June Travel in Greece -12 Destinations For Each Month Of Greece

June in Greece landscapes view from above Peloponnese

TRAVEL GUIDE JUNE IN GREECE

Travelling to Greece in June is one of the best decisions to make if you are not a fan of extremely hot weather or crowds. There are, however, two distinct periods within June, early and late. The latter is the one when everything starts to get a bit more busy and pricy. Early June is still considered offseason so you are more likely to score a good deal on accommodation and wander around the streets of Mykonos without feeling claustrophobic. 

PELOPONNESE

While the weather is generally good throughout the whole month of June anywhere you are in Greece, it is still preferable to be in the south of the country, where the sun arrives a little bit earlier, leaves a bit later and the water is warmer than in some of the spots up north.

There are over 200 islands to enjoy in the Cyclades and of course, Crete, but maybe a more suitable option for most would be the Peloponnese peninsula.

Where is that? 

When you think of Greece, tucked away in between Italy and Turkey, there are a few key spots that come to mind. The countless dots that are spread around the Aegean Sea, the three fingers up the North end that make up the Halkidiki peninsula and the giant palm that is the Pelopponese. 

WHAT IS THERE TO SEE?

The Peloponnese peninsula is technically an island, even though you would not hear anybody refer to is as such.

The peninsula has been separated by the mainland since 1893 when the Corinth Canal started its operation. Nowadays, there are bridges that connect the two pieces of land both from above and underwater and you will most likely be travelling on one of them as you drive or train from Athens. 

june in Greece - rio antirio - suspension bridge

The suspension bridge of Rio Antirrio that connects the Peloponnese peninsula with the rest of mainland Greece on the western end of the Gulf of Corinth.

PELOPONNESE HISTORICALLY

Between 1600 BC and 1100 BC this was the place where the Mycenean civilization flourished. Even if you are not a history enthusiast, there are many things you can now enjoy due to the innovations of those that came before.

You can visit the archaeological site of Mycenae or Mikines and walk through the Lion Gate. The only monument of the Greek Bronze Age that survives. 

The Lion Gate in Mycenae.

There is so much to see and do depending on the type of travel you had in mind. From the charming little towns of Nafplio and Aigio to the history of Corinth and Sparta, the options are endless. 

Dozens of beaches and castles waiting to be explored and unique flavours to be tasted. 

The sunset over Mani

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN JUNE

Athens Epidaurus Festival

This is an annual festival that takes place in Athens and Epidaurus between May and October.

For theatre lovers, it is a haven of cultural and musical events. It is also a great opportunity to see a play at the ancient Epidaurus theatre.  It can accommodate more than 13,000 people and the acoustics are spectacular. Whether you are sitting in the front or the back, you will be able to hear everything that is being said and that is without fancy modern amplifiers.

“Check out the full schedule for 2019 here

June in Greece - Epidaurus theatre

Classic Music Festival

The music festival of Napflion has been taking place for the last 28 years; usually in the last 10 days of June. (for 2019 the dates are  28th June – 6 July)

It has been voted Best Festival by the Music Critics of Greece and continues to vow local and international visitors with impressive lineups of well-known and emerging musicians and artists. 


“You can find out more information and upcoming performances for 2019 here 


Nemean Games

Some may recognize the name from the stories of Hercules when he was tasked to slay the Lion of Nemea with his bare hands.  In ancient times, participants competed in foot races, wrestling, and horse racing, all in the nude, for a chance to win a wreath of wild celery, bestowing honour on the recipient and their city.

Nowadays, the Modern Nemean Games have also started taking place every 4 years. Competing in the nude would probably not be acceptable but you can still receive crowns made out of palm branches and wild celery.


“The next Nemean Games are set to take place in 2020 and you can find more information regarding all the events here.”

Nemea ancient stadium

AVERAGE WEATHER TEMPERATURES FOR JUNE

June is generally a very pleasant month, wherever you travel within Greece. But it can start to get quite hot around mid to late June. Sunhats, sunscreen and lots of water are always recommended in order to stay hydrated and be able to enjoy your holidays for longer. 

Bring a light jacket and closed shoes if you are considering hiking or heading up to the mountains overnight. 

  • Stay tuned for the next instalment of this monthly series. Twelve months, twelve destinations across Greece, each with something else to offer.

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