Athens in March: Weather & Things To Do

Visiting Athens in March can be a rewarding experience. The sites and museums are quiet, the city is buzzing with events, and the weather is generally pleasant. Here are some of the things you can do in March in Athens.

Athens in March: The city is at its greenest in the early part of spring

Visiting Athens in March

March is a great time to visit Athens, the Greek capital. It's the first month of spring in Greece, with few tourists and relatively mild weather.

Visitors will enjoy sightseeing and exploring the historical sites and the lively neighborhoods. The ancient sites and archaeological museums aren't as busy in Athens in March when compared to summer, and the climate can be much more enjoyable for city sightseeing.

Here is what to expect in terms of weather in Athens in March.

March Athens weather

March is considered to be the shoulder season in Greece. The weather can be best described as variable: it is generally cool, with many sunny days, though rain is not uncommon.

The average temperature in Athens in March is around 10-12C (50-54F). Daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary a lot – the average high temperature is about 16C (61F), while the average low temperature is closer to 7C (45F).

The average sea temperature in March on the Athens Riviera is around 15C (59F). While most people will find it too cold to swim, it's a great opportunity to enjoy the Athens beaches without too many people.

March is a relatively rainy month by Athens standards. Average rainfall data suggests that it one in three days throughout March are rainy. Still, there are plenty of warm, sunny days when you can enjoy exploring what the Greek capital has to offer.

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Athens In March Things To Do

So, you want to go in March, but now wonder what is Athens famous for?

Let's take a look at some of the things you can do in this wonderful city in March, to appreciate its long history, sights, and culture.

Visit the archaeological sites and museums

One of the reasons to visit Athens in Greece is to explore the archaeological sites and museums – and Athens has a lot of them!

In my opinion, March is one of the best months to explore ancient Athens and visit the various museums.

Although the archaeological sites have shorter opening hours, there will typically be no queues, and you can enjoy the ancient monuments without the summer crowds. Similarly, the museums will be quieter during this season.

People who go to Athens in March will be able to take advantage of the reduced entrance fees to the ancient sites and public museums. In addition, entrance is free of charge on the first Sunday in March.

Here's some of the famous sites in Athens you'll enjoy best in March:

The Acropolis of Athens and the Parthenon

The ancient citadel of the Acropolis is the most visited site in Greece, but most people visit in the summer. This means that in March, the visitor numbers are lower, giving the overall feeling of having more time and space to see the archaeological site.

Climb up the hill, and explore the magnificent temples of Parthenon, Erechtheion and Athena Nike. You’ll have lots of photo opportunities with fewer other people around, and the cooler temperatures make for a more pleasant time.

A photo taken of the Acropolis in March

Opening hours: 8.00-17.00, adult ticket: 10 euro. Closed on 25 March.

Read: Interesting facts about the Acropolis and Parthenon

The Ancient Agora of Athens

The Ancient Agora of Athens was the administrative, financial, commercial and social heart of the city. This was the main marketplace in Athens, and also where people met to discuss.

A picture of the temple of Hephaestus taken in spring

Today, visitors can stroll around the Agora, and see numerous ancient ruins, such as the temple of Hephaestus. Do not miss the interesting museum, hosted in the refurbished Stoa of Attalos, one of the first shopping malls of antiquity.

Opening hours: 8.00-17.00, adult ticket: 5 euro. Closed on 25 March.

Read: The Ancient Agora in Athens

The temple of Olympian Zeus

The largest temple ever built by any Greek city-state, the temple of Zeus will impress you with its sheer size. Walk around, and try to find the best angles to take photos including the Acropolis.

The Athens climate March and Temple of Zeus, Athens

Opening hours: 8.00-17.00, adult ticket: 4 euro. Closed on 25 March.

The Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum, which opened in 2009, houses a collection of artifacts found on the Acropolis. Visitors can see sculptures, vases, pottery items and jewelry from excavations which have been going on for many years.

If you visit in March, you can explore this iconic museum at an easy pace, without much interference from crowds of tourists.

Opening hours: 9.00-17.00, adult ticket: 5 euro. The museum offers free admission on 25 March.

Read: The Acropolis Museum

The National Archaeological Museum

A massive museum displaying an enormous collection of Greek art, the National Archaeological Museum is a must for archaeology fans and anyone visiting Athens. Allow at least 3-4 hours if you want to visit the whole museum.

Opening hours: Tue: 13.00–20:00, Wed-Mon: 8.30–15:30, adult ticket: 6 euro. Closed on 25 March.

Read: The National Archaeological Museum in Athens

The Benaki Museum

The privately run Benaki Museum offers an excellent introduction to Greece's long history, with hundreds of artifacts from all eras of Greece. If you have limited time in Athens, this is possibly the best museum to visit.

Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10.00-18.00, Thu: 10.00-0.00, Sun: 10.00-16.00, adult ticket: 12 euro. The museum offers free entrance on Thursdays, 18.00-0.00. Closed on Tuesdays and 25 March.

Museum of Cycladic Art

A 5 minute walk from the Benaki, you will find the Museum of Cycladic Art, hosting a unique collection of the iconic Cycladic idols. Don't miss the excellent display of daily life in antiquity, and any temporary exhibitions. 

Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10.00-17.00, Thu: 10.00-20.00, Sun: 10.00-17.00, adult ticket: 8 euro. Closed on Tuesdays and 25 March.

Changing of the Guards at Syntagma Square

Right in the city centre, you will find Syntagma square. Here is where you will see one of the quaintest Athens experiences, the Changing of the Guards.

