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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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  • We took the funicular up to Mount Lycabettus which is 5 euros one way or 7.50 Euros for the return journey. The journey is totally within a tunnel so there is no advantageous place to sit to get bette...  more »
  • Outside the bustle of the historic city center, a 30 minute climb to Agios Georgios (Holy Chapel of St. George) gives you spectacular views of all of Athens--yes, a full 360! There's a restaurant just...  more »
  • Although a bit difficult access or he must take a taxi to the cable car. We went there on foot and have ascended countless stairs to get there but once we have not regretted the view is breathtaking.
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