Are you wondering what to pack for Greece in April? Spring is in full swing and in this guide we will tell you what to wear in Greece in April for the weather, dress codes and more no matter whether you are heading to Athens, the islands or elsewhere.
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Weather in Greece in April
April is definitely Spring in Greece but what can you expect from the weather?
How Cold is Greece in April?
April is the start of peak season / tourist in Greece which is in large part due to the beautiful Greek weather in Spring. Generally speaking the average temperatures in Greece in April are between 10°C/ 50°F and 20°C/68°F. Now the northern parts of Greece such as Thessaloniki are cooler than Athens and Crete.
Note: the weather between months changes dramatically in Greece. For this reason we recommend checking out our other monthly guide if your trip spans a couple of months:
- What to wear in Greece in March
- What to wear in Greece in May
Weather in Different Areas of Greece in April
It is worth noting that this guide is an overview of what to pack across Greece in April. But if you want some more regional guidance check out these posts:
- What to wear in Athens
- What to wear at the Acropolis
- What to wear in Corfu
- What to pack for a Greek Island Cruise
- What to wear In Mykonos
- What to wear in Santorini
Does it Rain in Greece in April?
Although you are getting pretty great weather in Greece in April, it is still possible to get rain. In fact around 35mm of rain will fall across the month of April.
Can you swim in Greece in April?
It is possible to swim in the sea in Greece in April however most people will still find it still too cool as the sea temperature is only 17ºC.
However in April. especially late April in Greece it is usually possible to sunbathe.
Note: we always recommend checking the forecast at your destination(s) 7 days out from travel to make sure there are no expected weather fronts i.e. heatwaves or cold snaps.
How do local people dress in Greece in April?
As Spring is in full swing in April you will find most locals rocking their spring capsule wardrobes. But all locals know that having some light layers with you at all times is a good idea.
What to Wear to Greece in April
So now you know what to expect of the weather in Greece in April we will turn our attention to what to wear. The guide is split out into men, women’s and shoes section to make for easier navigation.
However before we get into the details of what to pack for Greece in APril we want to stress the importance of packing a capsule wardrobe. This is a good idea for everywhere in Europe but especially Greece as most people will be touring the country and it can be pretty tiresome having to lug large pieces of luggage on and off ferries as you travel between the Greek islands.
For help on learning to how to pack a capsule wardrobe no matter the destination check out these posts:
- Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe for Travel
- Sudoku (3×3) packing method
- 4 x 4 packing method
- 54321 packing method.
What to wear in Greece in April for Women
Overall the items we recommend including in your Greece Capsule wardrobe include:
Although you won’t need a thick coat in Greece in April, particularly in the South and on the islands you will want a jacket for cooler and windier days or nights.
Although the temperatures are heating up I would still pack a lightweight pair of jeans.
However I would suggest that jeans are not the only type of trouser you should take for this time of year. We also recommend packing some smarter trousers like a black pant. At the minute we are loving the Athleta Brooklyn ankle pant for travel).
But if you are traveling towards the end of April linen trousers are a great addition to your packing list.
Layers are absolutely essential for any month in Greece. We recommend packing lots of light layers such as light sweaters, a hoodie and waterfall cardigan. These are easier to layer as part of a capsule wardrobe and take up less room in your suitcase.
T shirts are a great base layer for Greece whatever time you visit. We recommend packing a mix of long and short sleeve tees for April.
Blouses are a great pick for Greece in April especially for dinners when paired with cardigans or sweaters.
Dress or Skirt
As the temperatures are warming up in April I usually pack a dress for both day and night. However I will usually pack a cardigan or wrap to go with it in case of a cool breeze.
Also as there are many archaeological sites to tour in Greece my preferred length of dress is a midi one as you don’t want anything that drags along the floor.
It doesn’t matter where I am traveling in Europe, a pashmina is always on my packing list. It is handy as an extra layer in cold weather but also can make outfits more modest in religious settings.
PJs, Underwear and Socks
Goes without saying. Personally I like to also have sneaker socks with me for traveling around Greece in April.
What to Pack for Greece in April for Men
So now you know what to pack for women in Greece in April, we will turn our attention to men’s packing essentials. We recommend packing the following:
Jeans / Chinos
Jeans are a great pick for April, just pick a lighter weight pair. We also recommend packing a smart pair of trousers for eating out in Greece such as a pair of chinos or linen trousers.
T Shirts and Shirts
T Shirts are great for Greece in April. And as the weather is warming up I recommend sticking with short sleeve tees. Also for nicer restaurants you may also want a nice button down shirt.
If you are spending a week in Greece in Spring you will still want some layers with you. I would recommend packing 3 types of layers as well as a coat as per our sudoku packing method.
We recommend packing a hoodie for daytimes exploring archaeological sites like the Acropolis and for museums, a lightweight sweater for evenings and a waterfall cardigan too.
Although it really depends on where and when in April you travel, but if you are traveling towards the end of the month a pair of shorts are also useful to add to your packing list.
Underwear and Nightwear
Best Shoes for Greece in April
We always recommend not overpacking on the shoe front. The shoes we recommend in April are:
These are the best shoe for Greece no matter the time of travel. Sneakers are great for touring archaeological sites in Greece no matter the season. They have a good sole and provide good arch and ankle support for uneven surfaces.
Some of my favoured brands are Hoka and allbirds. However you also can’t go wrong with a plain white sneaker as they go with everything fashion wise. One of my favorite pairs of white sneakers is the Adidas Cloud Foam shoes.
As the temperatures are heating up in Greece in April the other shoe you should pack is a sandal. We recommend packing a walking style one that can cope in places such as Delphi and the Acropolis and on hillier islands such as Santorini.
What to Pack for Greece in April (Non Clothing)
So now you know what to wear for Greece in April, we will turn our attention to what other essentials to pack for Greece in April other than clothes.
We consider all of the below to be essentials for Greece at this time of year:
- Universal Travel Adapaters for electronics – Greece uses standard European outputs and plugs so if younger from the US or UK you will need an adaptor for your electronics.
- Backpack – essential for storing items on your day trips.
- Crossbody Bag – as with any tourist attraction around the world, pickpockets are a risk. We recommend packing an anti theft type bag with lots of zips to help act as a deterrent.
- Reusable Water Bottle – this is better for the environment and will save you money.
- Charging Equipment
- Power pack / Battery Pack
- Medication and Documentation
- Toiletries – for our essential travel toiletries checklist click here.
FAQs About what to wear in Greece in April
Do you need a jacket in Greece in April?
Although you wont need a thick coat in April it is still a good idea to have a jacket with you.
Do I need swimwear in Greece in April?
If you are staying in a hotel with a heated pool you will definitely want to pack swimwear. However manypeople will still find it too cold to swim in the sea in April.
Are you visiting Greece in April and have questions about what to pack still? Then drop us your question in the comments below and we will do our best to answer!