Local legend claims wild wolves used to seek refuge on Mount Lycabettus, a tall hill noted for offering unbeatable views of Athens. Tradition has it that Athena, the goddess of wisdom, created this hill when she accidentally dropped a mountain she had intended for the construction of the city's famed citadel. You can access this "hill walked by wolves," as its name roughly translates, by a funicular railway departing from a station in the central part of the city. The hill rises to 277 m (908 ft) above sea level, its peak featuring a 19th century chapel, theater, and restaurant. Pick a sunny day for your visit if possible, and don't forget your camera. To visit Mount Lycabettus and get the most from your holiday in Athens, create itinerary details personal to you using our Athens road trip website .
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Mount Lycabettus Reviews
This place amazed me. We sat and watched the sun go down on our last day in Athens. Drinking a cold beer and eating a falafel sandwich we saw the sun set of the glorious city. Somehow it gives you the... more »
This was my favourite place in Athens. A steady walk up the hill but very enjoyable with plenty of benches on the way. The 360 degree view from the top is amazing and you can enjoy all the famous site... more »
The view is amazing from Mount Lycabettus! You can watch Athens in every direction. It's a silent and peaceful park in the center of the city. Definitely one of the best spots in the city for some photography. Here are some shots I took on my way to the summit.
A Stunning landmark in Athens, the church was beautiful and the view from up there was breathtaking. I was lucky enough to go around sunset, which only enhanced my experience. It's a bit of a hike to get up but absolutely worth the trip. Unfortunately it's bound to be rather overcrowded on most days because of how attractive the spot is for tourists.
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