Hottest Greek islands in November

By Mark Hodson

The Greek islands are among the safest holiday destinations in Europe right now. They have seen very few cases of Covid-19, and there are no travel restrictions or quarantines.

So where’s the best island to visit in November, and which will be hottest?

The tourist season will have ended by November but you can still expect warm temperatures and lots of sunshine, especially towards the beginning of the month. Not all the islands are served by charter flights in the off-season and some hotels and restaurants will be closed, but it can still be a lovely time to visit to escape the chill at home.

Which islands will be hottest?

Cyprus

Average temperature in November: 22ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 7
Flying time from UK: 5 hours

There’s one island that offers near guaranteed warm weather and long days of sunshine in November, and that’s Cyprus. It’s a longer flight than to most Greek islands, but worth it if you want fine weather. Even the sea is comfortable warm for a dip at 21ºC, while night time temperatures rarely dip below 12ºC. It’s a great time of year for a walking holiday or exploring historical sites.

Holiday recommendation: check out these holidays in Cyprus.

Kos

Average temperature in November: 19ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 6
Flying time from UK: 4 hours

Kos is one of the most southerly Greek islands, close to the Aegean coast of Turkey, and is among the warmest in November. It’s won’t be hot, but six hours of daily sunshine will feel wonderful, and sea temperature is 20ºC. There’s only a small chance of rain towards the end of the month, but this is a good time of year to discover the markets and historical sites of Kos Town.

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

Crete

Average temperature in November: 20ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 6
Flying time from UK: 4 hours

Crete is the largest Greek island and has some of the best winter weather. You can be eating lunch under a blazing November sun while gazing up at snow-capped mountains. It’s also a fabulous time for hiking – don’t miss the dramatic Samaria Gorge. Expect 20ºC temperatures, falling to 13ºC at night with a chance of rain on 7-8 days. The sea will be 20ºC, fine for a quick dip.

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

Karpathos

Average temperature in November: 21ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 6
Flying time from UK: 6 hours (via Athens)

Karpathos lies between Rhodes and Crete in the Dodecanese. It’s a long way south and enjoys lovely warm sunny weather in November, particularly the first half of the month when it’s possible to sunbathe on the beaches and swim in the sea. This is a charming island with a rugged interior where you’ll experience the real character and hospitality of the Greek people.

Where to stay: find the best hotels and apartments in Karpathos.

Corfu

Average temperature in November: 18ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 4
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 15 minutes

Corfu is further north than most islands and in the Ionian Sea, rather than the Aegean. It’s a little cooler, as a result, and not the warmest destination in November. However, it’s a great time of year to visit monasteries, palaces, museums and churches. Rain is possible, so pack a brolly.

Holiday recommendation: villas in north-east Corfu.

Santorini

Average temperature in November: 19ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 5
Flying time from UK: 4 hours 15 minutes

Santorini is scorching in summer, and packed with tourists. Visit in November and you’ll appreciate the pretty villages and rugged volcanic countryside. There’s less chance of rain than in Corfu, and the sea temperature is around 19ºC, not freezing.

Holiday recommendation: Santorini boutique hotels

Halkidiki

Average temperature in November: 17ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 5
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 15 minutes to Thessaloniki 

Halkidiki on the Greek mainland is a wonderful region for exploring. It has excellent sandy beaches, though the sea temperature will be on the chilly side for swimming. Night time temperatures can drop below 10ºC so you’ll need to pack a few layers.

Holiday recommendation: Sani Resort

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