Athens, the capital of Greece, is one of the world's oldest cities having been inhabited for more than 7000 years. Famous for its history and home to the first ever Olympic games, this city is nowadays home to just over 3 million people.
Athens climate information
When is the best time to visit Athens?
Those seeking hot sunshine should visit Athens during the summer months, where temperatures often exceed 30°C and days regularly see 11-12 hours of unbroken sunshine, allowing plenty of time for sightseeing. Those, still looking for some heat, but prefer it a little cooler should visit in spring or autumn, where temperatures are lower, but are still warm enough take in the sights. However, rain is more likely.
Spring in Athens
Spring begins with comfortable temperatures, with March seeing average daily highs of 16.1°C. Rainfall is low, with the average for the month at just 34mm. This continues to fall during the season, with May seeing just 15mm average rainfall. May receives an impressive 9 hours of daily sunshine and average daily maximums of a balmy 25.1°C.
Summer in Athens
Athens experiences hot temperatures throughout the summer months, with June, July and August all bringing average daily highs of at least 30°C, although temperatures of over 40°C have been recorded. August sees the hottest weather and it is also the driest month, with an average rainfall of just 3mm. Long hours of sunshine can be expected during the season, with July bringing around 12 hours of sunshine per day.
Autumn in Athens
Temperatures remain high into autumn, with September seeing average daily highs of a pleasant 28.9°C, falling to 23.7°C in October. In November this falls further to 18.3°C. Average rainfall also increases, with November seeing around 75mm. Sunshine hours fall, and November visitors to Athens can expect around only 5 hours of sunshine per day.
Winter in Athens
Winter brings cooler temperatures, with December seeing average daily highs of 14.7°C. January brings the coldest temperatures, with average daily highs of 13.3°C. Rain remains likely throughout the winter months, with December seeing an average rainfall of 65mm. Sunshine hours are at their lowest during winter. December and January receive only around 4 hours of sunshine per day. Many of the popular holiday resorts are closed during the winter months.
Athens tourist information
The city of Athens is famous for its places of historical importance and ancient ruins. It is also well-known for playing host to the first modern Olympic Games which took place in 1896.
Trading was very important in ancient Greece and gave inhabitants the opportunity to export their wine, olives and pottery to the rest of the world. In the 1930s a successful dairy industry had developed. Today big industries of the area include food, the production of tobacco and textiles. Tourism plays a large part too, as travellers flock to the city to discover its rich history.
Athens International Airport serves the city and its surrounding area. The city also has its own electric rail and commuter train service, as well as regular buses and trams. The two main motorways of Greece both begin in Athens. The A1/E75 travels north towards the next largest city after Greece, Thessaloniki, while the A8/E94 travels west.
The city has a full programme of festivals running through the year. The Feast of the Flowers which occurs in May sees families travel to parks to pick flowers and have picnics. Stages are set up all over Athens for European Music Day in June, where various artists and bands play a range of different styles of music.
Athens is rich in sporting history, including The Panathenaic Stadium which hosted the first modern Olympic Games. Popular sports include football and basketball, and the city even hosts its own marathon.
Athens' many attractions include the National Archaeological Museum displaying historical pieces, the National Garden of Athens with its beautiful plants and flowers, and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens where you can admire the architecture.