In this guide to Greece travel ideas for spring, I want to share everything I’ve learned about living in and traveling around Greece so you can make the most of your spring break, and plan your Greece trip like an insider.
As spring arrives, Greece transforms into a playground of mild weather and cultural festivities, perfect for adventure without the bustle of summer tourists. This guide delivers insights into the pleasures of spring in Greece, sharing where and how to relish the season’s best—from serene beach outings to festive Greek Easter moments.
What Are The Spring Months In Greece Like?
I’ve been living in Greece since 2015, and would say that Spring is my favourite season. There’s this wonderful feeling of transition as we leave winter behind the flowers come into bloom, and you can sense new life in the air.
The spring weather in Greece is also a lot more pleasant than the summer – we’ve had some crazy hot summers over the last few years. If I had a choice, I’d opt for an eternal Greek spring over an eternal Greek summer every day of the week!
When is Spring in Greece?
As with the rest of Europe, the months of spring in Greece are March, April, and May. The weather gets progressively warmer, drier and more stable throughout these months. As such, if you are planning a trip to Greece in the spring, you might find this useful:
March: If you want to visit towns, cities and museums in pleasant weather but beach time is not important, March can be a great month to visit Greece. March is an ideal time to visit Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, and Crete. Word of advice – Don’t be tempted to visit Mykonos in March, as not a lot will be open and it is way too cold to enjoy the beaches. Find out more by reading: Greece in March
April: Things are starting to warm up, particularly in the southern Dodecanese islands like Rhodes, Symi and Crete where day time average temperatures are around 20 degrees. April can also be a good time to go to Santorini before all the large crowds appear. Check out my guide to the hottest Greek islands in April.
May: The weather in Greece has warmed up nicely, and it is practically summer! While the sea might be too cold for extended swims, the southern islands like Rhodes, Crete and Kos are already seeing their first sun, sea, and sand holidaymakers for the year. Read more at: Best Greek Islands in May
Spring Greece Travel Tip: When planning to visit Greece in Spring, choose destinations which have more than just beach appeal. You’ll want to be able to fill your time with cultural highlights, archaeological sites, pleasant walks, and local hangouts. The bigger Greek islands as well as the main cities are better choices for their variety of things to see and do.
Spring Weather in Greece
Temperatures in Greece during spring vary between 15 to 25 degrees Celsius, making it a favorable environment for various activities such as exploring ancient ruins or relaxing on sun-kissed beaches. For the most part, it is too cold for long swims until mid-May onward, but that doesn’t stop me from braving the chilly sea on a hot day in April when I want a dip!
You can expect sunny days but also some rain. Nighttime temperatures are noticeably chillier. Even on the warmest days you’ll want to swap your daytime shorts and T-shirt for longer trousers and a jacket to eat out at tavernas at night.
As the months progress, rainfall decreases, particularly in the Greek capital, Athens, where the chance of a wet day diminishes over the season, leading to mostly clear skies by the end of May. This warm weather and sunny climate also extend to the Greek islands, creating an idyllic atmosphere for those wishing to escape the bustling cities and immerse themselves in the tranquility of Greek nature.
You’ll find that spring offers the perfect balance between the mildness of early spring and the heat of the summer months. So, why not visit Greece in spring? It’s a season that offers the best of both worlds – warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, yet cool enough to explore the historical sites without the discomfort of the summer heat. Added bonus for going to Greece in the Spring – there’s no overwhelming large crowds to ruin the experience!
Springtime Festivities and Celebrations
Another reason that Greece is an interesting place to visit during the Spring months, is that there are a few interesting celebrations and festivals that will make for a memorable trip.
The Holy Week and Greek Easter
Greek Orthodox Easter, particularly Easter Sunday, showcases unique customs and traditional foods such as magiritsa (Easter soup) – but don’t ask what’s in it because you won’t like it! Eggs are also coloured red, and there is an egg cracking game!
Greek Easter, which occurs in April or late May, stands out as a particularly interesting time to be in Greece, even for those not religious. The Easter celebrations are very important in Greek culture and provide a unique experience that is probably unlike anything you've seen before.
Beyond the religious significance of Easter, it is also used as the time when tourism in Greece starts up again. When you ask on the Greek islands when tourism starts, they will always say after Easter!
25th March Independence Day
Another significant date in the Spring in Greece, is the 25th of March when Greek independence day is celebrated with parades. In particular, if you are in Athens that day, you will see a big military parade which passes by Parliament House in Syntagma Square.
You should know that shops, museums and archaeological sites will be closed on March 25th in Greece, so plan your activities around this date.
6th March – Melina Mercouri Day
A special day in tribute to the Greek actress and politician Melina Mercouri means that archaeological sites and public museums have free entrance on the 6th of March.
