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Visiting Athens in January 2022 – The Definitive Guide

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Sprawling across the Attica Basin, Athens is renowned as the city that housed Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum. Notably the birthplace of democracy, it is the capital of Greece as well as its largest city. Teeming with countless monuments of archaeological significance and museums galore to tickle your historical bone, Athens is also a hub for artists owing to its rich heritage. As you immerse yourself in the prolific culture of this historic city, don’t forget to partake of the local delicacies. If you’ve got a penchant for street art, the incredible displays of graffiti are sure to blow your mind. Here’s our take on visiting Athens in the winter, and if you're looking to visiting Athens in January, look no further!

What makes Athens in January Special?


Athens in January
Athens in January


Although the city is chiefly a summer destination, if you were to visit Athens in January, you’ll truly be able to appreciate the city’s charm and the local delights. Since January is typically the coldest time of the year in Greece, it’s a great opportunity to dodge the usual large tour groups and crowds of cruise passengers. Although it snows for merely a few days annually, the snow-covered Acropolis is a rare sight and a wonder to behold. Athens in the winter is an intimate affair, stripped as it is of the sunny spirit that you often see in travel guides or on social media. Moreover, don’t underestimate the range of scrumptious winter delicacies and sweets you can bite into. It’s safe to say that visiting Athens under the mantle of winter winds and chilly charm is the perfect way to glimpse this historic place with a fresh perspective.

Athens Weather in January


You can anticipate average high temperatures around 13°C to 14°C, while the average low temperatures fall to about 6°C to 7°C. Expect rainfall, but don’t be daunted by the prospect of snow. Instead, embrace the experience that most explorers forego - and witness the Athenian winter like a true local.

Visting Athens in January : Things To Do


1

The Acropolis

Acropolis - Athens in January


A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Acropolis is Athens’ most famous landmark and is renowned for housing the Parthenon. To avoid the crowd that begins forming around 11 AM, we suggest visiting the site on a weekday, early in the morning.

January Timings
Open daily from 8 AM – 5 PM

Location

Athens, 105 58
Greece
Getting There ›

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Athens Acropolis Skip the Line Tickets with Parthenon Entry
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Athens Acropolis Skip the Line Tickets with Pa...
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€13
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Ancient Athens Pass with Skip the Line Entry to Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Zeus
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Ancient Athens Pass with Skip the Line Entry t...
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€32.85
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Acropolis Guided Tour With Skip-the-line Entry
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Acropolis Guided Tour With Skip-the-line Entry
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€55
Best Safety
Early Access Guided Tour to the Acropolis of Athens
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Early Access Guided Tour to the Acropolis of A...
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€31.5
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Skip the Line Athens Acropolis Museum Tickets with Optional Audioguide
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Skip the Line Athens Acropolis Museum Tickets ...
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€7
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Acropolis & Acropolis Museum: Ancient Athens Tour With Skip The Line Tickets
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Acropolis & Acropolis Museum: Ancient Athens T...
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€80
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Acropolis Hill, Museum & Parthenon Tickets With Mobile Audioguide
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Acropolis Hill, Museum & Parthenon Tickets Wit...
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€24.75
Acropolis Museum: Skip-the-line e-Ticket and Audio Tour
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Acropolis Museum: Skip-the-line e-Ticket and A...
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€13.5
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Skip-the-Line: New Acropolis Museum & Panathenaic Stadium Tour
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Skip-the-Line: New Acropolis Museum & Panathen...
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€59
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Pristine Parthenon: Acropolis Tour & Skip-the-Line Acropolis Museum Tour
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Pristine Parthenon: Acropolis Tour & Skip-the-...
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€79

2

Museum of Cycladic Art

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The Museum of Cycladic Art is home to one of Greece’s most distinctive collections of Cycladic Art. We suggest visiting the display depicting everyday life scenes in Classical Athens. The museum remains closed on Tuesdays.

