11 Best Places to Go to Greece in April 2024

Greece in April is at its best, every single field, valley, city, or mountain has blossomed with a huge variety of wildflowers and herbs. This year especially April has been the warmest ever, mid-25 C almost every day and sunny. This is great for April tourists but it is – definitely – not the normal weather for Greece this time of the year.

If you choose to visit Greece in April, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the authentic essence of the country, far from the hustle and bustle of summer crowds. Additionally, you’ll discover that accommodation and dining options offer great value for money during this time of year.

Krestena in Peloponnese in early April

Up next I am going to tell you about the 11 Best Places to Go to Greece in April with the last one ideal if you are an Olympic Games fan!

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Best Places to Go to Greece in April

1. Nydri, Lefkada Island

Some houses beside the beach and boats in the sea in Nydri. Best Places to Go to Greece in April.
Lefkada island, Nydri: Best Places to Go to Greece in April

Lefkada is a gorgeous island that belongs to the Ionian group along with Corfu, Zakynthos, and Kephalonia on the western side of Greece. Lefkada is uniquely connected to the mainland by a floating bridge easily reached by car, so you avoid the hassle of ferries. The island is famous for some of the most spectacular beaches in Greece.

Nydri is a stunning seaside village, in eastern Lefkada. Built along the sea, combines beautifully the largest, fertile plain of the island, Egglimeno, with the five mountains that surround it.

Nydri Lefkada with yachts. Best Places to Go to Greece in April.
Nydri beach

Right across from Nydri, you can see the small island of Madouri with the neoclassical mansion of Aristotle Valaoritis and the Scorpio island of Onassis. The beach of Nidri is the most popular point of the settlement, as from there you can admire the stunning sunset.

A view to the sea from a balcony, Villa Meliti in Nydri, Lefkada. Best Places to Go to Greece in April.
Villa Meliti in Nydri, Lefkada

Nydri is ideal for relaxation in one of the most scenic seaside villages in Greece and is perfect for April in Greece. One of the best properties to stay in Nydri is Villa Meliti, with stunning views, and a private infinity swimming pool, ideal for families and groups of people up to 6.

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2. Medieval Monemvasia in the Peloponnese

Monemvasia medieval town

The impressive Monemvasia, or “Gibraltar of the East” is a small town with great natural beauty and history in the eastern Peloponnese. Monemvasia will charm you as soon as you set foot on this beautiful medieval Mediterranean setting.

The town is a large Byzantine Castle built on a rock. One of the best things to do in Monemvasia is to go up to the fortress and gaze at the breathtaking, panoramic view of the city.

A traditional Alley with tables and chairs and some plants in pots.
Monemvasia Traditional Alleys: Best Places to Go to Greece in April

Walk through the narrow alleys with blooming bougainvillea, and the renovated mansions with traditional shops, and feel like time has stopped. Don’t miss visiting the Muslim mosque – a preserved building of the 16th century where the Archaeological Collection of the settlement is now housed -, as well as the remarkable Byzantine churches.

Best Hotel with an incredible view to stay in Monemvasia: Guesthouse Kellia (mid-range, child-friendly).

3. Galaxidi Town near Delphi

Galaxidi town with sea in a clear sky.

Galaxidi is a beautiful seaside town on the Corinthian Gulf, across from the Peloponnese, with a great maritime history. I love Galaxidi because of its traditional color, the 18th-century mansions, and captains’ houses, and the ‘island’ feeling as you stroll its lovely coast.

Galaxidi

Galaxidi has the charm of a non-commercialized town in Greece and with the island-like nature and cobbled alleys, this is one of the best places to go to Greece in April.

MustDo and See in Galaxidi:

  • Drink a coffee or ouzo at Palio Liotrivi
  • Bike to the forested area of Pera Panta
  • Drive for 20 minutes to Delphi, or
  • Hike Galaxidi to Delphi through the famous Olive Grove with the 1 million olive trees.

Best homemade breakfast hotel in Galaxidi: Ganimede Hotel, Galaxidi (mid-range, family-friendly).

4. Methoni Village in the Peloponnese

The small seaside town of Methoni is one of the most famous areas of southwestern Peloponnese. I have spent many summer days in my beloved Methoni and still have many friends there. Should you need a dentist, while you are in Methoni, ask for Zoe, she is the best dentist in the world, I have known her for more than 20 years and she is also a great cat person.

