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Best Time to Visit the Mediterranean

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A Mediterranean vacation is spectacular at the edge of the region’s summer months, with the best time to visit from May to June and September to October.

You can plan your trip for your desired duration when the weather conditions are perfect for Mediterranean experiences. Spend time sailing the sun-soaked seas, tasting wine at estates that overlook cascading emerald valleys, browsing ancient heritage sites with your family, or lapping up the luxuries of a romantic retreat on your couples’ or honeymoon getaway.

While these are great months to visit the Mediterranean, you can travel to the region’s magnificent destinations year-round, depending on your preferences. This guide highlights the best times to visit the Mediterranean for different reasons and experiences.

Overview

  1. Best Time for Sightseeing
  2. Best Time for Mediterranean Cruises
  3. Best Time for Winetasting
  4. Best Time for Beaches
  5. Best Time for Families with Children
  6. Best Time for Couples or Honeymooners
  7. Best Time for Spring & Summer Activities
  8. Best Time for Fall & Winter Activities
  9. Book for the Best Time to Visit the Mediterranean

Best Time for Sightseeing

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Best Months: May | June | September | October

The best time for sightseeing in the Mediterranean is in spring, from May through June, or fall, from September through October.

During these times you can visit the Ancient Greek monument of the Acropolis in Athens, admire Michelangelo’s David in the fabulous Tuscan city of Florence, and wander the cinematic Old Town of Dubrovnik in Croatia without having to navigate overwhelming crowds.

The temperatures during spring and fall are also less sweltering than in summer, making your sightseeing escapades from one destination to the next more comfortable.

Best Time for Mediterranean Cruises

Cruise ship off the coast of Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Best Months: April | May | June | July | August | September | October

Most travelers flock to the Mediterranean to enjoy cruises that travel from beach to beach, and the best time for these glamorous voyages is from April through October.

This extended timeframe encompasses the spring, summer, and fall months just before the winter chill sets in. The weather conditions, though comfortable temperatures and scarce rainfall ensure Mediterranean cruises are spectacular during these months.

In spring and fall you can expect quieter cruises that are suitable for avoiding crowds, while in summer you can explore the Mediterranean seas when they are at their most breathtaking.

Best Time for Winetasting

Vineyards in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy

Best Months: September | October

Wine tasting in the Mediterranean is available year-round, though we recommend September and October as the best time to visit as this coincides with the harvest season.

Wine estates open the doors to their cellars during this time and invite aficionados to peruse the picturesque vineyards where regional grapes ripen and are ready for fermentation. You can watch the process as your designated sommelier shares the secrets behind their estate’s success, then ushering you back to the restaurant where you can try their vintages and blends.

With little chance of rain affecting your tours, you can revel in the sumptuous wines and embrace the remarkable views of Tuscany’s sunflowers, the sapphire seas surrounding Santorini, or the emerald slopes of the Douro Valley.

Best Time for Beaches

Elafonissi Beach on the island of Crete, Greece

Crete, Greece

Best Months: July | August

The best time to visit the breathtaking Mediterranean beaches is during July and August, the picture-perfect summer months that boast clear skies and warm temperatures.

In summer you can enjoy romantic strolls down long stretches of pearl-white beaches, photograph views from the Cycladic white-washed villages on the cliffs of Santorini overlooking the Aegean coast, and hop from island to island during glamorous Grecian beach tours in the best weather conditions possible.

Though crowded in July and August, the natural beauty of the Mediterranean beaches during these months outweighs these concerns and, when partnering with Zicasso, you can rest assured knowing you will tour hidden shores and castaway islands.

Best Time for Families with Children

Mother and daughter in the lavendar fields of Provence, France

Provence, France

Best Months: June | July | August | September

School breaks fall within the Mediterranean’s summer months, making June through September the best time to visit for families with children.

You can time your Mediterranean vacation with the dates of your child or children’s school breaks, reducing the chances of them missing learning time. Furthermore, a family trip with young children, older teenagers, or grandparents with their grandchildren during this time can reward you with outstanding weather.

You and your family can explore beautiful beaches flooded with sunlight, easily meander the villages peppering the rolling valleys, and partake in many Mediterranean experiences that may not be available in winter.

Best Time for Couples or Honeymooners

Couple in Positano, Italy

Positano, Italy

Best Months: April | May | September | October | November

The best time to visit the Mediterranean for couples or honeymooners is during the shoulder season months of April through May and September through November.

We recommend these times for romantic retreats as there are fewer crowds than in the summer and peak season months of July and August. Therefore, you can embrace intimacy at each destination during more private experiences and at more spacious accommodations, while taking advantage of spring and fall’s spectacular weather conditions.

You can lap up the luxuries of your accommodations’ amenities overlooking the Mediterranean seas, wander the quiet beaches hand in hand, browse the heritage sites more freely, and sail the Mediterranean at sunset with few others in sight.

Best Time for Spring & Summer Activities

Yachts moored while island hopping in Greece

Greece

Best Months: May | June | July | August

Spring and summer are the best seasons in the Mediterranean and the best time to visit during these seasons is from May through August.

You can expect perfect weather for sailing, plenty of room to plan a family vacation during your child or children’s breaks, dive into the Mediterranean seas when they are remarkably clear, and relax at luxurious accommodations kissed by the sun.

Cruises can take you from country to country, yachts glide between sparkling islands, Mediterranean cuisine is enjoyed on open-air decks overlooking the ocean, and heritage tours showcase the history and culture of each destination.

Highlights: Mediterranean cruises | Island hopping | Water sports | Hiking | Cycling | Horseback riding | History and culture tours | Scuba diving | Snorkeling

Best Time for Fall & Winter Activities

La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Best Months: September | October | November | December

Fall and winter are surprisingly spectacular seasons to visit the Mediterranean and September through December are the best times to visit for unique activities.

The weather is still suitable for many outdoor activities, such as lavish cruises along the rugged coastlines and leisurely strolls through the fabulous wilderness landscapes. That said, you can also enjoy several essential experiences in the odd rain shower or cold temperatures.

You can spend your afternoons lounging at sensational spas, discover the ancient archeological sites across the Mediterranean, taste wines at historic estates, prepare Mediterranean cuisine during culinary classes, and attend vibrant cultural festivals to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle.

Highlights: History and culture tours | Spa treatments | Culinary and cocktail tours | Cooking classes | Winetasting | Cultural festivals | Hiking | Wildlife tours

Book for the Best Time to Visit the Mediterranean

Belcekız Beach and the blue lagoon of Ölüdeniz, Turkey

Ölüdeniz, Turkey

Do you wish to discover the distinct cultures and history of the Mediterranean’s best destinations with your family? Are you dreaming of a summer honeymoon on the pearl-white shores of Adriatic and Aegean beaches?

We can help you plan a trip to the Mediterranean during the best time for your travel preferences.

Browse sample itineraries from our Mediterranean Vacations for inspiration or scroll through our Mediterranean Travel Guide to learn more about the breathtaking European region.

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