Spring in Greece
Athens, Greece (Credit: WeeFee_Photography on Pixabay)

Top 12 spring holiday getaways in Greece for 2024

Athens, Chalkidiki, Crete, Corfu, Lefkada, Monemvasia, Pelion, Pieria, Rhodes, Syros, Thassos, Thessaloniki

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Greece is one of the top-visited destinations in the world during the summer, but spring is also a perfect time to explore the country’s exquisite islands, irresistible towns, authentic villages. The mild weather (not too hot, not too cold), the beautiful blossoming surroundings, the reduced accommodation rates and fewer crowds create ideal conditions for spring vacations. It’s also Easter this season, and interesting celebrations will make for a memorable trip. Want to see how spring looks like in this beautiful country? Check out our 12 recommendations for experiencing Greece’s mainland and islands before the high summer season. Bonus: If you value getting the perfect picture during your trip, visiting Greece in the spring is a great idea because there are fewer tourists around to get into the frame.

Athens (Attica)

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Athens, Greece (Credit: Nick115 on Pixabay)

The Greek capital in springtime is all about outdoor fun becoming a magical destination for every visitor. Poppies and daisies bloom all around neighbourhoods and ancient monuments giving a vibrant and lively atmosphere. Tour the archaeological sites with the warm, sunny weather as your ally: the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Agora and the Panathenaic Stadium. Take a stroll in the National Garden, a welcoming green oasis in the heart of the city. Head to Lycabettus Hill which has arguably the best view of the city. Indulge in the outdoor food & drink scene, as there are countless tavernas, restaurants, cafes and bars housed in beautiful spaces with courtyards. Bonus: Athens also doubles as a beach destination as the Athenian Riviera appeal to travelers seeking a coastal escape. Located just a few kilometers away from the bustling streets of the city center, it offers five-star resorts, marinas, restaurants, spas, clubs. Spring is also a busy time for cultural events with many festivals taking place. Experience the spirited celebrations of Greek Independence Day (on March 25) and Greek Easter (May 5).

Useful info: Area (metro): 2,928.717 km2 Population (metro): 3,059,764 Municipality’s website: https://www.cityofathens.gr/


Chalkidiki (Central Macedonia)

Tigania Beach, Sykia, Chalkidiki (Credit: Nicolas Hadjidimitriou, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

About an hour’s drive from the northern city of Thessaloniki, this picturesque Peninsula is undoubtedly is at its best during spring. Charming mountain villages, archaeological sites, rich gastronomic culture, exotic beaches and you have a perfect combination for a crowd-free escape. Head to Arnaia, a traditional village at an altitude of 600m with charming cobblestone alleys and colorful buildings. Walk the beautiful hiking routes of Mount Holomontas where you’ll be amazed by the wildflowers, oaks, pines, chestnut trees and firs. Discover Stagira, the birthplace of Aristotle, and the archaeological site of Ancient Olynthos. In Ouranoupoli, take a boat trip to admire from afar the monasteries of Mount Athos overlooking the sea. Look out for the superb honey (some 30% of Greece’s honey is produced here), Chalkidiki table olives (awarded PDO status) and exceptional wine.

Useful info: Area: 2,918 km2 Population: 101,324 Regional unit’s website: https://www.visit-halkidiki.gr/


Crete

The Minoan palace of Knossos, Crete, Greece (Credit: davestem on Pixabay)

Greece’s largest island has sunshine pretty much all year round but spring is especially lovely for sightseeing and outdoor activities. The birthplace of Zeus is blessed with glorious ancient ruins, snow-capped peaks, unrivaled beaches. The Minoan palace of Knossos, the 16km-long Samaria Gorge, the Lasithi Plateau, the lovely towns of Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos, the list is endless, Crete simply has it all. Overall, the unique geographical setting of the island, with its combination of imposing mountain ranges, coastal beauty, historical landmarks, remnants of brilliant civilizations and unique gastronomy contributes to its appeal as a popular tourist destination suitable for a wide range of travelers: nature lovers, history buffs, beachgoers, couples, families, cultural explorers, foodies. Enjoy the authentic Cretan hospitality before the masses arrive.

