Athens: October Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||5 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||40 %|
|Rainfall days||5 days|
|Chance of Rain||22 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||12 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||25 %|
Averages for Athens in October
Despite the fact that the month of September in Athens can produce summer-like temperatures, the weather starts to cool off significantly in October, and especially at night. The average temperature this month is 19°C (66°F), while the average low is 15°C (59°C), and the average high is 23°C (73°F). The beginning of October brings warm, sunny days, with little-to-no chance of rain, and an average daily temperature of 20°C (68°F). The middle of the month sees slightly cooler days with more overcast skies (although still not many), an increased chance of rain, and an average daily temperature of 19°C (66°F). The end of October follows this pattern, as there are more cloudy days with a greater chance of rain, less sun, and an average daily temperature of 18°C (64°F). The lowest ever recorded temperature in Athens in October is 2°C (36°F), while the highest ever recorded temperature is 33°C (91°F).
As the year goes on in Athens, the days get shorter and there is less sun. The average amount of daily sunshine in October is just five hours, which is down from seven in September. There is also an increase in rain this month, as the average amount of rainfall in October is 40mm, occurring over five days, up from 10mm over just three days in September. The average of 40mm is not a significant total and it would not be uncommon to not see rain during your visit to Athens this month.
In addition to the weather getting cooler and there being less sun, the temperature of the sea also decreases, as the average sea temperature in October is 22°C (72°F). Despite the decrease, this is still considered relatively warm and able to be enjoyed by most people. On a warm day in October, going to the beach and enjoying the water is certainly feasible.
While most weather related measurements decrease in October, the humidity levels do the opposite this month. The average humidity in October is 65%, which is the third highest average for the year in Athens. Regardless of the high level (for Athens’ standards), the humidity will be mostly unnoticeable and will not affect comfort levels. There is also an average of just one snow/fog day this month.
Where to stay
The Areos Hotel opened in 2008 and has 40 rooms available to guests. All rooms come with air-conditioning and Internet, while the suites also have Jacuzzis and living rooms. Some rooms also have views of nearby Areos Park. In addition to having breakfast available in your room, there is also a café/bar on-site, serving a variety of food in addition to containing a full bar. Room service is also available 24 hours a day. The hotel is about a five minute drive from the city centre.
The Heodion Hotel has 90 rooms, consisting of 86 guestrooms and 4 suites. All rooms come with wireless Internet, air-conditioning, “hand-ironed laundry,” and complimentary breakfast, served buffet-style at their restaurant. Their restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner and serves both traditional Greek dishes and international cuisine. A separate bar is also on-site and offers a full option of drinks, as well as full meals, and snacks. They also have a roof garden serving drinks with views of the Acropolis. The hotel is about a 17 minute walk from the city centre.
Things to do
Established in 1926, The Academy of Athens is Greece’s “highest research” center and is run by the Ministry of Education. They have a library in addition to 22 research centres/offices and the architecture throughout the grounds is exquisite. The main attraction for visitors is the neoclassical main building, which was designed in 1859 by Theophil Hansen, a Danish architect, although it was not completed until 1885. There are also various sculptures, such as a stone carving of a Sphinx, and a statue of Socrates. The academy is a seven minute walk from the city centre.
Founded in 1993, the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum was created to showcase and educate visitors on the art of jewelry and various decorative arts. They are home to over 4,000 pieces of jewelry and miniature sculptures, including the private collection of Ilias Lalaounis, who was a world-famous Greek jewelry designer. The museum also has temporary exhibits, such as “From Zeus to Earth and From Chile to Neapolis,” which is a collection of fossils and minerals. Admission to the museum is €5 and they are open from 9 AM to 3 PM on Tuesday through Saturday, and from 11 AM to 4 PM on Sundays. They are closed on Mondays and are about a 16 minute walk from the city centre.
Hit the beach
Vouliagmeni Lake Beach is technically not a beach, but has all the offerings of one. This natural lake was created by hot springs underneath it and used to be a cave, but the roof collapsed over time, forming the lake we see today. The water is crystal clear, about 12 metres deep, and contains natural minerals, which are apparently therapeutic for your body. There is also a protected swimming area, and as it is a lake, the water is always calm. There are sunbeds and umbrellas available for rent and there is also a café/bar/restaurant right on the lake serving food and drinks. Vouliagmeni Lake Beach is about a 30 minute drive from the city centre.
Vravrona Beach is a quiet beach (outside of the month of August) and visiting it in October is recommended as it will not be crowded. It is a sandy beach that has lots of plant life growing right up until the sand begins, making for some enjoyable natural shade. It is also good for swimming as the beach is protected from the wind, and the water is clean and shallow. There are sunbeds and umbrellas available for rent as well. Just off of the beach is restaurant Psarotaverna, serving fresh seafood with a view of the sea. Vravrona Beach is about a 40 minute drive from the city centre.
Where to eat and drink
For a change of pace from Greek cuisine, try the restaurant Spondi. They offer French dishes, prepared using fresh and local ingredients. The menu changes “with the seasons,” but you can expect to find things like foie gras, roasted lamb, or sea bass, as well as desserts like a “Black Chocolate and Rum Zacapa.” They also have a wine cellar with over 13,000 different labels of wines from all over the world. They are open for both lunch and dinner and are about a 23 minute walk from the city centre.
If you are in search of a good cocktail, but also want the option of having a meal, head to Skyfall Bar. They offer a variety of drinks, including their own signature cocktails, as well as several wines from around the world. In addition to your drinks, the bar offers stunning views of Athens, including the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. They offer both Greek and international options on their menu, including salads, pastas, and meats. The bar also has a DJ at night and a dance floor. They are about an 18 minute walk from the city centre.