Greece is mostly famous as summer destination, with its sandy delicious beaches and numerous islands with exotic beauty.

However, Greece offers more than just golden beaches. The blossoming nature, the warm temperature and fewer crowds in Spring, will help you explore mainland and islands at your own pace.

During March it might still be a bit chilly, but from April and afterwards, the temperature is just right; neither too hot nor cold.

We’ve gathered five of the greatest spring destinations that satisfy every taste; from the islander to the mainland junkie:

 

Monemvasia

This destination is both ideal for couples who want to experience a combination of a mediaeval fortress town by the sea and loners who just want to experience a jaw-dropping destination.

It is located on the south-eastern coast of the Peloponnese and the main tourist attraction is the fortress – which has also been called “Gibraltar of the East”.

monemvasia

Why Spring?

The nature has just woken up from hibernation, everything is covered in wild flowers and wandering around the narrow- cobbled streets of this quaint little town is just more pleasant.

 

Athens

Visiting Athens as the starting point of your vacay in Greece used to be the recommended suggestion.

Lately though, Athens has been a stand-alone popular destination for a 3-4 day trip.

Acropolis, Acropolis museum, Ancient Agora, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos, Museum of the Ancient Agora are the obvious sights you have to visit, but there’s much more.

Stunning rooftop bars and restaurants viewing Acropolis, cool cocktail bars, and some of the most amazing coffee in Europe, are also one of the reasons that make Athens a contemporary tourist destination.

Stroll around Plaka neighborhood, Monastiraki and Agia Irini square for drinks, coffee and food and enjoy the sunny days of Spring.

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Why Spring?

The weather is sweet and comfortable without being too hot, plus the majority of the dates when access to Acropolis is free is in Spring:

  • 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
  • 18 April (International Monuments Day)
  • 18 May (International Museums Day)
  • Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st

 

Santorini

The breathtaking view of Santorini is undeniable and famous all over the world.

The Caldera view is considered as out-of-this-world and one of the most romantic sceneries where many couples from around the world decide to get married.

santorini

Why Spring?

In the Springtime, the island is much less crowdy, allowing you to experience a truer sense of the island life.

It is also more affordable compared to Summer, but still mesmerizing.

Also, most restaurants and cafeterias are open, as it remains a popular destination for the majority of the year.

 

Crete

Crete is the biggest island of Greece and it’s like a very small country within a country. It is divided into four main regions; Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion, and Lasithi. Chania is the most picturesque and touristy one, Rethymno is cute and quaint, Heraklion is the largest and the capital of Crete where you can visit the Minoan Palace and Lasithi is a great choice if you would like to visit the famous Elounda.

Whatever the place, one thing is for sure; Cretan food is so delicious and fresh as it’s of local produce, with certain dishes such as “the dakos” or “kalitsounia” that you simply have to taste.

Plus, the Cretan diet is one of the healthiest in the world!

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Kri kri in Samaria Gorge

Why Spring?

During Spring, Crete has a lovely temperature around 18-25° degrees which is pleasant enough to go around and enjoy yourself without breaking a sweat.

Hiking is also very popular in Crete being an ideal activity with all that blossoming nature. The Samaria Gorge is the largest and most popular one which opens around 1st of May.

If you’ll be visiting Crete earlier than that, and you’re indeed a hardcore hiker, we’d recommend the gorge of Imbros which stays open throughout the year.

 

Pelion, Magnesia

In the past, we’ve included one of Pelion’s beaches in our top 20 beaches in Greece.

The amazing thing about Pelion, is that its landscape is so diverse, you can visit all year around combining the rugged beauty of the mountains with the sea.

It consists of numerous traditional villages where you can go hiking, horse riding or simply walking around the beautiful scenery.

pelion

Why Spring?

Everything is covered with colorful wild flowers and fir, chestnut, oak and beech trees and you can experience the villages with just a T-shirt!