Standing 277 meters above sea level, Lycabettus Hill (sometimes spelt Lykavitos) is the highest point of Athens.
Climbing up to the top is definitely worth the 360° views of Athens! It takes your breath away.
There are three ways to reach the top of Lycabettus Hill:
- On foot- Although a beautiful walk up via a circular path, it will be a test of endurance and a challenge in summer.
- Cable car- The entrance is on the corner of Aristippou and Ploutarchou Streets. Kids love taking the 5 minute ride to reach the top. The downside is the cable car moves inside a closed tunnel, so there is no view on the way up or down.
- Car- Following the Lycabettus ring road will lead you (and the car) to a huge parking lot.
Which ever route you decide to take, all three lead you up to the top of the hill where you will find the tiny whitewashed church of Agios Georgios (St. George) and a wide viewing platform.
Café Lycabettus is also situated right next to the church and is a good spot for breakfast and lunch.
Slightly below the church, climbers will find Restaurant Orizontes, that offers delicious food and spectacular views across Athens.
The view from Lycabettus Hill is best enjoyed at sunset whilst waiting for the lights of the Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium and Ancient Agora to come on.
You will also be reminded that Athens is surrounded by sea with spectacular views across the Aegean.
- This spot is popular to watch the sunset, we recommend getting there early if you want the best view.
- Explore the suburb of Kolonaki before or after you visit Lycabettus Hill.
- If you decide to climb to the top by foot, wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and carry a bottle of water.
- Photos don’t do Lycabettus Hill justice. You have to see it with your own eyes.
- Sit down and enjoy a coffee or cool drink at Cafe Lycabettus.
- Book in advance for a good spot at Orizontes restaurant.
Greece may be going into lockdown, but that doesn’t stop us from dreaming or putting it on our bucket list when restrictions are lifted.
All individuals residing in Greece will be required to send an SMS text message to 13033 in order to obtain permission to leave their homes during the lockdown.
The SMS to 13033 should be formatted as follows: X (one of the digits 1-6 corresponding to the activities below), name, surname and address.
The six reasons (you must sms) are:
- Visit to a pharmacy or visit to a doctor if necessary
- Visit to a supermarket or stores for essential supplies
- Visit to a bank if e-banking transactions are not possible
- Visit to people needing assistance or escorting children to and from school
- Attending a funeral, as per the conditions provided by the law, or visiting children in case of divorced parents
- Physical exercise outdoors or up to two persons taking their pet for a walk while always observing a 1.5-metre distance.