Lycabettus Hill, 278 metres high, offers a perfect view of the entire city extending up to the sea.
According to mythology, the hill was created when the rock that the Goddess Athena was transferring from Mount Penteli to the Acropolis Hill fell in the sound of some bad news. Athena intended to put the rock on Acropolis hill, as she wanted her temple to be closer to heaven.
From Lycabettus Hill you will be able to see Athens city, including Acropolis Hill. Also, you can visit the tiny chapel of Agii Isidori and enjoy your coffee, lunch or dinner at Orizontes restaurant.
Don’t miss Lycabettus theatre, built in 1964-1965 to host performances of ancient drama. Nowadays many cultural events take place there in the summer.
– Funicular: it runs daily to the hilltop and starts from the corner of Aristippou street and Ploutarchou street (Kolonaki). Opening hours: 09:00-02:30 (in winter it may stop earlier). It leaves every 10-30 min, depending on the demand. Ticket: 7€, including return ticket (5€ – one way).
– By car: there is only one road leading to the top of the hill. It should take you about 5 minutes starting from Ploutarchou street.
– On foot: there are many footpaths from Kolonaki or Neapoli neighbourhoods. Suggested path: the one described below, starting from Ploutarchou and Aristippou streets. You could go up by the funicular and descend on foot.
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