An absolute must do in Athens is watch the sunset from the top of LYCABETTUS HILL or Mount Likavitos. That is exactly what was planned for Friday night's VT get-together. Only, the sun didn't co-operate and it was rainy and overcast. But it was pure joy to see some of our old VT friends. I was looking at the Parthenon and suddenly I could hear clip clop of sandals running towards me. I turned around and it was Carmen (Carmela71). We gave each other huge hugs. It was so good to see her again and of course Stace (Beachdog).
There is a restaurant at the top with indoor and outdoor seating.
The hill is higher than the Acropolis so you are able to actually look down on the Parthenon. On a good day you have wonderful views of Athens. Piraeus and the Saronic Gulf. Awesome!
There is also the small Chapel of St. George (Agios Georgios ) which was open and we were able to look inside.
We came up via the funicular, which leaves from the top of Odos Ploutarchou every 20 minutes. The funicular costs 5.50 Euros per person.
Watching the sunset from Lykavittos Hill is one of the absolute must do's in Athens, especially if you are there with your significant other. We debated back and forth whether to take the time to get over to Lykavittos, and in the end decided to taxi to the furnicular and get there before the sunset. There is a restaurant at the top with outdoor seating, so you can kill time while enjoying a cold beer. While the temperatures definately dropped quickly as the sun was setting, the views of Athens were awesome. When the sun finally sets, the view of the Akropolis with red/blue sky in the background is breathtaking. Also, when we left the furnicular and walked down the stairs into the city, the area had quite a vibrant nightlife.
The hill is even higher than the Acropolis, so you are looking slightly down onto the Parthenon.
There are wonderful views from there. You may get a cable car from below, or you can drive up, or get a taxi.
It's best to go in the winter months (I went in Autumn) because the fresher colder air from the north just blows all the haze out to sea and you can see for many miles ahead.
There is a nice small church on the hill, so feel free to go inside and say a prayer.
There is a restaurant and cafe, although expensive, it's a nice experience to have. It also helps to stay out of the cold we found, because it got very cold up there!
If you're in the mood for a sort of, nature experience without leaving Athens, I would recommend walking up Lycabettus (Lykavitos) hill. There's a beautiful amphitheatre at the top, with lots of performances throughout the summer. But the walk up is very nice also. There is also a famous church at the top, which is open to visitors. I was baptised at this church! hehe
We have visited this hill with the cable cart (do not know the exact name of the hill) while there was a big wind blowing and a soccer match playing at the stadium. (do not know which stadium and which clubs were playing.) You could here the 'hounding' sheers from the fans on top of this hill due to the wind. It was spooky and not totally 'undangerous' to walk outside on the terras.....
As the highest hill of Athens here you can have a fantastic view for your dinner in the nigthtime Athens just looks more at peace with it self. The restaurant is fine and offers good food it is twice as expensive as normale restaurants in the city but a precious way to say goodbye to a wonderful city.
This is the highest hill of Athens which offers you a marvelous view over the city and the whole Attica. And, if the weather's nice, you might even see Corinth and nearby islands of the Gulf of Saronikos.
The hill's topped with a beautiful small church of St George from 1780. Its bells can be heard only once a year.
On the other side of the hill, there's an open-air theatre.
With its 277 meter (910 feet) Lykavittos Hill is the highest point of Athens, visible from about every point in town. On top of the majestic peak you will find the small whitewashed chapel of St. George. From the observation deck you will become silent with the view on the city, the open air amphitheatre, the Acropolis and the mountains surrounding Athens. On clear days you can see the ships in the port of Pireas, the Aegean sea and the islands.
To reach the top by foot, you need to prepare yourself for a long climb. The initial portion of the climb is relatively easy. However, when you get to the zigzagging stairs your legs are going to let you know they are not too happy about the exercise. If you don't feel like arguing with them, choose an easier way and take the funicular from Kolonaki. After you reach the top, you may rest and have a drink in a restaurant or let the wind on the observation deck cool you down.
You have a choice in how to get to the 277metres high top of the Lykavittos Hill, the highest point of Athens. No, a helicopter drop-off is not one of the choices I’m afraid.
You can go up on foot starting at the end of Ploutarchou street. Mind you, your legs are not going to be grateful especially not when you get to the zigzagging stairs half way up. They will probably remind you of the climb when you get out of bed the next morning. However, you can make it easy on yourself and take the funicular from the same place in Ploutarchou street. Every 30 minutes one goes up while the other one comes down.
I suggest you take the funicular to go up and go down by foot. You will see a lot more of the hill this way and… you’ll still be able to walk the next day.
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The hill of Lykavitos (or Lykabettos) is the highest point of the city of Athens. It reachest to a height of 277 metres above sealevel. This used to be the natural boundary of the city, but because of the enormous growth throughout the years, its now completely surrounded by concrete.
From the top you have a stunning view al over the city, both by day and by night. From the bottom of the hill you can take a cable track to the top at daytime, but there is also a possiblity of climbing the mountain on foot. I took the best way up: by car...
At the top there is an old 19th century chapel called Agios Georgios. Right behind this chapel there is a terrace that gives you the best view of Athens you can wish for. Finally there is also a restaurant and bar, just a level lower, where you can drink the `highest´ beer Athens has to offer.
If it is not for anything else (a concert in the summer theater, a marriage on the St. Giorgos chapel, visiting the restaurant or the cafeteria) you have to climb to the hill for the view to all Athens it offers.
If you hate walking or driving then you can use the teleferic to take you there.
Is the highest hill of Athens (277m) and offers a fantastic view of Athens. There´s two ways to get the hill, walking til the top of the hill or go walking to Ploutarhou street and take the funicular in aristippou str. The nice little chapel of St. George and the theater in the north of the hill, make it specially attractive. There´s a restaurant at the top of the hill where you can enjoy a lunch, dinner, a drink or a coffee.
The picture was taken from Acropolis.
The funicular´s return ticket cost 4.50 euros.
If you walking by Ploutarhou street and suddenly you see policemen round it don´t scary, the brittish embasy is there.
Go to the top of Lykavitos with the funicular to enjoy a panoramic view of the great city. With its 277 m, Likavitos is higher than the Akropolis. If you're lucky (like me on 2nd of January), you can even visit the small chapel of St. George on top of the hill. If you're not, drop a 50c coin in the telescope, and bring the sights closer. Whatever you do, avoid the restaurant - better have a meal in town, it will be cheaper and much much more tasty.
The Mount Lykabettus is a wonderful place to take a look at the city. With a far better view than Acropolis it’s easily accessible by a cable car that costs 4 euros (pretty expensive for Athens standards). The cable car starts in an area of the city called Kolonaki that is, mainly, residential. In the top you’ll find a coffee/restaurant and a church.
It's worth making the trip up here to see the view over Athens, it really does take your breath away (and not just because of the climb up the hill to where the funicular starts!)