Paros, Greece Weather and Climate
Paros and Naxos are Greek islands in the Aegean Sea and belong to the popular island group of the Cyclades.
Both islands have less than 20,000 inhabitants, Paros is located west of Naxos and is about half the size. The two Cyclades islands are only separated from each other by a narrow strip of sea. In the middle of the island of Paros there are two peaks about 750 meters high.
Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades. The Greek word kýklos means circle and describes the circular arrangement of the archipelago, which, depending on the definition and interpretation, between 12 and 20 islands. The outlying islands are appropriately grouped together as “scattered islands” (Sporades).
Besides Paros and Naxos, Mykonos, Santorin, Amorgos, Ios and Koufonissi are the most important “pearls of the Cyclades”. Island hopping, i.e. the combination of several Greek islands, is not only possible in this region, it is also one of the preferred modes of travel.
Climate on Paros and Naxos
The climate in the Cyclades can be described as consistently Mediterranean. The summers on the islands in the Aegean Sea are usually very hot and very dry, while the winter tends to be rainy with mild temperatures. Compared to other regions of Greece, the winter in the Aegean is very mild at around 15 ° C, but sometimes heavy rainfall can occur.
Paros, Naxos and the other Cyclades islands are particularly affected by the Meltémi wind in summer, which begins after the almost windless month of May in the course of June and between July and August can cause a stiff breeze, especially in the afternoon. For bathing vacationers, these north winds make their stay very pleasant, as the intense heat is pleasantly softened.
Windsurfers and sailors especially love these weather conditions. As early as mid- April, the daytime temperatures regularly crack the 20 degree mark, it is mostly cloudless and sunny. But it wasn’t until June that the average daytime temperatures reached 26 degrees and more. The Aegean reaches wonderful water temperatures between 22 and 25 degrees between the beginning of June and the end of October.
After sunset it can get fresher in the evening at any time of the year, but in midsummer the nighttime temperatures of around 22 degrees are perceived as very pleasant. Most of the precipitation falls between December and March, and between June and September you have to expect almost no rain in the Cyclades. We also offer detailed climate tables separately for Santorini and Mykonos.
When to go to Paros and Naxos?
Basically, summer is the ideal time for your Cyclades vacation. April is suitable for walks and relaxing days with good wine, delicious delicacies and the Mediterranean atmosphere. May already brings plenty of sunshine and the flora is in full bloom. In June there is perfect summer weather, although it is usually not too hot.
July and August are absolute midsummer and the main travel time in the Cyclades. The temperatures are high, and so are the overnight prices. September is an exciting month of transition, which is a little more volatile, but still quite suitable for bathing. In October the season on Paros and Naxos slowly ends, but the weather can still be very friendly on most days.
We recommend the months of June to the beginning of October as the best travel time for Paros and Naxos (Cyclades).
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The annual average temperature is 17.7 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is July (24.5 ° C), coldest month of January with mean values of 11.5 ° C. The maximum water temperature is 25 ° C. Comfortable bathing is possible at these temperatures. All but January, February, March and April have a water temperature of at least 17 ° C. Bathing is then possible to a limited extent. The months of June, July, August, September and October have a water temperature of at least 21 ° C and are therefore suitable for a beach holiday.
The annual precipitation is 376 mm. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. There is no rainy season, i.e. months with more than 175 mm of precipitation. Snowfall is generally not expected in any month.
Highlights and attractions
The cities of Parikia and Naoussa are very popular in Paros. Naoussa on the north coast has an old fishing port and in Parikia, the capital on the west coast, there is the beautiful Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral. On Naxos you will find the Kastro castle complex, a lovely old town, some Byzantine churches and the archaeological museum.
Island hopping is also very popular in the Cyclades, where you can go on holiday to several islands, as the distances are relatively short and there are reliable ferry connections. Paros is the region’s transport hub, but most flights land on Mykonos or Santorini. The price level is comparatively high, although there are suitable accommodations for every budget.
Paros and Naxos weather in March, April and May
Average daily temperatures between 16 ° C and 22 ° C can be expected over the next three months. In Paros it gets warmest in May, but March is noticeably cooler.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 16-19 ° C.