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European elections 6-9 June 2024

Between 6–9 June 2024, millions of Europeans will participate in shaping the future of European democracy on the occasion of the European elections. 

It is a unique moment when we can all collectively decide on the future of the European Union. Voting is always important, be it at local, national or European level. It is an excellent opportunity to have your say on topics you care about. 

Use your vote to help change the world you live in

It can be easy to forget how many people are impacted by the outcome of the European elections. The European Parliament adopts laws that affect everyone: large countries and small communities, powerful companies and young start-ups, the global and the local. 

EU laws tackle most people’s priorities: the environment, security, migration, social policies, consumer rights, economy, rule of law and many more. Today, every important national topic also has a European angle. 

Your vote will decide which Members of the European Parliament will represent you in preparing new laws and will influence the election of the European Commission. These decisions will shape your daily life and that of many others. 

Use your vote to tackle the global challenges that surround us

In an increasingly complex, unstable and inter-connected world, the European Union deals with global challenges that no EU country can tackle successfully on its own. Tackling the many challenges we face is no small task – and voting is your way to influence the direction of this.

Use your vote to stand for democracy

Democracy should never be taken for granted. It is a collective achievement – and it is a collective responsibility in which we all have a role. 

Democracy starts with the people: we kick things off by voting in the European elections, and the decisions made there affect our lives. If we don’t participate, we don’t get to shape the future; but beyond that, European Parliamentary democracy loses its strength and its values lose meaning. 

The more people vote, the stronger democracy becomes.

Athens – Best time to Visit

If Athens is just a short stop on your way to another destination or island, don’t sweat it. Your time in Athens will be memorable at any season. But if you plan just for a visit to Athens, you might want to avoid the most touristy months.

Athens by Season

Visiting in the Summer

Let’s start with when it’s not the best time to visit Athens. Late June and July are the hottest months in Greece, and all the concrete that is Athens tends to retain and amplify both heat and humidity even at night. Combined with the smog from all the traffic they can make your days in Athens feel kind of “sticky”.

August is equally hot and humid, but the city is practically empty because most Athenians go on holiday back to their ancestral villages. During this time, Athens becomes a ghost town and a very comfortable place to move about and enjoy both the city and the sunshine. Between June and August rainy days are very rare in Athens.

If you find yourself there in the middle of the summer heat, avoid being outdoors between 11 AM and 7 PM. At this time, its best to be in the cool rooms of a museum, or do as all Athenians do and retreat to your room for a long afternoon nap.

It’s important that you adjust to the local rhythm of activity. Stores close between 1 and 6 PM (except the museums and tourist shops), the city comes alive after the sun has gone down, around 9 PM. It stays that way until the wee hours of the morning since there is no “closing time” for bars and night clubs.

Spring is the Best Time to Plan Your Visit

If you plan to spend a week or more in Athens, and you have the luxury of picking the best time, April and May would be best in terms of weather and prices.

April and May are beautiful in Greece. You will still get the occasional rain showers, but most of the time the sun is shining, and the temperatures remain comfortable day and night. September and October are also a good time to visit in terms of temperature, but rain showers can be persistent after mid-September so plan and pack accordingly.

Winter Might be a Bit Too Cold

Between November and late February you can expect bitterly cold weather. Most who have visited Greece only in the summer have a hard time understanding how cold Greece can get in the winter.

But such is the beauty of the Mediterranean climate that you get to experience each season in its distinct beauty: very hot summers, very cold winters, amazingly pleasant springs, and wet fall seasons.

Don’t expect to see much snow around Athens in any seasons, but do plan for the temperatures to hover a few degrees above freezing most of the winter days. Even through the cold days the sun is usually shining in the sky so you won’t get the depressing gray cloud cover customary in north America and Europe.

Prepare for your visit

Europe is a diverse destination for your holiday

The architecture in Rome or the history of Athens, romance in Paris, hiking in Norway, sailing in the Netherlands.  It is all available in Europe. On TravelGuideEurope.eu, we aim to inform you on all aspects of making your European holiday a success.

Geographical Europe is bound to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, to the southeast by the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea and the waterways connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. To the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains, the Ural river, and by the Caspian Sea.

The European Union (EU), comprising 27 member states, has the world’s largest economy with an estimated nominal GDP of 14.2 trillion USD (2006) accounting for 35% of world GDP.