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Mount Lycabettus, Athens

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Local legend claims wild wolves used to seek refuge on Mount Lycabettus, a tall hill noted for offering unbeatable views of Athens. Tradition has it that Athena, the goddess of wisdom, created this hill when she accidentally dropped a mountain she had intended for the construction of the city's famed citadel. You can access this "hill walked by wolves," as its name roughly translates, by a funicular railway departing from a station in the central part of the city. The hill rises to 277 m (908 ft) above sea level, its peak featuring a 19th century chapel, theater, and restaurant. Pick a sunny day for your visit if possible, and don't forget your camera. Make Mount Lycabettus a centerpiece of your Athens vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Athens holiday planner.
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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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  • If you want to see Athens every morning down of your feet, u found the best place in world. Good place the sit after sunset  more »
  • You can ascend this hill - highest point in Athens, taller than Acropolis - by cable car but we walked it. Turning off the main street, you start off in a residential area, lots of shops and restauran...  more »
  • Hard to find the lift for the cable car- you can't see if from outside as it is in the mountain. Go to the Ploutarchou street and climb the stairs. That's where you will find it. Went about an hour be...  more »