Best time to visit the Peloponnese

February on the Peloponnese and we had a mix of snow capped mountains, wildflower filled gorges and sitting in t-shirts at a waterfront taverna.
The Peloponnese are pushing for perfection when it comes to climate. In spring, the hiking is wonderful with mountain meadows bursting with wildflowers and heavenly aromas. In summer, the beaches are stunning, but when temperatures soar you have Arcadian landscapes at over 2,000m to cool you down. And in autumn, olive harvests are omnipresent, the sea is warm and skies are blue, but the Athenian crowds have gone home. Spring and autumn are also wonderful for small ship cruises of the peninsula. Once winter hits, you may see snow on higher ground but hiking and biking are still possible.

Peloponnese Weather Chart

 
MIN °C
MAX °C
RAIN (mm)
JAN
4
13
118
FEB
5
13
91
MAR
6
15
70
APR
8
18
46
MAY
11
23
25
JUN
15
27
12
JUL
17
30
9
AUG
18
30
10
SEP
15
27
26
OCT
12
22
89
NOV
9
18
119
DEC
6
14
145

The Peloponnese month by month

January and February are a decent time to visit the Peloponnese, with temperatures in the early teens, many walking trails still open and more space in and around the popular ancient ruins and archaeological sites. March and April promise more of the same with some excellent biking and hiking conditions and sunny, mild days. However, be aware that Easter is huge across the Peloponnese and many towns and villages will either shut up shop or hike up prices in readiness for people descending for family festivities. May is a fantastic time to head to the Peloponnese thanks to the abundance of wildflowers to be found in the countryside and the warmth of the sun making it perfect for hikers and cyclists, although sea swimmers will need to brace themselves – the water’s still pretty cold. June, July and August can be oppressive thanks to the searing heat which makes walking and cycling pretty much off limits. What’s more sites like Olympia pack out with coach parties. Conditions are at their balmy best in September and October with warm conditions both at land and at sea promising peak Mediterranean goodness with plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and hiking. November and December return the people of the Peloponnese to something resembling normality with the traditions of Christmas much less about materialism and more about family and spiritualism than certain other European countries.
Konstantinos Polyzois from our holiday company Emelia History Travel:
“The Peloponnese is a region for all seasons. You can enjoy the summer in its coastal towns and villages and the winter in its imposing mountains, which have many scenic traditional settlements. Autumn and spring are beautiful here, due to the good weather, the excellent food and the high quality tourist services. These seasons are the best for the more demanding travellers, who cannot withstand crowds everywhere.”

Our top Peloponnese Holiday

Peloponnese holiday in Greece, Mani & Laconia

Peloponnese holiday in Greece, Mani & Laconia

An unconventional destination for alternative travelers!

From €1490 8 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2020: 27 Mar, 3 Apr, 24 Apr, 8 May, 15 May, 22 May, 29 May, 12 Jun, 19 Jun, 26 Jun, 3 Jul
Travel Team
If you'd like to chat about Peloponnese or need help finding a holiday to suit you we're very happy to help.

Festivals and events in the Peloponnese

From sombre to crazy, you are never far from a festive occasion in the Peloponnese. The town of Patra hosts the country’s largest festival (and one of the largest in Europe) from mid-January to mid-February, while every summer, Greece celebrates its role as the birthplace of Western theatre with the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, during which you can see performances of ancient plays by the likes of Sophocles and Euripedes at the historic theatre at Epidaurus.
Of course, there are also spectacular celebrations such as the Orthodox Easter, which sees candlelit street processions, midnight fireworks and spit-roasted lamb.
Written by Nana Luckham
Photo credits: [Page banner: dinosmichail] [Intro: Kookay] [Festivals: Belua1234]
Convert currencies