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How to Stay Cool in Athens this Summer

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How to Stay Cool in Athens this Summer

Athens is not just the capital of the Mediterranean country of Greece, but it is a city that is great to see year-round, especially during the summer. But when you are planning a trip to Athens in the summer, be sure to take into consideration that the weather is going to be extremely hot, you are going to be surrounded by many other tourists, and waiting times may be lengthy.

August is the month that local residents from Athens make their way toward the Greek islands, and some restaurants and bars where you may seek refreshments may be closed. But don’t worry, this guide on how to stay cool in Athens this summer will have you prepared to handle the Greek heat to enjoy your vacation as much as possible.

Luggage Storage in Athens

Having luggage storage in Athens will be a huge relief while you are enjoying the summertime in Greece. The weather will be warm enough as it is without you breaking a sweat by having to carry extra belongings with you. Keep your hands free, and your attention focused on your beautiful surroundings while you enjoy Athens.

Understand the Weather in Athens 

The most popular time when tourists descend upon Athens and Greece as a whole is during the summer, for sure. The summer months are when many people schedule their vacation time from work, which means that you should be aware of what the weather may look like when you arrive.

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Typically during the summer, the temperature ranges around 95 F / 35 C in the afternoon. But that doesn’t mean that you won’t stumble upon days that can rise above 104 F / 40 C. Don’t worry, it most likely won’t be that high every single day, but it can happen, particularly during July and August.

If you are worried for health reasons about these weather temperatures, it is advised that you travel during the autumn months instead when it is a little cooler, and the temperatures generally don’t exceed 77 F / 25 C.

Wear Hats and Light Colors

Wear light, loose-fitting clothes and stay away from dark colors that absorb the heat. Men should wear

shorts or loose trousers with cotton t-shirts that are in light colors. Women should consider flowy dresses to stay comfortable in with long-brimmed hats. Keep in mind that synthetic materials make you sweat.

When it comes to shoes, outdoor sandals are a must because they are light on your feet with enough cushion to handle the cobble-stone streets and are easy to wash and keep clean.

Travel with as Little as Possible 

This may sound self-evident, but I am surprised when people walk around with huge daypacks. Sure, if you are a professional photographer, you will want all your gear with you. It’s also normal to pack a few extra things if you have a baby or certain medical conditions. For most people, though, a small, light backpack or handbag where you can keep your water bottle, some sunscreen, and other personal items are more than enough.

While I’m on this subject, I can’t stress enough that it’s important to be wary of your belongings at all times. I’ve never had an issue with pickpockets myself, but it looks like many visitors do.

Bring an Umbrella

If you are traveling with elderly people, toddlers, or anyone who gets tired rather quickly, consider traveling with light-colored umbrellas to protect them from the sun.

Keep Sunscreen Nearby

While Greece may not blaze your skin as strongly as you may find in Caribbean countries, you still need to bring sunscreen and apply it regularly during your trip as protection from sunburn.

Don’t Overeat

As delicious as Greek food is, be careful not to overeat in order to stay cool while you are spending time in Athens this summer. Suppose you are sensitive to heat. Make sure that you have light snacks, a salad, and juice during the day, and save your larger meal for the evening when the sun has gone down with a little extra salt than normal to balance the electrolytes that can disappear with excessive sweating. As a side note, don’t overdo it with alcoholic drinks because your body might not realize how hot it already is.

Stay Hydrated

Get used to drinking more water than you may be normally accustomed to in order to stay hydrated during the summer in Athens. Have a water bottle with you at all times, and make an effort to drink a minimum of two liters of water a day.

Thankfully, water bottles won’t be much of an expense for you because, by law, 500 ml bottles can never cost more than 50 cents. Feel free to drink tap water in Athens because it is safe to consume. Top up your water at fountains up on the Acropolis.

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