I often get asked when the best time to visit Athens is. The answer is a simple one. August. No. I am not crazy! Sure, it may be a little hotter at that time of year, but there are also several big advantages. Read on to find out what they are.
Athens on Vacation – Why You Should Visit in August
August is a great month to visit Athens on vacation. The reason? It feels like the entire city empties. This is the month when Athenians traditionally go on holiday for two or three weeks. After the great exodus when they drive out to the villages, coast, and islands, Athens becomes a much quieter, calmer place.
Streets are silent, the traffic is noticeably lessened, and you can even find car parking spaces. Crazy, I know!
The entire city feels eerily quiet at times. I can imagine this is how Athens would look if somebody sounded an evacuation warning.
Visiting Athens on vacation in August means it is a lot easier to explore some of the side streets and discover new things. I found this amazing street art whilst out walking. I love the way it is spread out over the pillars!
Even this busy street around the Polytechnic in Exarchia was quiet. In fact, I had been meaning to see this building again for a while. The last time I was there, it had become daubed in graffiti. Check out the picture below to see what had happened to it, and read about it here – Athens Polytechnic Graffiti. Yes, it is the same building!
It does mean that a lot of businesses close down for the month. This will not affect tourists to Athens however. The restaurants, shops, and services that cater to tourism remain open throughout August. The same applies to the archaeological sites, and the museums in Athens.
If you live in Athens
So, if you actually live in Athens, when is the best time to go on vacation away from the city? In my opinion, the end of August and the beginning of September when everyone gets back! Why? Well, the prices will start to drop at the coastal resorts, and they will be emptier of tourists of course! Writing this as everyone returns to Athens from their vacations, I am about to leave on mine. 10 days in Lefkada and the western Ionian coast await. Expect to read all about it over the next few weeks!
Further Information About Athens
I have put together some other guides on Athens that you might find useful when planning your trip.
2 Days in Athens – A guide on what to see and do during 2 days in Athens
Day Trips from Athens – A selection of the best day trips from Athens
Ultimate Guide to Athens – All my guides to Athens in one place. The ultimate guide to Athens!