What do planning a vacation and planning a wedding have in common? The planner is adamantly opposed to rain ruining their agenda.
It’s impossible to make plans around the weather. It is unpredictable and subject to change at a moment’s notice, even if the forecast foretells a different story. Greece is renowned for its sunshine but, like any travel destination, there is a chance you could be visiting during a dreary time where rain (or snow) forces you to adjust your plans for a day, or even a few days.
Don’t let a little rain in Athens ruin your vacation. Sitting in your room and waiting for the rain to subside is wasted time that could be spent exploring the big city. Use the rain as a time to explore some amazing spaces that might not have made your final “Things To Do In Athens” list.
Grab a cup of coffee and watch the rain fall.
The Greeks take their coffee drinking very seriously. These coffee breaks can last quite a long time, averaging around 1.5 hours, and are meant to encourage people to unwind in silence with their favorite book or spend time catching up with a friend. Grab your umbrella and find a local spot near you and enjoy a warm beverage or tasty treat while watching the rain fall. For the avid coffee drinkers, consider trying a traditional Greek coffee. It is brewed in a small pot called a briki and served black with the grounds on the bottom and a unique foam on top.
Visit a museum and immerse yourself in Greek culture.
No matter your interests, there is a museum for you. In order to truly absorb the culture, you could dedicate an entire day just to walking through these museums. The Acropolis Museum, perhaps one of Athen’s most notable and popular museums, was built to exhibit the Parthenon Sculptures. From here, you also have a breathtaking view of the Acropolis. Other museums of note include: the Benaki Museum, the Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Take a break and go shopping.
A little shopping never hurt anyone, especially if the weather is not optimal for exploring the outside beauty of Greece. If the rain is on the lighter side, take your umbrella and walk down Ermou street, which is one of the main shopping attractions in Athens. Also, if you love bargaining for a great deal, you can explore Monastiraki square where you can peruse around the flea market and pick up some mementos from your trip to bring back home.
Catch dinner and a movie.
End your evening with dinner and a movie. Make a reservation at a local restaurant near where you’re staying, enjoy the local cuisine, and then catch a movie at a cinema nearby. Movies are actually played in their original languages, most of which are English, with Greek subtitles so that you can understand them.
Even on a perfect day, these activities would help stamp your trip to Athens, Greece in your mind forever. On days with nicer weather, make sure that you take advantage of as much sightseeing as possible. But be sure to put these plans on your itinerary and save them for when bad weather strikes or for the end of your vacation.
Originally published on Emmanuel Ventouris’ website.