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on a Rainy Day

What to Do in Athens on a Rainy Day?

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07 December 2019

You've finally arrived to Athens for your dream city break and you want to see everything! But, Zeus had other plans and it's raining all day long... You can't explore the city on foot wandering around outside. So what are you going to do? Thankfully, we have some (great) ideas! Here is a list of things that you can definitely do when it is rainy in Athens.

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Reflection of the Arch of Hadrian - Credits: Giorgos S. Pantelakis

1. A day at the Museums

Bad weather in Athens? Spend your day in the museums! Visit the Acropolis museum that is constructed to mirror the sacred Rock of Acropolis and explore invaluable treasures from Greek antiquity. Make sure to visit the newly-opened ancient neighborhood before you leave, located below the Museum! Afterwards, head to the National Archaeological Museum that is one of the most important in Europe, because of its unique collection of ancient artifacts! If two Museums are not enough for you, then the new Museum of Contemporary Art has it all. From Degas to Polock, the size of the collection will amaze you! It is situated in a beautiful neoclassical building with beautiful foyer to relax after your tour. 

Acropolis Museum

2. Become a potter

Transform a rainy day into a creative day and have fun while creating the means that will bring you back beautiful memories in future rains to come… Join a pottery workshop, unearth your talent in the ancient art and create your very own masterpiece that you can take back home as a souvenir! 

Pottery workshop

3. Drink a book

The romantic image of a film protagonist sitting in a cozy café and enjoying his book while it is rainy outside will forever be engraved in our minds. Why not try it yourself? Embrace the idea of getting your favorite book and enjoying it, accompanied by a mug of steaming coffee in book cafés such as the Little Tree in Acropolis area. Greeks love drinking their coffee very slowly and enjoying it over a long conversation with friends in cafés. See the rain as an opportunity to live like a true Athenian for a few hours!

Little Tree café

4. All that jazz

If it’s a rainy night and you think your evening is ruined, think again! There is the perfect place to take away your blues and that is the all-time classic bar Jazz in Jazz in Kolonaki area. Nice atmosphere, good music and bourbon! The weather outside seems irrelevant… Listen to beloved artists like Luis Armstrong or Mahalia Jackson and let the wooden interior, the music instruments and the 30’s decoration to time-travel you to a magical era! 

Jazz in Jazz bar

5. Live an ancient experience

Since the weather is not very suitable for walking tours, you can choose an alternative: become a sculptor and create the next Aphrodite of Knidos! Enter the realm of King Minos of Crete and attend an Ancient Greek Symposium in his palace! Drink Ancient Greek wine, taste Cretan snacks, listen to the latest rumors of Athens and philosophize like Plato!

Ancient Greek Symposium experience 

6. Treat yourself with a night at the Opera

Visit the architectural marvel of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFFC) to watch a play, a concert or an opera and spend a wonderful evening in Athens. Feel the magic of the theater and be the leading actor of your own fairytale! While you are at the SNFFC, find the chance to visit the building of the new National Library and let us know what you think of its modern and frugal design. 

National Opera of Greece in SNFCC

7. Chase the sun outside Athens

If it’s raining in Athens, there is always the option to chase the sun away from it! A rainy day in Athens might well be an excellent opportunity for a day-trip. Check the weather forecast and visit one of the many historical and beautiful nearby destinations. From Delphi to Nafplio and from Olympia to Nemea, all you have to do is feel adventurous!

8. Rain outside, cooking and songs inside

There is no better excuse to delve deeper into Greek gastronomy than the rainy weather! Take the metro to Monastiraki Square, head to Psiri neighborhood next to it and enter one of the many taverns there. Take your pick from a long list of traditional Greek dishes, relax in the warm astrosphere while listening to live Greek music and "kali oreksi" as us Greeks say!

Tip: Try some rakomelo before your meal, to warm up quickly!

Greek mezedes

9. Diamonds are forever

If you love shopping, then there is no need for you to worry about rain in Athens. Visit the biggest shopping mall of Greece in the center of Athens, that leads to the City Link arcade with many cafes and theaters surrounding it. Situated in an old neoclassical and historical building, it has hundreds of brands and many floors to wander around until the rain stops. If you do not feel brave enough to watch Ibsen in Greek in the theater next to the mall, you can head to Zonar’s, the oldest café in Athens, and try it’s homemade hot chocolate; priceless!

10. Hide away in an arcade

Do as the locals would: go to a favorite arcade and spend your morning, afternoon or evening there! The arcades of Athens are considered as one of the most precious hidden gems of the city. Athens has countless of arcades in its city center, most of them hidden from common view. Korai Arcade, for example, offers you more than you can imagine. Start by visiting the memorial site 1941-1944 and see the inscriptions of the prisoners on the walls; continue with the arcade’s art gallery and then grab a proper sandwich to satisfy your appetite; enjoy a hot chocolate in one of the cozy cafés and then watch a movie at the oldest cinema of Athens, located (where else) inside the arcade! 

Arcade of Emporon

Bonus idea: Dancing in the rain

What if you embraced your bad luck and saw the rain as the ultimate challenge: walking in the city while raining! Like Don from the historical movie, take your umbrella and enjoy the moment! How many times will you discover Athens’ life during rain? Embrace the fact that you are going to get wet and experience the.. wet side of the city. See Athens from a different perspective, watch the locals running towards shelter or walking in the rain contemplating. Just make sure your hotel is nearby to change your wet clothes afterwards!

Academy of Athens 

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