Standing 277 meters above sea level, Lycabettus Hill (sometimes spelled Lykavitos) is the highest point of Athens. The trail of Lycabettus Hill is a beautiful walk up via a circular path, it will be a test of endurance and a challenge in summer.
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.
The viewing platform in front of the church provides sprawling views of Athens, stretching out to the city’s coastline.
These ideas will get you started: Once you are clear of the urbanization at the bottom of Lycabettus, the lower slopes are covered with fragrant, shady pinewoods that feel as though ancient nymphs and satyrs should be scampering through them.
The forest was planted in the late 1880s as a ploy to prevent erosion and quarrying from eating away at Lycabettus.
It was only fully established in the early 20th century.
There are some olive, almond and carob trees but these, like the pine woods, have been planted and aren't native to the hill.
It’s the ideal spot for getting that Instagram-worthy picture because every angle from the top is an amazing panorama.
And if all that sightseeing makes you hungry or thirsty then you can rest a while at one of several options for food and drink, from fine dining to a quick snack.
Getting there: We recommend you get a taxi to Aristippou St in Kolonaki, a short ride from the center and decide whether to walk or take the funicular.
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