What to Wear in The Greek Islands


General Style Tips

  • The same advice applies pretty much throughout the many islands including Skopelos, Crete, Skiathos, Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu, Kos, and Rhodes – travel lightand we mean really light.
  • No need to pack anything too smart- Greece really is very relaxed and casual.
  • For most visitors, the draw is the glorious beaches so resort wear, a lightweight coverup, sunhat, flip flops, and sunglasses are the essentials for the day.
  • Don't forget a high quality sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), as the sun can be quite strong.
  • If you take a boat trip you may find there's a cool breeze out on the water. The sun will be extra strong too and you may not have much cover. A light coverup or t-shirt will give protection from both – and don't forget your hat.
  • The roads are often unmade and stony so comfy closed flats are a must for anywhere away from the main towns (try Hotter shoes, they provide total comfort and look great too).
  • Also see What to Wear in Greece

Clothing Tips for Women

  • All you need during the day is beach wear, flip-flops, sunglasses, a sunhat and a sarong or kaftan for lunch at a Taverna.
  • If you go on a trip that involves a visit to a Monastery, if you are not covered up correctly they will issue you with something that may not be to your taste; so just make sure that you have a wrap or pashmina with you to cover your shoulders and legs.
  • For the evenings again keep it light and simple; lightweight Capri pants, sundress or skirt work well with flip flops. We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range – using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit, and remember bright accessories show off a tan.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • If you go on a trip that involves a visit to a Monastery, if you are not covered up correctly they will issue you with something that may not be to your taste; so just make sure that you wear longer pants to cover your legs.

Pack for the Weather

  • It gets hot hot hot in the summer – June, July, August and September
  • July and August can get as hot as 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31C).
  • Ensure you pack accordingly with a wide-brimmed floppy hat, good quality sunnies and high protection sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection).
  • December to March can get a fair bit cooler. For example, the average temperature in January and February is only 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10C). So it may be a good idea to pack warm, lightweight layers.
  • November is by far the wettest month with an average rainfall of 196mm. You might want to pack a lightweight waterproof jacket.
  • We love the Weather+ app – it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too – a nice way to remember your trip 🙂 Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Other Things To Pack

  • There is much uncertainly over the Greek financial situation at the moment, and you are advised to take enough cash (Euros) to cover the duration of your stay including meals out, drinks, trips, taxis etc. Credit cards may not be accepted, particularly in smaller shops and restaurants as the locals will prefer to have cash. Take security precautions when carrying so much money – use hotel safes where available, and you may want to consider wearing a discreet money belt.
  • A lightweight packpack or beach bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle – fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step-down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack – it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees – use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Fridge magnets with pictures of Greek landscapes are popular buys, or look out for handmade leather sandals. If you opt for honeyolive oil or ouzo remember you will need to pack them in checked-in luggage to comply with liquid restrictions.

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