4 +1 great reasons to visit the Cyclades in spring

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Looking for some wanderlust inspiration? The Cyclades in spring look and feel like a slice of heaven on earth – here’s why you should head there for an experience that transcends the ordinary.

Tired of the hectic city pace, the grimy streets, and the dreary weather? Take a moment to imagine azure blue skies, pristine golden beaches, and postcard-worthy, whitewashed villages and towns. And that’s just a taste of what awaits you in the Cyclades: A cluster of pearly-white islands smack in the heart of the Aegean, imbued with light, beauty and zestful Dionysian spirit – and the destination of choice for globetrotters and sea-sun-fun and adventure seekers.

While summer often steals the spotlight, the spring months offer a unique charm that elevates the experience to a whole new level. From vibrant landscapes to cultural festivities, here are five compelling reasons to visit Cyclades in spring.

Blooming scenery

If you’ve already been here in the summer – or from what you’ve seen on your Instagram feed – you probably think that the Cyclades are dry, barren and rocky. Right? While this is true for the hot months, in springtime, the look changes completely: Following the winter’s rains, nature blooms – and the arid landscape transforms into a vibrant tapestry of red poppies, purple thyme, and yellow daisies, creating picture-perfect vistas at every turn. Whether you’re exploring the rugged trails of Santorini or wandering through the cobblestone alleys of Mykonos, the beauty of the Cyclades in spring is nothing short of enchanting.

Balmy weather

Some like it hot. But others don’t. If you belong to the latter, March and April’s mild temperatures – around 15°C during the day and steadily progressing to the mid-20s towards May – are perfect for exploring the islands without the sweltering heat of the summer months. Whether you’re hiking along ancient paths, lounging (or even braving a swim!) on secluded beaches, or savouring al fresco meals against the azure Aegean Sea, you’re in for a multisensory experience when you visit the Cyclades in spring. And the best news? You’ll be able to enjoy the fairytale scenery and get fantastic pictures without the tourist hordes!

Authentic Local Experiences

One of the many reasons that lured the first visitors to the Cyclades – starting with the jet setters’ advent in Mykonos back in the 50s – is their characteristically vibrant culture. Spring brings a host of traditional feasts and time-honoured customs to the Cycladic islands, providing the few lucky visitors with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the local way of life. From Easter celebrations teaming with the metaphysical and filled with elation and joy to colourful folk festivals showcasing traditional food, dance and music, there’s no shortage of cultural experiences in the Cyclades during the spring season. Whether you’re following a religious procession amid the labyrinth of Mykonos Town, participating in a Greek Orthodox Easter banquet in Naxos or dancing the night away at a May Day festival in Paros, you’ll find yourself welcomed into the heart of Cycladic culture with open arms.

Exclusive treatment

The Cycladic beaches are world famous – not without reason: Sandy or pebbled, big or small, they feature striking scenery and the clearest, blue waters. That’s why they are flooded every summer with sun-worshippers looking for their place in the sun. The Cyclades in spring, however, offer a more tranquil and intimate coastal experience. With significantly fewer visitors vying for space, springtime allows you to unwind and reconnect with nature in blissful seclusion, whether you’re snorkelling in the turquoise waters of Milos, having a picnic on the pristine sands of Antiparos or even enjoying the 5-star treatment in Mykonos’ most cosmopolitan shores – this time without the annoying, showy-off types that tend to creep in later in the season.

Nicer Prices

The Cyclades in spring also means better rates and prices, with many local businesses offering attractive discounts and rates. Check out the Semeli Town Mykonos 2024 offer and the exclusive opening offer of the sparkling new and highly anticipated Semeli Coast on the island’s wild and untamed side, and save up to 35% on your stay!

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