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Mt. Lycabettus

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 03/09/2017

Fodor's Review

Myth claims that Athens's highest hill came into existence when Athena removed a piece of Mt. Pendeli, intending to boost the height of her temple on the Acropolis. While she was en route, a crone brought her bad tidings, and the flustered goddess dropped the rock in the middle of the city. Dog-walkers and joggers have made it their daily stomping grounds, and kids love the ride up the steeply inclined teleferique (funicular) to the summit (one ride every 30 minutes), crowned by whitewashed Ayios Georgios chapel with a bell tower donated by Queen Olga. On a clear day, you can see Piraeus port and as far as Aegina island. Built into a cave on the side of the hill is a small shrine to Ayios Isidoros. Cars park up at the top at sunset for swoon-inducing magic-hour views of the city lights going on, as the moon rises over "violet-crowned" Mt. Hymettus. Refreshments are available from the modest kiosk popular with concertgoers, who flock to events at the hill's open-air theater during summer months. Diners should also note that Lycabettus is home to Orizontes Lykavittou, an excellent fish restaurant (by day this establishment also houses the relaxing Café Lycabettus).

Sight Information


Athens, Attica, 10675, Greece


210-721–0701-Funicular information

Sight Details:

  • Funicular €7 (round-trip)

Published 03/09/2017


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