"Go up the hill........." Lycabettus Hill Tip by leics

Lycabettus Hill, Athens: 56 reviews and 106 photos

  Ayios Yeoryios
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From the top you will get excellent views of the city, and can clearly see how far Athens spreads.

The Acropolis and other hills stand out like green islands in a sea of concrete, encircled by the distant mountains.

You can get up the hill by using the funicular (which is in a tunnel, so no views from here) or you can walk up. It runs every half and hour or so from Odhis Aristipou (you'll need to climb hill and/or steps to get there).

You could also walk up. There is a snake-like paved path from near the funicular entrance (to the left, as you face the funicular). With hindsight, I should have chosen to take the funicular up and then walked down.

On top of the hill is a restaurant (you have to walk through its patio area from the funicular) and on the very top is the chapel of Ayios Yeoryios. It's whitewashed, and pretty, but not very old........probably dates from the 19th century.

It's worth a wander up the hillif you have the time to spare (and it could be very romantic at night, I suspect) but it was quite busy when I visited in early April. Don't expect to have the summit to yourself!

Directions: Lycavittos Hill. Walk up from Platia Kolonaki (or elsewhere......I took the Metro to Evangelismos and walked from there) or take bus 060 to the funicular.

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  • Written Apr 25, 2009
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