Athens in May

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Athens in May 2024 – is it worth going? Weather, temperature, what to wear, how busy is it, prices in hotels and on excursions. What to do in Athens in early May and late spring, where to visit in Greece – found out good Time for Trip.

May is not the best month in terms of beach holidays. At least, if we are talking about Europe: the air in some places, maybe, warms up to +30 °C, but the sea does not think to match!

Is it any wonder that travelers who have heard about such wether’s tradition are not inclined to scatter valuable vacation days. And therefore they prefer to use the official May holiday to the maximum! So, if the tourists plan trips in Europe trough this period, then the short ones.

This is usually the best strategy. But, as with any rule, there are exceptions

We invite you to explore one of them – in May, Athens, the capital of Greece, deserves at least a 3-5 day trip.

That is, of course, it isn’t alone. After all, the distances in Greece by American standards are simply ridiculous. And by renting a car, in a week you can drive around literally the entire continental part of the country.

What Else

In order not to waste time in Greece, in May it is worth seeing not only Athens. But also pay a visit to Delphi and Meteora, make an extensive tour of the Peloponnese.

You can see the ruins at Olympia, explore the mysterious city of Mystra, spend some time at the legendary Sparta. Yes, and soak up the beautiful beaches somewhere near Kalamata will obviously not be superfluous!

Then, if there is time, rush to the islands: Crete and Corfu in May flaunt emerald greenery and the sea there has an incredible color. So bright that it makes you suspect a fresh paint job!

Equally, experienced tourists know that May is perfect time for a holiday in Rhodes. The warmest island in Greece, geographically close to Turkey.

Weather in Athens in May

Contribute to active pastime – the habit of constantly inspecting something on your own or with a guide will haunt you all free time.

And how could it be otherwise, if one clear day will kindly replace another? And the warm air, filled with the aromas of blooming nature, provokes walking not only from dawn to sunset, but even at night.

Truly, May in Athens is perhaps the best time of the year. Magical, promising, teasing, exciting the imagination and charging with unprecedented energy

May in Athens is warm but not too hot time

After all, it would seem – you will get tired, examining the ancient ruins (located mostly on the hills) all day long at temperatures of +25-30 °C? But no – the next morning you will be ready for similar feats again. What’s there – on a velvet evening you truly can’t leave the streets of Athens)


Closer to the Facts

In 2023, in early May the air temperature in Athens during the day fluctuated in a rather modest range of +19-22 degrees Celsius. But two years earlier, noticeably large values were recorded – day temperature reached +28-30 °C.

However, in most cases, during this period of the year, something around +22-25 °C flaunts on Athens street thermometers

At night it gets cold up to +16-18 °C. But last year the temperatures dropped even lower – there was +14-15 °C after sunset in Athens in May.

So put a jacket or even a pullover into travel case – you certainly won’t regret it! Especially if you are going to diversify purely urban walks with a trip to the mountains – for example, in order to climb Mount Olympus.

By mid-May, in Athens is getting warmer – thermometers show up to +26-28 °C! Although sometimes weather forecasts promise a real above +30 °C.

Almost every year in the end of May, Athens observe pretty sultry weather: during the day temperature may up to +30-32 °C. And there is clearly a readiness for the imminent onset of summer in the atmosphere – the freshness is gradually disappearing. Even at night the air cools down only to +23-25 degrees Celsius.

Rains at this time are vanishingly rare, and there is really a lot of sunshine

On the one hand, it guarantees low humidity and (in most cases) good feelings. And on the other – it makes you not forget about sunscreen, long-brimmed hats and sunglasses.

Yes, in principle, you should remember and about other things necessary in the coastal areas. Since in Athens at the end of spring it is quite possible to think about swimming!

Sea Temperature

Yes, perhaps, in Athens itself you don’t want to swim or just take a dip – the transparency of the sea leaves much to be desired. But as soon as you take a trip to the nearby lying beaches, to Alimos or Glyfada, your dreams of refreshing will come true!

The sea temperature in Athens in May, of course, is not ideal for swimming: from + 17-18 °C on the Labour Day to +20-22 °C- on the threshold of summer. But tourists familiar with the weather conditions of Blackpool or Brighton, of course, will not fail to swim in the Saronic Gulf on the Aegean Sea at sunset of spring.

