With warm summers and mild winters, at least most of the times, the weather in Naxos indeed follows the typical pattern of the Mediterranean climate, making the Cycladic island particularly appealing year-round. Below is a breakdown of all the seasons as they are experienced at Naxos for your reference.
Spring (late March – late June)
In very rare occasions, the month of March mat bring winter elements, with a bit of cold and heavy rain. However, the climate here is pleasant with just a few showers every now and then usually along the coastline. Inland, though, is a different story, since villages like Apeiranthos, Koronos, Moni, and Filoti, which enjoy higher altitudes also get more rain and significantly lower temperatures. But, overall, any bad weather (if at all) is very short-lived during spring.
Weather Averages at Naxos (Spring)
Nevertheless, the start of spring initiates a chain of reactions on the island, which involves much more sunlight and blooming nature. It is also the time of the year when locals start filling the streets and outdoor cafes while others are beginning to prepare their businesses for the tourist season, which begins at around mid-May. The most popular Naxos beaches already welcome the first visitors by the end of May.
Ideal for: Visiting the towns and villages, excursions to the archaeological sites, stroll through the island.
Summer (late June – Late August)
The weather in Naxos is getting warmer by the day, and there are definitely many more things to do in Naxos, Greece then (compared to the other seasons), including watersports, hiking, trekking, scuba diving, and Yoga. Being a Cycladic island, Naxos also bears strong northern winds called the Etesians or Meltemia, which keep Naxos fairly cool, preventing the scorching temperatures of the rest of Greece from whipping the island. Don’t worry about the sometimes windy weather, though, The vast majority of Naxos hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, and streets are well protected from the wind. However, you may need to pack a sweatshirt or light jacket because chances are you will need it in the evening when the Meltemia blow. Of course, for windsurfers and kite surfers, this is heaven!
Weather Averages at Naxos (summer)
Of all the summer months, June is the less crowded and most cool one with temperatures averaging around 27oC during the day and dropping 6-8 degrees at night. Nevertheless, in extremely rare occasions, the temps may climb closer to 40oC and combined with the lack of wind and the humidity, you may want to set your hotel room’s ACU to High.
As for the weather in Naxos during July and August, you will definitely need sun protection with a high SPF because the sun is much hotter than any other season. The climate is drier now, but the air is filled with the beautiful aromas of lavender, oregano, and rosemary from the countryside.
Ideal for: Beach holidaymakers, swimming, night fun, entertainment, watersports.
Autumn (September –November)
Yet another beautiful season for those visiting (or living in) Naxos. The temperatures are cooler than the summer months, and you can enjoy activities such as sunbathing, mountain biking, horse riding, hiking, and swimming much more comfortably than ever before. The seas are still warm and inviting, and the majority of tourists have already gone, leaving the beaches to autumn vacationers (almost) all to themselves! The winds are also less strenuous, but some warm clothes are required nonetheless for the evening hours.
Weather Averages at Naxos (Autumn)
There is still quite a lot to do here as the local businesses, the hotels in Naxos Greece included, don’t shut down until late October or early November at the latest. For the most action during spring, you can visit (or stay at) Agios Prokopios or Naxos Town, which never sleep, while areas like Plaka and Agia Anna also gather some buzz too. As for the weather in Naxos during these months, it may deliver occasional rain but nothing too harsh.
Ideal for: Hiking, trekking, fishing, snorkeling, windsurfing, diving, horse riding.
Winter (December – February)
The wintertime here is the coldest of all seasons but certainly much more temperate than other Greek regions. The good news is that it does not last long and the thermometer usually never drops below 0oC (32 oF), because the Aegean Sea acts as a protective shield against extreme weather conditions. Therefore, the weather in Naxos is relatively mild even in the winter months, which explains why many locals don’t have heating installed in their homes. For winter swimmers, who just can’t have enough of the sunny days and the crystal clear waters, the sea remains attractive.
Weather Averages at Naxos (Winter)
Now, if you expect to see snow here, you may be disappointed because snow is an extremely sporadic phenomenon. Things begin to spark again at around late-February, and the weather is Naxos is becoming warmer, tempting you to live life here the most unforgettable, unique way.
Ideal for: Those seeking peace and quiet, tranquility, practice yoga, strolling the streets of Agios Prokopios and Naxos Town.
Where to stay Throughout the island, you will find a wealth of Naxos luxury hotels, such as Kouros Art Hotel, ready to fulfill your specific requirements and offer you the exclusive, royal experience you are used to, as well as more economical options to suit visitors across all budget ranges.