When to go to Athens: climate, best period and tips month by month

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Joel Fulleda

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Athens is a lively city, full of important finds and now an attractive low cost destination for many tourists. Although it has undergone several changes over time, it remains one of the most prestigious places that history has known. Philosophy, art, politics, democracy: it all started from the capital of Greece.
This wonderful land can't wait to welcome you to lead you among its monuments, its fascinating streets and every corner.
It is useless to underline how clear the waters are and how characteristic the Greek coasts, among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. When to go to Athens, therefore? What is the best and cheapest period? Let's find out together!


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Athens: the cheapest period
  3. Athens in Spring
  4. Athens in Summer
  5. Athens in Autumn
  6. Athens in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: spring (April-May) and early autumn (October-early November) to visit the city, summer (June-September) by sea and beaches. In general, however, it is always enjoyable
  • Period to avoid: none in particular, but from the second half of November to February it is colder, the days are cloudy and it rains more often, although not a lot.

Athens can be said to be a place that can be visited all year round, with a Mediterranean climate that includes mild and sometimes rainy winters (it may rarely snow) and sultry, long and sunny summers.
Athens in the summer is the hottest European capital with temperatures that can reach 40 ° C, while from November to February the sky is often cloudy and the maximum rainfall peaks are reached, which overall are not abundant.

From January to March it never drops below 5 ° C and the maximums are around 14 ° C, from April to May it goes from a minimum of 9 ° C to a maximum of 24 ° C.
From June to August the real heat begins with average temperatures reaching 33 ° C and peaks up to 40 ° C.
From September to December the weather begins to become milder again, with lows around 12 ° C and maximums around 23 ° C.

When to go to Athens: the cheapest period

Athens is not that expensive such as Mykonos or Santorini, and since the beginning of the recession we all know, prices have fallen even more significantly. Said this, it is better to go in the low season as in late summer, when it empties of many tourists and prices drop, or in January and February, since being the cooler months it is less crowded.

Athens in Spring

Athens has a pleasant climate in spring: it is not very cold and during the day you do not suffer particularly from heat. It is a fairly short spring, because it only affects April and May, since in March the temperatures are more wintery and in June they start to rise.
This is the right time to dedicate yourself to visiting the city in all its splendor, with its monuments, architecture, acropolis, agora, squares, archaeological sites ... in short, everything that can be seen in the open air.
In April you may find yourself for the Easter holidays which are very heartfelt and celebrated here, with fireworks and various celebrations. The 23 April celebrates San Giorgio with songs, special rites, horse races and much more. Finally, at the end of May there is a dance festival called Hania in memory of the battle of Crete with conferences, concerts and exhibitions.

Athens in Summer

The Athenian summer is long, and it could become even hotter than it normally is due to the Meltemi, "hot" winds that strike between July and September. If you suffer particularly from the heat, it is better to wait for the spring or autumn season to travel.

From June to August is the time when the sea water is most pleasant with temperatures around 24 ° C: perfect for swimming! Keep in mind that in June it could still be cold, more or less around 21 ° C. Consequently, in the height of summer what I recommend is to head to the coasts and cool off with a nice bath in the beautiful Greek waters.
While exploring the city could be quite tiring due to the heat and you could risk sunburn, on the other this is the period in which most of the events and parties take place:

  • Hellenic Festival: held in the Theater of Herodes Atticus, under the Acropolis, since 1955. From June to September it offers many events such as classical music, modern and ancient theater, jazz music.
  • Epidaurus Festival: held between July and August and staged ancient Greek dramas, music, shows, dance.
  • Music festivals: international jazz and blues festival which takes place in June, in the Lycabettus theater; Rockwave Festival in August dedicated to international groups and the European Day of Music, dedicated to soloists.

Athens in Autumn

A little like spring, autumn is one of the most pleasant times to visit Athens since there is little heat and the rains are scarce. Furthermore, there are not many visitors and the sea still allows you to indulge in the last swim of the season. In this period Athens and all of Greece take on wonderful shades, the trees begin to change color and the landscapes become particularly fascinating.

Take the opportunity to walk, visit museums, explore the night views: in the evening, observing the scenery of the illuminated city from the Parthenon to the sea is a sight not to be missed!

Athens in Winter

Winter in Athens is magical and almost all Greek cities give their best: now it is no longer time to enjoy the sea and the beaches so, especially during the Christmas holidays, Athens becomes the ideal destination for a winter escape. At Christmas the temperatures are not excessively low, ranging from 7 ° C to 14 ° C, but if you hope to see snow you will be disappointed as it is very rare.
In January, temperatures range from 5 to 13 degrees, while in February it is easy to run into climatic instability, with alternating mild weather and cold waves.

During the winter you can visit art galleries, museums like that of the Acropolis or the Archaeological Museum. However, the fact that there is no real frost allows you to walk through its streets, discover its squares and its neighborhoods. Thanks to the freezing and very clear days, you can take the opportunity to admire wonderful views from the many vantage points on the hills in which Athens is set. They are all within walking distance and some of the most famous are Aeropago, Filoppapos, Pnyx, Muse, Ninfe and Lycabettus (the latter being the highest).

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: bring both heavy and light sweaters, as if you enter the premises in the evening the heating is kept high. A windproof jacket and a scarf to protect you from the fresh wind.
  • In summer: pack light, breathable clothing, comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat to prevent burns.
  • In autumn and spring: bring practical and light clothes with you, comfortable shoes for long walks, a jacket and a sweater for the evening in case there is some fresh air.

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