Athens in Winter

Are you looking for an interesting place to visit this winter? There are many reasons for placing Athens at the top of your list, including a long-range weather forecast of “mild and sunny weather,” with temperatures at 40 degrees Fahrenheit and above.  The usual rainy periods in January and February are to be expected, and if you happen to be there when the raindrops are falling, head for the museums and restaurants.

Other advantages are these:  Most of the museums are open and you will not have to stand in line, hotel rates are much lower than in the high season, and many high-end stores offer greatly reduced merchandise after the holiday season.  Athens can be a shopper’s paradise in January and February.

The museums in Central Athens are too numerous to list, but they include sites displaying precious art and artifacts ranging from the classical and historical to outstanding collections of Greek folk art, music, theatre, and culture.  The museums which seem to attract the most visitors all year long are the new and stunning Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological, Byzantine, and Benaki museums, and the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art.  An excellent guide to take with you is The Museums of Athens by Aristidis Michalopoulos, a book highly recommended by Matt Barrett, founder of the very popular Greece Travel Guide website.

In addition to enjoying the attractions in Athens, consider a visit to one of the islands close to the mainland.  These include Hydra and Aegina, of course, and also Spetses and Poros.   They welcome visitors during the winter and many of their restaurants and shops are open.  Have you ever visited Epidavros, Mycenae, or Corinth in the winter?  These famous sites are a pleasant drive from Athens, so consider hiring a car or a taxicab.  Or…you may want to book a room in Nafplion or Argolis and plan excursions to the ancient sites from there.  Many Athenians consider “Old Nafplion” to be one of the most beautiful towns in Greece.