Athens Weather January Averages, Greece
- Temperature 10°C 50°F
- High Temperature 13.3°C 56°F
- Low Temperature 6.8°C 44°F
- Day Temperature 10.3°C 51°F
- Night Temperature 8.5°C 47°F
- Sunshine Hours 5 hours
- Rainfall 56.9 mm
- Rainfall Days 9 days
- Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F
What's The Weather Like in Athens in January?
Is It Good To Go To Athens In January?
Although January is usually the coldest month in Athens, its temperatures are mild and can be a welcome escape from the freezing winters of northern Europe. It's also a great time to visit the city's many attractions and historical sites as these are less crowded and often cheaper
Is It Warm In Athens In January?
The average temperature this month is 10°C which is made up from highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C.
Sunshine Hours In Athens
Along with being one of Athens' colder months, January also brings very little sunshine. The daily average sunshine this month is three hours.
Does It Rain In Athens In January?
The average rainfall in January is 40mm occurring over nine days. In the grand scheme of things, this is not a large amount, but it is the fourth-highest total of the year on average for Athens.
How Warm Is The Sea In Athens In January?
The average sea temperature this month is 16°C which feels quite cold to most people, even for just a quick dip in the water.
Does it Snow in Athens In January?
Between 1900 and 2012 Athens had a total of 500 days of snow - 4.5 days a year on average. And in January 2017 it snowed on 7th January and on 7 January 2019 snow covered Athens and surrounding areas of Greece.
Athens Hotels in January
AVA Hotel is a four-star facility offering a variety of suites for guests to choose from. All rooms come with air-conditioning/heating, wireless Internet, as well as a balcony. The view from the balcony depends on the room, but some offer views of famous sites, such as the Acropolis or the Temple of Zeus. Based on these views, the draw to this hotel is its location. Many of the best historical sites are just minutes away by walking, making them incredibly easy to access. The AVA Hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the city centre.
Brasil Suites offers a choice of junior, senior, family, and superior suite options, each coming with a marble bathroom, a kitchen equipped with everything you would need for cooking, a living room and dining room area, and a private balcony. They also have an on-site restaurant offering both Brazilian and international dishes, as well as a pool where snack and cocktails can be enjoyed. Their guest services can also help arrange tours of the nearby sites. Brasil Suites is located about a 20 minute drive from the city centre.
Athens Beach for January
Glyfada Beach is a sandy beach that has both public and private areas. Although you won't be fighting anyone for space in January, the private sections are predictably less crowded. If you manage to catch a warm day this month, swimming in the crystal clear water here is great, just be sure to pay attention to boats as there are harbors close by. Located about two blocks off the beach is The Burger Times, offering burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, wraps, and beers/cocktails. Glyfada Beach is located about a 19 minute drive from the centre of Athens, and city buses and the tram go here as well.
Vouliagmeni Beach is worth visiting even during the "off-season" for beaches because of its facilities. They have volleyball and tennis courts, as well as a play area designed just for children. If you do get warm, they also have a water slide and a great swimming area. The beach itself is made up of sand and pebbles and during the 2004 Olympics, part of the triathlon competition took place here. Located just off of the beach is Matsuhisa Athens Restaurant, which is part of the Astir Palace Resort, and their specialties are sushi and martinis. Vouliagmeni Beach is about a 25 minute drive from the city centre.
Bars and Restaurants
Funky Gourmet is exactly what it sounds like fine dining that is presented in an unusual, but stimulating way using local ingredients. They offer three types of tasting menus with dishes like Greek bottarga, scallops, lamb, and desserts like a "smoked ice cream sandwich" and chocolate soup. They also have a massive wine list, while also serving a variety of beers and cocktails. They are open from Tuesday to Saturday, just for dinner, from 7:30 PM to 1 AM, and are located about a five minute drive from the city centre.
Schinovatis Cafe Bar offers the chance to step back in time, while also enjoying a delicious cocktail. As a café, they also serve food, but it is recommended to head here for the drinks. Their bartenders are capable of mixing any type of drink imaginable, while providing friendly service. Schinovatis also often plays "old-timey" jazz music, further adding to the old-school, relaxed scene. They also serve a variety of excellent coffees and are located about a 20 minute walk from the city centre.
Things to do in Athens in January
In order to learn about some of Greece's history, check out the Acropolis Museum, which has over 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, and is home to slopes of the Acropolis, statues, Athenian artifacts, and much more. The museum is open from 9AM to 5PM Monday to Thursday, 9AM to 10 PM on Friday, and 9AM to 8PM on Saturday and Sunday. There is a fee of 5 to enter and they are located about a 13 minute walk from the city centre.
Athens is famous for its temples and the Temple of Hephaestus should not be overlooked because of its condition. The temple is in great shape and much of it remains exactly as how it was built, which took place around 415 BC. The name of the temple comes from "Hephaestus," who was the god of "metal working and craftsmanship" and this was likely chosen to do the workshops close to the temple that practiced such things. The Temple is about a 15 minute walk from the city centre.