Enjoy the pre-Christmas rush in sunny Athens

A glance at the calendar tells you that the autumn gloom is fast approaching, followed by Christmas and its associated hustle and bustle, which is far from being a calm and peaceful time. But don’t despair prematurely, we’ve got a tip for you to recharge your batteries and regain some much-needed energy and well-being.

Why should you go to Athens in autumn?

Do you have Greece pegged as a destination typical of the summer months and are wondering why you should come here in autumn? There are several good reasons:

  • lower airfares and entry prices
  • a holiday without the tourist crowds
  • weather ideal for exploring the city
  • for the hardier, the chance to swim in the sea

Yes, it’s exactly as you read. Athens in autumn has balmy temperatures in the low 20s, perfect for exploring the city, you’ll be sharing the most famous sights with only a handful of other tourists, and as a bonus there’s an off-season entrance fee. If you’re a hardier sea lover, you can even take a dip. And what shouldn’t you miss in Athens?

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Famous sights, flea market and lively taverns

The famous Acropolis, with its main landmark the Pantheon, needs little introduction. When you’re done exploring these impressive sights, head to the neighborhoods that lie beneath the Acropolis. Start in Plaka, where the narrow stone streets and family-run tavernas give you the atmosphere of the Greek countryside, continue to Monastiri with more monuments and a flea market, and end your journey in the artistic district of Psyri. You’re sure to find a nice taverna with live music and great Greek wine to round off the day.

Tip to enjoy Athens: don’t try to catch all the sights but rather settle down with a good coffee on one of the street chairs and soak up the atmosphere. This is also part of the exploration.

A trip to the coast to recharge your batteries

Where else to recharge your batteries and clear your head than by the sea? Hop on one of the buses heading to the coast and enjoy your day at the seaside. After walking around the sights, you’ve earned it. Choose from secluded, uncrowded beaches nestled among the rocky shoreline further out of town, or head to one of the town’s well-kept promenades where delicious seafood restaurants await. Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit, the chances of swimming are high even in the autumn months.