With March marking the end of winter, there is no better time to consider packing up a suitcase and jet-setting to sunny Greece than in spring. With culture and history, historic ruins, volcanic cliffs, and the beautiful blue sea, there is so much on offer when you visit Greece. And, with the weather warming up in March, here are some things we think you should know when visiting Greece in March.
March Weather and Temperature
The weather in Greece is mixed, and you can expect rainy days as well as sunny ones. In terms of temperature, Athens can reach up to 16 degrees in March, meaning it’s a comfortable warmth. Something to consider is that Northern Greece is cooler in temperature than Athens and the south, so visiting Crete in March will mean warmer temperatures overall. However, be cautious that it’s still quite cool in the evenings, often dropping to lows of 6 degrees.
Tourism In March
While March is the tail-end of winter, tourism does begin to increase, but it still is a good time to visit Greece and find yourself in quiet spaces. Be aware, though, that some restaurants will be closed and ferries may be even fewer and far between compared to summer.
Four Best Places To Visit In March (and What To Do)
Visiting Athens in March is perfect as it allows you the time and space to explore both the tourism sites and cultural centres without overly busy crowds. While Athens is the capital, meaning there is plenty of shopping, eateries and nightlife, you should spoil yourself with visiting some of the amazing archaeological sites left standing. Here are some things you could do when visiting:
Acropolis of Athens
Comprising several ancient structures, you can visit this site by purchasing a ticket that allows you to see this. You can upgrade your ticket too, and this allows you to see a further six sites, including the Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos and Hadrian’s Library. Consider also visiting the Acropolis Museum while you are there.
Being the only stadium built of white marble and with a capacity of over 60,000, the Panathenaic Stadium is a must-see whether you’re a sports fan or not. With it being the first Modern Olympic Games, it holds a real significant importance in history.
With Crete experiencing warmer temperatures more than northern Greece, it’s unsurprising to learn that their beaches want to welcome you sooner than later. With highs of 20 degrees being recorded, and many recommending visiting March for a quieter, more relaxing break. Here are some things you could do when visiting:
This amazing trail is one of the longest in Europe. While it may be difficult in the hotter months, it’s perfect for a sunny spring day, where you can be rewarded with stunning views over the Libyan Sea and the chance to see animals along the way.
This gorgeous palace is just off Iraklio, Knossos, and is a breathtaking sight to behold. While it has been ravaged and rebuilt over the years, you can explore the throne room, temple tomb and even the central courtyard.
Named as one of the five largest islands of Greece, Chios is located off the Anatolian coast is one gifted with beautiful landscapes and amazing scuba diving experiences. Here are some things you could do when visiting:
This beach is a must-visit due to how unique it is. This natural beach is covered in black stones due to the volcanic formation. Closeby to the pier, it’s recommended you wear shoes or slippers due to the uncomfortableness of walking on the stones.
The Chios Mastic Museum
While visiting Chios, you should consider visiting The Chios Mastic Museum, where you can learn about mastic, the flavoured tree resin that is produced in Chios.
With a spectacular set of views, Rhodes is perfect for couples and honeymooners who want to escape to the sunshine. While rain can be expected, it adds to the charming vibes you get as you visit the various historic sites, eat at the local cafes or explore the beautiful villages. Here are some things you could do when visiting:
Rhodes Old Town
This medieval city is one of the largest in the whole of Europe and has also been declared a World Heritage City. With a mix of Greek, Italian and Ottoman heritage, the uniquely charming streets, tall walls, ancient churches, and architecture will take you back in time as soon as you arrive.
Also commonly known as the Valley of the Butterflies, this picturesque place is a nature reserve with the chance to see butterflies and moths in the cycles of their lives. Petaloudes also has wonderful dense flora, bridges to walk over for the chance to see small waterfalls and ponds throughout your walk.
What To Pack and Wear
While you can be forgiven for thinking there’s no need to pack some of these, March weather is still unpredictable, and it’s always best to be safe than sorry. Here are some things we recommend you pack and wear when travelling.
An essential when travelling on holiday, and still very much the case when visiting Greece in March. The highest recorded temperature in Greece during March was 25 degrees in Athens, and an average UV score being recorded in March.
While the sun shines from 7.30 am until 5.30 pm, there’s still the chance of some showers when visiting Greece in March. Be sure to pack an umbrella or a light coat, especially if you’re visiting Athens.
If you want to not just see the blue of the sea, make sure to pack a swimsuit. While the sea won’t be as warm as it is in the summer, you may still experience a warm dip between cooling off.
With temperatures fluctuating in Greece in March, it’s advised you pack some jeans and even thin, long-sleeved tops just for those cooler days. Consider packing clothes you can layer, which will help if the temperatures rise when you’re out exploring. In Athens, it’s advised you dress presentably, but jeans are accepted.
When visiting Greece, the plugs used are Type C and F. Plug type C is the plug that has two round pins, and plug type F is the plug that has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. The country tends to operate on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
So much of Greece’s history is set for you to see and explore, and with the Greek’s having some of the best food in the world, including amazing street food, all you really need to decide is where you want to travel to first. But, when you do, make sure to remember your Euros and passport, and nothing will stand in your way.