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Best time to visit the Cyclades (Greek Islands)

Our verdict

The best time to visit The Cyclades is May-June

While The Cyclades is a popular destination to visit all year round, May-June is the ideal time to go due to a number of factors such as the climate, cost of travel and accommodation, as well as avoiding peak holiday periods.

In summer, temperatures can reach as high 27℃ (81℉) in the middle of the day in Mykonos. The average Mykonos temperatures in winter reach lows of around 12℃ (53℉), while the coldest it gets down to is about 7℃ (45℉). Other areas in The Cyclades can sometimes get even colder than this – You can check out the climates of other popular destinations below.

The days are longest in The Cyclades in August, so if you want to see the sights during the day when the sun is up for the longest time, it’s best to visit around that time of year. The wet season in The Cyclades falls around January, so if you prefer the dryer weather, you should look to visit in July instead.

Learn everything you need to know (and none of the stuff you don’t) about when to go to The Cyclades below. Be sure to check out the handy tools we’ve included to help you search for flights and transport, accommodation, and everything else you need to plan and book your trip.

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

July

Most daylight

August

The Cyclades seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. The Cyclades is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in The Cyclades

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
MykonosApril
14℃
12℃
14℃
12℃
15℃
13℃
17℃
15℃
20℃
19℃
24℃
22℃
26℃
24℃
26℃
25℃
24℃
23℃
21℃
20℃
18℃
17℃
15℃
14℃
NaxosSeptember-October
14℃
12℃
14℃
13℃
15℃
14℃
17℃
15℃
20℃
19℃
24℃
22℃
26℃
24℃
26℃
25℃
24℃
23℃
21℃
20℃
18℃
17℃
16℃
14℃
SantoriniMay-July
15℃
13℃
15℃
13℃
16℃
14℃
17℃
16℃
20℃
19℃
24℃
23℃
26℃
25℃
26℃
25℃
25℃
23℃
22℃
21℃
19℃
18℃
16℃
15℃
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Top FAQs

The Cyclades is in Europe.
You can check out the full list of awesome destinations and hidden gems to explore in The Cyclades here.
The warmest month of the year in Mykonos, one of the most popular places to visit in The Cyclades, is August.
The driest month of the year in Mykonos, The Cyclades, is usually around July each year.

The Cyclades map