Mykonos is famous for its bright sunshine, glowing seas, sandy shores, whitewashed buildings, night clubs and parties. And most times, you will enjoy all that and much more. But what happens when the weather puts a damper on your plans? Although in most of the Aegean islands it hardly ever rains, rain showers sometimes happen between October and April. Most locals will stay home when it gets wet, but as you will come to realize, Mykonos can still be a whole lot of fun even on a rainy day. Check out these five things to do in Mykonos when it rains!
1. Explore Mykonos Town
Although rain can be annoying on what is supposed to be a sun-drenched holiday, the rains in Mykonos are generally short-lived. While waiting for the sun to come back out, why not duck into a restaurant or cafe to savour a cup of coffee and tickle your taste buds with some local fare? Mykonos offers options that cater to a wide range of tastes and budgets. It’s easy to get great Greek food at reasonable prices, but it’s also easy to spend a fortune!
2. Visit local museums and galleries
Surprisingly, Mykonos has a lot of museums. And there’s no better time to learn about the local history than on a rainy day. The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos includes a large number of exhibits, ranging from the prehistoric to the late Hellenistic period. The Folklore Museum, housed in an 18th-century sea captain’s house, displays a number of collections of furniture, icons, sculpture, folk musical instruments, costumes and textiles. A special section of the museum is Lena’s House, an authentic 19th-century middle class Mykonian house that is completely restored.
3. Go shopping!
The paths in Mykonos are narrow and the rows of shops are covered, meaning that you can move around easily even with some rain. There are many quaint little shops in Mykonos Town, and you can get many handcrafted goods such as jewelry, soaps, olive oil and other local goods. Support local and don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with shop owners – they’re more than happy to share about a slice of their life.
4. Have a yoga and spa day
Even though you won’t be able to frolic on the beach, one of the best things to do in Mykonos when it rains is to move your body with a yoga session. Yoga Mykonos is the top yoga studio on the island, and they provide both group sessions or private lessons at your hotel, villa or apartment. Group sessions take place every morning and evening. And while you’re at it, why not pamper yourself with a spa session too? They’re a great way to kill a couple of hours, and you’ll come out relaxed and ready to take on whatever comes next.
5. Do a short road trip
There isn’t a better way to see Mykonos than by car, and it’s easy to rent a car for a day to do a short road trip. Most roads are in good condition. The only downside is that there are no connecting roads in Mykonos, and you will usually have to drive back up the same way, going back to the center of the island before you can drive to other parts. That can make planning rather tricky! Most likely you won’t be able to cross out your whole list of places to see, but a short road trip is a great way to see a couple of places even if it’s raining.