Population: 4 million
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2
Thousands flock to Greece at all times of the year to enjoy the balmy Mediterranean climate. Weather in Athens tends to be hot and dry in summer, with temperatures between June and August reaching maximums of 30 - 34°C (86 - 93°F) during the day and dropping off to about 20 - 23°C (68 - 73°F) overnight. During the winter months of December to February, temperatures are mild with average maximums of 13 - 15°C (55 - 59°F). Temperatures rarely drop below 7°C (44°F) in winter and while November and December are the wettest months, showers tend to pass quickly and should not affect your holiday plans too dramatically. Sunshine in Athens is constant throughout the year, leading it to be named one of the sunniest cities in Europe.
- The word Acropolis comes from the words ‘acro’, meaning high and ‘polis’, meaning city.
- Athens is named after the goddess Athena, who is said to watch over and protect the city.
- Athens is one of the world’s main centres of archaeological research.
- Over 40% of the Greek population lives in Athens.
- Athens has not always been the capital of Greece – until 1834, the country’s capital was officially Nafplio.