Lycabettus Hill in Athens

Lycabettus Hill

The highest point in Athens, and some of the city's best views.
Mount Lycabettus is the highest hill in Athens. Take a leisurely stroll on foot or ride the funicular. Once at the top, the views over Athens are amazing.

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Where is the Lycabettus Hill

Lycabettus Hill (also known as Mount Lycabettus or Lycabettus) reaches 277m (910ft) above Athens and is its highest hill. There are panoramic views of the city from the observation decks that rim the summit.

The hill can be climbed on foot by various paths or by the easier, albeit unsteady, ride in the funicular from the top of Ploutárchou. On foot, it should take about 45 minutes.

The hill may derive its name from a combination of the words lýki and vaino, meaning “path of light”. The ancient belief was that this was the gigantic rock destined to be the Acropolis citadel, accidentally dropped by the city’s patron goddess, Athena.

The small whitewashed chapel of Agios Geórgios crowns the top of the hill. It was built in the 19th century on the site of an older Byzantine church dedicated to Profítis Ilías (the Prophet Elijah). Both saints associated with the site are celebrated here on their name days (20th July and 23rd April, respectively).

On the eve of Easter Sunday, a spectacular candlelit procession winds down the peak’s wooded slopes. The hill has a summit restaurant and café and the open-air Lykavittós Theatre, where contemporary jazz, pop and dance performances are held annually during the Athens Festival.

The Lycabettus Funicular is a funicular railway to the top of Mount Lycabettus in the Greek capital city of Athens. It was constructed in the 1960s by the Greek Tourist Organisation (EOT) and was inaugurated on 18th April 1965. The terminal stations are situated at Aristippou street, in Kolonaki, and the Chapel of St. George, near the top of the hill. Between the terminal stations, the line is entirely in a tunnel.

In 2002 extensive refurbishment was carried out, involving the replacement of the motor, the hydraulic brake unit, the electronics safety systems, the control room, and the two cars of the funicular. The railway now runs daily services, with a capacity of about 400 persons per hour.

The hill has a large open-air theatre at the top, and has housed many Greek and international concerts. Among the artists who have performed at the Lycabettus theatre included Al Di Meola, B.B. King, Bjork, Black Sabbath, Blackmore’s Night and Scorpions, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Buena Vista Social Club, Chuck Berry, Dead Can Dance, Deep Purple, Faith No More, Faithless, Gary Moore, Iron Maiden, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joan Baez, John Mc Laughlin, Leonard Cohen, Massive Attack, Moby, Morrissey, Nazareth, Nick Cave, Nightwish, Orishas, Paco De Lucia, Patti Smith, Pet Shop Boys, Peter Gabriel, Placebo, Radiohead, Ray Charles, Slipknot, The Prodigy, Tito Puente, Tracy Chapman, UB40, Vanessa Mae, Whitesnake.

Take the funicular railway up to the top of Mount Lycabettus for a unique perspective of Athens.

View the stunning view of Athens from the summit, including the Acropolis of Athens

Take a walk through the beautiful gardens that surround the peak.

Visit the chapel of Saint George, located at the top of the mountain.

Enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat in one of the charming cafes located on the mountain.

Take a hike through the forest that surrounds the mountain.

Stroll through the ruins of an ancient monastery on the mountain.

Enjoy a concert at the open-air amphitheatre that is located on the summit.

Watch the sunset over Athens from the peak of MountLycabettus.

Marvel at the city lights of Athens from the summit.

The top of the mountain, with panoramic views of Athens and the Aegean Sea.

The Temple of Zeus, perched atop the summit.

The amphitheatre, offers dramatic views of the cityscape below.

The cafes and restaurants, for a drink or meal with a view.

The pathways and hiking trails, for a nature escape in the heart of the city.

The chapel of Agios Georgios, for a dose of spirituality amidst the beauty.

The sunset spot, to watch the day turn to night over Athens.

The viewpoint near the Lycabettus TV Tower, for an overview of the city’s layout.

The Christmas tree in winter, when the slopes of Lycabettus are blanketed in snow.

The Easter sunrise service, one of the most beautiful religious ceremonies in Athens.

Summer (April 1st to October 31st)

Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 02:30

Winter (November 1st to March 31st)

Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 02:30

Closed

January 1st, March 25th, May 1st, December 25th and 26th

My photos of the Lycabettus Hill

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