A trip to Athens is exciting, exhausting, exhilarating! With its iconic temples, gods, goddesses, over achieving athletes, there’s just so must history, culture and architecture for a tourist to cover. But this is a city that may prove hot to hurry about in. It would be smart to choose the best weather to visit in so that you can explore the cradle of Western Civilization without breaking into a major sweat. Remember to set an easy sight seeing itinerary with your Athens guide; any rush will only serve to tire you out.
The best time to visit Athens begins in May, and carries on through to June and July. This is when the weather is at its best, temperature and rainfall wise. In May, the mean temperature is 69 °F (21 °C) and rainfall less than 0.6″ (1.5 cm) and June sees a mean temperature 77 °F (25 °C) with rainfall less than 0.2″ (0.5 cm). July has a mean of 82 °F (28 °C) and rainfall less than 0.2″ (0.5 cm).
Make sure to skip August; with temperatures pushing 100 °F (38 °C), most locals abandon the city in the first two weeks of this month for their annual vacation. For this reason, it is common for many establishments in Athens to be closed. The city at this time belongs to the tourists, but if you can’t stand the oppressive heat, it is best to avoid Athens at this time of year. Most tourist locations require one to walk over dry hilled areas, and in a lot of cases, many steps; so it can be extremely exhausting for anyone who is not used to the heat.
Late April and the first two weeks of June provides for a relaxed atmosphere- sunny and warm, with little clouds of rain.
September, with a mean temperature of 76 °F (24 °C) and less than 0.4″ (1 cm) of rain is also a good time. By mid September, temperatures begin to cool and the summer crowds have left. This is a lovely time to visit if you want the city to yourself – the kids are back in school and the weather is only slightly nippy so you can dine at the many outdoor cafes that line the streets.
Even during the good months, temperatures tend to be at their peak during midday, so its best to sight see in the mornings and tour the city by night. Not all hotels are air conditioned, so in case you’re traveling in July, make sure your hotel is.
November to February would classify as winter in Athens. Winter in the city is mild, compared to the other cities in the northern hemisphere. It snows not more than once a season, and the sun shines throughout the day. It can be windier than you expect. Outdoor cafes remain open to serve tourists hot tea and coffee. But this is definitely not the best time to make the trip.
With the weather detail sorted out, pick out your Athens tour guide and start exploring the city. Remember to visit the Ancient Agora, the Anafiotika and of course the Acropolis. Shop for jewelry at Byzantino, take a round of the Benaki Museum and climb up onto Mount Lycabettus for a grand view of the city. Catch a classic Hollywood flick at the open air Thiseion Cinema. Follow that up with an evening at Gazi, Athen’s coolest nightspot. And oh, keep your Sunday morning free for a trip to Monastiraki Flea Market.