Moreover, getting out of the water at this time of the year is already quite comfortable. After all, the air often warms up to +30 °C, and the winds are weak!

Prices 2024

To rent an apartment or a hotel room in Athens in early May (not in the very center of the city), a couple of travelers will need from 60-70 € per day. That sum, for example, wants to get from their guests the owner of a 50-meter apartment Art island house. Which has all the equipment necessary for a comfortable life and is not so far from the main city’s attractions – 10-15 minutes on foot.

Not quite ideal, but still well located and Metro Fix Cosy Apartment – in 15-20 minutes from here you can walk to the Acropolis. The total area of the flat is 45 m2, there is a balcony and all household appliances necessary for a modern person. And, most importantly, here you can accommodate a company of up to 4 people!

About the same distance from the city center is Zoe’s Studio. According to recent reviews, “clean and comfortable apartment”. Obviously, it has earned a rating of 9 on Booking for a reason – you need to book this flat for May dates no later then in Februar.

What to Do in Athens in May

Obviously, seeing the Parthenon on the Acropolis hill is the main desire of a traveler visiting Athens for the first time. Experienced people, however, advise not to get hung up on such a clearly prominent and insanely popular attraction – it’s too busy and overcrowded in Athens throughout whole May.

On the contrary, it’s recommended to see the Erechtheion temple on the northern edge of the hill. Or to enter the New Acropolis Museum, where the originals of famous ancient Greek statues are exhibited.

Also, take some time to visit the beautifully preserved Temple of Hephaestus on the Athenian Agora

Is the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens busy in May?

Of course, you should make an attempt to experience the real Greek flavor in the lively Monastiraki square. And be sure to walk around the most authentic Athenian district, the famous Plaka.

Moreover, on May evenings you can do this even in the approaching evening twilight

During you first trip to Athens, it’s better to begin your acquaintance with the city from guide walking tour through the iconic places. And only then explore the remarkable sights on your own.

Where to Go Nearby

In addition to the trip from Athens to the beaches, which looks especially relevant at the end of May, you should definitely take some longer travellings through Greece. For not seeing some legendary places of this country is almost a crime.

Let’s again emphasize the need to visit the sanctuary at Delphi. Possibly the greatest influence on the entire course of Greek and human history in general.

Moreover, to turn back and forth from the Greek capital (distance – 160 km) in one day is more than realistic

If you want to see the Meteora Monasteries, it is worth planning a full day trip from Athens. Since the distance of more than 400 kilometers in only one direction can’t be overcome faster than in 5-6 hours.

There are excursion programs that allow you to connect Delphi and Meteora in one route. But they are usually designed for 2 days!

But the Corinth Canal, ancient Mycenae, the coziest seaside Nafplio are located much closer to the Greek capital. And they can even be visited on their own in 10-11 hours

It takes less than 3 hours to drive from Athens to Sparta. In the neighborhood of which there is also the city-fortress of Mystras. Originating during the Byzantine Empire and built from stones taken from the ruins of Sparta.

The unusual and therefore beloved by tourists Pyrovassia festival traditionally takes place from May 21 to 23 in northern Greece – in the villages of Langadas and Ayia Eleni, not far from Thessaloniki. The main “highlight” of the holiday, held annually by local residents, is walking on coals.


It is quite natural in May to want to get from Athens to Santorini. After all, when else to admire the snow-white island, stretched out on the smooth surface of the turquoise sea, if not in such an optimistic time?

Moreover, in practical terms, this intention is easy to implement without the flight. As the ferries regularly run from Piraeus near Athens to Thira, the main harbour of Santorini.

Moreover, the fastest of them, hydrofoil catamarans, cover almost 300 km in 5 hours

If Santorini can be a destination for one day (it will be hard), then the idea of  visiting Crete will waste much more of your time. Yes, and getting to the biggest Greek island from Athens by the sea is quite hard.

However, even in early May, Crete will leave a completely enchanting impression – it looks so fresh and bright!

An interesting destination for a seaside holiday at late spring is the Greek resort Parga. Lost on the coast of the Ionian Sea, this small coastal town is dearly loved by the Greeks themselves.

May turn out to be a real discovery in May and the nearby Kerkyra, better known as Corfu! However, to visit this island, provided you start from Athens, you will need at least 2-3 days.


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