Lycabettus hill

One of the places from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of Athens apart from the Acropolis is Lycabettus hill. According to legend, it was formed from a rock that the goddess Athena took from another mountain and with which she intended to increase the height of her temple on the Acropolis. However, while carrying it, the goddess dropped it because a raven gave her bad news. With its 227 m, the hill is a silent witness to the life of the city’s inhabitants. Considered one of the most romantic places in Athens, it is defined as the “Hill of Lovers”. Couples love to admire the setting sun and the rising moon bathed in violet hues. The panorama that is revealed by it is truly astonishing. You can see the Acropolis, the temple of Olympian Zeus, the port of Piraeus, and with appropriate equipment even the island of Aegina.

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There are several ways you can reach the hill. If you decide to do this on foot, get ready for a serious hike. The first part of the climb is easy. At one point, however, you’ll come to some zig-zag stairs set at a slight angle. Before making a final effort to climb the hill, you can have a coffee or a meal in the terraced restaurant near the hill. The second faster and definitely less tiring option is to use the funicular. It runs from Aristippou Street to the Chapel of Saint George. The ascent lasts 10 minutes and during it the funicular moves entirely in a tunnel.

Address of the funicular: 15 m. walk northwest from Syntagma Square. It operates every half hour departing from the corner of Ploutarchou and Aristippou streets.

Price: €10 round trip

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