Hottest Greek islands in February

 By Emma Critchley

February in Greece is certainly a lot cooler than the summer months, so don’t expect your regular Mediterranean beach holiday, but temperatures are still fairly mild. Days can be a little cloudy with some showers, but sunshine tends to increase as the month goes on.

Some islands close down in the winter for visitors, with hotel and restaurant owners often returning to the mainland. Yet, the bigger islands like Crete, Rhodes and Corfu tend to be less affected, with the local population remaining fairly stable year round.

February is a great time to get involved in local festivities. Carnival, or Apokries, is a cultural event celebrated all over Greece in the run up to Greek Orthodox Easter, and usually falls at the end of February.

Your best bet at this time of year is perhaps to choose a boutique hotel such as the Casa Delfino in a town like Chania on Crete or in Corfu Town, where there are museums and other indoor attractions you can duck into if it rains.

Which islands will be the hottest in February?

Santorini

Average maximum temperature in April: 14ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 5
Flying time from UK: 4 hours
Monthly rainfall: 81mm

Santorini experiences mild weather in February and is one of the driest Greek islands. February is a good time to explore Santorini’s winemaking heritage and visit its historical museums. Take advantage of the low season prices by staying at one of the higher-end hotels. Some food and drink places will be closed, but many will remain open year round.

Cyprus

Average maximum temperature in April: 16ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 6
Flying time from UK: 5 hours
Monthly rainfall: 76mm

Though technically not a Greek island, but a Greek speaking nation, and a little further afield, Cyprus benefits from higher temperatures, longer hours of sunshine and less rainfall. The mild February weather is perfect for exploring the rich culture of one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean and hiking its many trails. There will be enough places open in low season for you to have an enjoyable trip. Find villas in Cyprus.

Kos

Average maximum temperature in April: 14ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 6
Flying time from UK: 4 hours
Monthly rainfall: 115mm

Due to its southern location, Kos is consistently one of the warmest Greek islands. February is a great time to explore its quaint villages and experience traditional local life. Some food and drink places will be open but many of the summer season locations will be closed over winter. Explore Kos’ dramatic landscape and ancient ruins without the usual rush of tourists.

Rhodes

Average maximum temperature in April: 15ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 6
Flying time from UK: 4 hours 15 minutes
Monthly rainfall: 129mm

Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, experiences mild and sunny weather in February. The low humidity makes it a great time of year to explore the cobbled streets of the city’s Old Town and discover the island’s ancient ruins. However, a rain jacket is advised as rainfall is high in February. Rhodes is steeped in cultural heritage and many attractions stay open year-round due to its size.

Corfu

Average maximum temperature in April: 13ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 4
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 15 minutes
Monthly rainfall: 149mm

Slightly closer to the UK, Corfu experiences cooler weather than the more southern Greek islands. The mild daytime temperatures turn into chilly nights. Expect some rain and a few places to be closed. Explore the island’s many monasteries and experience the great cuisine and Venetian architecture of UNESCO-listed Corfu Town.

Crete

Average maximum temperature in April: 14ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 5
Flying time from UK: 4 hours
Monthly rainfall: 118mm

Crete is Greece’s largest island and has one of the mildest winter climates in the Mediterranean. Due to its size and vast terrain, there is much to explore, and many attractions stay open year-round. With a plethora of historical sights, the low season makes a great time to avoid the crowds. The south coast is usually warmer than the north, but be sure to pack for cool nights and rain showers.

Kefalonia

Average maximum temperature in April: 13ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 5
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 25 minutes
Monthly rainfall: 118mm

Kefalonia is another island that is relatively nearby for UK visitors, and tends to be wet and cool in February. Though it will be too cold for sunbathing, there is much to explore on the ‘exotic’ island including its forest-covered mountains, limestone cliffs and Venetian castles. There are plenty of local eateries and attractions open all year.

Paxos

Average maximum temperature in April: 12ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 5
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 15 minutes (to Corfu, then transfer by ferry)
Monthly rainfall: 148mm

A short ferry ride from Corfu, Paxos is likely to be very sleepy in the winter months. The weather in February is fairly cold and rainfall is high. There will be some places open to eat and drink, but others will close for the winter months, along with some hotels. The quiet and unspoilt island boasts crystal clear waters and picturesque fishing villages. You can also visit the charming neighbouring island Antipaxos via taxi boat. Keep in mind that boat connections will be less frequent at this time of year.

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