Best Time to Visit Zakynthos

Greece Travel Secrets picks the best time to visit Zakynthos, with a monthly summary of the weather, plus hotel prices and special events to help plan a visit.

Zakynthos is a paradise known for its Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters. It's a place where you can enjoy the sun, sea, and sand, but also explore historical sites, enjoy local cuisine, and participate in cultural events.

But when is the best time to visit Zakynthos? Let's take a month-by-month look at the island's weather, hotel prices, and special events.

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Best Time to Visit Zakynthos: Month-by-Month

January is the coldest month in Zakynthos, with average temperatures ranging from 41°F (5°C) to 55°F (13°C). The average rainfall is around 3.9 inches (99mm), and snowfall is rare. Hotel prices are at their lowest, making it a good time for budget travelers.

February sees similar temperatures to January, with averages between 41°F (5°C) and 57°F (14°C). Rainfall averages at 3.1 inches (78mm). Hotel prices remain low, and while there are no major events, the island's natural beauty is still a draw.

In March, temperatures start to rise, averaging between 45°F (7°C) and 60°F (16°C), with rainfall decreasing to 2.4 inches (61mm). Hotel prices remain relatively low, and the Zakynthos Carnival, a vibrant event filled with parades and parties, takes place.

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April sees a significant increase in temperature, with averages between 50°F (10°C) and 66°F (19°C). Rainfall further decreases to 1.6 inches (41mm). Hotel prices start to rise slightly, but it's still a good time to visit before the peak season. Greek Easter often falls in April, a very special time to visit Zakynthos.

May marks the beginning of the warm season, with temperatures ranging from 57°F (14°C) to 75°F (24°C). Rainfall is minimal at 0.8 inches (20mm). Hotel prices continue to rise, but it's a great time to visit for the Zakynthos Flower Festival, a celebration of spring and nature.

June is a popular month to visit Zakynthos, with temperatures between 64°F (18°C) and 84°F (29°C). Rainfall is almost non-existent at 0.4 inches (10mm). Hotel prices are high, but the island's beaches and waters are at their best.

July is the hottest month, with temperatures ranging from 70°F (21°C) to 89°F (32°C). Rainfall is minimal, and hotel prices are at their peak. 

August continues the heat, with temperatures between 70°F (21°C) and 88°F (31°C). Rainfall remains low, and hotel prices are still high. The island's nightlife is best during this month, with numerous beach parties and music events. The Zakynthos International Music Festival (Shapes) also offers a unique cultural experience.

September sees a slight decrease in temperature, averaging between 64°F (18°C) and 82°F (28°C). Rainfall is still low at 0.8 inches (20mm). Hotel prices start to decrease, making it a good time to visit for those looking for a balance between good weather and affordability.

October brings cooler temperatures, ranging from 57°F (14°C) to 73°F (23°C), and rainfall increases to 2.8 inches (71mm). Hotel prices continue to decrease, and the Zakynthos Autumn Festival, a celebration of local culture and cuisine, takes place.

In November, temperatures drop further to between 50°F (10°C) and 64°F (18°C), with rainfall increasing to 3.5 inches (89mm). Hotel prices are low.

December marks the beginning of winter, with temperatures between 45°F (7°C) and 59°F (15°C), and rainfall at its highest at 4.3 inches (109mm). Hotel prices are at their lowest, making it a good time for budget travelers.

navagio-beach-or-shipwreck-beach-zakynthos-unsplash-david-burner-110263.jpgNavagio Beach on Zakynthos

Best Time to Visit Zakynthos: Summary

In conclusion, the best time to visit Zakynthos depends on what you're looking for. If you're after warm weather and don't mind the crowds or higher prices, June to August is your best bet.

If you prefer milder weather, fewer tourists, and lower prices, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons of April to May or September to October.

And if you're a budget traveler who doesn't mind cooler weather and fewer events, the winter months of November to March could be for you. Regardless of when you choose to visit, Zakynthos is sure to offer a memorable experience.

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