When to Go

The Ionian Islands enjoy a temperate climate, with a relatively long rainy season that lasts from late fall through early spring, making them a rather verdant alternative to the rest of Greece. Winter showers bring spring flowers, and the countryside goes into floral overdrive starting in March, when the air is perfumed with the heady fragrance of orange blossoms and jasmine. By May, wildflowers have overtaken the hillsides as the weather clears and it starts to get warm enough for swimming. July and August are peak season; these are the hottest and most crowded months, when the resorts, roads, and beaches swell to bursting. September is gloriously warm and dry, with light evenings and the occasional cool breeze. Swimming is often possible through mid-October. Late September through late October is good for hiking and exploring the countryside, as is the spring. During winter (Nov.–Mar.), much of the islands shut down and public transport is minimal.

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