Greece in November: Warm Weather and Irresistible Islands


Greece makes for a great destination throughout the year. Though the weather in Greece in November gets a little chilly, you will still encounter lovely warm days on your trip to Greece as it is just the beginning of winter. November is a low tourist season in Greece, which means you can get some really cool deals on hotels and air travel. Be it a sightseeing tour of Athens, cave exploration in Kefalonia, and a hiking trip to the monasteries of Meteora, there are tons of activities to enjoy in Greece in November.

Greece Weather in November

Famous Melissani lake during autumn in Karavomylos, Greece
Greece in November sees plenty of sunny days with warm temperatures despite winter being just around the corner

Greece’s weather in November is quite pleasant compared with its northern European counterparts. While it is true that there will be some wet and chilly days, you will encounter plenty of bright and sunny days during this time. The average November temperature in Athens, for example, is 15 °C, with highs of 18 °C and lows of 12 °C. This month is also the second rainiest month in the capital city, even though it does not see as much rainfall as other European cities. Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in the country, sees an average high of 15.7 °C and an average low of 9.3 °C in November.

Make sure to check out our travel guide on the best times to visit Greece for an in-depth seasonal overview.

Weather in Greece in November - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)131417202530333429241915
Avg Nightly (°C)77912162124242016129
Avg Daily (°F)55.457.262.668778691.493.
Avg Nightly (°F)44.644.648.253.660.869.875.275.26860.853.648.2
Avg Rainfall (mm)5747413123116614535898

Why Visit Greece in November

Cliffside monasteries of Meteora in Central Greece
The cliffside monasteries of Meteora are a treat for the eyes when witnessed right before the onset of winter
Woman enjoying breakfast with beautiful view over Santorini
It is a perfect time to explore the joys of Greek cuisine throughout the year

The weather in Greece in November is chilly although not cold. This means that you can still enjoy outdoor hikes, sail between islands, and do sightseeing tours on foot. Else, there are countless museums in the country where you can browse through some of the finest achievements of humanity. Below are a few reasons why this is a great time to vacation in Greece.

  • Great deals: November is a low tourist season in Greece. Look out for excellent discounts on airfares, hotels, and activities if your visit to the country falls at this time.
  • Less rush: The peak tourist season is over before November, which means you will have monuments and archeological sites practically for yourself.
  • Museum-hopping: Feeling a little too cold? Head for museums, of which the country has many, and travel back in time to the days of the ancient Greeks. November is an ideal time for museum-hopping in Greece as there are fewer crowds.
  • Magical Méteora: These stunning monasteries built atop hills and situated in a breathtaking landscape are best enjoyed while visiting Méteora at the beginning of the winter season.
  • Islands beckon: Swimming in the sea is not a good idea in November. Having said that, there is nothing stopping you from discovering the rich history and culture of islands like Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini. Please keep in mind that, with the onset of winter, you might have to wait longer for ferries to some islands.
  • Hikes and trails: The Samaria Gorge Trail, with its riverside paths and Byzantine ruins, can be a great option during November, especially since it takes less than a day. The switchbacks of Mount Athos offer yet another option for hiking enthusiasts during November. But please remember that women and beardless youths are not allowed in this area full of monastic retreats.
  • Food for thought: From meatballs and bean soups to spicy sausages dipped in sauce and stuffed cabbage leaves, November in Greece is the time to dig into the delicious winter dishes.

Where to go and what to do

Sunset watching the White Tower of Thessaloniki, Greece
Take in the charming beauty of Thessaloniki in November without a large number of tourists

Greece in November provides one of the best opportunities to discover its archeological wonders since they are less crowded. Visit the monasteries of Metéora — perched on rocks amid cliffs and remnants of an ancient river — one of the most dramatic sights in Greece. See the world-famous monuments of Athens, like the Temple of Zeus, the Parthenon, and the Acropolis of Athens, which was the religious center of the city in ancient times.

Wander around the heart of the Unesco-listed Old Town of Rhodes Island and admire its centuries-old history. See the magnificent ruins of the ancient Olympia, where the Olympic Games began in 776 BC. While on a tour of Thessaloniki, find out why it is regarded as the cultural capital of Greece as you amble around its waterfront and explore the ruins dating back to the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods. Then head for the island of Santorini, where you can hike to the top of an ancient volcano, swim in the warm waters of hot springs, and kick back on white-sand beaches. See the remarkably well-preserved remains of the Temple of Apollo on a Delphi tour and visit its archeological museum, home to masterpieces like the bronze statue of Eniochos, the charioteer of Delphi, which is one of the best bronze specimens from ancient Greece.

Greece in November combines popular historic sites with cool urban vibes. Although many think of this country as a summer paradise, November is an ideal time to discover its highlights, explore its rugged countryside and winding coastline and enjoy delicious cuisine. We suggest 7 days in Greece as the ideal length of time to explore the country. For more of our recommendations, check our guide on how many days to spend in Greece. Just in case you are interested in a personalized trip to Greece, contact our travel experts to help prepare an itinerary as per your requirements.

Additionally, make sure to check out our list of tours to Greece in November to make your next booking.

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