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Best Time to Visit Athens

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Athens is the capital of Greece and one of the more popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean region.  The city is surrounded by three major mountains while the interior of the city is primary built on 12 distinct hills.  The hills also benefit the locals and tourists alike in that they provide you with a refuge from the crowded streets and the noise of the city.  The crowds and the summertime heat can become a bit of a deterrent when it comes to vacationing there during that time of the year.  So when is the best time to visit Athens?

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This is a question that you can’t answer with just one period of the year so in a sense it is all a matter of personal preference.  However, most people who travel to Greece frequently will tell you that you should visit Athens in either the spring or the fall.  During some heat waves, the summers tend to be quite dry and hot although this is rare.  But the summers still tend to be more unpleasant than these two other seasons.

Wintertime can be iffy, but if you can tolerate the occasional rainy or snowy days, it is the best time to visit Athens because it is the “low” tourist season and the best time of the year for saving some significant money on a nice vacation.  Another plus about visiting Athens this time of the year is that you can enjoy the city without having to deal with the crowds of international travelers and tourists.

Although you will encounter more tourists and travelers in the spring and fall than you would in the wintertime, there is a good possibility that it won’t be as bad as the months of June, July, August, and September.  But the best reason to visit Athens during the spring and fall is because the weather is literally perfect.  Although the days still warm up a bit, they are much more pleasant than the dry, hot days of summer and the evens are nice and cool but not cold.

During the months of April, May, October, and November, the high daily temperature rarely hits 80° F and the average is in the high 60’s.  The nights are cool and pleasant with the temperatures averaging between the low and high 50’s.  Athens has been likened to San Francisco in that the temperatures rarely get below freezing there during the winter.  Every few years there is the possibility of a freak snow storm blowing through in early spring or late fall, but this is also a rarity.

You should always check out the weather forecast prior to taking your vacation or visit one of the Athens tourist sites to see what the averages are during that period that you want to visit the city.


Hotels in Athens

Hotel Ionis-roomHotel Ionis
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Average Rating: 7.3

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Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

3 responses to “Best Time to Visit Athens”

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  1. Giovanni Tuzzato says via Facebook:
    December 10th, 2011 at 19:21

    Con Venere com i migliori hotel al minor prezzo.

  2. Anna Minoli says via Facebook:
    December 10th, 2011 at 19:28

    Beh..sinceramente Atene non è esattamente una delle Capitali dove ritornerei domani mattina..

  3. Deluxe Boutique Hotel Palea Poli says via Facebook:
    December 12th, 2011 at 15:40

    It worths visiting naousa imathias too! In naousa you can visit wineries( since naousa is the city of wine), and crusial archaeological spots such as the tomb of Philip (father of Alexander the Great) and Aristotele school ( the place that Aristotele taugh many young men, among them Alexander the Great). Visit us:)

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