When to Go

To avoid crowds, just before and after peak seasons (May, June, and September) are good times to visit. August is the busiest season on all these islands, when hotel reservations and even spots on interisland ferries can be hard to come by. Patmos and Rhodes are popular Easter getaways for Greeks, and celebrations include candlelight processions and fireworks late Saturday around midnight; island bakeries serve tsoureki (sweet braided bread). From October to May, most archaeological sites remain open, but many hotels, restaurants, and shops are closed, and boat travel is limited by curtailed schedules and the weather's whims.

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