Hottest Greek islands in June

By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times travel writer

June is a fabulous month to be in June. Summer is in full flow with long days of sunshine, but peak season (with its crowds and high prices) is yet to arrive. The sea temperature is starting to get warm, but the humidity isn’t too high. It’s just about perfect.

Which islands are the hottest in June?

Kos

Average temperature in June: 29ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 13
Flying time from UK: 4 hours

The southern island of Kos offers high temperatures in June and lots to see and do around the island. It will feel hot in the sunshine and and even in the evenings it will remain above 20ºC, perfect for evening strolls along the island’s sandy beaches. In June, there will be hardly any rain and the sea temperature will be around 23ºC.

Holiday recommendation: the luxury all-inclusive IKOS Aria resort is outstanding value.

Crete

Average temperature in June: 28ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 12
Flying time from UK: 4 hours

Crete, the most southerly Greek island, is another sunny destination. With only 20mm of rain forecast for the month, visitors in May will have plenty of chances to sunbathe and visit sites including the palace of Knossos, which will be quieter than later in the season.

Holiday recommendation: these boutique hotels and stylish houses for rent in Crete.

Mykonos

Average temperature in June: 27ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 13
Flying time from UK: 4 hours

Mykonos is a stylish, upmarket, jet-setting little island with some fabulous hotels and busy nightlife. June is a bit more chilled than the high season, so you can enjoy the beauty of the island as well as hanging out at a few beach bars.

Holiday recommendation: one of these Mykonos boutique hotels

Cyprus

Average temperature in June: 29ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 12
Flying time from UK: 5 hours

You can’t fly much further south than Cyprus before you hit the Middle East. This is an island to visit if you want real summer heat in June. Expect long days of sunshine, and an equally warm welcome. It’s a great island to explore by car or excursion and the sea should be a nicely warm 24ºC.

Holiday recommendation: rent one of these villas in Cyprus. If you’re more interested in exploring the countryside, Sunvil has some interesting options including a walking holiday.

Which other islands are worth visiting in June?

Corfu

Average temperature in June: 28ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 11
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 15 minutes

You might get a few brief rain showers in Corfu but it will feel hot and significantly less busy than in the peak months of July and August. Corfu is all things to all people, from the big budget all-inclusive hotels to the most exclusive clifftop villas in private infinity pools.

Holiday recommendation: villas in north-east Corfu.

Kefalonia

Average temperature in June: 28ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 11
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 30 minutes

With a similar climate to neighbouring Corfu, you might also get some showers in Kefalonia, but that’s more than made up for by the stunning mountains and white-sand beaches.

Holiday recommendation: villas in Kefalonia

Paxos

Average temperature in June: 28ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 11
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 15 minutes (to Corfu, then ferry transfer to Paxos)

Paxos is one of the less commercial Greek islands, brimming with small fishing villages and traditional taverners. Despite being in the north, the sea around Paxos will still be warm enough for a swim at 22°C.

Holiday recommendation: these villas and traditional houses in Paxos.

What about mainland Greece?

Halkidiki

Average temperature in June: 28ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 11
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 15 minutes (to Thessaloniki airport, then around a 1-hour drive)

Halkidiki is a gorgeous part of the Greek mainland that is relatively undeveloped with many beautiful beach resorts and plenty of historical sites. You’ll get gallons of sunshine and the sea will be around 23°C.

Holiday recommendation: IKOS Olivia and IKOS Oceania are both good-value luxury all-inclusive resorts.

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