Averages for Athens in April
Similarly to the spring temperatures that Athens sees in March, April brings even warmer temperatures as the year goes on. The average temperature this month is 15°C (59°C), while the average low is 11°C (52°F), and the average high increases to 19°C (66°F). The beginning of April starts off with mostly sunny days, with a small chance of rain, and an average daily temperature of 13°C (55°F). The middle of the month brings more sun, less rain, a...
Similarly to the spring temperatures that Athens sees in March, April brings even warmer temperatures as the year goes on. The average temperature this month is 15°C (59°C), while the average low is 11°C (52°F), and the average high increases to 19°C (66°F). The beginning of April starts off with mostly sunny days, with a small chance of rain, and an average daily temperature of 13°C (55°F). The middle of the month brings more sun, less rain, and the average daily temperature rises to 14°C (57°F). The end of April follows the same pattern, as there is even less rain, more sunny days, and a jump in the average daily temperature to 16°C (61°F). The lowest ever recorded temperature in Athens in April is 3°C (37°F), while the highest ever recorded temperature is 27°C (81°F).
Along with spring bringing warmer weather, it also brings much more sun. The average daily sunshine in April is nine hours, which is an increase of three more hours from March. Coinciding with more sun is less rain. The average amount of rainfall in April drops to 40mm, occurring over the span of just six days. With the increase in sun, and a decrease in rain, the chance of you experiencing a rainy day during your visit to Athens is minimal.
Higher temperatures and more sun help to warm up the sea, as the average sea temperature in April climbs to 16°C (61°F). This is still fairly cool water that is hard to stay in for extended periods of time. However, it can be the perfect way to cool down on a hot day.
Although April brings warmer weather, the humidity does not increase with the temperature. The average humidity this month is 65%, which is a decrease of 5% from March. This is a comfortable level that will be unnoticeable, even on hotter days. There is barely any fog or snow in April, but this month does average two days with either, which is the highest average of any month for Athens.
Beach in Anavissos, near Athens
Where to stay
Hotel Plaka is a three-star hotel with 67 rooms consisting of singles, doubles, and triples for guests to choose from. All rooms come with wooden floors, room service, air-conditioning, and wireless Internet. They have a restaurant on-site that is open from 7 AM to 10 AM for breakfast, as well as a garden on their roof terrace offering drinks and small snacks from the bar. The terrace has beautiful, unobstructed views of the Acropolis and is open from 6 PM to 11:30 PM. The hotel is just a six minute walk from the city centre and walking distance to many attractions in the city.
The Oxenia Palace is a boutique hotel that was renovated in 2012 and offers both rooms and suites. All rooms come with hardwood floors, wireless Internet, and air-conditioning, while the suites come with additional facilities. Certain rooms also have private balconies. The hotel has a fully-equipped fitness center, as well as a spa and sauna offering body treatments. There is a pool, but it is not open until May. In addition to room service, the Oxenia Palace serves buffet style breakfast, as well as two restaurants (one serving Greek/Mediterranean dishes, the other Greek/Italian cuisine), and a bar. They are located about a 23 minute drive from the city centre.
Things to do
The Benaki Museum is the oldest museum in Greece, established in 1930. It is home to Greek arts ranging from prehistoric to modern day and has temporary exhibits, such as "Friends and Patrons of El Greco in Toledo." Originally, the museum also hosted several other genres of art (Islamic, Chinese, pre-Columbian arts, etc.), but due to the museum's popularity, they were able to open "satellite museums" which house these specific arts, while the main museum hosts solely Greek art and cultural pieces. The main museum is open from 9 AM to 5 PM on Wednesday and Friday, from 9 AM to midnight on Thursday and Saturday, and from 9 AM to 3 PM on Sunday. Admission is €7 and they are located about a 10 minute walk from the city centre.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus is just what it sounds like, an ancient temple built by the Greeks to honor one of their gods, Zeus. It is believed that the temple was built between 470 and 456 BC. The temple was also home to a massive statue of Zeus, which is one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World," although it was lost to a fire after it was moved to Constantinople. Fires and earthquakes over the years have destroyed and buried much of the temple, and it was not until the late 19th century that excavations took place, helping bring the ruins to their current state. The temple is about a 10 minute walk from the city centre.
Calming bay of Cape Sounion
Hit the beach
Anavissos Beach is a sandy beach that is lined with pine trees, leading to crystal clear water. The water is clean, shallow, and calm, making it a great swim area for both children and adults. It is also a popular place for windsurfers, as the beach often produces a strong wind. The pine trees provide natural shade in certain spots, but there are also places to rent umbrellas and sunbeds. There are several cafes on the beach offering food and drink, but for a more "formal" dining experience, Psarou offers fresh seafood and drinks, and is just off of the beach. Anavissos Beach is located about a 55 minute drive from the city centre.
Cape Sounion Beach is surrounded by green hills and made up of soft, golden sand before reaching crystalline water. The water is calm and great for swimming for people of all ages. Right on the beach there are facilities such as changing areas and toilets. It is a relatively quiet beach even during the summer months. From the beach you can see a large rock promontory and this is where the Temple of Poseidon is located. Right on the beach is Artemis Tavern, specialising in seafood and Mediterranean style dishes. Cape Sounion Beach is located about a 70 minute drive from the city centre.
Where to eat and drink
Oroscopo restaurant offers something for everyone, as their menu consists of both Greek and international dishes, all made with fresh ingredients. Their main courses consist of things like Ladorigani (traditional Greek lamb), veal scallopini, handmade pastas, a variety of pizzas, and grilled seafood. They also have a selection of Greek wines to accompany your meal. Oroscopo is open daily from noon to 1:30 AM and they are located about a 25 minute walk (or a six minute drive) from the city centre.
Aleria is a restaurant serving an international menu, with some traditional Greek plates as well. You can expect to find things like calamari, fresh scallops, pork belly, skirt steak, beef cheeks, and roasted lamb on the menu, as well as desserts like Baklava. They also have an extensive wine list consisting of wines from both Greece and abroad, as well as a large variety of beers. Aleria is open on Monday through Saturday, just for dinner from 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM. They are located about a 23 minute walk from the city centre.