Summer on Crete

In the summer, the 1.046 km of coastline on Crete is the place to be. For in Crete's long, hot summer one must be out near the sea and the possibility of a cooling dip.

From late May into September, not a drop of rain falls on Crete. The temperature rises and peaks in July and August around 30-40 degrees. On days when the hot, dry 'Livas' winds are blowing from the Sahara, just 300 km south of Crete, the temperature may even rise above 50 degrees. Fortunately, the cooling summer breeze from the north - the 'Meltemi' wind - balances this.

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Along with the temperature, other things are rising. The number of tourists for exmple or the prices at the taverna. The Greeks from the mainland have also found Crete as a holiday destination and they come in large numbers during August.

Yet it is the best season for most, suncraving holidaymakers from the north. And when the sun goes down after a long, hot day, there is probably no better than a glass of chilled white wine on the terrace while you experience how the bleached summer sky of the day changes into the most amazing starry night sky. The sky over Crete in August is one of the island's most beautiful natural phenomena.

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