January Timings
Monday, and Wednesday to Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday: 11 AM to 5 PM

Location

Neofitou Douka 4, Athina 106 74
Greece
Getting There ›

Best Safety
Athens Acropolis Skip the Line Tickets with Parthenon Entry
Tickets
Athens Acropolis Skip the Line Tickets with Pa...
from
€13
Best Safety
Ancient Athens Pass with Skip the Line Entry to Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Zeus
Tickets
Ancient Athens Pass with Skip the Line Entry t...
from
€32.85
Best Safety
Acropolis Hill, Museum & Parthenon Tickets With Mobile Audioguide
Tickets
Acropolis Hill, Museum & Parthenon Tickets Wit...
from
€24.75
Best Safety
Skip the Line Athens Acropolis Museum Tickets with Optional Audioguide
Tickets
Skip the Line Athens Acropolis Museum Tickets ...
from
€7
5% Cashback
Skip the Line Athens Acropolis & Parthenon Tickets with Mobile Audio Guide
Tickets
Skip the Line Athens Acropolis & Parthenon Tic...
from
€18.9
Best Safety
Early Access Guided Tour to the Acropolis of Athens
Tours
Early Access Guided Tour to the Acropolis of A...
from
€31.5
Best Safety
Acropolis Guided Tour With Skip-the-line Entry
Tours
Acropolis Guided Tour With Skip-the-line Entry
from
€55
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Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounion Guided Tour from Athens
Day Trips
Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounion Guided Tour ...
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€45
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Acropolis & Acropolis Museum: Ancient Athens Tour With Skip The Line Tickets
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Acropolis & Acropolis Museum: Ancient Athens T...
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€80
Meteora Day Trip from Athens by Train
Day Trips
Meteora Day Trip from Athens by Train
from
€93

3

National Archaeological Museum

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Carve out at least 3-4 hours to explore the mother of all Athenian museums. Apart from housing artefacts from all periods of Ancient Greece, the National Archaeological Museum also displays a section on Ancient Egypt. We suggest making this visit early morning and rounding it off with a delicious lunch at the museum cafeteria.

January Timings
Tuesday: 1 PM to 8 PM
Wednesday-Monday: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Location

28is Oktovriou 44, Athina 106 82,
Greece
Getting There ›

4

Temple of Olympian Zeus

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Situated at a 15 minute walk from the Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus the Temple of Zeus is as impressive as the lore of the Greek God it pays homage to. Although it was pillaged and reduced to ruins just about a century after its completion, a sizeable part of the architecture still remains standing..

January Timings
Daily 8 AM to 5 PM

Temple of Olympian Zeus Ticket with Skip-the-Line Access and Audio Tour
Tickets
Temple of Olympian Zeus Ticket with Skip-the-L...
from
€12.15
Best Safety
Ancient Athens Pass with Skip the Line Entry to Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Zeus
Tickets
Ancient Athens Pass with Skip the Line Entry t...
from
€32.85

5

Ancient Agora of Athens

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The Ancient Agora of Athens was the famed political, social, and commercial centre of ancient Athens. Dotted with ruins, the Agora includes the magnificent temple of Ifestos as well as the church of Agii Apostoli. Now a museum, this was once the equivalent of a modern day shopping mall.

January Timings
Daily 8 AM to 3 PM

Location

Adrianou 24, Athina 105 55
Greece,
Getting There ›

Ancient Agora: Skip-The-Line with Audio Tour
Tickets
Ancient Agora: Skip-The-Line with Audio Tour
from
€16.2
Best Safety
Ancient Athens Pass with Skip the Line Entry to Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Zeus
Tickets
Ancient Athens Pass with Skip the Line Entry t...
from
€32.85

6

Athens Street Food Tour

athens in january


Taste the history of Athens through the vibrant street food tour. You’ll feel like a true Athenian as you partake of the local winter delicacies, with the best quality ingredients and a hands-on culinary workshop. The tour comprises 60 minutes in the Monastiraki area and 90 min in Psirri.

