Athens: August Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||88 %|
|Rainfall days||1 days|
|Chance of Rain||2 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||34 %|
Averages for Athens in August
Temperatures in Athens in July reached their highest point for the year, and they don’t cool off much in August. The average temperature this month is 27°C (81°F), which is the same as it was in July, while the average low is 22°C (72°F), and the average high is just slightly lower than in July at 31°C (88°F). Similarly to the month prior, the weather in August is consistent throughout the entire month. The average daily temperature remains at 27°C (81°F) for the beginning, middle, and end of the month, while there is virtually no rain and plenty of sunshine at all times as well. The weather in August is predictable, which makes planning easy, as the weather rarely fluctuates from one day to the next. The lowest ever recorded temperature in Athens in August is 10°C (50°F), while the highest ever recorded temperature is 40°C (104°F).
Although the temperature barely changes from July to August, the amount of sunshine does vary. The average amount of daily sunshine falls from ten hours in July to eight hours in August. Less sun does not equate to more rainfall however, as the average totals in August are identical to those in July. The average rainfall in August is 10mm spread out over just one day, meaning that it virtually never rains in Athens this month.
The drop-off in the amount of daily sunshine does not affect the temperature of the sea however. The average sea temperature in August is 25°C (77°F), which is the warmest in gets in Athens all year. Water at this temperature is considered comfortable and warm by all, regardless of the duration. Warm outside temperatures and warm sea water make August an extremely popular time to visit beaches near Athens.
Although Athens is relatively not humid year-round, the humidity levels in August drop to the lowest of the year. The average humidity this month is just 50%, which is very comfortable and completely unnoticeable, although it does make for a rather dry environment. There is also an average of zero snow/fog days in Athens in August.
Where to stay
Tony’s Hotel offers a variety of rooms (singles through quadruples) and studios that are setup apartment-style. Each room comes with a bathroom and shower, a kitchen area that includes a microwave oven and a refrigerator, air-conditioning, and wireless Internet. There is not an on-site restaurant, but room service is available. The main draw to Tony’s Hotel is its location, as the hotel is about a five to ten minute walk to most of the historical attractions in Athens, such as the Acropolis. They are located about a 20 minute walk from the city centre as well.
The Hermes Hotel is a three-star hotel that was renovated in 2004 and has 45 rooms for guests to choose from. All rooms come with white marble bathrooms, air-conditioning, and room service, while certain rooms also have balconies. In addition to room service, there is a restaurant on-site serving breakfast from 7 AM to 10:30 PM and offers either a full buffet, or a continental breakfast which is served all night long. There is also a bar in the lobby providing a variety of options. The Hermes Hotel is located just a four minute walk from the city centre.
Things to do
The Athens Concert Hall was opened in 1991 and contained two halls. Since then, two more have been added, bringing the total to four over 8,000 square metres. The concert hall puts on a variety of events, such as operas, plays, and piano and orchestra performances. Tickets go on sale three weeks prior to the event and can be purchased on-site, over the phone, or online. On days of a performance, the hall is open from 10 AM to 8:30 PM on Monday through Friday, from 10 AM to 2 PM and 6 PM to 8:30 PM on Saturdays, and from 6 PM to 8:30 PM on Sundays. The concert hall is about a four minute drive from the city centre.
The Museum Herakleidon opened in 2004 and its collection is made up of artists (like Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and M.C. Escher) who have had (or do have) a significant role in the “evolution of Art.” The goal of the museum is to show its visitors how various artists have changed their work (evolved) over time. In order to do this, both finished pieces and sketches/drawings/personal items that help explain how the artists got from point A to point B are on display. They also have temporary exhibitions such as “Edvard Munch, Beyond the Scream,” which detailed other paintings done by Munch, besides his famous “The Scream” painting. Admission is €6 and the museum is open from 1 PM to 9 PM on Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 AM to 7 PM on Sundays. They are closed on Mondays and are located about a 20 minute walk from the city centre.
Hit the beach
Due to its proximity to Athens, Porto Rafti Beach is a popular beach, but especially so in August, with Athenians joining the tourists on vacation here. Swimming is also popular here, as the water is very calm since the beach is protected from the wind because of naturally formed islands off of the coast. There are places to rent sunbeds and umbrellas, as well as a parking area should you choose to drive. Located just off of the beach is Agyrovoli restaurant, serving fresh seafood and Greek wines, with a view of the sea. Porto Rafti Beach is about a 37 minute drive from the city centre.
Votsalakia Beach is another beach that is close to Athens, making it a favorite of visitors staying in the city, and locals trying to escape the warm temperatures. The beach is made up of mostly pebbles, with a small amount of sand, and is very clean. The beach is protected from the wind, making the water calm and great for swimming, but wearing water shoes is recommended because of the pebbles. There are some facilities on the beach, as well as an area to play volleyball. Located about a 15 minute walk into the city from the beach is Barcode-Tapas Bar, offering Greek tapas with a Spanish influence, as well as a variety of drinks. Votsalakia Beach is about a 13 minute drive from the city centre and is accessible via city bus.
Where to eat and drink
Oineas Restaurant is an eclectic place as they have old posters, signs, and other items that are from days of old, making you feel like you stepped back in time. They serve authentic Greek food and their menu changes every two months, but you can expect to find dishes like grilled squid or Moussaka. They also have a variety of Greek wines available to pair with your dinner. On Tuesday through Saturday in the evenings, and in the afternoon on Sundays, they have live music as well. They are open from 7 PM to 2:30 AM on Mondays, and from noon to 2:30 AM on Tuesday-Sunday. Oineas is a 15 minute walk from the city centre.
Rosebud restaurant puts an emphasis on both quality and healthy food options and serves vegetarian and vegan dishes. Don’t let the “vegetarian only” menu throw you off, as according to Rosebud, “60% of Greek cuisine” is made up of vegetarian recipes. They offer traditional Greek options like souvlaki, but instead of them consisting of meat, they are made of either soya or tofu. Homemade pizzas are available as well, and Rosebud also has a full bar in addition to serving high quality coffees. They are about a nine minute walk from the city centre.