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Mt Lycabettus in Athens Photograph: Why Athens

Lycabettus Hill


Standing 277 meters above sea level, Lycabettus Hill (sometimes spelt Lykavitos) is the highest point of Athens. Although a beautiful walk up via a circular path, it will be a test of endurance and a challenge in summer.

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Sunrise overlooking the outdoor theatre on Lycabettus Hill. Photograph: Why Athens

A funicular or cliff railway can take you to the top of the hill, which proves to be a novelty for younger kids. The downside is it’s a closed tunnel, so there is no view on the way up.

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The funicular at Lycabettus Hill. Photograph: Why Athens

The view from Lycabettus Hill is best enjoyed at sunset whilst waiting for the lights of the Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium and Ancient Agora to come on. You will also be reminded that Athens is surrounded by sea with spectacular views across the Aegean. 

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The Acropolis as seen from Lycabettus Hill before sunrise. Photograph: Why Athens

At the top of the hill you will find a Greek church, an open-air amphitheatre used predominantly in the warmer months, the restaurant Orizontes with spectacular views across Athens and a cafe which opens for breakfast and lunch.

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The cafe on top of Lycabettus Hill. Photograph: Why Athens

Why Athens Tip: Best before sunset.

If you decide to take a taxi, it can only take you so far up the hill. You will need to walk up a significant amount of stairs for the remainder of the way.

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