When is the best time to visit Mykonos
The tourist season on Mykonos generally begins around Greek Easter (April) and runs till the end of October. Peak season is mid-July until the end of August and the island attracts visitors of all age groups.
The best time to visit Mykonos island really depends upon your preferences. If you want to go to Mykonos when the place is packed wall-to-wall with people, both in Mykonos Town and at the beaches, then August is the best time to go. But that’s also when prices, particularly for accommodation are highest.
Many people consider September and October the best time to visit Mykonos because the August crowds are gone, the sea is still warm and perfect for swimming, and the island has a mellow, laid-back vibe as the tourist season starts winding down.
Others prefer going in the spring (May or early June) when the tourist season is just starting up. The island isn’t crowded then, shopkeepers and restaurant staff aren’t burned out from long summer hours serving endless hordes of tourists, and the low season prices, especially for hotels are much more reasonable than they are during the peak of the summer. The downside to Mykonos in the spring is that the sea is still chilly for swimming, but the weather is generally sunny and warm and you can still enjoy the beaches.
If you’re hoping to visit Mykonos at a time when there will be plenty of partying going on, and all the bars and nightclubs are in full swing, then July and August would be the best times to visit Mykonos island!
So here’s a small breakdown of how is Mykonos island, through the various tourist seasons.
- Best Time to Go to Mykonos to Party: The clubs and beach parties with DJs run from late June until mid-September with the high point being late July and August. There’s good nightlife in Mykonos Town from May to early October.
- Best Time for Good Weather in Mykonos: The warmest weather in Mykonos (and all the Greek islands) is between June and September when it’s sunny, hot, and the water is perfect for swimming. Water temperature heats throughout the summer months and is warmest in August and early September. Since most people go to Mykonos for the beaches (and related nightlife) it’s pretty quiet here in May and October though the weather is still very nice.
- Best Time for Island Hopping: There are some incredible islands (Santorini, Naxos, Paros, Ios) just a short ferry ride from Mykonos. Hopping on a ferry and exploring these nearby islands is a highlight of traveling to Greece. Santorini has a longer tourist season than the other Greek islands so you can happily visit there anytime between late April and early November. For the other islands mid-May to early October is best.
- Best Time for Visiting Mykonos and Santorini: There are daily ferries from Athens to Mykonos year-round, but ferries between Santorini and Mykonos only run in the tourist season. Direct Mykonos-Santorini ferries usually start in early April and end in late October. In April, May, and October this will often be a smaller SeaJet ferry (that can have a bumpy ride). From June to September there will also be a larger Hellenic Ferry that has a smoother feel. If you visit when there is no direct ferry between Mykonos and Santorini (usually, November to March) you’ll have to go via Athens (fly or ferry).
- Best Time for Saving Money: Hotels are much cheaper in the shoulder season (April, May, and October) than in the summer months but there’s also a lot less going on so you need to weigh the pros and cons. Transportation, food, and drink prices tend not to vary much by season. If you want good weather but cheap hotels then late May, early June, late September, or early October are great times. There are no guarantees but the first three weeks of October can often surprise visitors with great weather.
- High Season (July to early September): Hot, sunny weather with lots of people – but never so many that it’s unenjoyable. Prices are at their peak. Seawater at its warmest and best for swimming. Ferries and flights run with the greatest frequency. If you’re in Mykonos for the nightlife then this is the time to visit.
- Shoulder Season (May and June, September and early October): Great weather. Sunny and warm but not blazingly hot like the summer. Tourists are around but it’s never crowded. Everything is open in June and September but May and October will definitely see some closed doors. The sea might not be warm enough for swimming in May and October.
- Low Season (late October to April): This is winter and that means gray skies, cool weather, and rain. Few hotels and restaurants are operating (but enough to get by). Ferries and flights have very limited schedules though there’ll be at least one ferry a day going to Athens and Syros but not usually not other islands like Santorini, Naxos, or Paros.
Low season: April-May-October
This is without a doubt the best time to visit Mykonos island for saving money! You’ll trade diminished crowds and party activity for more personal space on the beaches (the weather is quite nice). A big plus is also the cheap prices on accommodation you will be able to find during these months. But there’s also a lot less going on, so you need to weigh the pros and cons. Also there are no guarantees about gray skies, chiling weather or even some light rain but the last week of April, definetely May and the first three weeks of October, can often surprise visitors with great weather conditions. Nightlife is still quiet but a few bars in Mykonos Town will be open and have something going on. Transportation, food, and drink prices tend not to vary much by season.
Medium season: June-September
During medium season, travellers will enjoy great weather, sunny and warm but not hot like July and August. Most of the shops are open, the day becomes bigger and you can expect light until 8 o’clock in the evening. Tourists are around but it’s never crowded and nightlife is thumping. Beach parties with DJs start about mid June, while the last big club events are taking place sometime around end of September. The prices of the hotels are a bit higher than low season but still in reasonable levels. In September is also the best time to Visit Mykonos for it’s Gay-Friendly Life! Most gay couples prefer this period to visit the island although Mykonos is well-known for being open minded during the past 40 years and welcomes everyone from the gay community during all months.
High season: July-August
In high season, Mykonos sees nonstop action. On July the island is getting really busy but still a little less insane than August. Hot weather, huge beach parties, and Mykonos Town bars are getting crazy and fun. Until mid July you may still be able to find accommodation within reasonable rates but as the month is ending, the rates peak with the temperatures.
In August, the busiest month of the year is when you’ll find the most fun club parties, the wildest nightlife(in town and at the beach), and hottest weather (though it can be windier than July and September). The Greeks and Italians use to go on vacation from the 1st to the 20th of August and the island is packed with locals and tourists. The parties are at full speed and all the spots are congested. The sea is at its warmest level and you will surely enjoy swimming and sunbathing.
On the other side, you will experience a lot of traffic and you will lose time going to the beaches due to the traffic jams on the small roads of the island. The prices are the highest of all year and you should pre-book well in advance, like in early spring if you want to pay anything less than premium. Don’t just drop to the island during August and expect to find a decent place at a decent price.
Off Season: November till March
November and March are almost like winter but there’s still a little bit going on in Mykonos Town and you’ll be greeted with discounted rates! Weather will be cool but with some good luck and a late-season warm spell it’s possible to swim in early November although the beaches will be deserted. From December to February the island is very quiet and the weather is temperate by northern European standards – warmish, sunny days are not unusual – but be prepared for plenty of rain, grey skies, and chilly winds. Most businesses are closed but there’s always something open to get by.