At the southernmost tip of Europe lays Crete, the largest island in Greece and the 12th largest in Europe. Its position on the world map has granted it temperate climate. Winter is usually mild, with only a few exceptions. However, it gets chilly enough up in the mountains and it snows almost every year. Cool springs are followed by warm and most likely hot summers. Autumn can also be quite warm, with hardly any rain, especially in the coastal areas.
With the exception of a few weeks during winter, Crete is the sunniest and warmest area in Greece. Tourist season starts as early as April and ends towards the end of October or even later than that. The sea water is warm enough during the entire tourist season even for the faint-hearted like myself! But, be careful. The light spring sea breeze will keep you cool enough so that you will not realize the effect of the sun rays on your skin. Make sure you protect it during the entire day. Choose a good quality product or the results will be very unpleasant and will spoil your entire holiday.
For the most adventurous types who choose to rent motorbikes, please, please, please do wear long trousers. I know you have the nicest pair of legs but they will not look as nice when roasted by the hot Cretan sun.
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