Useful info: Area: 8,450 km2 Population: 624,408 Region’s website: https://www.incrediblecrete.gr/en/


Corfu (Ionian Islands)

Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece (Credit: Powermatt on Pixabay)

There are few places better to be in spring than on Corfu, an Ionian island used as the backdrop for epic tales by both Homer and Shakespeare. From its rich multi-cultural heritage, unsurpassed natural beauty to its fantastic food scene that shows off Italian touches, Corfu has all the essential ingredients for an unforgettable experience. Corfu’s Old Town, a world heritage site, is utterly spell-binding. The alluring Imperial Palace of Achillion (the summer retreat of Empress Elisabeth of Austria) also deserves your attention as well as the New and Old Fortress and the Mon Repos Palace with it lush gardens. The seaside resort of Paleokastritsa, the picturesque village of Pelekas, Angelokastro, Pontikonisi (Mouse Island), the wetland of Korission (a Natura 2000 protected area) and the delicious “pastitsada” (red wine stew with pasta) are just some of the reasons why Corfu is worth visiting.  Plus Easter, the most heartfelt celebration in the island, is the definition of glory, attracting visitors from all over Greece and abroad. 

Useful info: Area: 610.9 km2 Population: 99,134 Municipality’s website: https://corfu.gr/


Lefkada (Ionian Islands)

Lefkada, Greece (Credit: Pantea Adrian/Pixabay)

One of the most emerging Ionian destinations, Lefkada is know for its magnificent crystalline turquoise water beaches, un-spoilt seafront or mountainous villages and thrilling outdoor activities. Connected to the mainland by a short bridge, you can reach Lefkada without stepping foot on a boat. On this stunning island you will find white cliffs, deep pine forests, traditional houses, noteworthy sights, churches and monasteries, picturesque alleys, world-famous beaches (Kathisma, Egremni, Porto Katsiki), sea lakes, waterfalls, lighthouses, scrumptious cuisine, authentic bars and restaurants, windsurfing centers, hospitable people. Lefkada is surrounded by a total of 24 islets – Aristotle Onassis’ Skorpios being one of them. Nearby cities on the continent include Preveza and the coastal resort of Parga. Whether you are seeking  relaxation or adventure Lefkada offers visitors a truly unique experience.

Useful info: Area: 333.6 km2 Population: 22,652 Municipality’s website: https://lefkada.gov.gr/


Monemvasia (Peloponnese)

Monemvasia, Greece (Credit: Alexander Manusevich, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Located on the southeastern side of Peloponnese, the Castle Town of Monemvasia  is carved on a huge rock facing the sea and is linked to the mainland by a single, highly defensible causeway. The amazing destination is often called the “Fortress Island”  or “Gibraltar of the East”. Monemvasia combines castles, mansions, cobbled medieval streets, Byzantine-era remnants, beautifully restored stone buildings, soaring sea views and culinary delights. In spring, when the landscape is covered with blooming flowers, the scenery is all the more magical. The historic Monemvasia is divided into two sections: Pano Poli (upper town) nowadays uninhabited and Kato Poli (lower city) which continues to be inhabited and hosts significant monuments such as Elkomenos Christos, a Greek Orthodox church renowned for its well-preserved frescoes and unique architecture. In 1821, when the Greek Revolution began, Monemvasia was the first fortified town to be liberated. Giannis Ritsos, one of the greatest Greek poets of the 20th century was born in Monemvasia. Don’t leave without stocking up on the famous Malvasia wine.

Useful info: Area: 949.3 km2 Population: 21,942 Municipality’s website: https://monemvasia.gov.gr/


Pelion (Thessaly)

Small waterfalls in Pelion, Greece (Credit: Cpanan, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Located in Thessaly region, the unspoiled, mountainous peninsula of Pelion is a suitable destination for any season, especially during springtime when everything is blossoming. The Centaurs’ homeland is known for its forests with abundant and diverse vegetation, as well as its pristine, crystal clear beaches. Beautiful greenery, springs and waterfalls, unique rocky cliffs, sensational views of the Pagasetic Gulf, cobbled paths, stone houses, traditional mansions, delectable cuisine and aromatic Zagorin PDO apples create the magnificent picture of Pelion. Hike in alpine terrain in the morning and enjoy a gorgeous dinner in a picturesque fishing port in the evening.  The postcard imagery is completed by the villages of Portaria, Makrinitsa, Milies, Vizitsa, Tsagarada, Zagora, Mouresi, Trikeri, Pinakates which are among the most renowned attractions of this marvelous place.

Useful info: Magnesia regional unit Area: 2,367 km2 Population: 190,010 Pelion Municipalities’ Websites: https://dnpiliou.gov.gr/ https://www.dimos-zagoras-mouresiou.gr/


Pieria (Central Macedonia)

Platamonas beach, Pieria, Greece (Credit: Cristian Bortes, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Home to the legendary Mt Olympus, a beach-lined 70km coastline and the sacred site of ancient Dion where King Philip II of Macedon chose to celebrate his victories, the regional unit of Pieria attracts tourist interest all year round. In the spring season, it acquires an additional charm, captivating everyone. Mt Olympus, the home of the ancient Greek Gods and now a National Park will reward you with amazing landscapes and strong energy. There are walking routes for both the novice and seasoned explorer. The picturesue town of Litochoro, the preserved mountainous village of Palaios Panteleimonas, the majestic 13th Century  fortress of Platamonas, and the endless sandy beach over the town Paralia Katerinis make Pieria perfect for a spring getaway. Need another reason to visit? The Nine Muses, the sources of inspiration for all of the arts and of knowledge were born in Pieria, at the foot of Mount Olympus.