Methoni Castle

Must see in Methoni:

  • The Ancient Castle! It has a bridge, arches, towers, and bastions, a real medieval setting!
  • Eat by the lovely fish taverns by the sea
  • Explore the nearby Finikounta village,
  • Visit the famous town of Pylos, with the island of Sfaktiria, the Mycenaean Palace of Nestor, and the stunning beach of Voidokilia.

Where Best to Stay in Methoni: Ulysses Hotel (mid-range, family-friendly).

6. Limeni in Mani

Best Places to Go to Greece in April

Limeni is one of the most beautiful seaside villages in Mani southern Peloponnese, with amazing emerald waters and stone mansions. Cobbled streets, stone-built houses in traditional Mani architecture, ornate bell towers, and crystal clear waters make up a fairy-tale landscape, which preserves intact Greek authenticity and beauty.

Limeni beach, some houses and a tavern beside the sea in a sunny day.

Most of the beach in Limeni is rocky even in the sea, but there is a beautiful long sandy beach between Neo Oitilo and Karavostasi. Arriving in Limeni, you will admire the Petrobeis Palace with its four-story Tower and its arched openings.

Must see: The large cave of Diros, Areopolis, Vatheia, and Gythio villages.

Where Best to Stay: Limeni Village (mid-range, family-friendly).

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7. Andros Island: Best Cycladic Island to Visit in April

An alley in Andros Chora with colorful houses and a Greek Chrurch.
Chora

Andros Island is just 2 hours away from Athens’ smaller port of Rafina, a real hidden gem. Although quite popular to Greeks and other Europeans, and as beautiful as the other Cycladic islands, Andros is not so widely known to the rest of the world.

Related Article: 17 Amazing Things to Do on Andros Island

Hiking in Andros

A distinctive characteristic of Andros island is that a large part of it is quite green, with fertile valleys, olive groves, 10 flowing rivers all year long, and even waterfalls! In April, Andros becomes lush green with beautiful wildflowers and aromatic herbs such as thyme and oregano.

Must see in Andros: Andros’ classy main town is full of museums and galleries. Many villages around the island and a hiking paradise full of signposted trails.

Where Best to Stay in Andros Island: The Lasia Boutique Apartment (Children over 12 are welcome).

8. Meteora Monasteries (Top Destination for Greece in April)

A monk in Meteora Monasteries.
Monk in Meteora Monasteries

The Meteora Monasteries is one of the Best Places to Visit in Greece! The rocks are an extensive complex of gigantic sandstone rocks shadowing the local town Kalambaka, 347 km north of Athens. On top of the rocks, you can visit the 6 working Monasteries that accept public visits on specific days and times.

Meteora and Kastraki village

The Meteora Monasteries have been a UNESCO World Heritage Monument since 1988 and it is today the second most important monastic complex in Greece after Mount Athos Monasteries in Chalkidiki.

You can stay for at least one night in Kalambaka, the town at the feet of Meteora Rocks, and climb the monasteries in spring, one of the best times to visit the rocks. You can combine your visit to Meteora with a stop at the Delphi archaeological site on a 2 to 3-day trip from Athens.

9. Chios Island for Greek Easter

Vrontados Village and some fishing boats in a sunny day.
Vrontados Village: Best Places to Go to Greece in April

Chios is a uniquely beautiful island, very close to Lesvos island in the eastern part of Greece, and one of the best places to go to Greece in April.

Chios is a great island to enjoy the most spectacular Greek Orthodox Easter Celebrations. The Easter week starts on April 29th to Easter Day on May 5th, 2024.

Easter Celebrations on Chios Island with fire works.
Easter Celebrations on Chios Island

The island is famous for its most dynamic ‘rocket war’ in Vrontados village on Great Saturday. Just as the bells are ringing joyfully for the Resurrection, rockets, and fireworks are fired from the churches of Agios Markos and Panagia Erythiani in Vrontados, aiming at each other’s parish. And when the “war” is over, the families reunite and wish each other Chronia Polla!

A colorful valley with voukamvilias and a lady walking.
Mastichochoria in Chios Greece

Chios Greece is also famous for its mastic production, citrus fruits, and its unique medieval village, the Mastichochoria. One of the most popular ones is Kampos village, with its imposing mansions and high mantle walls made of thyme stone, flooded with wildflowers and wild tulips. You can reach Chios from Athens via ferries.