Location

Pl. Monastirakiou 6, Athina 105 55,
Greece
Getting There ›

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Athens by Night: Sightseeing, Spirits, and Food Tour
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€60
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Athens Food Tour: The Ultimate Culinary Experience
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Athens Food Tour: The Ultimate Culinary Experi...
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€65
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Athens Food Tour With Wine Tasting
Food & Drink
Athens Food Tour With Wine Tasting
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€60
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Athens Original Vegan Tour
Food & Drink
Athens Original Vegan Tour
from
€55
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Athens Food Tour: Eat Like An Athenian
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Athens Food Tour: Eat Like An Athenian
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€75
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Get a Taste of Athens Food Tour
Food & Drink
Get a Taste of Athens Food Tour
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€52
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Athens Street Food Tour
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Athens Street Food Tour
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€39
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Athens Food Market Tour and Greek Taverna Lunch
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Athens Food Market Tour and Greek Taverna Lunch
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€36
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Athens Food Tasting Workshop And Market Tour
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Athens Food Tasting Workshop And Market Tour
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€25
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Athens Greek Breakfast Food Tour
Food & Drink
Athens Greek Breakfast Food Tour
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€39

7

Hydra, Poros & Aegina: Full-Day Cruise with Lunch

athens in january


Embark on a journey to three of the most beautiful Grecian islands - Hydra, Poros, and Aegina - on a full day cruise with a well-rounded lunch aboard the high seas! Perfect for a sunny winter day to soak in the sun and warm yourself on deck with your loved ones, this cruise also permits bringing personal alcohol onboard.

January Timings
Daily from 8 AM

Location

28is Oktovriou 42-44, Athina 106 82
Greece
Getting There ›

5% Cashback
Day Cruise From Athens To Agistri, Moni and Aegina With Mediterranean-Greek Lunch
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€135

8

Take A Day Trip to Mycenae

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Traverse the remarkable ruins of Mycenae, the legendary Agamemnon’s kingdom. This tour includes a viewing of the theatre of Epidaurus which was built in the 4th century BC, but is still in use today. The latter is a quaint city, believed to be the dwelling of Asklepios, the healer - Apollo’s son.

Location

Athanasiou Diakou, Athina 117 43
Greece
Getting There ›

Meteora Express Tour
Day Trips
Meteora Express Tour
New Arrival
from
€24
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Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounion Guided Tour from Athens
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Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounion Guided Tour ...
from
€45
Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour from Athens with Audio Guide
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Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Sunset Tou...
from
€35
Meteora Day Trip from Athens by Train
Day Trips
Meteora Day Trip from Athens by Train
from
€93
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Day Tour from Athens: Napplio-Mycenae-Epidaurus With Skip The Line Access & Optional Lunch
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Day Tour from Athens: Napplio-Mycenae-Epidauru...
from
€87
Delphi Guided Day Trip from Athens with Optional Lunch
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Delphi Guided Day Trip from Athens with Option...
from
€87
Sunrise Tour at Meteora
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Sunrise Tour at Meteora
from
€29
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Day Trip to Hydra Island from Athens
Day Trips
Day Trip to Hydra Island from Athens
from
€109
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Sunrise Tour to Meteora
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Sunrise Tour to Meteora
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€29
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Morning Tour to Meteora
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Morning Tour to Meteora
from
€29

Athens in January: Events to Look Out For


athens in january - christmas factory

Christmas Factory

27 November 2021 - 6 January 2022
Picture a sparkly Christmas theme park in the middle of a bustling city scattered with historic sites and mystical ruins. Fulfill all your winter wonderland dreams by making a beeline for the Technopolis courtyard in Gazi and revel in the winter charm and the Christmas spirit.

athens in january - house of memory

The House of Memory

22 September 2021 - 8 January 2022
This exhibit features the paintings of Leda Kontogiannopoulou post her visits to the dwellings of three transformative personalities of 20th century Greek art: Panayiotis Tetsis, Natalia Mela and George Seferis. "The House of Memory" is the prime focus of the Benaki Museum’s tribute to this national treasure.

Image Courtesy : The Benaki Museum

Athens in February - Festive Lights

Festive Light Installation at SNFCC

1 December 2021 - 6 January 2022
Let your inner child experience the wonder of this futuristic, yet festive, spectacle of lights and glitter, at Stavros Niarchos Park. Allow the dazzling colours to take over the night (and your camera roll), as you usher in the New Year with vibrant spirits.

