Greece is a breathtaking travel destination that has it all: stunning beaches, mouth-watering cuisine, and an abundance of historical and cultural attractions. As a lover of history, I was thrilled to explore this beautiful country and I have put together a style guide to help you pack for your own Greek adventure.
During my springtime visit to Athens, Ithaca, and Kefalonia, I discovered the perfect mix of comfortable and stylish outfits that kept me cool in the warm weather and cozy during the cooler evenings. Whether you’re planning to lounge on the beach, explore ancient ruins, or indulge in delicious Greek cuisine, this guide has got you covered.
So, if you’re ready to pack your bags and head to Greece, read on for my tips and tricks on what to wear to make the most of your Greek vacation.
Ithaca and Kefalonia
Comfortable clothes: Ithaca and Kefalonia are both laid-back, relaxed islands, so pack comfortable clothes that are easy to move around in. Cotton t-shirts, shorts, and lightweight dresses are great options.
Beachwear: These islands have some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, so make sure to pack swimsuits, cover-ups, and beach towels. It’s also a good idea to pack a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. Sunscreen is vital I got a major tan without sunburn because of applying lots of sunscreen regularly.
Light layers: May is a great time to visit Ithaca and Kefalonia, as the weather is warm but not too hot. I will say though some of the days were extremely hot. However, it can get chilly in the evenings, so pack some light layers, like a light jacket or cardigan, to wear when the sun goes down. I had a jacket and a light hoodie a cardigan and a blazer with me.
Comfortable shoes: The terrain on these islands can be uneven, so pack comfortable shoes, like sneakers or sandals, for walking around.
Lightweight clothing: Athens can get quite hot in May, so pack lightweight clothing like cotton t-shirts, shorts, and sundresses.
Modest clothing: When visiting historic sites and religious monuments, it’s important to dress modestly. This means covering your shoulders and knees, so pack light scarves, long pants, and long skirts or dresses.
Comfortable shoes: Athens is a very walkable city, so pack comfortable shoes like sneakers or sandals. I used Uber only 3 times and walked all over. And if you are going to visit the Acropolis wear shoes with a good grip because the stones are very smooth and slippery. Don’t wear flip-flops.
Sun protection: Like in the islands, it’s important to protect yourself from the sun in Athens. Pack a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. I don’t wear hats often since my hair is curly and it tends to make my hair flat when I wear a hat. But I had my work cap with me since I had to wear it to Ithaca as part of an outreach project. Just please don’t skip the sunscreen because it was very hot even though it was only springtime my skin would’ve been pealing if I didn’t constantly apply sunscreen.
Dressing up: While Athens is a casual city, it’s also a fashionable one. If you plan on going out to dinner or to a bar, it’s a good idea to pack some dressier clothes and shoes.
Overall, when packing for Greece in May 2022, it’s a good idea to focus on comfortable, breathable clothing that can be layered for different temperatures. And don’t forget to pack your swimsuit and sunscreen for the beautiful beaches!
What to Wear in Autumn and Winter in Greece
If you’re planning to visit Greece in autumn or winter, you’ll need to pack clothes that will keep you warm and comfortable during the cooler weather. January and February are the coldest months of the year with temperatures ranging between 13 and 5 degrees Celsius. But it starts getting cooler in November. Rain is also expected during these months but normally, showers don’t last long.
Here are some tips on what to wear in Greece during autumn and winter:
Layers: In autumn and winter, temperatures can vary significantly throughout the day, so it’s important to pack layers that you can add or remove as needed. You might start the day with a sweater and a coat, but then shed the coat in the afternoon when the sun comes out.
Coats and Jackets: A warm coat or jacket is essential during the cooler months in Greece. A waterproof and windproof jacket is also a good idea in case of rain or windy weather.
Long sleeve tops and Cardigans: Pack a variety of long sleeve tops and cardigans in different weights, materials, and colors to mix and match with different outfits. They can be paired with jeans, skirts, or dresses for a cozy yet stylish look.
Boots and closed-toe shoes: It’s important to have comfortable and weather-appropriate footwear during autumn and winter. Ankle boots, knee-high boots, or loafers are great options for colder weather.
Scarves, hats, and gloves: Accessorize your outfits with scarves, hats, and gloves to keep yourself warm and stylish. They also add a pop of color and texture to your outfit.
Darker colors and fabrics: The colder seasons are a great opportunity to experiment with darker and richer colors like deep blues, burgundies, and blacks. Fabrics like wool, tweed, and corduroy add warmth and texture to your outfit.
Overall, packing for autumn and winter in Greece is all about being practical and cozy, while still keeping your style game strong. With these tips, you’ll be ready to explore Greece’s cultural and natural treasures in style, no matter the season!
Pack swim shoes or buy a cheap pair at a local supermarket in Greece. The beaches don’t have sand and whilst I was aware of this I didn’t realize how sore my feet would feel walking on the tiny stones. The stones make the beach gorgeous, however, since I wasn’t used to walking on stones they were painful. I bought the swim shoes in this photo from a supermarket in Fiskardo at the harbour section.
Pack a tiny towel and or a sarong if you are going to go swimming. I had a towel with a little hidden zipped-up pocket in it perfect to keep some cash and my hotel keys without anyone noticing. I also packed a lightweight sarong from Thailand because the material dried fast and I could use it as a towel or wrap.
It’s rare to see people wear white from head to toe. I didn’t really see people all dressed in white. Whilst it looks awesome in Mama Mia it’s not the standard look.
Athleisure wear, which is a style of clothing designed for athletic and leisure activities, has become increasingly popular. In Greece, athleisure wear is also becoming more popular, especially among younger people.
However, it’s important to note that Greece has a rich culture and history of fashion, and dressing well is considered an important aspect of social life. While athleisure wear may be appropriate for certain activities or occasions, it may not be suitable for more formal events or settings.
In general, Greek people tend to dress stylishly and put effort into their appearance, even for everyday activities. This means that while athleisure wear may be comfortable and practical, it may not always be the most fashionable choice in Greece.
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