Best Medieval Hotel on Chios Island: St. George Sykoussis Traditional Residence (mid-range, family-friendly). 

10. Corfu Island for Greek Easter

Corfu Island belongs to the Ionian group in western Greece. The Old Town of Corfu is a UNESCO-listed monument and is one of the best places to go to Greece in April to enjoy the Greek Orthodox Easter.

In Corfu island, you will experience a fascinating Easter with religious splendor which starts on the Saturday of Lazarus with the custom of ‘Botides’ throwing from the balconies and ends on Easter Tuesday with the “baptisms” of St. Spyridon. Botides are clay jugs with narrow mouths and two handles on the side for carrying them.

Paleokastritsa

I always spend a lot of quality time exploring the beaches of Corfu and especially the magical Paleokastritsa!

Where Best to Stay in Corfu: Tenedos Loft Apartment (luxury, family-friendly).

11. Welcome the Paris 2024 Olympic Flame in Athens

Ancient Olympia flame ritual

If you love the Olympic Games you should visit Athens in April! In 2024 the Olympic games will be held in Paris, France. As customary, the Olympic flame will travel from Ancient Olympia to Athens and then to Paris.

Panathenaic Stadium during the Marathon Race

Starting its journey on April 16 from Olympia, the Olympic Flame will cover over 5,000 kilometers in 41 municipalities of Greece. The torchbearers will stop at various archaeological sites and on April 26th the flame will arrive at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, where the modern Olympic Games were revived in 1896.

The Mayor of Athens suggested that there will be organized various athletic events and celebrations for the Olympics. This is a great time for everyone to admire up close the Olympic rituals in Athens and participate in the events.

Where Best to Stay in Athens

I suggest you stay away from the area where the stadium is (Pangrati and Mets) as it will be very noisy with all the feasts. For accommodation, you should check out the nearby and picturesque area of Plaka, Koukaki, or even better why not choose a beachfront hotel in Athens? ;D

I’d love to hear about where you’re spending your vacation this year, especially if you have any exciting travel plans! There are so many things to do in Greece in April! I hope that you get the chance to try as many as possible. Till next time, Evgenia❤️

Athens Airport to Athens Port (Piraeus)

Bus X96 Peiraias Port to Athens Airport
Airport Bus
  • Bus: If you are arriving at Athens International Airport you can travel straight to the port by taking the X96 express bus (€5.5, children <6 yo, free entrance), which departs every 40 minutes and the average trip lasts 1 hour – runs 24/7.
  • Metro: (€9) is easily found across airport arrivals (blue line – M3) going directly to Piraeus port. The average trip to Piraeus lasts 1 hour.
  • Taxis are available in front of the airport (around €40 to Athens, €55-60 to Piraeus (depending on the traffic in Kifisos), and take up to 3 or 4 people with small luggage)
  • Rent a car with Discover Cars for reliable, new cars at affordable prices
  • You don’t like driving but love hassle-free solutions? Book a Private transfer with an English-speaking driver from Athens International Airport to Piraeus Ferries, or anywhere else in Greece
  • Are you looking for domestic flights in Greece? Check out the official Aegean Airlines Website.

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Evgenia Mataragka
Hi! I am an Athens-based Greek obsessed with exploring Greece and bringing you the best travel experience ever!

2 thoughts on “11 Best Places to Go to Greece in April 2024”

  1. Hello Evgenia! Thank you for the informative article. We are considering a trip the first two weeks of April. We are told many of the islands are on hiatus except for what the local citizens use. Is this true?
    We are also considering traveling the first two weeks of May. However, I have also read that some establishments that are away from the tourist towns of Fira and such use the Easter holiday as an opening date. However, this year Easter falls late, May 12, 2024. Your thoughts? Thank you in advance for any time you can lend.

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    • Hello Rachel and thanks for your comment. I am glad you found my article informative 🙂 The islands are places where permanent residents live so everything related to their life there works 365/7. When it comes to toursim, and this is very dependable on how big an island is, in April the majority of the businesses will be open. I believe the beach bars or some other open business might wait until it gets really warm to open. Greek Easter falls on May 5th and by then everything will be open. I hope this helps 🙂 If you need more specific help, please fill in this form and we will get back to you with ideas! https://travelthegreekway.com/plan-my-trip-to-greece/

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