Useful info: Area: 1,516 km Total: 119,486 Website: https://pieria.pkm.gov.gr/


Rhodes (South Aegean)

Medieval Citadel, Rhodes, Greece (Credit: Peter Linter on Pixabay)

Greece’s sunniest island, also known as the “Knights’ island”, Rhodes combines vivid nature, ancient cities, medieval architecture, amazing beaches, cosmopolitan resorts. This historic Aegean island, the largest of the Dodecanese chain, is considered to be the daughter of God Sun – Helios  and the nymph Rhodes, according to Greek Mythology. The big draws here are the medieval citadel in Rhodes Old Town, the magnificent Lindos acropolis (one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the world), and the Valley of Butterflies, a natural reserve that gets overwhelmed in spring and autumn with butterflies of the Panaxia genus, species Quadripunctaria Poda. Nearly 100 laid-back beaches, adventure activities such as kite surfing, fresh Aegean seafood, local wine, ceramics. Indeed, it is difficult not to be captivated by the sheer beauty of Rhodes.

Useful info: Area: 1,400.68 km2 Population: 125,113 Municipality’s website: https://www.rhodes.gr/en/


Syros (South Aegean)

Vaporia district, Syros, Greece (Credit: G Da, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

The capital of the Cyclades and once Greece’s ship-building centre, Syros is sophisticated and multi-dimensional. The aristocratic island is boasting two towns (one founded by Catholics, another Orthodox) and offers many surprises. Spending the Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday here is a once-in-a-lifetime experience as Syros is one of the few places in the whole world, where the Catholic Community- the largest in Greece- and the Orthodox Community faithful observe the occasion together in a show of social acceptance and unity. The visitors are also drawn by the island’s incredible architecture (one of the finest examples is the neoclassical Town Hall in Miaouli Square), the thriving art scene (Apollon Theater modeled after La Scala hosts diverse performances) and awesome natural landscapes (Apano Meria). Amazing sweets such as halvadopita (nougat pie) and loukoumi (Turkish delight) are also guaranteed.

Useful info: Area: 101.9 km2 Population: 21,507 Municipality’s website: https://www.syros-ermoupolis.gr/


Thassos (Eastern Macedonia & Thrace)

Thassos, Greece (Credit: Veleslava Hristova on Pixabay)

The northernmost island of the Aegean Sea and one of the greenest ones, enchants the visitor with its lavish flora and fauna, endless sandy beaches, illustrious cultural heritage, culinary tradition and tranquil atmosphere. From pine trees reaching the sea to historic villages and archaeological remains, Byzantine churches and serene surroundings there is something for everyone. Giola, the stunning natural pool between the rocks filled with seawater, which locals call it Aphrodite’s Tear is a must-see. Mount Ipsario is an excellent place to visit if you enjoy walking paths, hiking, and trekking. Hungry after all those activities? You will find plenty of family-owned tavernas and you will enjoy local high-quality virgin olive oil (PDO), the “Throumba” variety (PDO) olives, and of course PDO wines. Be sure to sample some excellent Thassian pine tree honey, renowned for its rich nutritional value and significant health benefits.

Useful info: Area: 380 km2 Population: 13,055 Municipality’s website: https://www.thassos.gr/


Thessaloniki (Central Macedonia)

Statue of Alexander the Great, Nea Paralia, Thessaloniki, Greece (Credit: Thanasis P. on Pixabay)

Greece’s second-largest city is love at first sight. It stands out with its enduring history dating back to the era of Alexander the Great, its monuments from Roman and Byzantine periods, vast sea views, remarkable cuisine, great nightlife, and a relaxed vibe. Stroll on the beachfront promenade where you can enjoy the variety of vibrant people and colors, jump aboard one of the many cruises to get the breathtaking view of the city from the sea, have a cup of coffee at one of the coffeeshops of the historic Aristotle Square, taste mouthwatering delicacies at Ladadika district, watch a documentary at a movie theater at the Port of Thessaloniki during the annual Documentary Festival if you visit the city in March, wander around the Ano Poli (Upper Town) which survived the catastrophic fire of 1917.

Useful info: Area (metro): 1,285.61 km2 Population (metro): 1,006,112 Municipality’s website: https://thessaloniki.gr/