Greece Travel Secrets picks the best time to visit Athens with a month-by-month account of the weather, hotel prices and any special events that are happening.
Athens is a riveting mix of history and contemporary culture, with a climate that often surprises the uninitiated. Before we dive into our month-by-month guide to the best time to visit Athens, let's talk a little bit about what you can expect weather-wise in this incredible city.
Athens has, not surprisingly, a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. But remember, it also has its fair share of microclimates due to the surrounding mountains and the sea, leading to some refreshing variations you'll appreciate. Let's dive into what each month of the year brings.
January has average temperatures of around 55°F (13°C), and it is one of the city's wettest months with an average rainfall of an estimated 2.24” (56.9mm). But read our page on Athens in the Rain and you'll discover there's plenty todo.
Snowfall is quite rare, but if you're lucky, you might witness the majestic Acropolis dressed in white. On the hotel front, you'll find some much-needed respite from inflated prices, making it quite an affordable time to visit.
February is similar to January, with temperatures around 57°F (14°C), and average rainfall hitting about 1.84” (46.7mm). No major tourist events occur this month, resulting in lower hotel rates. This time of year offers a quiet, unhurried experience of the city, so it's perfect for anyone who likes to avoid the crowds.
A mild month, March serves up an average temperature of 62°F (17°C), with rainfall decreasing to 1.6” (40.6mm). It also hosts the Athens Half Marathon, an event attracting a good mix of locals and travelers. Hotel prices begin to nudge upwards but are still comparatively affordable.
A balmy 70°F (21°C) is the norm in April, although it still comes with 1.2” (30.5mm) of rainfall on average. The Easter celebrations in Athens are quite a spectacle, with the city coming alive in religious fervor and cultural fun. Read all about Easter in Athens. Expect hotel prices to rise during the Easter period though.
The Athens weather in May steps up the heat, bringing average temperatures of 79°F (26°C), but still with moderate rainfall of about 0.9” (22.9mm). Towards the end of the month, you can enjoy the Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival, and while hotel prices go up a tad, it's a good time to visit.
June marks the start of the hot Athens summer. With average temperatures nudging 88°F (31°C) and the raindrops more or less disappearing, suntan lotion is a must. Consider attending the Release Athens Music Festival, which typically occurs in the summer months. Hotel rates are at their peak during this season, so book in advance!
July is the hottest month, averaging 91°F (33°C), with virtually no rainfall. It marks the start of the outdoor cinema season, which is an essential part of Athens’ summer culture. Hotel prices stay high, so early booking is key to securing a good deal.
August continues the scorching Athens climate trend with averages still at 91°F (33°C), but remember that these are averages and it often gets much hotter. We know from experience! With locals often out of town and other tourists avoiding the heat, Athens becomes a quieter version of itself. Despite the Athens Epidavros Festival, hotel prices usually decrease slightly due to the mass exodus.
September, often considered one of the best time to visit Athens, delivers an average temperature of 84°F (29°C), and rainfall is still minimal. Local tourism picks up again, along with hotel rates but it's typically less crowded and more enjoyable.
October brings temperatures down to a more comfortable 74°F (23°C), coupled with slightly increased rainfall around 2.05” (52.1mm). Hotel rates start to dip post summer.
November carries you into the start of winter with an average temperature of 64°F (18°C) and rainfall increasing to around 2.3” (58.4mm). Besides the Athens Authentic Marathon, there aren't many major tourist events in November, and hotel prices continue a slight decline.
The Athens weather in December brings on the cold, presenting an average temperature of 59°F (15°C), coupled with a rainfall of 2.7” (69.1mm). While a rare snowfall could be in the offing, Athens really shines in the holiday season, with festive decorations and fun-filled events. Hotel prices are at their lowest, making it one of the most cost-effective times to visit.
Hopefully this guide helps you pick the best time to visit Athens, and remember that Athens' temperate climate ensures an enjoyable trip no matter when you decide to go.