This travel guide to the best time to visit Mykonos will help you pick the right season and month for your vacation in Mykonos.
When to go to Mykonos
Ask a few Greeks about the best time to visit Mykonos, and you will likely get several different answers.
Some people who have been going there for years, and would answer “anytime”.
There are people who have never been to Mykonos, as what they’ve heard about it doesn’t appeal to them, that would answer “never”.
There are people who would say that the best time to visit Mykonos is “outside the tourist season”.
And there are people who would advise you to “go to Mykonos in August”. Confusing, isn’t it!
To be fair, you can visit Mykonos island at any time of year. It all depends on what you want to get out of your holiday, and also on your budget. So let’s see when is the best time to visit Mykonos!
Is summer the best time to visit Mykonos?
With thousands of people travelling to Greece during summer, and with Mykonos being one of the most popular destinations, many visitors inevitably go to Mykonos in summer.
But are the summer months the best time to visit Mykonos?
The answer really depends on your preferences and what you like doing during your holiday.
Mykonos gets busy and crowded in summer, and as a result it might be a challenge to find decent and affordable accommodation unless you book months in advance.
At the same time, this is when all the clubs are open, and this is when the biggest parties happen.
Summer Nightlife in Mykonos
During July and August, the nightlife in Mykonos tends to peak at 3-4 am, while some clubs stay open until 8-9 in the morning.
If this is not your cup of tea, there is not much point in going to one of the most expensive Greek islands at this time of year
August is the very peak season, with people visiting from Greece and nearby countries, such as Italy. Perhaps choose a different time of year to visit Mykonos, or even a different island. You might like Milos instead for example.
Mykonos Summer Weather
Another thing that most visitors don’t realize is that Greece can get quite windy in summer, especially around July and August.
The north winds called Meltemia are all around the country, so if you are visiting Mykonos in summer make sure you stay on the south beaches. If you really can’t stand strong winds, it might be better to visit Mykonos later in the year.
If your aim when travelling to Greece is to relax, it might be best to choose another Greek island for your summer vacation, or visit Mykonos outside summer. The same applies if you are on a budget, or if you want to get away from the tourist trail.
Is then winter the best time to visit Mykonos?
While Greece gets very warm in summer, it can get surprisingly cold in winter. In addition, as with all summer destinations, Mykonos shuts down in winter, and there won’t be much going on.
If you really only want peace and quiet, winter might be an interesting time of the year to go to Mykonos. Just note that, unless you are a winter swimmer, you will probably find that the sea is too cold for you – average temperature for January is 9-13 degrees!
Many restaurants and bars will be closed, the people who work in tourism will be gone, and you will pretty much only meet the locals, who will wonder why on earth you are visiting Mykonos in winter.
On another note, the archaeological site of Delos, an island near Mykonos, is closed in winter. If you had in mind to visit Delos and perhaps the uninhabited island of Rhenia on a day tour from Mykonos, make sure you don’t go in winter.
Should I visit Mykonos in spring?
Spring might be the best time to visit Mykonos. The weather will usually be mild and sunny, and you will get to see a lot of green nature, that generally disappears in the summer.
April or May are great, though you might still find it too cold to swim.
Check the dates for Orthodox Easter, which is normally in April or May. Mykonos is a popular destination among Greeks at that time. Advance booking of ferry tickets and hotels in Mykonos is recommended.
The weather gets much warmer in June, and as such the island slowly becomes more popular, but it’s nowhere near as busy as in July or August.
How about visiting Mykonos in autumn?
For people who have been visiting Mykonos for years and travel there often, September is one of the best times to visit Mykonos.
Many of the crowds are gone, but there are still enough people to make it work, as most tourist businesses are still open.
At the same time, the Mykonos weather is not too hot, the strong winds are gone, and the sea is warmer than in spring, so swimming is very pleasant.
Furthermore, accommodation prices drop significantly, and it’s easier to find a place to stay even if you haven’t prebooked.
Check my guide to the weather in Greece in October.
What is the best time to visit Mykonos? Verdict…
If you are going to Mykonos mostly to party, it makes sense to go in July or August. Although this isn’t everyone’s preference, the island is world famous for its wild beach parties and clubs, where the more is the merrier.
If you want to see the nature in Mykonos, and also visit the archaeological site of Delos, try to go in May, June or September, or even early October. The weather will mostly be pleasant, and you won’t have to compete with other visitors for a lounger or a table in a restaurant.
Whatever you do, just make the most of the island!
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