Averages for Athens in November
Although the weather in Athens in November continues to get cooler, it is much warmer than most of northern Europe, making it an enjoyable place to visit this time of the year. The average temperature in November is 15°C (59°F), while the average low is 12°C (54°F), and the average high is 18°C (64°F). The beginning of November brings a mix of sunny and overcast days, with a slight chance of rain, and an average daily temperature of 16°C (61°F)...
Although the weather in Athens in November continues to get cooler, it is much warmer than most of northern Europe, making it an enjoyable place to visit this time of the year. The average temperature in November is 15°C (59°F), while the average low is 12°C (54°F), and the average high is 18°C (64°F). The beginning of November brings a mix of sunny and overcast days, with a slight chance of rain, and an average daily temperature of 16°C (61°F). The middle of the month sees an increase in overcast days, a higher chance of rain, and an average daily temperature of 15°C (59°F). The end of November is the rainiest part of the month, with less sunny days, and a decrease in the average daily temperature to 14°C (57°F). The lowest ever recorded temperature in Athens in November is 0°C (32°F), while the highest ever recorded temperature is 26°C (79°F).
In addition to the weather getting colder, there is also less sunshine this month. The average daily sunshine in November is just three hours, which is tied with December and January as the months with the lowest average for Athens. There is also an increased amount of rain this month, as the average rainfall is 60mm spread out over eight days. This is the second highest average total that Athens receives for the year, so while this is not a large amount of rain, it is not uncommon to experience rainstorms this time of year.
While the outside temperatures are getting colder in November, so is the temperature of the sea. The average sea temperature this month is 20°C (68°F). However, this is warm enough water to swim in, although it will likely feel cool, and even more so with the colder outside temperatures.
The average humidity this month is 70%, which is the second highest total Athens sees all year. However, this is still relatively comfortable, and with the cooler temperatures, the increased humidity will not be noticeable. There is also an average of just one snow/fog day in November.
Hadrians Arch in Athens, with the parthenon seen in the background
Where to stay
Victory Inn has 34 double rooms available to guests, and all rooms have air-conditioning/heating, wireless Internet, satellite TV, and a refrigerator. Some rooms also come with balconies. In addition to breakfast available in your room (usually for purchase), room service is available, and there is also a bar on-site, serving a variety of drinks. Many of Athens' most famous attractions are located within walking distance of the hotel (such as the National Archaeological Museum, which is just 400 metres away), and they are located about a six minute drive to the city centre.
Periscope Hotel is a modern hotel featuring 21 rooms and suites for guests to choose from. The rooms all have hardwood floors with up-to-date fixtures and are soundproof. Standard rooms are 23 square metres, superior rooms are 25 square metres, and suites are 45 square metres and come with balconies. There is an on-site restaurant that is open all day and serves breakfast (from 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM), lunch, and dinner. The hotel is about a 12 minute walk from the city centre.
Palm Trees and tables on Palaio Faliro Beach
Things to do
The Technopolis is a great way to experience some of Greece's current culture. They host numerous events which include things like theatre and dance performances, live music concerts, temporary exhibitions on a variety of topics, and even programs geared towards educating children. An event schedule and ticket purchase can be found on their website. There is also an Industrial Gas Museum in which visitors view and learn about the old gas production line and machinery used with it. The Technopolis has a café serving drinks (both non-alcoholic and cocktails) and light meals or snacks. They are about a seven minute drive from the city centre.
The Arch of Hadrian (or Hadrian's Gate) is a structure that was built on the outskirts of ancient Greece and led to the Temple of Zeus. It is believed that the arch was built to honor the Roman Emperor Hadrian during his arrival to the city. The arch is 18 metres tall and is completely symmetrical on both sides. There are also inscriptions on it, but there is debate as to the meaning, as they refer to an "old" and "new" city of Athens. The arch is not part of a museum and stands alone, so it can be visited at any time. It is about a 10 minute walk from the city centre.
Ruins at Philopappos Hill, Athens
Hit the beach
Palaio Faliro Beach is a narrow beach made up of brown sand and some tiny pebbles. There are numerous facilities here and sunbeds and umbrellas are available for rent. Swimming is not popular here, but if the weather is warm enough, a quick dip is certainly possible. There is also a paved walkway just off of the beach, so if it's too cold to sit still on the beach, taking a stroll on the walkway is the perfect alternative. Just off of the beach is Pizza Evans House, which serves a little bit of everything, from traditional Greek dishes and seafood, to pizza and pasta. Palaio Faliro Beach is about a ten minute drive from the city centre.
Kropia Beach is a sandy beach that can be very popular, although during November, crowds will be non-existent. It is protected well from the wind, making the water calm and good for swimming, as well as not blowing cool air on visitors. Parts of the beach have sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, in addition to places to play volleyball or tennis, while other parts are lacking facilities of any kind. Just off of the water, but closer to the Agia Marina area, is Eap Restaurant, serving local Greek dishes and seafood, as well as international options. Kropia Beach is about a 38 minute drive from the city centre.
Where to eat and drink
Pizzeria Dei Fratelli is a family-run Italian restaurant for casual dining. They offer a variety of starters, salads, and Panini, in addition to several types of pastas and pizzas. They also serve a few meat dishes, like a t-bone steak, and desserts like tiramisu and panacotta. The restaurant offers a delivery option (from 8 AM to 12:30 AM, Monday through Friday) as well and orders can be placed online. The restaurant is about a five minute drive from the city centre.
Strofi has been around since 1975 and serves traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes. They offer several starters, like a smoked eggplant salad or a spinach pie, as well as main courses like veal stew or lamb stuffed with cheese, in addition to a selection of grilled meats and fish. Their desserts consist of Greek staples like baklava, as well as a simple chocolate pie with ice cream. They are open every day except Mondays, from noon to midnight. They are about an 18 minute walk from the city centre.