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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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  • August 17, 2017
    Breathtaking view, good restaurant/cafe. Problem: How do I get to the cable car (no parking) & If select peak times you'll meet a lot of people
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  • August 17, 2017
    Worth driving up the hill, beautiful views and sunsets, careful when crossing with other cars. There is a cafe on top. Nothing special  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The output may look scary, but it is not so at all, it is quite easy and you will be rewarded with stunning views of Athens and at the top is ️ ☺ restaurant, where you can refresh yourself. Here i lift ☺ ️
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