclades islands (10 days): this trip includes two of the most famous Cyclades Islands: Mykonos and Santorini. Visit them and some of the smaller, quieter, islands. With white washed houses, narrow cobbled streets, blue domed roofs and stunning beaches, they are what Greece is all about.
  • Greek Dreams: Athens, Corfu, Santorini and Crete (13 days): embark on a a private journey through Athens and beautiful Greek islands staying in exquisite accommodations. Explore ancient history, savor Mediterranean cuisine, and unwind in stunning settings, creating beautiful memories throughout.
  • Coast of Crete — a stunning self-drive experience (10 days): if you’re longing for awe-inspiring scenery, ancient culture, and a sense of freedom, this self-drive trip along Crete’s coast has your name all over it. Crete, Greece's largest island, delivers thousands of years of unique culture and rich history alongside untamed natural beauty.
Balos lagoon on Crete island, Greece © Shutterstock

Balos lagoon, Crete, Greece © Shutterstock

What to do in Greece in July

Soak up summer festivals

Philippi Festival, Kavala

Held in the ancient theatre of Philippi, this features classical and contemporary drama, dance and music.

Hippocratia Festival, Kos

Beginning in July, this summer-long series of events on the Dodecanese island of Kos showcase the island’s history and culture through art exhibitions, music and theatre.

Bliss out on a beach

Before choosing where to go in Greece in July, you might want to check out the most beautiful Greek beaches for inspiration.

With such a variety, you could choose your destination based on the kind of beach experience you want. For example, if you’re into water activities, Ayía Kyriakí in Mílos is recommended.

Meanwhile, if you’re travelling with kids, our experts recommend Stavros on Crete — an island that’s not short of incredible beaches.

Dance 'til dawn

From full-on clubs to scenic music festivals and lively resort life, July is a great time to visit Greece if you like dancing, socialising and generally making merry. 

Often called the Ibiza of Greece, the cosmopolitan Cycladic island of Mykonos has a justifiable reputation for being the best Greek island for nightlife.

Meanwhile, former hippy hang-out Ios is known for its wild beach parties. Tucked between Naxos and Santorini, it’s extremely popular with a young backpacker set who takes over the island in July and August.

Then there’s Kos. Celebrated for having a huge range of entertainment venues, you can run the gamut from hardcore EDM to laid-back jazz.

Seitan beach on Crete island- Greece © Shutterstock

Seitan beach, Crete © Shutterstock

Planning your July trip to Greece

Considering visiting Greece in June, or any other time of the year, for that matter? Get yourself a copy of The Rough Guide to Greece to start planning your dream trip. 

Alternatively, if you’re not keen on planning, browse our customisable Greece itineraries, and talk to our local Greece travel experts.

Love the sound of exploring Greece away from the mainland? Read up on the best Greek Islands, and get yourself The Rough Guide to Greek Islands.

Joanne Owen

written by
Joanne Owen

updated 26.03.2024

Joanne is a Pembrokeshire-born writer with a passion for the nature, cultures and histories of the Caribbean region, especially Dominica. Also passionate about inspiring a love of adventure in young people, she’s the author of several books for children and young adults, hosts international writing workshops, and has written articles on the Caribbean and inspirational community initiatives for Rough Guides. Follow her @JoanneOwen on Twitter and @joanneowenwrites on Instagram.

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