Averages for Athens in February
The month of February in Athens is tied with January for the coldest month of the year on average, but it is still warmer here than in much of Europe, making it an enjoyable place to visit this time of year. The average temperature in February is 10°C (50°F), while the average low is 7°C (45°F), and the average high checks in at 13°C (55°F). The beginning of the month starts off with overcast skies and a decent chance of rain, with a daily average temperature of ...
The month of February in Athens is tied with January for the coldest month of the year on average, but it is still warmer here than in much of Europe, making it an enjoyable place to visit this time of year. The average temperature in February is 10°C (50°F), while the average low is 7°C (45°F), and the average high checks in at 13°C (55°F). The beginning of the month starts off with overcast skies and a decent chance of rain, with a daily average temperature of 10°C (50°F). The middle of the month sees temperatures stay relatively the same, with a slight decrease in the chance of rain. The end of February brings a small increase in the average daily temperature, rising to 11°C (52°F), with less rain and more sun. The lowest ever recorded temperature in Athens in February is -3°C (27°F), while the highest ever recorded temperature is 22°C (72°F).
Although the average temperature in February does not change from January, the amount of sunshine this month does increase. The average daily sunshine in February is just four hours, up from three the previous month. Even though there is more sun this month, there is also more rain. The average amount of rainfall in February is 60mm – up from 40mm in January – happening over the span of seven days. This is a relatively small amount of rain, but is the second highest total Athens sees all year.
While going to the beaches in February is still recommended, swimming is likely not a good idea. The average sea temperature this month is 15°C (59°F), which is the coldest it gets all year in Athens. Water this temperature will feel cold to all, even if you just jump in and out.
Athens is not a humid place, no matter the time of year, so even though February sees some of the highest humidity levels for the year, it is still comfortable, especially with the cooler temperatures. The average humidity this month is 70%. On average, there are no days with fog or snow in February, so even though it's winter, don't expect to see snow.
Orange lifeguard tower on a sandy beach near Athens, Greece
Where to stay
O&B Athens Boutique Hotel is a four-star hotel offering a variety of rooms, from standard doubles, to the "Acropolis Grand Suite." Every room comes with air-conditioning, marble bathrooms, and wireless Internet, while certain rooms have private terraces that come with views of the Parthenon. There is a restaurant on-site offering primarily Greek-style cuisine and is open from 7 AM to 11 PM, including for a breakfast buffet. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from the city centre and is walking distance to numerous attractions.
The Y Hotel is a luxury hotel offering standard rooms to suites that all come with a modern design and feel. There are 42 rooms in total, ranging from standard singles to deluxe penthouses, and one suite. Every room comes with either a balcony or terrace, as well as wireless Internet, and air-conditioning. The hotel also has a fitness center that is open 24 hours, as well as a restaurant. In addition they also have a bar, an all-day snack menu, and room service available. The Y Hotel is located about a 23 minute drive from the city centre.
Things to do
Athens has a rich and deep history, and in order to experience some of it, head to the Museum of Cycladic Art. They are home to art from the Aegean and Cyprus cultures and the galleries are divided into three major parts. The first is Cycladic Art (3200 BC to 2000 BC), the next is Ancient Greek Art (2000 BC to AD 395), and the third is Ancient Cypriot Art (3900 BC to 6th century AD). They also have temporary exhibitions that focus on things like archeology or short films. They are open from 10 AM to 5 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10 AM to 8 PM on Thursday, from 11 AM to 5 PM on Sunday, and they are closed on Tuesday. Admission is €7 for anyone 18 and older. The museum is a 10 minute walk from the city centre.
One of the most famous sites in Athens is the Acropolis, as it contains what is left of some of history's most well-known buildings, such as the Parthenon, which has become a symbol of democracy. It is believed that the structures in this area were built around the fifth century BC and remained mostly intact until 1687, when the Parthenon was under attack during the Morean War. In 1975, a project began in an effort to restore the Acropolis back to its original state, and these efforts can be seen today. The Acropolis is about a 16 minute walk from the city centre.
Hit the beach
Varkiza Beach is a sandy beach that is often less crowded than many beaches near Athens. Despite the lack of people, there are still plenty of facilities here like snack bars and volleyball courts. The beach also has several coves, which make for great swimming areas if the weather permits, or an easy way to get close to the water without having to go in it. Located just off of the beach is Kastelorizo, which is a restaurant offering Mediterranean cuisine, fresh seafood, and an extensive wine list. Varkiza Beach is about a 28 minute drive from the city centre and buses from here head to the beach as well.
Schinias Beach is worth visiting even if it is too cold to go swimming, as it is a beautiful place. It is a long, curved beach that is lined with pine trees that reach the sand, leading to crystal clear water. There are often strong winds at this beach, making it a popular place to windsurf. Renting windsurfing and other water sports equipment is available here as well. There are not many places to eat close to the beach, but Toto's Little Italy is about a five minute drive away and offers Italian dishes like pastas and homemade pizzas. Schinias Beach is about a 50 minute drive from the city centre, with buses leaving from here and going to the beach as well.
Beautiful beach of Athens
Where to eat and drink
If you are in search of traditional Greek cuisine, Eleas Gi is the place for you. They offer two tasting menus (made up of either 14 or 24 "flavors"), as well as ordering a la carte. Dishes like mushroom pies, leek meatballs, homemade pastas with seafood, veal cheeks, and sirloin steaks are found on their menu. They also offer desserts and a unique wine list consisting of wines produced by Greek winemakers. They are open Monday through Saturday at 7 PM, and just for lunch (opening at noon) on Sundays. They are about a 25 minute drive away from the city centre.
Gostijo is unlike any other place in Athens as it is a Kosher restaurant and the food is prepared by Sephardic Jews, who use their traditional techniques on a variety of Mediterranean dishes. Their specialties include plates like eggs haminados, Moroccan potato salad, sambousak pies and what they are most well-known for, their falafel. They also serve a variety of beer, wine, and cocktails and play Greek or Ladino music while you eat, further adding to the unique setting. They are a 12 minute walk from the city centre.