Cyclades Islands climate
Greece enjoys long, Mediterranean summers, with temperatures averaging 25-30 degrees Celsius and around 11 hours sunshine a day. But even the hottest days are generally tempered by seasonal winds, called meltemi. The mountainous regions are cooler. Winters are mild in the low lying areas. The average temperature in January and February in Athens is 10 degrees. However, there is normally snow on the mountains.
When to fly to Cyclades Islands
Mid-June to the end of August is high season for most of Greece, when the temperatures are hottest. Easter time to mid-June is also very popular as the weather is still very warm, though not unbearably hot. You may be able to pick up some cheaper deals at this time of year though. Late August to mid-October is Greece's shoulder season. The temperatures are still high (substantially higher than the UK and Ireland) and most resorts and attractions still open, but prices are much lower than early or high summer so cheap flights and accommodation are easier to find.
October to April is off season. Though you will find the cheapest deals at this time, much of the tourist parts of Greece close down around this time. Unless you're in Athens you may find that there is little to do and hardly any hotels or restaurants that are open.
Cyclades Islands insider information
Wander through the narrow streets of Mykonos Town and explore its 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 which has several sandy beaches. 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 in late 500 BC as a temple but never completed.
In Santorini, one experience that can’t be missed is a submarine tour 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.