Every November the Classic Marathon takes place in Athens, an international annual race that gathers thousands of participants from all over the world. Its history begins in 490 BC. with the Athenian diarist Pheidippides, who ran from Marathon to Athens to bring the news of the Athenian victory over the Persians. At the first international Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, the Marathon was revived in memory of Pheidippides' course. The first winning marathon runner was Spyros Louis. The modern Athens Classic Marathon is an annual international race held in November. It covers a route of 42,126 kilometers starting from the Tomb of Marathon and ending at the Panathenaic Stadium.
Every year Athens lives the holidays with shows and events for every age and mood. The city is decorated, the Municipality of Athens highlights art and music in the streets and squares with free concerts, exhibitions, dance, poetry readings. Children, of course, have their due with creative workshops in art centers and museums, ice rinks and holiday parks. Exhibitions in museums, DJ parties and themed cocktails in bars, fun until the morning in music stages, spectacular shows for the whole family, brunches in restaurants and hotels await the residents and visitors of Athens during the Christmas period. The city puts on its most festive fancy dress to welcome the cold of December with the warmth of Christmas, the lighted garlands on the streets and central spots shine, carrying the festive message everywhere.
A festive "factory" of creation to make the kids apprentice chefs and magicians, to go on wheels, carousels and train, to see exhibitions of old games and ancient technology but also theater and concerts.
Halloween in Greece is the three weeks before Clean Monday, when Lent begins, the most important period of fasting in the Orthodox Christian church calendar, which prepares Christians for the biggest holiday in the church calendar, Easter. . On these days, the custom of feasting, entertainment and "disguising" takes place, which has its roots in the "Lupercalia" and "Saturnalia" festivals, in honor of Saturn, and in the ancient "Dionysian festivals" of the Greeks, where the People used to dress up, dance, sing while drinking wine and the merriment finally culminated in honor of Dionysus. In modern Greece, the carnival is celebrated everywhere with masquerades, dances, feasts, satire and various special customs in each place. It gives us the opportunity to go wild, drink a lot of wine and do countless pranks..
Clean Monday, also known as Pure Monday, Ash Monday, Monday of Lent or Green Monday. Clean Monday was so named because Christians are "cleansed" spiritually and physically. It is a day of fasting but also a day of rest for Christians. The fast lasts 40 days, which were the same as the days of Christ fasting in the desert. It is celebrated 48 days before the Sunday of the Resurrection of Christ, the Christian Easter. Clean Monday means the end of Carnival and for the Orthodox Church is the first day of Lent. In other words, Clean Monday was so named by strictly religious associations because housewives cleaned their pots of grease, declaring the intention of every household to observe Lent. On Clean Monday, we seek out nature to celebrate the arrival of Spring, fly kites and enjoy traditional meals. Also, Clean Monday, in the wake of Halloween, is accompanied by a feast. According to tradition, wine is allowed for indulgence and escape from everyday life, just before the introversion of the ascetic. Also, in Greece, flying a kite is part of the customs of Clean Monday, specifically its outdoor celebration - the so-called koulouma.
The 25th of March, for many Christian denominations, is the Mother of God feast of the Annunciation. March 25 is also the National Day of Greece, commemorating the celebration of the Greek Revolution of 1821. The celebration of the Greek Revolution of 1821 is celebrated in Greece, Cyprus and throughout the world by the Greeks of the Diaspora on March 25 every year, a day of celebration and Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. This day is a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus. Celebrations usually include parades and other celebrations on the same day or the day before. The biggest event is the military parade in Athens on March 25 while the previous one, on March 24, is a student holiday in the country's schools. In other municipalities there are parades of military units, students, clubs, etc., as well as eulogies in churches..
The International Day of Monuments and Sites will take place this year on 18 April 2023. The International Day of Monuments and Sites includes several types of activities. The aim is to preserve the cultural heritage of each country.
is a fantastic month to visit Athens. For the most part, it will seem like the height of summer, but without the throngs of tourists. With just over four days of rain, there are essentially no concerns about rain. When it comes to packing, you may want to bring a light jacket or sweater for the cooler evenings. In Greece, May 1st is May Day and International Workers' Day. Locals generally go to the countryside for picnics on this national holiday, and many museums, monuments, attractions, and stores will be closed. One of Athens' most prominent festivals, the Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival, takes place over five days and features jazz musicians from around the country.
Athens Epidaurus Festival.
Every year, Athens hosts the Epidaurus Festival, which includes cultural, musical, and theatrical events from new as well as renowned artists. It is one of the most popular festivals of any kind in Greece and has been running perpetually for the last 60 years.
Summer calls for beach games, and that's what the Athens Golden Cup is about. It is held at the Syntagma Square and is organised by the Hellenic Volleyball Federation and the Culture, Sports & Youth Organisation of Athens. You can enjoy it at the beach or a rooftop hotel.
One of the leading festivals in Greece, the Summer Plisskën Festival, is the place to be if you live music. It brings some of the world's most iconic artists to stage, delivering a night to remember. The festival also has many workshops to learn different skills from professionals.
The Athens Pride 2022 celebrates love and inclusivity unconditionally. Join in to celebrate equality and wave the rainbow flag with pride. Besides the parade, you can also enjoy exhibitions, screenings, performances, and parties. The grand finale promises to be a spectacle and includes a live music show.
Athens is experiencing some of the warmest temperatures of the year now that summer has arrived. There will be no rain, but lengthy, hot days are expected. With the sea temperature at 33 C, this month is all about spending time at the beach, so bring more than one bathing suit and lots of summer clothing to stay cool and protected from the sun. Rockwave Festival, held just outside of Athens in Malakasa for two weeks in July, is one of the most well-known in the city. Ejekt Event Athens is a long-running festival that takes place in mid-July each year and features some of the best electronic and alternative music from across the world for two days
August's weather is very similar to July's, with the exception that the average high rises slightly. The city is largely deserted now that most residents are on their two-week vacations. While it is quite hot, many people find it tolerable due to the dry atmosphere, and the calmer roadways make it a little more comfortable than July. Mary's ascension to heaven and reunion with Jesus is commemorated on August 15, which is a public holiday and the second most significant festival after Easter. The August Full Moon Festival is held every year in Athens and around Greece to commemorate the year's most spectacular full moon. During this time, a number of landmarks and monuments will be open to the public for free.
While early September will be hotter than August, the weather will progressively calm down. Many people consider August to be the best month to visit Athens, especially in the second half, when the crowds drop out dramatically. Rain is still unlikely, with precipitation falling across three days on average. During the first half of September, the annual Athens Book Fair takes place. Each year's fair has a unique theme. During the second half of September, the Athens International Film Festival takes place. It promotes independent filmmaking by screening films from all throughout the world, regardless of genre. Every year in late September, a festival honors the European Day of Languages with singing, dance, tales, and activities
A legendary WRC fixture which returns to the championship for the second time since 2013. Twisty rocky mountain roads combine with high temperatures and choking dust to provide a fierce challenge. The tracks are smoother than they used to be but still pose punishing demands on tyres and cars.
Though it may seem like ideal weather to many, the weather begins to chill drastically around October. It may be warm enough to swim during the first half of the month, with the sea remaining pleasant from the summer heat. The later in the month you travel, the more likely you will need a jacket or sweatshirt, but during any visit in October, it is a good idea to carry a variety of clothing. Every year on October 28, Greeks all around the country commemorate Ohi Day, the day when the country refused to surrender to the Italians during World War II. Halloween is a fantastic occasion for bars and nightclubs in Athens to hold costume parties and offer special themed menus.