Great Things To Do In Athens In Winter

  • by XpatAthens
  • Friday, 27 January 2023
Great Things To Do In Athens In Winter
Athens is an amazing city worthy of exploration all year round!
Thanks to a milder climate, wandering around Athens in winter is a truly pleasant experience. Although the capital of Greece offers numerous opportunities, let’s discover some of the best things to do in Athens during the colder months.

Wander Anafiotika & Plaka

Anafiotika Plaka
Anafiotika is located in the neighborhood of the Acropolis, and it is one of the most charming areas of the city. It was founded in the 19th century by the inhabitants of Anafi, a Greek island. Anafiotikas’ architecture and flair definitely mirror the ones from this Cycladic Island. The white small houses and the narrow paths will bring you back in time. You will even forget that you are in 21st century Athens.

A few steps away from Anafiotika you will find yourself in the heart of Plaka. This is another typical area of the city which is famous for its architecture. Here you will find many shops to buy souvenirs for your beloved. These include Greek olives, olive oil soap, ouzo, and much more.
Visit The Acropolis

When spending some time in Athens, it is always worth visiting the Acropolis, a symbol of the Greek capital city. Built in the 13th century BC, the Acropolis has much more to offer besides the Parthenon. The World Heritage Site, protected by UNESCO, is an example of the finest Greek classical sculpture and architecture. A traveler can appreciate its majesty from every part of the city.

In order to reach the top of the Acropolis, you have to walk through olive trees surrounding the steps, and once on top, the view over Athens is simply stunning. Climbing over the Acropolis is an amazing idea for a winter Sunday morning, as on that day of the week the entrance to the site is free for everyone from the 1st of November to the 31st of March.

Take A Rest At The National Garden

National Garden Athens

The National Garden is located close to the Hellenic Parliament and the Presidential Residence. It was initially conceived as the garden of the latter building, but nowadays it belongs to the city of Athens, which makes it possible for everyone to enjoy it all day long.

Walking through the 15-hectare garden is a delightful experience, even in an Athens winter. If you are traveling with children, they will undoubtedly appreciate the many birds and animals which populate the garden, which is also extremely appropriate in the case of a romantic getaway.

Climb Mount Lycabettus


Being 300 meters above the sea, Mount Lycabettus is the highest point in Athens. It can be reached either by funicular or, alternatively, you can opt for a walk to the top. From the top, you can enjoy one of the most astonishing views of the city. Go there at night, to see the twinkling lights of Athens in winter. For those who plan on spending New Year’s Eve in Athens, Mount Lycabettus is an excellent location to admire the fireworks. If it gets too chilly, sip a hot drink at the restaurant located at the top of the hill. It is right in front of the Chapel of St George.

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