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Best Times to Visit Athens

The best times to visit Athens are between March and May and from September to November. Weather during these spring and fall months is agreeable and sunshine is pretty much a guarantee. Not to mention, crowds are thinner and hotel and airfare deals are easier to come by than in summer. But if you choose to visit between December and February (Athens' winter season), don't fret. Though chilly, Athens' winters are relatively mild, thanks in part to Greece's Mediterranean location. June through August, meanwhile, bring stifling heat and hordes of tourists, so sightseeing can be a bit uncomfortable and quite a headache at this time.

Weather in Athens

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Average Temperature (°F)
54.5
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60.3
44.1
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Average Precipitation (in)
2.24
1.84
1.6
1.21
0.89
0.42
0.23
0.24
0.55
2.07
2.3
2.72
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

March-May

Spring's pleasant temperatures (which hover between the mid-40s and high 70s) and more affordable accommodations and flights make this season an excellent time to visit. Plus, you'll have more elbow row at the Acropolis and Ancient Agora, since most visitors time their visits during the summer. Just keep in mind that Athens is less than 10 miles away from Greece's coast, so you'll want a light jacket to protect yourself from spring's biting winds.

June-August

Between June and August, many Athenians – including restauranteurs and shopkeepers – head to the beach or smaller villages to escape the heat and large influx of tourists that commandeer the city. As a result, some local businesses may be closed in summer, meaning you may have a harder time grabbing a bite to eat or shopping for souvenirs. You'll also have to deal with summer temperatures that often skyrocket into the 90s. On the positive side, a large number of festivals are hosted here during the summer months.

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September-November

Pleasantly warm weather and deals on hotel rooms make the fall a good time to experience Athens. Daytime temperatures generally sit between the mid-60s and mid-80s but may occasionally drop into the high 40s at night, so pack a light jacket. You can also take full advantage of the city's restaurants, shops and nightclubs, which reopen in September when locals return to the city.

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December-February

If you're planning a winter trip, make sure to pack an umbrella; on average, December is the wettest month of the year. Also, January highs are commonly in the 50s, so the weather really isn't much of a draw. However, if you don't mind the brisk temps and lack of consistent sunshine, you're sure to get a great price on a room.

Key Events:

  • Athens Carnival (January-February)

Popular Times to Visit Athens

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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