Greece In November: Weather & Travel Tips

Not sure what to expect of the weather in Greece in November? You’re in the right place! Here we share everything you need to know about average temperatures, rainfall, and what to expect in terms of costs and crowds, along with itinerary suggestions that’ll help you make the most of your trip.

Greece in November at a glance

  • As autumn progresses, it brings cooler and crisper weather throughout the country, with temperatures ranging from 12°C to 20°C (54°F to 68°F).
  • November marks the beginning of the rainy season in Greece, with an increase in rainfall compared to previous months, particularly in the northern regions and islands.
  • You can expect significantly fewer crowds and lower prices compared to peak season.

Is November a good time to visit Greece?

Depending on personal preferences and the purpose of the trip, November can be a good time to visit Greece.

The weather in Greece during November is generally mild to cool, and warmer in the islands and the south compared to northern Greece. While it is not beach weather, it is suitable for exploring and sightseeing without the summer crowds.

It is the off-peak season in Greece, which means fewer tourists and smaller crowds at popular attractions. This can be advantageous for those seeking tranquility and lower prices.

However, it is important to note that November also marks the start of the rainy season in Greece, particularly in the northern part of the country.

Thinking of visiting Greece in November? Embark on your dream trip hassle-free with the help of our Greece travel experts.

Air and sea temperatures in Greece in November 

There’s no getting away from the fact that November in Greece brings cooler temperatures with variations between different regions.

Northern Greece (Thessaloniki) is certainly the coldest part of Greece in November, with average daytime highs ranging from 12°C to 18°C (54°F - 64°F), and average lows ranging from 4°C  to 10°C (39°F - 50°F).

In central Greece (Athens), average air temperatures range from 14°C to 20°C (57°F - 68°F), while average lows range from 7°C to 13°C (45°F - 55°F).

Southern Greece and islands (Crete, Santorini, Mykonos) are the warmest Greek regions in November, with the air temperatures reaching up to 22°C (72°F).

When it comes to the average sea temperatures, the averages are:

  • In northern Greece: from 14°C to 18°C (57°F - 64°F).
  • In central Greece: from 16°C to 19 °C (61°F - 66°F).
  • In southern Greece and islands: from 17°C to 20°C (63°F - 68°F)

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

Arkasa village on Karpathos island, Greece © Shutterstock

The weather in Greece in November is still far from freezing! © Shutterstock

Can it rain in Greece in November?

November is a relatively wet month in Greece. For context, there’s a 15% chance of rain in Athens in November.

Across the country as a whole, around 58mm of rain falls over eight days. That said, full days of rain are pretty rare. Just bring a raincoat and umbrella to brave it out for a couple of hours!

For more detail on the weather in Greece around the year, read up on best time to go to Greece.

Stadium in the Rhodes city in Rhodes island in Greece © Shutterstock

Rhodes' Island Acropolis © Shutterstock

What about the crowd and cost?

Being on the cusp of winter and well outside the peak summer season, visiting Greece in November means fewer crowds. With that comes a reduction in the costs of accommodation and flights. 

While this is all the better for your pocket, be aware that some hotels and guest houses close for the winter months. You should also expect a reduction in flights and ferry services. 

Set on taking an autumn break? For further inspo, discover more of the best places to visit in November.


Athens, Greece © Shutterstock

What to wear in Greece in November

Though winter is on the horizon, if you’re wondering what to wear in Greece in November, you won’t need full-on winter attire.

We suggest packing lots of layers to handle the shift between day and night-time temperatures. A hoodie, jumper or cardigan will come in handy, as will a light waterproof jacket for when the rain falls. 

Santorini, Greece © Shutterstock

Santorini sunset © Shutterstock

Unforgettable, fully customisable Greece itineraries

If you’re in the market for a November break that delivers a diversity of history, culture and less-crowded walks on the wild side, take inspiration from our Greece itineraries.

What’s more, these suggestions can be customised to your exact needs, with a local Greek travel expert on hand to offer insider tips, and take the hassle out of planning and booking.

  • Athens — City of the God (4 days): if you’re short on time and big on culture, this 3-night trip offers immersive insights to Athens’ ancient wonders and modern verve. From taking in the Classical charm of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, to indulging in the city’s thriving food scene in local tavernas, it’s a feast for the senses.
  • Epirus and Athens — the Ancient Sites (8 days): shrouded in myths and legends of Greek gods and Roman and Byzantine warriors, sites in the Epirus region of Greece have fascinating tales to tell. Add to that exploring Athens and the magic of mountainus Zagori, and this amounts to a diversely exhilarating experience.
  • 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.
Knossos Palace ruins. Heraklion, Crete, Greece © Shutterstock

Knossos Palace, Heraklion, Crete, Greece © Shutterstock

What to do in Greece in November

Visiting Greece in November comes especially recommended for travellers who are into culture. Overall, it’s a good time to take advantage of visiting ancient sites and museums in crowd-free conditions. And, if you pick the right place, you can still bliss out on Greek beaches.

With that in mind, read on for ideas for what to do in Greece in November.

Soak up Santorini

Like other southern Greek islands, Santorini's November temperatures are mild and comfortable, with average highs of 19℃, and an average low of 14℃. 

The island’s legendary sunsets remain spectacular throughout the year, and it’s a dream to walk in nature, or wander charming streets as the colours shift to yellow and gold.

Sounds sublime, doesn't it? If you're tempted to visit, read up on the best things to do in Santorini, and discover the island's best beaches.

Hike in the Countryside

Greece's landscapes are breathtaking, and November can be an excellent time for hiking. Mount Olympus, Vikos Gorge, or Samaria Gorge are popular options for outdoor enthusiasts.

Swim in thermal springs

Greece is known for its beautiful beaches and crystalline waters, but it also boasts some incredible thermal springs where you can relax, rejuvenate, and swim in naturally heated waters.

These can be found in different parts of Greece, such as Loutraki, Vouliagmeni, or Edipsos and November is a perfect time to visit them.

Attend Olive Harvest Festivals

Olive harvest season is in full swing in November. Attend festivals and participate in olive picking or learn about the production of olive oil in villages across Greece.

Balos lagoon on Crete island, Greece © Shutterstock

Balos lagoon, Crete, Greece © Shutterstock

Planning your November trip to Greece

Fancy visiting Greece in November, 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 the idea of planning leaves you cold, browse our customisable Greece itineraries.

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

Ancient Greece, detail of ancient street, Plaka district, Athens, Greece

Plaka district, Athens, Greece © Shutterstock

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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