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Best Time to Visit Athens and Santorini

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Cup of Herodes Atticus Amphitheater of Acropolis, Athens.

Athens, Greece.

The shoulder seasons of autumn and spring represent the best times to visit Athens and Santorini, as the weather and lack of crowds allow travelers to enjoy these destinations to the fullest.

Greece’s Mediterranean climate covers its capital, Athens, in sunshine during the warmer months, and sparkling seas surrounding famous Greek Islands like Santorini shimmer under the golden light. Families, honeymooners, and eager adventurers flock to the sun-washed Greek destinations year-round, though the following information outlines the best times to visit, depending on your travel preferences.

We guide you through everything you need to know about the best time to go to Athens and Santorini, as well as sharing a Greece Travel Guide to inspire your itinerary.

  1. Best Time for Great Weather
  2. Best Time for Families with Children
  3. Best Time to Avoid the Crowds
  4. Best Time for Couples or Honeymooners
  5. Book for the Best Time in Athens & Santorini

Best Time for Great Weather

Cruiseship on Santorini Island, Greece.

Santorini Island, Greece.

Best Months: April • May • June • September • October

The best time to travel to Athens and Santorini will vary depending on your top priorities and objectives for your Greece vacation, but autumn and spring typically provide the perfect weather in both.

During these times, particularly the months of April through early June and September through October, the warm sunshine and little rain are ideal for exploring the history of Athens and the sparkle of Santorini’s coast. While the summer months of late June through August are the high season, they are also the hottest and the extreme conditions can become uncomfortable.

Best Time for Families with Children

Family at the Island of Santorini in Greece.

Santorini Island, Greece.

Best Months: April • May • June • October • November

There is no better time to explore the inspiring heritage of Athens and the gorgeous sun-kissed shores of Santorini than in autumn and spring. These times invite families with children to enjoy the glamorous Grecian lifestyle without worrying about the crowds and overwhelming heat.

Furthermore, parents can plan in advance to ensure their vacation dates fall within school breaks so as not to disrupt their children’s education. Many families visit during summer, making autumn and spring all the more perfect for bonding with your family, with fewer distractions.

Best Time to Avoid the Crowds

Poseidon Temple in Athens, Greece.

Athens, Greece.

Best Months: April • May • September • October

Athens, Greece’s capital, is a bubbly cosmopolitan city that welcomes hundreds and thousands of travelers year-round, while Santorini is a popular Greek island featured in many Greece itineraries.

Both become crowded during the high season of summer, making it difficult to completely enjoy the storied history and surreal scenery. Therefore, we recommend planning your Athens and Santorini vacations for the autumn and spring months, as they are less popular. While some restaurants and bars may close during these low periods, all of the essential experiences will be available.

Best Time for Couples or Honeymooners

Couple in Santorini Island, Greece.

Santorini Island, Greece.

Best Months: April • May • September • October

Whether you wish to explore the fascinating fables and mythology of ancient Greek architecture or sip cocktails by the sea as the sunset burns the sky orange, you will find comfort and pleasure exploring the city and island during the spring and autumn seasons, specifically in April and May or September and October.

During these times, couples can embrace more seclusion than in the peak season and enjoy gorgeous weather that will enhance experiences. When visiting Greece at the right time, you can easily discover why the wonders of Athens and the glinting beaches of Santorini are featured on the bucket lists of many honeymooners and couples, offering, as they do, perfect romantic getaways.

Book for the Best Time in Athens & Santorini

Caryatid porch of the Erechtheum, on the Acropolis at Athens, Greece.

Athens, Greece.

Athens is an awe-inspiring ode to Greece’s archaic mythology and Santorini is a stunning Greek island that bursts with charm and sensational scenery.

Both are best enjoyed during autumn and spring, when the weather is warm, there is little rain, and the crowds return home. Let Zicasso take you to these iconic destinations on our handcrafted Athens & Santorini vacations. If you wish to know more or want to plan your trip, find more information with our Greece travel guide.

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