What would you say if I told you that Greece weather is perfect and offers some of the best conditions of anywhere in the world, especially for retirees?
To be honest, there are several very nice places in Europe where you can retire and enjoy life as an expatriate, but few have climates as ideal as Greece. Imagine a summer that lasts most of the year, mild winters, and fabulous sunshine, all fronted by sandy coastline and backed by snowy mountains. What more could you ask for?
Unlike most other areas of the world, Greece weather is quite predictable, and you can just about guarantee little variance from the average climate. Winters are brief, usually lasting from about the end of January through mid or late March. However, this is not winter like you or I would think of when compared to North America. Being on the Mediterranean Sea, which is warm through the year, winters in Greece are quite mild, and you can even enjoy a swim year round, since it never gets cold enough to make the water intolerable.
While the warmth that doesn’t subside is excellent for retirees with arthritis and other bone or joint pain, the benefits for such individuals doesn’t end here. In general, you can expect about 300 days of sunshine every year and little rainfall, so the humidity that makes other locations uncomfortable will not be an issue here.
Summers are clear and warm, reaching an average of about 88 degrees Fahrenheit during the day with the occasional hot day as high as 95.
In the evenings, it cools down a bit and is also quite pleasant. In August, the nights begin to cool down so that by the time October rolls around, you might need a light jacket or sweater in the evenings; however the temperatures remain in the mid to upper 70’s during the day, making this a perfect location any time of the year.
Most of the inhabited portion of the country is on the coast rather than in the mountains. This is geographic distribution of people is especially true for retirees, so you need not be concerned with the weather in the mountains, unless you are planning a ski or hiking trip.
However, you will note that the tops of the peaks will begin to cap with snow in November and don’t completely melt away until the end of May. This makes for an ideal backdrop to your daily life, adding an additional aesthetic benefit to retiring in Greece. So, if you are looking for the “perfect climate”, Greece weather is about as close as it gets.