18th April – World Heritage Day (International Day For Monuments And Sites)
April 18 marks World Heritage Day, also known as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. Greece provides complimentary access to all its archaeological sites and public museums on this occasion.
Where to go in Greece in Spring
As Spring is a shoulder season in Greece, you’ll want to choose the destinations you visit accordingly. This means you can’t rely on any significant beach time, but should allow for more sightseeing and exploration instead.
Let’s start by looking at the mainland:
The Greek Mainland in Spring
With milder temperatures and less rainfall, you can comfortably explore archaeological sites and immerse yourself in the local culture without having to contend with the harsh summer heat or the summer crowds of the tourist season. As spring unfurls across the Greek mainland, popular destinations to visit include:
In the greek capital, Athens, spring offers the perfect backdrop to explore significant historical landmarks like the Acropolis, Parthenon, and ancient ruins without the summer heat.
In particular the ancient Agora is a delight to walk around, with greenery everywhere and poppies starting to show the reds. It’s a stark contrast to the summer, where the heat has beaten back all the grass and vegetation!
Athens vibrant neighborhoods like Koukaki, Plaka, and Psiri come alive in the spring, offering tantalizing food options, unique cultural experiences, and ample opportunities for photography.
The city’s museums also offer special deals during this season, including free museum entry on the first Sunday of March, allowing visitors to delve deeper into the city’s ancient history.
Athens in spring offers:
- Pleasantly warm weather
- Leisurely strolls through ancient streets and parks
- Exploring ancient ruins
- Sampling the local cuisine
- Soaking in the vibrant street life
It’s sure to offer an unforgettable experience.
Thessaloniki, a city known for its vibrant culture, turns into a cultural hotspot in spring. You can also explore the city without the inconvenience of overcrowding, providing a more authentic and enjoyable experience of city life.
Thessaloniki is steeped in history, with landmarks such as the White Tower, the Roman Forum, the Rotunda, and the Galerian Complex. The city's Byzantine monuments and churches have been recognized by UNESCO for their historical significance, and the waterfront promenade stretches over 6 kilometers along the seafront. It's a perfect spot for walking, cycling, or simply enjoying the view on a nice Spring day in Greece.
Delphi, once regarded as the center of the world in ancient Greece, presents visitors with a unique insight into the country’s rich past. Home to significant archaeological sites like the Temple of Apollo, Ancient Theatre, and the Sanctuary of Athena Pronea, Delphi is a treasure trove of ancient Greek history.
The Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia hosts the Tholos, one of Delphi’s most iconic and photographed spots, making it a must-visit destination for history buffs and photography enthusiasts alike.
Regular day trips to Delphi run out of Athens, making it a natural pairing for a Spring visit to this part of Greece.
Spring is the optimal season to experience the magnificent mountain scenery and lush plains of Delphi, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers.
In the heart of Greece lies Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage site that leaves visitors awestruck with its unique landscape and historical significance.
Home to six Byzantine monasteries built in the 14th century as sanctuaries for hermit monks during Ottoman invasions, Meteora offers a unique glimpse into the country’s religious history. The monasteries are perched atop ancient pinnacles formed thousands of years ago within the Pindus Mountain Range, creating an unusual and striking landscape.
As the spring season sets in, Meteora transforms into a picturesque site with its rock formations and monasteries in full bloom. The mild weather conditions make it an ideal time to explore this awe-inspiring site and gain a deeper understanding of Greece’s religious history.
Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or a photography enthusiast, Meteora promises an unforgettable experience. I personally love hiking in Meteora during the Spring months, as the entire region feels more earthy. It’s a lot quieter then, too!
Greek Island Escapes in Spring
While the Greek mainland is renowned for its rich cultural and historical tapestry, the Greek islands stand out as paradises in their own right.
As spring sets in, the islands transform into verdant havens adorned with blooming flowers, offering serene beach experiences and magnificent views. Whether it’s the caldera villages of Santorini, the serene beaches of Mykonos, or the historical landmarks of Rhodes, each island offers its unique charm, making it an ideal escape in spring.
Santorini, a famous island among Greece’s most well-known islands, is a dream destination for many. Springtime offers an ideal occasion for a visit. With fewer tourists than the summer months, you can explore the picturesque caldera villages, savor the local Mediterranean cuisine, and capture the stunning sunsets without the crowds.
The photo below was taken when I visited Santorini in March. As you can tell by the jackets, it was quite chilly and overcast that day! The thing is, the following day it was bright sunshine and we caught the sun a little. The Spring March weather in Santorini can vary quite a lot!
When you visit Santorini, don’t miss the opportunity to:
- Stay in accommodations with a view of the sea or caldera for an unforgettable experience
- Explore the quaint caldera villages for a picturesque backdrop and plenty of photography opportunities
- Indulge in delightful Mediterranean cuisine at the local restaurants, which is especially delicious in the spring.
