The already famed natural beauty of Greece outdoes itself in spring when wild flowers burst into bloom and the hills turn a resplendent green! And spring time in Greece which lasts from April till early June is the most pleasant time to visit since there would be less crowd and the weather is quite agreeable!
If there’s one place in the world whose reputation as a cradle of fantastic stories and history speaks for itself, it certainly must be Greece. Home to a trove of rich mythology, the legacy of Ancient Greece is alive and well in the country today, thanks to historic preservation and enduring interest. Whether your interests lie in urban cities or natural beauty, Greece has something for everyone. All across the country, tourists will encounter remnants of this area’s celebrated past. Traces of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses can still be found here today – traveling to Greece will never disappoint!
If you are looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind adventure this spring, a trip to Greece is your best bet. Here’s our pick of places to cover in Greece if you go there in spring season:
(1) Start Your Trip off Right in Athens
No matter where you may be coming from, the chances are good that your flight will lead you to Athens – the cultural and urban heart of the country. Featuring a bustling domestic economy and a trove of tourist hotspots, Athens provides a welcome introduction to the unique landscape and history of the country.
Since most of the city attractions in Athens are located outdoors, spring season with temperatures hovering between 18 – 20°C is the best time to venture outside for sightseeing.
What to do in Athens? Good question. Let’s get started.
For those who are ready to immerse themselves in Greek mythology right away, the nearby Acropolis is a must-visit destination. Featuring the towering Parthenon as well as a tour of the acclaimed Agora marketplace, the Acropolis has no shortage of unique attractions which are guaranteed to thrill those with even a passing interest in history. Considering the fact that the Parthenon was completed in 438 BC, it’s easy to get a glimpse into the ancient history of this country on any one of the guided tours offered here. From the vantage point of the Parthenon, you can gaze out on the Tower of Zeus which is easily one of the most breathtaking sites to behold in the area. Visitors who take the time to explore Acropolis will certainly leave feeling overwhelmed and enthralled by the history of these magnificent structures.
Athens from a high vantage point, capturing the beauty of what are remains of the ancient Parthenon.
Once you’ve finished your tours at the Acropolis, you may enjoy a slightly more elevated view of the city. There’s no better place to enjoy this than Mount Lycabettus. Only a 30 minute walk from the base of the mountain to the vista above, this is the ideal short hike for travelers who are passionate about exploring the natural beauty of Athens. For those who may prefer assisted travel to the peak, a railway car is also available. From the heights of Mount Lycabettus, travelers can see just how diverse a cosmopolitan Athens has become. With ancient ruins existing alongside modern commercial spaces, the city is, in its own way, a unique facet of the modern mythology of Greece itself.
(2) A Journey South to the Peloponnese
It would be a mistake to believe that all of the cultural riches of Greece are centered in Athens. In fact, travelers who are interested in making a brief journey towards the Southern peninsula of Greece will find a trove of mythological treasures which truly must be seen to be believed. Historic sites such as the palace of Agamemnon and the Olympia sanctuary are only two of many destinations which portray the grandeur and breathtaking majesty of the mythology of Ancient Greece.
Of course, a visit to the Peloponnese would not be complete without paying homage to the legendary warrior of Sparta in their very own homeland. Sparta played a formative role in the creation and growth of Greece during its formative years, which makes the Spartan homelands in the Peloponnese even more unique. While here, take time to bask in the natural beauty of Southern Greece, a landscape which has inspired the heroes of ancient Greece and continues to evoke a sense of wonder and awe for all who choose to visit.
In spring, the mountains of Peloponnese are carpeted with flowers in spectacular colours – making this the best time to head to southern Greece!
(3) A Pilgrimage into the Heartland of Greece
Although central Greece may not be able to boast any stunning coastal views, it nevertheless has played a pivotal role in Greek history and is thus considered a special area of the country. A number of unique relics can be found here, including the famed oracle at Delphi, which was believed to offer a window into the future for the leaders and military rulers of ancient Greece. In addition to the oracle, visitors can travel to the unique monasteries of Meteora, which are located on rocky pinnacles that have greatly contributed to their name (Meteora can be translated as “suspended in mid-air” in Greek!)
Perhaps the most intriguing natural topography of Greece can be found at the nearby Pelion Peninsula, which is home to lush fruit trees, verdant forests, pine and olive-covered slopes and frothy springs. Thanks to cooler spring and summer weather, the Pelion Peninsula is a popular destination for tourists who are seeking some respite from the oppressive Greek heat found throughout the rest of the country. Travelers who are interested in a more intensive hiking experience can find their way to the peak of Mount Pelion, whose summit is situated at 1651 m above sea level. From here, it’s easy to gaze out on the vast swathes of land which used to belong to the famed rulers of Ancient Greece, many of whom achieved immortality in the stories which have been passed down for centuries.
(4) Adventures in the Northern Mainland
To travel into the Northern regions of Greece is to discover a new way of imagining the Greek identity. Hosting the Thracian and Macedonian provinces, this particular region of the country bears markings of a strong Turkish influence, due in large part to the presence of this foreign power in the 19th and early 20th century. Of course, we would be remiss if we did not mention one of Greece’s most important landmarks located here, the famed Mount Olympus, home to the mythical gods of antiquity. For those who have three hours to spare, the hike up to the top of the highest summit of Mt Olympus – Mytikas, 2918m above sea level, will yield astonishing views and equally unforgettable memories. Spring is the best time to hike up this mountain as the months of April and May are blessed with a freshly green countryside and swathes of wild flowers along your way!
Restaurants & Hotels in Greece
No matter where you may be traveling within Greece, one of the most important questions you should be asking yourself is, “where am I going to stay?” Fortunately, the vast majority of hotels here remain well within comfortable prices. However, for those who are keen on having a more authentic experience, there exist a sizable number of AirBnB renters throughout the country who provide an outstanding and hospitable experience for travelers from around the world. This is a popular means of accommodation for many, and is both family-friendly and very easy on the budget.
Now, let’s talk about the food. No matter where you may end up traveling in Greece, you are bound to discover wonderful culinary offerings. Each region of the country is proud to offer its own distinctive culinary fare, which makes day trips or longer excursions across the country particularly satisfying. Wherever you may be, we strongly encourage you to explore the meals and customs of the locals.
Streets of Athens can be busy, however quiet parts of the town are not as rare as you might believe it is.
Perhaps one of the unique advantages of a country the size of Greece is the ability to travel between these seemingly disparate regions quickly! Travelers, who may only have a short period of time to stay in the country, even only a week, will still be able to immerse themselves in this endlessly engrossing world which, for many, is the stuff of childhood dreams.
Greece is a country which rewards those who have a passionate desire to live in the moment while simultaneously paying respects to all that came before. Whether this is your first time to Greece, or one of several trips you have made previously, we wish you the best of travels and the fondest of memories!