Are you wondering what to wear in Greece in February? February marks the last month of Winter in Greece and in this guide we tell you what to pack fo the Winter weather, dress codes and more. So whether you are traveling to Athens or the islands keep reading to find out how to dress for Greece so you don’t look like a tourist.
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Weather in Greece in February
February in Greece is technically still Winter, but how cold is it?
How Cold is Greece in February?
Although the last month of Winter, February is one of the coldest. Typically, the temperatures in Greece in February range from 14°C/57.2F and 6°C/42.8F.
The North tends to be coldest area, however Athens and Southern mainland Greece tends to be warmer than the islands where the islands can feel cooler due to the rain.
It is worth noting that 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:
Weather in Different Areas of Greece in February
It is worth noting that this guide is an overview of what to pack across Greece in February. But if you want some more regional guidance check out these posts:
- What to wear in Athens in February
- What to wear at the Acropolis
- What to wear in Crete in February
- What to wear on the Greek Islands in Winter
- What to pack for a Greek Island Cruise
- What to wear In Mykonos in February
- What to wear in Santorini in February
Does it Rain in Greece in February?
Along with being one of the coolest months in Greece, February is also one of the rainiest months. Generally speaking you will see anywhere between 8-12 days of rain in Greece at this time of year.
Does it Snow in Greece in February?
Snow is not commonly seen in Greece at any time of year. However in February you may get some snow on the higher ground where the ski resorts are.
However for most visitors in Greece this should not be a concern.
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.
But if you do plan on going skiing check out our ski capsule wardrobe.
How do local people dress in Greece in February?
We recommend following suit and packing a Winter capsule wardrobe for Greece in February.
What to Wear to Greece in February
So now you know what to expect of the weather in Greece in February 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 February we want to stress the importance of packing a capsule wardrobe.
Capsule wardrobes are a great way of preventing overpacking and this is especially important for Greece. Traveling around Greece and island hopping, even in Winter is a great way to explore the country, but is difficult to do with lots of luggage whcih is why a capsule wardrobe is important.
To find out more on how to pack a capsule wardrobe check out these posts:
- ULTIMATE Winter Travel Capsule Wardrobe
- Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe for Travel
- Sudoku (3×3) packing method
- 54321 packing method.
What to wear in Greece in February for Women
Overall the items we recommend including in your Greece Capsule wardrobe include:
Jacket / Coat
In Winter you will definitely need a coat / jacket. I like to have something like a puffer jacket. Though obviously if you are going into the mountains to higher ground a thicker coat will be required.
Wool Hat or Beanie, scarves and glove
It really depends on the part of Greece you are traveling to as to whether you need winter accessories like a hat scarf and gloves. For instance in the North and in the mountains, you will absolutely need these Winter accesories.
However further south it will depend on your tolerance for cold as to weather they will be needed.
For me jeans are perfect pants for Greece in February no matter where you are traveling to. Also you will see all types of jeans in Greece so you don’t need to worry about the type of jeans you pack. Just be comfortable.
For the North however and in the mountains fleece lined jeans may be a good idea.
HoweverI 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 chinos, cords or wool trousers. We love a black pant for anywhere in Greece in Winter (we love the Athleta Brooklyn ankle pant for travel).
Layers are absolutely essential for February in Greece. Light layers are better than chunky knits and sweaters as they are easier to layer.
Merino wool is one of my favorite fabrics as this is a relatively thin material to pack, however is insulating and repels smell packing it perfect for capsule wardrobes.
T shirts are a great base layer for Greece in Winter. We recommend packing more long than short sleeve tees though especially in the North.
Blouses are a great pick for Greece in February especially for dinners when paired with cardigans or sweaters.
Winter Dress or Skirt
Short skirts and dresses are not appropriate in churches in Greece and not really in keeping with local style. But dresses are still good for Greece in Winter especially at night. Given the temperatures we recommend wearing sweater dresses which can be paired with thick tights and boots.
It doesn’t matter where I am traveling in Europe, a pashmina is always on my packing list. A pashmina can be used as a scarf or lovely accessory to transition an outfit from day to night and is also useful for churches in Greece.
I would pack thicker weight flannel PJs for January.
Underwear and Socks
Goes without saying. I like to pack merino wool socks for Winter travel. They are thinner than hiking socks but are insulating so are good for cold weather.
What to Pack for Greece in February for Men
So now you know what to pack for women in Greece in February, we will turn our attention to men’s packing essentials. We recommend packing the following:
Jeans / Chinos
Jeans are a great pick for February, but we recommend also packing a different style of pant too such as chinos, dockers or even cords.
T Shirts and Shirts
T Shirts are great for Greece in Winter, For the North long sleeve t shirts are most appropriate, but in the South a mix of long and short sleeve tops are a good idea.
One button down shirt is also worth putting on your packing list for some more upscale restaurants.
Coat and Winter Accessories
A coat is an essential for Greece in February. For the North you will need a thicker coat and winter accesories, while in the South you may just need a coat.
If you are spending a week in Greece in Winter 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 sweater for evenings and a fleece or cardigan too.
Best Shoes for Greece in February
There are two types of shoes that we recommend packing for February and they are:
Sneakers are great for touring archaeological sites in Greece even in Winter. They have a good sole to provide grip on slippery surfaces and provide good arch and ankle support for uneven surfaces.
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 well as sneakers, boots are an essential for Greece at this time of year. WE recommend picking something that has a low or no heel and a good sole for walking in all conditions and over over all surfaces.
They are also better for smarter restaurants than sneakers.
We tend to pick ankle boots not knee high boots, not for a fashion reason but just because they are easier to pack than longer length boots.
What to Pack for Greece in February (Non Clothing)
So now you know what to wear for Greece in February, we will turn our attention to what to pack for Greece in February 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.
- Backpack – for storing items on your day trips.
- Crossbody Bag – anti theft type if you are planning to visit cities and tourist attractions which tend to attract pickpockets wherever you are in the world.
- Compact Umbrella – As I mentioned it is pretty rainy in Greece in Winter so an umbrella will be required.
- Lipbalm – I never travel to a cold weather destination without lip balm to protect my lips from drying out in the cold.
- 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 February
Do you need a jacket in Greece in February?
A coat or jacket is still an essential for Greece in February.
Do I need swimwear in Greece in February?
Most people when they think about visiting Greece think about beautiful beaches and swimming in warm seas. However in February for most people the sea will be too cold to swim in.
For this reason we don’t think swimwear is an essential for most people at this time of year.
However if you do want to swim in February you may want to consider packing a wetsuit to help cope with the cold water.
Are you visiting Greece in February 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!