Lycabettus Hill, Athens
Overlooking the city 277 m above sea level,Lycavitós is the highest hill of Athens,and as a consequence its highest point,as there are no skyscrapers to rival this height.You can reach the top in 45 minutes if you try the hard way,which means taking one of the many paths that lead there. Yet,the easiest way to do that is by the funicular,which you can take from Ploutárchou street. The funicular was renovated last spring.The name “Lycavitós” derives from the words Lyci (sun,light) + véno (ascent,walk),which means “the way of light”.Another point is that it derives from lycos (wolf) since in antiquity wolves used to inhabit the hill. Ancient Greeks believed that godess Athená dropped the rock by accident,when while she was carrying it a bird told her that the daughters of Cecrops had released Erichthónios.Talking about our times now,Lycavitós is very popular with Athenians for its green and the stunning view of the city(on a clear day you can see as far as Aegina island!).On the top,you’ll find the chapel of Agios Georgios as well as a wonderful(brand new after the renovation) restaurant and a café.Finally,note that lots of concerts take place at the Licavitós theater,during summer.
Mount Lycabettos rising from the neighborhood of Kolonaki .
As you explore the downtown, you'll notice a little whitewashed chapel perched high on a hill overlooking the center. Mount Lycabettos is Athens' highest point and home to the chapel of St. George. A cable railway will take you to the summit, where you can enjoy all-embracing views of the city.
Athens has a couple of vantage points besides the Acropolis, from which you can get superb views of the city. Lycabettus Hill is really a limestone rock reaching almost 1,000 feet into the once-crystalline Athenian sky. In the evening, the top half is floodlit, and from the Acropolis it looks something like a giant souffle. By day, it’s a green-and-white hill toppoed by a tiny, flaringly white church, Aghios Georgios. It’s a nagging challenge, and sooner or later you’re to want to climb it.
Don’ t try to walk up (pilgrims used to, but it’s an Everest for the faithless), and don’t try to take a cab, because it only goes half-way and you still have quite a hike to get to the top. Take the two-minute funicular up the southeast flank. To get there, follow the “telepherique” signs to the corner of Kleomenous and Ploutarchou Streets, between Kolonaki Square and the Athens Hilton.
The panorama from the top is priceless – all the way to Mount Parnes in the north, west to Piraeus and the Saronic Gulf, with the Acropolis siiting like a ruminative lion half way to the sea. There ‘s also a cafe/restaurant up there
Lycabettus Hill - go to the top and you will be able to see the whole of Athens and Attica.
This is the tallest hill in central Athens at 910 feet high (about 300m). You climb up to its foot through one of the richest districts of the city and then take the furnicular up to the top.
The views look equally spectacular during daylight and darkness. Try not to go up to the top on a smoggy day or you will miss out big style.
Hike up Mt. Lycavittos! My 'Let's Go' guidebook said it was a 15 min hike but i certainly felt it was much longer than that! Great View of Athens city and great way to work out!
Most may not have made the effort to climb up (You can sit the funicular up & walk down the hill) but if you did climbed up (we couldn't find the funicular initially), that satisfaction at the end of the climb can be overwhelming (it was for me).
This hill northeast of downtown offers fantastic views of Athens. You can hike up the hill for free or pay 4 euros for a funicular ride. At the top is the Chapel of Agios Georgios and a restaurant.
The Chapel sits on top of Lykavittos Hill and is visible from all over the ciy. Unfortunately, it was closed during our visit, so we could not see the inside.
Take the cable car to the top to see the most spectacular views of Athens. You can see everything from the Parthenon to all the neighbourhoods. Go on a clear day to maximize the views.
Lycabettus hill seems to be one of the most romantic spots in Athens and if you want to "catch" the romance of this city, climb the Lycabettus hill...
Likavattós is a hill in the middle of Athens. You can go up by cablecar, the view over the city is worth it.
you might feel you are in heaven!!!!
(but don't go alone,it's so romantic to go there with somebody you love.....)