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Greece Through the Year

Greece in July

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Mainland Weather: Hot to very hot

Island/Coastal Weather: Hot, but the meltemi, a cooling strong wind, blows, sometimes strongly enough to create rough water. Want to beat the heat? Here's how.

Prices: Along with August, July prices are the highest of the year.

Events: Local festivals, arts festivals aimed at tourists, sound and light shows. Outdoor cinemas are popular; many mountain villages have special events primarily attended by Greeks though all are welcome. Ioannina Cultural Summer events begin, continue through August.

Facilities: Everything is open. The frequent flights and ferries are often crowded but in general, it's easiest to get around at this time of year, though the meltemi may cause some delays. Many resorts will have activities aimed at children; waterparks are open. Not a good month to trust accommodations to chance.

July in Greece is a busy month, full of events. The major festivals are all in full swing. In the beginning of the month, the wildly popular Rockwave Festival jolts Athens.

As an alternative, the Hellenic Festival is in full swing. The theater at Epidaurusrecreates ancient dramas on the weekends.

From July through September, the city of Rethymnon on the island of Crete hosts a Renaissance Festival which takes full advantage of its Venetian past.

Up in the village of Anogi on Crete, the Yakinthia provides an unusual look at Greek life. And on Corfu, Cricket Week draws international fans of the game, not the bug.

Other Events in July:

July-August Kos - Hippokratia or Ipokratia - celebration of birth of Hippocrates with concerts and athletic events.
July - September - Crete - Rethymnon - Renaissance Festival
July-September - Epidaurus Festival - Weekends
July-September Philipi and Thassos Festival - Kavala
July-September Dodoni Festival near Ioaninna in northwestern Greece
July - Crete - Anogi - Yakinthia - unusual folk festival.
July - Santorini Jazz Festival
July - Crete - Chersonissos - Kriti Vibes Open Air Dance Celebrations
July - September - Patras Festival - Musical festival
July -September - Heraklion Festival - Music and theater presentations
July - Nafpaktos - Papacharalambia Festival - arts, athletics, and nautical events.
July - Preveza - Nikololia - Ancient Drama festival
July 1st- 10th - Fillatria near Kyparissia - Vlahernia - Drama and dance events
July 1st- 30th - Kalamata - Folk dances at the castle
July - Corfu - Cricket Week - Cricket competitions (the sport, not the bug).
July - Rethymnon - Crete - Wine Festival
Mid - July - Heraklion - Crete - Wine Festival
Mid-July - Eleusis (Elefsis) - Folklore Festival
July 7th - St. Kyriaki the Great Martyr
July 7th - Lesbos - Petri - Agia Kyriaki - festival for the saint.
July 8th - Corfu - Lefkimi - Local dance festival
July 11th - St. Ephemia Feast/Name Day
July 17th - St. Marina the Great Martyr Feast Day/Name Day
July 19-20 Forest of Elatia Sarakatsaneon feast - folk dancing and other customs
July 20th- August 15th Axos Theatre,art, and dance events
July 20th - Prophet Elijah (Elias) Feastday
July 20th - Santorini - Pirgo Kalistis - Festival July-August Ierapetra - Kirvia Festival - artistic events
July-August - Sitia - Kornasia Festival - Cultural events series
July 21-22 - Corfu - Weekend of free speech in the "Garden of the People"
July 21st-22nd - Chios - Agia Markela - Festival with dancing. July 22nd - St. Mary Magdalene Feast Day
July 22nd - Lesvos - Skopelos - Saint Magdalene Feast
July 24th - St. Christina the Great Martyr Feast Day
July 26th - St. Paraskevi Feast/Nameday
July 27th - St. Panteleimon (Pandelimos) the Great Martyr
July 27th - Lesvos - Anaxos - Festival for Saint Pandelimos
July (beginning) Preveza - Chorus Festival
July & August - Karpenisis - Feast for the forest and local traditions
July & August - Athens - Herod Atticus Festival - Odeon at the Acropolis - Theater festival
End of July - Sitia - Crete - Sultana Raisin Festival
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