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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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  • It's a hill situated in the middle of Athens city center, easy to access by foot, car of public transportation. There's a pine wood - that didn't exist a century ago - , where someone could go for a p...  more »
  • "Worth". Great views of Athens including Acropolis? We can go on foot or by funicular (a bit expensive and little frequency). It is possible to have a drink or eat in a very nice way
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  • Fantastic ascent by cable car of course, and descent on foot, was too hot. The views... you have to live them, there isn't anything like the city in its maximum splendor...
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