Athens: March Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||6 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||29 %|
|Rainfall days||8 days|
|Chance of Rain||29 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||21 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||25 %|
|Chance of Fog Day||1%|
|Chance of Snow Day||1%|
Averages for Athens in March
The first sign of spring in Athens begins to appear in March, as the average high temperature this month raises three degrees Celsius (six degrees Fahrenheit) from February. The average temperature this month is 12°C (54°F), while the average low is 8°C (46°F), and the average high is 16°C (61°F). March begins with a mix of cloudy and sunny days, a slight chance of rain, and a daily average temperature of 11°C (52°F). The middle of the month sees an increase in the amount of sunny days with a slightly decreased chance of rain, and a daily average temperature that rises to 12°C (54°F). The end of March continues this same pattern as there are more sunny days with less rain, and again an increase in the daily average temperature, reaching 13°C (55°F). The lowest ever recorded temperature in Athens in March is -2°C (28°F), while the highest ever recorded temperature is 25°C (77°F).
Along with spring-like temperatures, March sees a significant increase in the amount of sunshine. The average daily sunshine this month is six hours, which is up from four last month. An increase in sun usually means a decrease in rain, and in the case of March, this proves to be true. The average amount of rainfall this month decreases from 60mm to 50mm, spread out over the course of eight days. March is the third rainiest month on average in Athens, but this is a relatively small amount and you can expect to not see much rain (if any) during your visit.
Although the temperature begins to rise this month, the temperature of the sea does not rise with it. The average sea temperature in March is 15°C (59°F), which is the same as in February and the coldest for the year in Athens. Water of this temperature is going to feel cold to just about anyone, even if it’s just for a quick swim.
The average humidity in March is 70%, which is fairly low and comfortable, even though this is the second highest average that Athens sees all year. Even with slightly warmer temperatures this month, the humidity should be unnoticeable. March does average one day of snow/fog a year, which means you are likely to not experience either.
Where to stay
King George is a five-star hotel offering 63 rooms and 39 suites for guests to choose from. All rooms come with marble bathrooms, and some also have private balconies with wonderful views of the city. The hotel has an on-site restaurant serving modern Greek dishes and “signature” cocktails, as well as offering views of the Acropolis. There is also a fully-equipped fitness center and a concierge available 24/7 to assist with any of your needs. The hotel is located just a two minute walk from the city centre.
New Hotel is a uniquely designed hotel offer 79 rooms, with everything from studios and standard rooms, to superior rooms and suites. All rooms have floor to ceiling windows, letting in lots of natural light, to enhance their funky decors. They have a bar/restaurant on-site called New Taste, and it offers Mediterranean dishes, created using local and fresh products. Breakfast is served buffet style, while lunch and dinner are à la carte, and they also have food that can be ordered to-go. New Hotel is a four minute walk from the city centre and is walking distance to several of Athens’ attractions.
Things to do
Athens has lots of museums because of its long history, and the Byzantine & Christian Museum is one worth visiting. They focus on religious artifacts from various eras throughout time, such as the Early Christian, Byzantine, and Medieval periods, stretching from the 3rd century AD to the 20th century AD. The museum is home to over 25,000 such artifacts from all over Greece and other parts of the world in which Hellenism was practiced. They are open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM and general admission is €4 for anyone 18 and older. The museum is a 20 minute walk from the city centre.
Another great place to witness some of Athens’ history is the Panathenaic Stadium, which is built on the same site where ancient Greeks participated in athletic competitions as far back as 330 BC. The first Olympic games (of the modern era) took place here as well in 1896. In March, the stadium is open from 8 AM to 7 PM and admission is €3, which includes entry to the stadium and the entire site, an audio-guide tour, and the ability to run on the track. Climbing the stairs for spectators will give you an incredible view of the Acropolis and the surrounding structures. The stadium is a 14 minute walk from the city centre.
Hit the beach
Legrena Beach is a long, clean beach that has coves made of rocks surrounding it, as well as other, smaller coves sprinkled throughout the beach. These make for good swimming areas as the water in the coves is very calm. There is not any natural shade on this beach, and you won’t find vendors renting umbrellas, so bring your own protection from the sun. Located about two blocks off of the beach is Marida restaurant, which specialises in fresh seafood. Legrena Beach is about an hour drive from the city centre, and public buses travel here as well.
Alimos Beach is a popular beach during the summer season, so visiting in March is recommended if you want to avoid crowds. The beach is fine sand mixed with pebbles and has plenty of facilities, like showers and toilets, as well as areas to rent sunbeds and umbrellas. Water sport rentals are available as well for things like windsurfing or jet skiing and there is a protected swimming area. There is a port next to the beach and located just behind the port is Greeks restaurant, offering seafood and traditional Greek dishes, as well as often having live music. Alimos Beach is about a 12 minute drive from the city centre and is accessible via local transportation.
Where to eat and drink
For a break from Greek food, check out Indian Chef, which serves Indian dishes made with fresh, local products. They offer a variety of soups, salads, and starters in addition to main courses like tandoori, dosa, curry, and vegetarian options. Dessert (like Indian rice pudding) and a selection of wines, beers, and cocktails are all available as well. They are located very close to the Acropolis and just a 12 minute walk from the city centre.
Arsenis Taverna Iseris is a traditional tavern, serving mostly authentic Greek cuisine, as well as offering a selection of meats, fishes, and an extensive list of appetizers (more than 33!). They also have a large wine list, with wines from both Greece and around the world. Diners have the option of sitting indoors (with air-conditioning) in their large dining area, or outside which is surrounded by a beautiful garden. They also have live music on Saturday and Sunday. The tavern is open daily from 11 AM “until the early hours in the morning.” They are located about a 10 minute drive from the city centre.