Corfu, a verdant island on Greece’s northwest coast, transforms into a paradise in spring. Its hillsides are adorned with vivid colors from purple anemones, blue windflowers, and red poppies, creating a vibrant backdrop for your spring vacation.
The centuries-old olive trees, and picturesque whitewashed villages further enhance the island’s charm, providing ample opportunities for exploration and photography.
The weather starts to warm up later in Corfu than in other parts of Greece. The photo below was taken on the beach in late May – warm enough for some people to swim, but not for me!
Springtime also brings unique opportunities to experience Corfu’s rich history. From the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the medieval Old Town to the bustling social hub of The Liston, and the ancient castle town, Corfu offers a rich tapestry of experiences that blend history, culture, and natural beauty.
Whether you’re interested in history, nature, or simply looking to relax on a tranquil beach, Corfu is an ideal destination for a spring getaway.
Note: I only suggest visiting Mykonos after Greek Easter, and even then you need to keep in mind that many places will be closed. If the nightclubs and beaches are what appealed to you about Mykonos, you are better off visiting June to September.
Known for its lively nightlife and beautiful beaches, Mykonos provides a tranquil retreat during spring. As the island shakes off its winter chill, its beaches transform into tranquil havens, offering sunbeds readily available without the need to contend with the crowds typical of peak season. The serene atmosphere extends to the island’s cafes and bars, where you can enjoy a more personalized service, making your visit a truly memorable one.
The picturesque town of Chora also comes alive in spring, offering a unique blend of tradition and glamour. With its narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses, and iconic windmills, Chora is a photographer’s dream.
Chora in Mykonos is much better without the crowds, but go too early in the Spring, and you might think it feels like a ghost town!
Rhodes, the largest among Greece’s Dodecanese islands, becomes a captivating destination in spring. Its medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, becomes particularly alluring with fewer tourists, offering a unique blend of history and charm. From exploring the ancient city walls to strolling along its cobblestone streets, Rhodes offers a journey back in time.
Outside the Old Town, Rhodes unveils a vibrant side with its scenic strolls and vibrant nightlife. The beaches, less crowded in spring, provide an ideal setting for a peaceful beach experience or engaging in water sports without the summer crowds.
April and May are going to be better spring months to go to Rhodes than March of course when it comes to the weather, but even in March, Rhodes is a welcome break from a cold northern European or US climate!
Outdoor Adventures in Spring in Greece
Greece is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and the possibilities for outdoor activities are endless in the Spring. I find that April is a great month to go bike touring in Greece, and my various tours of Greece in April have included cycling around the Peloponnese, a bike tour on the island of Evia, and central Greece.
Springtime in Greece is also wonderful for hiking on those mountain trails and paths. Many of the Greek islands have networks of hiking paths, making places like Andros and Tinos appealing places to visit in Greece in the Spring.
Spring Travel Tips and Recommendations
To fully enjoy your spring trip to Greece, proper preparation is key. Here are some essentials to pack:
- Light layers like shorts, T-shirts, and a light jacket for cooler evenings
- Comfortable walking shoes for explorations
- High-quality polarized sunglasses
- A stylish hat
- SPF lip balm for protection against the strong Mediterranean sun
- A mini-umbrella – just in case!
In conclusion, spring in Greece is a season of renewal, a time when the country’s natural beauty comes into full bloom, and its cultural scene vibrates with energy. From the charming mainland cities like Athens and Thessaloniki to the enchanting islands like Santorini and Rhodes, each destination offers its unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. So, whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or simply looking for a serene escape, Greece in spring offers an unforgettable experience that will leave you yearning for more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What months are spring in Greece?
March, April and May are the Spring months in Greece. This season offers mild weather and long days, making it a peaceful and enjoyable time to visit.
What is the best month to visit Greece?
The best month to visit Greece is May or September. These months offer lower prices and fewer crowds, while still providing a magical experience with mild, Mediterranean climate.
What is Greek spring like?
Greek spring is a lovely season with comfortable weather in March, warm temperatures, and blossoming nature in April and May, making it perfect for outdoor adventures and beach activities. Enjoy the few crowds and the beautiful scenery during this time.
Is Greece warm in March or April?
Yes, Greece is warm in March, with comfortable and sunny days, especially in Athens and the Greek islands. Northern Greece may be cooler, but still suitable for outdoor activities. March and April are not months to plan a beach holiday specifically, but you may get lucky with the weather!
What are some popular festivities and celebrations in Greece during spring?
Greece celebrates spring with vibrant festivities like Greek Easter, Independence Day, the Feast of Saint George, and the pre-Lenten Carnival. These events showcase the rich cultural traditions of the country.
– Dave Briggs
Dave is a travel writer who's been living in Greece since 2015. His favourite season in Greece is Spring, and he normally leaves Athens around March to start traveling through the mainland and the Greek islands for 6 months every year.
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