Greece offers sunshine, seafood, whitewashed houses with bright-blue shutters, and a relaxed, Zorba-the-Greek lifestyle. As the cradle of Western civilization, it has some of the world's greatest ancient monuments. While it's a late bloomer in the modern age and retains echoes of a simpler, time-passed world, contemporary Greece has one of Europe's fastest-changing cultural landscapes. With its classical past, hang-loose present, and edgy future, Greece offers something for every traveler.

Though sprawling and congested, Athens has a compact, pleasant tourist zone capped by the famous Acropolis — the world's top ancient site. In this historic town, you'll walk in the footsteps of the great minds that created democracy, philosophy, theater, and more...even when you're dodging motorcycles on "pedestrianized" streets. Romantics can't help but get goose bumps as they kick around the same pebbles that once stuck in Socrates' sandals, with the floodlit Parthenon forever floating ethereally overhead.
Climate data for Athens Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug
16.6 (61.9) 20.0 (68)

Month Average high °C (°F) Daily mean °C (°F) Average low °C (°F) Rainfall mm

Jan Feb
13.3 13.9 (55.9) (57)



Nov Dec

22.7 (72.9)

25.2 30.4 33.4 33.7 28.7 23.5 18.8 14.7 (77.4) (86.7) (92.1) (92.7) (83.7) (74.3) (65.8) (58.5)

9.9 10.2 12.5 15.7 20.5 25.5 28.5 28.6 24.1 19.5 15.1 11.7 18.48 (49.8) (50.4) (54.5) (60.3) (68.9) (77.9) (83.3) (83.5) (75.4) (67.1) (59.2) (53.1) (65.28) 6.8 6.8 8.8 11.7 15.8 20.6 23.6 23.8 19.8 15.9 11.7 8.8 (44.2) (44.2) (47.8) (53.1) (60.4) (69.1) (74.5) (74.8) (67.6) (60.6) (53.1) (47.8) 56.9 46.7 40.7 30.8 22.7 10.6 5.8 6.0 13.9 52.6 58.3 69.1 14.5 (58.1) 414.1


(2.24) (1.839) (1.602) (1.213) (0.894) (0.417) (0.228) (0.236) (0.547) (2.071) (2.295) (2.72) (16.303) 10.4 68.9 10.2 67.0 8.1 62.9 6.2 59.5 3.7 52.6 1.9 48.7 1.7 47.6 3.3 57.2 7.2 64.6 9.7 71.9 12.1 71.8 87.1 62.0

Avg. rainy days 12.6

% humidity 70.7

Mean monthly 158.1 168.0 189.1 225.0 303.8 360.0 384.4 359.6 252.0 198.4 144.0 105.4 2,847.8 sunshine hours
Source: Climatebase (temperatures, RH, and sun 1980–2000)[45] World Meteorological Organization (precipitation 1955– 1997),[46]

Things to Do
Acropolis of Athens


The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and containing the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. The word acropolis comes from the Greek words ἄκρον and πόλις. Although there are many other acropoleis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is commonly known as "The Acropolis" without qualification.



The Parthenon is a temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the maiden goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Its construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power. It was completed in 438 BC, although decoration of the building continued until 432 BC. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered the culmination of the development of the Doric order. Its decorative sculptures are considered some of the high points of Greek art. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy, western civilization and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. The Greek Ministry of Culture is currently carrying out a program of selective restoration and reconstruction to ensure the stability of the partially ruined structure.

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens


The Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a colossal ruined temple in the centre of the Greek capital Athens that was dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the Athenian tyrants, who envisaged building the greatest temple in the ancient world, but it was not completed until the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD some 638 years after the project had begun. During the Roman periods it was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world.



Pláka is the old historical neighbourhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. Plaka is built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens. It is known as the "Neighbourhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus


The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone theatre structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens. It was built in 161 AD by the Athenian magnate Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. It was originally a steep-sloped amphitheater with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof made of expensive, cedar of Lebanon timber. It was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000. It lasted intact until it was destroyed and turned into a ruin by the Heruli in 267 AD.

Temple of Hephaestus


The Temple of Hephaestus, also known as the Hephaisteion or earlier as the Theseion, is a well-preserved Greek temple; it remains standing largely as built. It is a Doric peripteral temple, and is located at the north-west side of the Agora of Athens, on top of the Agoraios Kolonos hill. From the 7th century until 1834, it served as the Greek Orthodox church of St. George Akamates.



Keramikos is an area of Athens, Greece, located to the northwest of the Acropolis, which includes an extensive area both within and outside the ancient city walls, on both sides of the Dipylon Gate and by the banks of the Eridanos River. It was the potters' quarter of the city, from which the English word "ceramic" is derived, and was also the site of an important cemetery and numerous funerary sculptures erected along the road out of the city towards Eleusis.

National Archaeological Museum, Athens

The National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the great museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide. It is situated in the Exarcheia area in central Athens between Epirus Street, Bouboulinas Street and Tositsas Street while its entrance is on the Patission Street adjacent to the historical building of the Athens Polytechnic University.

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