Evezones changing guards ceremony in March - Photos of Athens

The Guards, or Evzones in Greek, are specially selected men doing their military service in Greece. They are guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, right in front of the Parliament – a tomb dedicated to all the people who have fought and died for Greece.

The Changing ceremony happens every hour, on the hour, and attracts tourists and locals. At 11 am on Sundays, there is a ceremonial, celebratory procession.

Celebrate Clean Monday

A special day not widely known outside Greece is Clean Monday. This is the first day of the Greek Lent, which is celebrated 48 days before Easter Sunday, and usually falls in March or February.

On this day, Greeks celebrate by flying kites and preparing special vegan and seafood dishes. These are also consumed throughout Lent, as a part of the fasting tradition.

In 2024, Clean Monday is on 18 March. Usually, traditional celebrations happen on Filopappou Hill, walking distance from the Acropolis. You can pass by and see if there's anything going on.

Here is some more information on Clean Monday.

Observe the ceremonies for the Greek Independence Day

You may have noticed that the monuments and most museums are closed on 25 March. This date is the Greek Independence Day, when Greeks celebrate the revolution against the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

This special day is a national holiday all around Greece. It is celebrated with big military and student parades through Syntagma square and the city centre, and many locals attend.

Fun fact: Fried cod fish with garlic sauce is a dish traditionally served on the 25th March, and you will find it in many tavernas.

Explore the street art in Athens

Athens is famous for its street art. Whether an expression of creativity or a political statement, street art is really everywhere in the city.

A photo of street art taken in Athens in the month of March

March is a great month to wander around the different neighbourhoods in Athens, like Psiri, Kerameikos and Metaxourgio, in search of the latest colourful murals and artworks. Pick one of the warmer days with sunny weather, and start exploring.

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Enjoy Greek food

No visit to the Greek capital is complete without enjoying the delicious Greek food.

While you can always find traditional staples such as souvlaki and mousaka, many restaurants prepare special Lent dishes which will appeal to vegetarians and vegans. Try the yellow split peas, or fava, and the black-eyed beans salad – fasolia mavromatika.

Check out my Athens Greece travel tips for more information on Greek cuisine and what you need to know before you go.

Experience Athens with a walking tour

March is an ideal month to take a walking tour of Athens. As there are fewer tourist crowds, you can experience the city with a local guide and have intimate talks about Athens.

Besides the guided tours of the ancient monuments and museums, you will also find guided tours that involve walking through the different neighbourhoods and finding out more about the city's long history.

Church photos of Athens in Greece

What to pack for Athens in March

Given the Athens weather in March can be so variable, it's best to pack a few different clothes that you can wear in layers. While a t-shirt and light jacket might be enough on some days, most people would need a warmer coat at night.

As a rule, the later in March you visit, the warmer the weather is likely to be. Still, you should bring a combination of light and warm clothes, sunglasses, and an umbrella. Don't forget the sunblock either – the March weather in Athens can have some very sunny days, and if you haven't seen the sun for a while, you might catch it quite easily!

March can be T-Shirt weather in Athens, Greece

Frequently asked questions about March in Athens

People visiting Athens in March often ask questions like the following:

Is March a good time to visit Athens?

March is a fantastic time to visit Athens. There are fewer crowds, and entrance fees to the sites and public museums are reduced. The weather conditions are generally pleasant, without the extreme heat of the summer months, June, July and August. The average temperature for March in Athens is 17.0°C during the daytime. 

Is Athens warm in March?

The weather in Athens in March is typically mild, with temperatures ranging from 5 to 16C (41-61F). However, it's important to note that March can be a very unpredictable month, with some rainy days and low temperatures possible. It's best to pack a variety of clothes to be prepared for any type of weather.

What is the weather in Greece in March?

The weather in Greece in March can vary a lot. Generally speaking, the climate of Athens is warmer than areas in north Greece in during early spring. Islands on the south, like Crete or Rhodes, are a few degrees warmer.

Can you swim in Greece in March?

Most people wouldn't enjoy swimming in Greece in March, as the water is too cold. Yet, it can be a great time to go to the beaches and appreciate the quiet landscapes on the Greek islands.

Is March the wettest month in Athens?

The wettest months in Athens and Greece are December, January and February. While March usually has some rainy days, you will typically experience lots of sunshine and some warm days.

Athens in March: Travel Tips, Weather, and What to See

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4 thoughts on “Athens in March: Weather & Things To Do”

  1. Do you have any info on any festivals or cultural celebrations that take place in Athens in late March? I’d love to know if there are any must-see events or traditions that I shouldn’t miss out on.
    Thanks, TW

    • The big one is 25th March which is Independence Day. There will be a few parades through the center of Athens at Syntagma. You can ask your hotel when you get to Athens – it would be a good thing to see in March when you are here!

  2. Hi Dave,
    My friend and I have fallen in love with Greece. Especially the Cyclades. I know March is way off season but we found a crazy cheap fare and are wondering what islands to do that time of year. We have 14 days. Thanks for any help you can give.


    • Hi Kim,
      The weather can be variable – nice sunny days sometimes, overcast others. Perhaps too early for most people to do extended swims in the sea.
      I think we can discount Mykonos – not much going on there at all, unless you want to visit Delos UNESCO site next door (if it is open). In which case 2 days max Mykonos.
      Santorini is an easy fit – It’s not great for swimming anyway, and actually off season it’s a little more pleasant. The air is also less hazy so better for photos on a clear day. Perhaps 3 or 4 days there?
      If you like hiking, you could try Kythnos island for a few days.
      Syros has a nice town and also vibe so you should find something going on there.
      Andros would also be a good island to fit in.
      I hope these give you a starting point of a route to put together!


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