Best time to visit Athens

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Best time of year to visit Athens

Choose March to May and September to November as the best time to visit Athens. These months guarantee warm sunny days and thinner tourist crowds with lower airfare and hotel prices. Springtime in Athens brings Easter celebrations and wild poppies at the Acropolis, and autumn harvests figs and grapes and celebrates the Day of Ohi. If you don't mind dealing with heat and hordes of tourists, a period between June and August has special stuff to offer: exquisite beaches along with gastronomical explosion with the taste of moussaka, courgette balls, and fresh Horiatiki salad. December being the wettest and gloomiest month, the umbrella should be an integral part of your winter trip. Enjoy hiking as the landscape gets greener from December to February.

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Moussaka ​

Moussaka ​

June–September • food

Greece beats all of the Mediterranean with its layered variation of moussaka

Wild Poppies at the Acropolis

Wild Poppies at the Acropolis

May–June • nature

Bright splashes of red enlivens the ancient stone ruins of the Athenian Acropolis

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–October • activity

Greek seaside tavernas welcome tourists year round, but during the high season people go wild for the beach

Artisan Honey and Baklava

Artisan Honey and Baklava

March–November • food

This golden sweet can be eaten with Greek yoghurt​, or enjoyed in traditional baklava

Horiatiki Salata

Horiatiki Salata

June–August • food

No place on Earth can compete with an authentic Greek Salad in its birthplace

Fruit Season

Fruit Season

May–October • food

Hot greek summers would be incomplete without a juicy fruit plate

Summer Coffee (Frappe)

Summer Coffee (Frappe)

May–September • food

Solving the biggest summer struggle of coffee lovers since 1957

Courgette Balls or Kolokythokeftedes

Courgette Balls or Kolokythokeftedes

April–October • food

Lightly fried spicy zucchini patties served with traditional tzatziki sauce is a perfect way to start any meal

Diving

Diving

May–June | September • activity

Explore ancient submerged treasures while diving in Greece

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

April–May | September–October • activity

Herons, egrets, gulls, warblers, ducks, grebes, owls and​ other feathery fellows will delight your eyes and ears

Dolmades

Dolmades

May–June • food

This authentic Greek dish of ancient origin has many different regional varieties, though none without stuffed grape leaves

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August Full Moon Festival

August Full Moon Festival

August 15, 2019 • event

Athens' monuments bathed in moonlight offer free admission​ only once a year—an occasion not to be missed

Olives and Olive Oil

Olives and Olive Oil

October–March • food

Raw Greek olives are a great seasonal delicacy and don't forget virgin olive oil too!

Holy Week & Orthodox Easter

Holy Week & Orthodox Easter

April 11–19, 2020 • event

Festive traditions feature Lent mourning ceremonies, nightly Easter candle lighting, and coloured egg cracking

Apokries or Carnival

Apokries or Carnival

February 09–March 02, 2020 • event

Before the long-lasting fast, Greeks feast on meat with a huge party that stretches over three weeks

Hiking

Hiking

December–March • activity

The rich architectural heritage and natural attractions of Athens are best explored on a leisurely hike

Figs

Figs

mid-August–September • food

This ancient country still abounds with this ancient fruit

Sea Urchins

Sea Urchins

November–April • food

The creamy texture and pleasant flavours breakdown prejudices about seafood

Athens Authentic Marathon

Athens Authentic Marathon

November 10, 2019 • activity

This Greek marathon will make you travel back to glorious ancient times

Spartathlon

Spartathlon

September 27–28, 2019 • event

One of the world's toughest races covers the distance from Athens to Sparta

Rakomelo

Rakomelo

December–February • food

A strong local spirit that warms up the heart and body

Day of Ohi (Oxi)

Day of Ohi (Oxi)

October 28 • event

Flower garlands and placards all over the streets signify the anniversary of Greece's historic declaration "No!"

Wine Season

Wine Season

September–October • food

Top-notch new Greek wines should be tried first-hand

Kourampiedes (Kourabiethes)—Greek Christmas Butter Cookies

Kourampiedes (Kourabiethes)—Greek Christmas Butter Cookies

early December–early January • food

During Christmas vacation in Greece, try these delicious traditional butter cookies which look like small snowballs

Melomakarona—Greek Christmas Honey Cookies

Melomakarona—Greek Christmas Honey Cookies

early December–early January • food

Christmas in Greece won't be complete without these traditional festive sweets!

Theophania or Epiphany

Theophania or Epiphany

January 06 • event

An inspiring tradition of throwing a cross into the water and diving after it highlights the celebration

Squid

Squid

December–February • food

Greek squid is splendid during the winter months and especially delicious when cooked with spinach, spices, and olive oil

Taramosalata or Fish Roe Dip

Taramosalata or Fish Roe Dip

March | August | December • food

A palatable fish roe speciality​ is an excellent complement to a modest lean Lent meal

Greek Easter Food

Greek Easter Food

April 19, 2020 • food

Lent is over and Greeks finally feast on lamb delicacies like Magirista, Arni Pashaulino, and Tsoureki