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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. To visit Mount Lycabettus and get the most from your holiday in Athens, create itinerary details personal to you using our Athens road trip website .
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  • 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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  • Worth driving up the hill, beautiful views and sunsets, careful when crossing with other cars. There is a cafe on top. Nothing special  more »
  • 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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  • Well worth the walk. Great view of rhe city pretty much any time of the day. Walk took us about 20 minutes from the closest residential street to the top (28 year old). Good path, can be done with kids, might take longer.
  • Must visit for the views. You can hike up on winding paths (more fun) in 15-20mins or take the funicular for €5 If you stay until dark it's probably best to take the funicular back down as there's no lighting on the hike down. It can get crowded with tourists at the top at sunset... but that is a magical time to be there.
  • Amazing views and restaurant at the top there is also a train if you don't want to walk. Definitely worth a trip
  • Great view for free if you don't mind an uphill walk
  • It is funny to drive the cable car and the view is amazing.

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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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