Best time to visit Naxos

The best time to visit Naxos for a beach holiday is from mid-June to mid-September.

However, anytime from early-May to late-July; and from mid-September to mid-October is good to visit Naxos – the intense summer heat has diminished, the sea water is still warm, the crowds have left and all the facilities are still open.

July and August are the peak summer months, when Naxos has the most visitors and prices sky-rocket.

Naxos weather

Naxos enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny summers and cool, wet winters. The island is windy year-round.

Summer, from June to mid-September, is warm and sunny, but also windy.

The Meltimi – a cool and refreshing sea breeze – is fairly consistent throughout summer, ans is especially strong during July and August. The breeze keeps the temperatures lower than elsewhere in the Aegean, with the maximum temperature in Naxos rarely higher than 30°C (86°F).

Autumn, from mid-September to November, is initially warm and sunny, but gradually becomes cool and wet. Autumn is also windy.

Winter, from December to mid-March, is mild, wet and windy. On rare occassions it can snow. December and January are the wettest months.

Spring, from mid-March to May, is mild and sunny, interspersed with wet and windy weather. By mid-May, the Meltimi begins to blow – a persistent cool and dry wind from the north.

What is the best month to visit Naxos?
June through September are the best months to visit Naxos– the climate is perfect with hot, sunny weather and little to no rainfall.

July and August are especially popular, since this is the peak tourist season in Naxos.

To avoid the crowds, higher prices and high heat of summer, the months of May and October are also good for a range of outdoor activities.

Which is the hottest month in Naxos?
The hottest month in Naxos is usually August, with an average high temperature of 30°C (86°F), with high heat and humidity and a low of 23°C (73°F).

The warm, summer season lasts from early-June to mid-September, with an average daily high temperature above 27°C (80°F)

Which is the coldest month in Naxos?
The coldest month in Naxos is January, with an average high of 12°C (55°F) and a low of 9°C (48°F).

The cool, winter season lasts from early-December through March, with an average daily high temperature below 16°C (60°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Naxos?
The sunniest time of year in Naxos is usually July with an average of 12 hours of sunshine per day – that's on average 84% of daylight hours.

What is the humidity in Naxos?
Naxos experiences seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 55% – 70% over the course of the year.

The more humid time of year lasts from mid-June through September, when you can expect the comfort level to be muggy at least 9% of the time.

The month with the most muggy days in Naxos is August, with around 10 days that are muggy.

We derive the humidity comfort level from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the air. A higher dew point feels muggy and uncomfortable.

October through May is generally comfortable, with no days in any month that are muggy.

When is the sea warmest in Naxos?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Naxos in August when the water temperature averages 24°C (75°F), which is warm enough for swimming.

The sea is warm enough for swimming during the months of July to September.

Which month has the most rain in Naxos?
December is the wettest month in Naxos with on average 75mm (3in) and eight days of some rainfall in each month.

The wet season usually lasts from late-October through March, with a greater than 15% chance of a given day being a wet day.

The drier season lasts from April to late-October. The month with the least rainfall in Naxos is July.

Which is the windiest month in Naxos?
The windiest month of the year in Naxos is February, with an average hourly wind speed of more than 25 kilometres per hour (15.5 mph; 13.5 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from early-October through March, with average wind speeds of more than 21 kilometres per hour (13 mph; 11 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from early-April through to early-October. The calmest month of the year in Naxos is May, with an average hourly wind speed of 17 kilometres per hour (10.6 mph; 9 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Naxos is from the north throughout the year.

Naxos Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
14 14 16 19 24 28 30 30 27 23 19 16
Average low temperature (°C)
9 10 11 13 17 21 23 23 21 17 14 11
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
4 5 6 8 9 11 12 11 9 7 5 4
Average daily daylight (hrs)
10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 9
Comfort level
Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Hot icon Hot icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity
Average relative humidity (%)
69 70 68 62 60 56 55 57 61 66 69 70
UV Index (max)
2 3 5 6 8 9 10 9 7 5 3 2
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
8 6 5 4 1 - - - 1 2 6 8
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
60 50 40 20 5 - - - 10 30 60 75
Average wind speed (km/h)
25 25 23 20 17 19 24 25 22 22 23 24
Average sea temperature (°C)
16 15 15 16 18 21 23 24 23 21 19 17
Naxos, Greece

Holiday seasons

High season: July and August, when hotel and restaurant prices sky-rocket.

Low season: From March to June – the temperature is cooler, hotel prices are more reasonable and the crowds non-existent.

Note: The winter off-season, from November through February, is generally quiet everywhere; many hotels, restaurants and bars close down and the beaches are deserted. Ferry and air services are dramatically reduced.

Source: Meteorological data for Naxos is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 by the Hellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS) at the closest weather station: Naxos Airport (JNX), located about 4km (2.4mi) southwest of Naxos Town.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: Best time to visit Naxos: 12 May, 2024

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