Cyclades Islands climate
Greece enjoys a Mediterranean climate with about 11 hours of sunshine a day at times, and temperatures averaging 25 C (77 F) to 30 C (86 F) from May through September, with the hottest months being July and August. But even the warmest days are generally tempered by seasonal winds, called meltemi. The mountainous regions are cooler. The average temperature in Athens during January and February is 10 C (50 F), and there is normally snow on the mountains.
When to fly to Cyclades Islands
Mid-June until the end of August is high season for most of Greece, as the weather is warmest during this time. April to mid-June is also very popular among visitors as the weather is still very warm, though not unbearably hot. You may be able to pick up some deals at this time of year. Late August to mid-October is Greece's shoulder season. The temperatures are still high and most resorts and attractions are still open, but prices are fairly low and it’s easier to find affordable flights and accommodation.
October to April is off season. You’ll find the cheapest deals during these months, but many popular tourist destinations close down around this time, too. Unless you're in Athens you may find there is little to do and hardly any hotels or restaurants open.
Getting around Cyclades Islands
Visitors can island hop around the Cyclades via ferry or plane depending on which island you’re going to, but keep in mind some inter-island journeys are longer than others. Transportation options within each island vary, but some of the most popular are local bus networks, taxi, moped and car hire. There are two main airports for travellers visiting the Cyclades Islands: Mykonos Island National Airport and Santorini (Thira) National Airport.
Cyclades Islands insider information
- Wander through the narrow streets of Mykonos Town and explore the area’s tiny shops and art galleries. Then, take a ferry to the fascinating temple ruins of Delos.
- Those in search of secluded beaches should head to Apollonia in Milos. Paleohori, also in Milos, has natural hot springs and a nudist beach.
- Why not try windsurfing in Paros? Perfect wind conditions make this island an ideal place to learn the sport, especially in July and August when the north wind is blowing.
- On Naxos island, visit the Portara, an impressive giant marble doorway built as a temple in 500 BC but never completed.
- In Santorini, take a submarine tour 24 to 30 metres (82 to 98 feet) beneath the surface to view the volcanic crater.
- Visit the stunning old mansions in the medieval cliff-top town of Kastro in Sifnos.