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Winter advice please

Postby D&T » Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:48 am

Could anyone tell me where the best places would be to visit in winter? My wife and I are planning a year (may be longer???) out of the UK in Crete and would like to experience a couple of weeks in the winter months to get a better feel for what to expect, before diving off at the deep end. We have only visited the north-eastern side before in Summer and are looking forward to a more realistic experience of Cretan life.

Which major towns would you advise we had a look at?
Which month should we go...the harsher weather the better-within reason, we dont want to be staying on a mountain-top!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

We have spent the last 12 months researching and planning the money side of things.....now its time to get active!

many thanks :D
T

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Postby Jean » Sat Aug 02, 2008 11:44 am

You'll get the colder harsher weather in February and March. It rains most in the north-west, especially in the foothills of the White Mountains.

Suggest that you get an unheated room in a small village for truly crappy conditions ;-)
No seriously, stay in one of the towns (none of the usual resorts have much going on in winter), hire a car (you'll get very good deals in winter) and drive around. Even in bad weather it is quite fun.

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Postby Kathleen » Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:21 pm

Hi D&T

Don't underestimate how chilly and damp it can be particularly in the early months as Jean says. He didn't point you in his direction but look at his site for some spectacular winter shots of the White Mountains when they really are white! http://www.west-crete.com/photos-crete.htm
Be prepared and make sure you bring warm and waterproof clothing and footwear with you.

Some of my Southern England based neighbours have vowed never to come back to their home over the winter period due to the cold and severe weather they experienced last year! We Northerners are a little more hardy, and when dressed to suit the elements have had no problems.

Off season you will be able to appreciate the island better, quieter roads with which to explore and enjoy the beautiful scenery in peace.

Enjoy!

Kathleen

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Postby jeansy » Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:31 pm

All good advice so far feb & mar just about the worst very easy to catch really bad colds and chest infections. Good part is it is a great time to get off the holday track and visit the small villages and small towns as these are open all year as they are normally working villages.
Get in touch when you come over and we can arrange to meet up where we live near Heraklion, our village just does not close down and there is usually something going on somewhere.

Paul and Angie

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Postby filippos » Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:23 pm

Kathleen wrote:Some of my Southern England based neighbours have vowed never to come back to their home over the winter period due to the cold and severe weather they experienced last year!
They must be real softies, then. I thought last winter fairly mild apart from a few days; on our part of the coast, at sea level, I think the lowest recorded temperature was 0c [if it went that low], one day we had a few light snow flurries and a few days were chilly. There wasn't one day when I needed to wear a warm coat but there were a few when I needed a lightweight waterproof.

During most of the winters since we moved here I've waited and wondered when the bad weather would start. 2003 was pretty good until the end of Jan after which it rained heavily for six weeks [three years' rain in the period]. '04 it snowed on 13 Feb but the next couple of days was T-shirt weather and pretty mild thereafter with masses of wildflowers by early April. 2006 produced a terrible storm early in October - imagine fire hoses at full blast pointed at the ground - with widespread flooding, cars washed into the sea and, tragically, some people losing their lives. Apart from those unusual, memorable, occasions I've hardly noticed winter.

Last year I was disappointed as we had fewer electric storms than usual [I love 'em] and those we did have didn't seem as ferocious as usual - or I'm getting used to them.

My experience/recollection is that September to mid Jan usually provides many more pleasant, mild days than rotten ones; October can have wonderful warm weather or torrential rain or both; December/Jan usually mild and often sunny [there's only been one year we've been unable to send photos of us on Christmas Day basking on the terrace [and feeling smug] to UK friends and our olive picking is sometimes interrupted by a couple of days rain. I agree with everyone else that there are periods when it's damp [and the UK isn't??] and that February is usually the worst month - although even that [usually] has its fair share of good days - but after that Spring is in the air.

We are only 200m above sea level so it's mild compared with living higher in the mountains so, from what I remember of English winters, I'll take the Cretan ones every time.

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Re: Winter advice please

Postby SatCure » Sat Aug 02, 2008 5:48 pm

D&T wrote:Could anyone tell me where the best places would be to visit in winter?

Tenerife. :wink:

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Postby Jean » Sat Aug 02, 2008 8:18 pm

but look at his site for some spectacular winter shots of the White Mountains when they really are white!


Thanks for the plug! I might as well give you some specific links then:

http://www.west-crete.com/crete-photos- ... y-2003.htm
http://www.west-crete.com/crete-photos-march-2003.htm
http://www.west-crete.com/crete-photos- ... y-2004.htm
http://www.west-crete.com/crete-photos- ... y-2005.htm
http://www.west-crete.com/photos-chania-storm.htm

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Postby Ray » Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:05 am

You may also be interested in this article with pictures of real snow in Crete:

http://crete.wordpress.com/2008/02/19/a ... -in-crete/

Ray

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Postby Kilkis » Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:57 am

If you go to http://www.meteo.gr/stations/chania/ and scroll to the bottom of the page you can get a detailed picture of the weather recorded near Chania for 2006, 2007 and 2008 so far. Temperatures, rainfall etc.

Hotels in tourist locations are likely to be closed as are many other things, tavernas, shops etc.

Personally I would go for the centre of bigger towns, e.g. Chania, Rethymnon etc. Hotels open all year are more likely to have heating, which could be important. Having had the experience of getting cold and wet only to return to a hotel that had an air conditioning unit that didn't really heat at all, I would say that a hotel with real heating is worth its weight in gold.

Warwick

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Postby Carolina » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:17 am

Ray wrote:You may also be interested in this article with pictures of real snow in Crete:

http://crete.wordpress.com/2008/02/19/a ... -in-crete/

Ray


So do you think Jean's pictures don't have real snow Ray??!

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Postby Ray » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:25 am

Of course Jean's excellent pictures have snow, I was just adding to their experience . . .

Ray

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Postby Carolina » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:29 am

I'm jesting with you Ray, it's the way your words came across.

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Postby andreass » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:23 pm

how many degrees the temprature in the winter?

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Postby Jean » Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:26 pm

how many degrees the temprature in the winter?


http://www.west-crete.com/climate-weather-crete.htm

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Postby Kilkis » Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:37 pm

andreass wrote:how many degrees the temprature in the winter?


Kilkis wrote:If you go to http://www.meteo.gr/stations/chania/ and scroll to the bottom of the page you can get a detailed picture of the weather recorded near Chania for 2006, 2007 and 2008 so far. Temperatures, rainfall etc.


The clue is in the post.

Warwick


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