The tourist season in Mykonos, as in all Greek islands, lasts from June to mid-September. During these summer months the island is crowded and noisy, it is difficult to find a spot on the beach and reservations in hotels, restaurants and clubs have to be made several days before your visit. If you are not really into wild parties and crowded beaches, you should consider planning your holidays to Mykonos in low season.
The best off-season time to visit the island is early May and late September or October. You will be able to enjoy all Mykonos’ beauties without being disturbed, the prices at hotels and restaurants are much lower and you will definitely find the best spot at any of the sandy beaches. The weather is not as hot as in summer but there are a lot of warm, sunny days.
Few tourists choose winter months to visit Mykonos. We wouldn’t recommend this, unless you are a fan of cold weather, rain and winds. Most of the restaurants and bars are closed during the winter but you will still find enough open to visit. There are sunny days even in winter but the sea and the swimming pools will be cold.
Low season is the perfect time to walk around Mykonos and see nature at its best. Plants and flowers that die during the hot summer revive with the first rains and the landscapes of Mykonos turn from brown to green.
The beaches have only a few visitors – which makes them more quiet and beautiful. Some beach bars, restaurants and clubs are open and you can choose one of the best tables to sit for a meal or a cocktail, while admiring the wonderful surroundings and the sea.
Mykonos Town looks more like a Greek island village. Without the summer loads of tourists you can easily walk around the city and enjoy the Cycladic traditional views. Low season is the perfect time to visit your favorite restaurant or bar, to go shopping or visit the museums and galleries. Sit at one of Little Venice cafes and enjoy a magnificent and quiet sunset.
Enjoy tranquil accommodation
Most of the big luxury hotels are open offering all the amenities and services they offer during the high season. Their spas, swimming pools, restaurants and bars will be at your service but without the many guests of the summer. There are no big groups of drunk tourists returning to the hotel early in the morning. You will be able to enjoy a relaxing and tranquil accommodation even in a big hotel.
For a perfectly remote location you can choose to stay in one of the many Mykonos Luxury Villas.
Renting Villas in Mykonos has many advantages. Privacy and big spaces are maybe the most important ones. You will be able to enjoy your private swimming pool, your private fine dining or even your private party away from the sight of others.
During the low season, the prices for renting a Mykonos Villa drop dramatically. You can find a Villa even at half of its peak season price. This can be very helpful if you are on a tight budget and you wish to spend more days living in absolute luxury and relaxation.
In May the weather gets warmer and you can feel the summer is coming. May has a lot of sunny days without the really hot temperatures of summer that make you feel melting. It will be possible to swim, especially if you are coming from a northern country. The temperatures in May are usually somewhere between 14 °C and 23 °C (or 57 °F – 73 °F). The average daily sunshine hours in May are 12 and the average sea temperature is 19 °C.
In late September and October the sea temperature is higher, around 23 °C but the average sunshine is around 9 – 10 hours daily, as the autumn is approaching. Swimming in the sea is pleasant – even during the hottest months the sea temperature doesn’t go higher than 24 °C. There may be a few rains and the average high temperature is from 17 °C to 22 °C.
From November to April the temperatures vary from 5 °C to 18 °C. The coldest months are January and February.