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Mount Lycabettus

Unrivaled panoramic views of the ancient city of Athens await you atop this rocky summit.

Treat yourself to spectacular panoramic views of the ancient city of Athens and the Aegean Sea from atop Mount Lycabettus.

Begin your hike in the steep streets of Kolonaki, at the end of Aristippou Street. The path zigzags to the summit, and is approximately a 20-minute climb. Alternatively, relax and enjoy the unparalleled views of the city from the cable railway, which leaves from the corner of Ploutarchou and Aristippou streets.

Once you are on the summit, take in the views of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. If you can, make the journey at the end of the day, as it is at its best at sunset.

The hill’s two rocky limestone peaks rise out of the cityscape, and pine trees cover the base. Standing at 908 feet (277 meters), Mount Lycabettus is the highest point in the city. Get a closer look at the view with the coin-operated binoculars available on the viewing platform.

Stroll around the area and discover the white-stuccoed Chapel of St. George, a 19th-century Greek Orthodox Church that features a bell tower. The church is small and interesting, and there is a viewing platform out front.

Catch a performance at the open-air theater. This theater hosts a number of concerts throughout the summer that are popular with both locals and tourists. Refreshments are available from a kiosk. If you prefer, treat yourself to dinner at the local fish restaurant, which has some of the best views in Athens, before beginning the journey back down to the city. In summer, make the trip early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat.

The cable car is inexpensive and takes regular trips to the summit and back until well into the evening. The local bus system has several stops around the hill’s base, but if you prefer, taxis are also available to take you straight to the summit.


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