What's the weather like in Mykonos in May
The last month of spring and the days are certainly heating up towards the summer highs in July and August. The ocean temperature is increasing and the days are longer for spending more time outdoors.
Average temperatures hover in the high teens at 19°C and the average high/low temperatures are a low of 14° and a high of 23°C heading to the summer high of 30°C. This means days are getting warmer and longer with pleasantly mild evenings as spring turns into summer and the beach becomes a hive of activities.
Average rainfall has dropped again to 33mm falling over just 3 days. The wet days are getting less and less frequent and the dry summers will arrive soon. Chances of rain is a low 6% and the chance of a cloudy day has dropped to a low 13%.
Average sunshine hours are increasing to 12 hours a day towards the summer high of 14 glorious hours a day. Chances of a sunny day is high at 49% which is brilliant for this time of year and allows plenty of time to enjoy the resort's attractions.
The average sea temperature has increased to nearly 20°C and is nearing the summer high of 24°C. The water is getting nicer for swimming and beach activities and there is plenty of water sports to keep your days busy.
Mykonos Hotels in May
The Paradise View Hotel opens this month for its summer season and is situated right on the beach. Every room has a balcony or veranda to take advantage of the sea or mountain views from the hotel. Choose from a double, triple or quadruple room in standard or superior. This is one of only a few places that allow smoking in the rooms nowadays. All rooms have air conditioning, TV, fridge, free internet, bathroom, hair dryer, towels, daily housekeeping and double glazed windows to keep any sounds out for a peaceful holiday. Facilities available are a pool, Jacuzzi, snack bar, indoor outdoor cafe and smoking allowed. This is a pet friendly establishment where you can also rent a car for travelling around the island.
Agnandi Mykonos, also only open in summer season, is 500m uphill from the new port and has been recently renovated by the owners. Set in more than 2 acres of lush landscaped gardens this is an idyllic place for your summer holiday. Choose from a studio with sea view, superior studio with sea view, superior suite with sea view or Agnandi Suite with sea view and a Jacuzzi. All rooms and suites have bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens so you can cater for your own holiday and not be restricted by set meal times. Pets are welcome, tours and cars can be booked for you, meals delivered and babysitting can all be requested from the desk.
Mykonos Beaches for May
Worth a visit at any time of year is the pebble beach at Houlakia. The pebbles are smooth and cover the beach except for a small sandy cove on the left side. This is a protected area and no swimming is done here. the area is a great place for watching the sunsets as the sun slowly goes down in the west. The beach is accessible by car or motor bike.
The people at Horseland offer horse riding for all levels of experience on some of the best beaches around Mykonos. They carry full insurance and take you from your accommodation to the beach for horse riding. Enjoy a 2 hour ride from the stables to Fokos Beach along the lake trail. In summer months the ride includes a swim at the beach as well a ride along it.
Dive adventures offer you scuba diving nearly all year round and during May it is recommended you also bring warm clothes to change back into after your dive experience. Located on Paradise Beach you are able to pick a dive that suits your level of experience. Many sites are located within a 15 minute boat ride from Mykonos and you can dive rocky shoals, wrecks and caverns.
Bars and Restaurants
For some of the best moussaka and souvlaki on Mykonos you need to visit Pepper on Kouzi Georgouli. Open every day for lunch this is a family run restaurant where you get great friendly service and free dessert of yoghurt topped with fruit. Servings are generous and made from fresh local ingredients. This place should not be missed. Just ask the locals for directions.
For excellent food try D'Angelo located in Niohori Square just before you arrive at the windmills. The pizza and pastas are great with a mainly Italian menu with some Greek favourites thrown in. The El Greco pizza is particularly good as is the Seafood Risotto. The wine list is extensive and the service friendly and attentive but not pushy. This eatery will not send you off broke as all meals are very reasonably priced.
Things to do in Mykonos in May
A visit to the Panagia Tourliani Monastery located in Ano Mera is an ideal place to go in the cooler weather. Just take a bus from the north station in Mykonos Town. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary and built in the 18th century, this monastery has a marble bell tower covered with intricate and detailed folk carvings. The altar screen is made in the baroque style by artists from Florence and it has many small icons on the green, red and gold leaf flowers. The top of the altar contains the apostles and scenes from the New Testament. A museum is located in the hall with an interesting collection of vestments, embroidered works and wooden carvings.
Starting this month are the self-drive 4X4 tours of Mykonos that operate on Mondays and Thursdays and last for around 8 hours. Most vehicles are manual Jeeps that you drive in convoy following the guides in the lead vehicle. Drive along the coastline past the most famous beaches on the island and the scenic spots of Kalafatis and Marathi, explore a ruined castle at Gizi and visit some amazing places on the island.