Athens January Essentials


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Athens Weather in January

The mercury won’t rise above 13°C-14°C, while the average low is 6°C-7°C. It snows for a few days every year; so depending on the window of your visit, pack outerwear accordingly. The Athenian winter is a spectacle that not many witness!

Athens Accommodation In January

There will not be many tourists in this season, so you can rest assured that finding accommodation at this time will not be an issue. Here are some key places to stay in Athens, depending on your budget:

Athens Packing List for January

Given the frigidity, you’d do well to bring along some warm outerwear and cozy woolens. For rainy days, we recommend slipping on some sturdy wellington boots and your favourite raincoat. Packing extra socks never hurts; you’ll thank us when the downpour comes and you’ve got dry socks for days. If you’re someone who’s used to a warmer climate, be sure to incorporate layers in your clothing to trap your body’s heat.

Getting Around Athens in January

Athens offers a range of public transport options including the metro, the suburban railway, buses and trolleybuses and the tram network.

The tickets you can use are categorized as paper tickets, anonymous cards that can be topped up, and personalized cards. These tickets can be used on all forms of public transport. The Athenian Transport department offers a Day Pass ticket, or even a 5-day variant. But only the 3-day Tourist Ticket offers a roundtrip to/from Athens International Airport. While the Metro, and most buses and trolleybuses run from 5 AM to midnight everyday, the operational hours for the suburban railway are 4:30 AM and 11 PM.

Athens in January: Seasonal Delicacies


athens in january - what to eat
Lamb Chops (Paidakia)

The iconic paidakia is the Greek version of lamb ribs. Usually, the Greek lamb chops are marinated in olive oil, mustard, fresh thyme, garlic, lemon zest and peppercorn. Typically, potatoes are added into the pan with the meat to best absorb the flavours.
Where to eat: To Steki tou Ilia

athens in january - what to eat
Smoked Octopus (Xtapodi)

Usually served as appetizers, Greece's smoke octopus is cooked in red wine vinegar and dry white wine. It is one of the most popular Greek foods there is and is found in practically every restaurant in Greece.
Where to eat: Varoulko .

athens in january - what to eat
Rakomelo

The perfect beverage for the nipping cold of January, rakomelo is a combination of raki or tsipouro - two kinds of grape pomace brandy - with honey and flavourful spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, and some other regional herbs. This warm, spiced drink is a chief winter staple.
Where to drink: Anafiotika Cafe

athens in january - where to eat
Fasolada

This vegetarian soup makes for the perfect Greek comfort food if you’re visiting Athens in January. It is made of white beans and a selection of healthy, rich vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery. Nobody does it like Kitsoulas Tavern! Walk in for the perfect traditional, no-frills dining experience.
Where to eat: Kitsoulas Tavern

athens in january - what to eat
Kourabiedes

Kourabiedes are baked crescents that are like a weightless shortbread - buttery and crumbly, but not too sweet. This dessert is typically made using almonds and is topped with a lot of powdered sugar. Take one bite and everyone will know you’ve been indulgent!
Where to eat: La Maison

Tips for Visiting Athens in January


  • An efficient way to make good use of rainy days while staying dry, is by booking visits to indoor sites - such as museums, art galleries, or theaters.
  • If your itinerary is packed and you can only squeeze in a visit to three or four sites, we suggest foregoing the Special Ticket Package (€30) and opting instead, for individual tickets to each of the sites. This is in light of the individual reductions on ticket prices (50% of the standard rate) at each site that applies for winter months.
  • Make sure you confirm the opening and closing times of different sites since they differ in the winter months, with most being operational between 8 AM to 3 PM or 8 AM to 5 PM.
  • The first Sunday of each of the winter months is designated as an Open Day wherein free access is provided to visitors of all archaeological sites, monuments and museums in Greece. We suggest taking advantage of this with an early-morning visit to beat the crowds.
  • While the ancient marbles at most sites are already quite slippery, the occasional winter rain makes it important for you to have sturdy walking shoes. We suggest avoiding going up the Acropolis hill if it happens to be raining.

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