Hottest Greek islands in June

By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times travel writer

June is a fabulous month to be in the Greek islands. Summer is in full flow with long days of sunshine, but peak season (with its crowds and high prices) has 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 a stroll before dinner. 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. Nearby Rhodes has a similar climate and is home to an excellent Mark Warner beach club.

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: i-escape has these boutique hotels and stylish houses for rent. The specialist operator Cachet Travel has a charming selection of hotels and rental properties. Couples should look at Simpson Travel’s small authentic adult-only hotels.

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: CV Villas has some wonderful villas in north-east Corfu with private pools. If you’d rather an all-inclusive hotel, MarBella resorts has two lovely propertes in Corfu that offer excellent value.

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: For self-catering, see this collection of villas in Kefalonia. Nearby on the mainland, Mark Warner has an all-inclusive beach club at Paleros.

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 are wonderful if you want self-catering. Couples should consider these adult-only hotels.

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.

Cruise holidays in Greece in June

Star Clippers operates sailing cruises on traditional tall ships in the Eastern Mediterranean throughout the summer months from April to October. Most itineraries depart from Athens. This is a wonderful way to explore the region, with access to smaller ports that large cruise ships cannot reach.

Last updated: 2 February 2022

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