Lycabettus hill, around which the homonymous district has developed, is considered one of the most romantic places in Athens and has arguably – the best view of the city. It is ideal for a magical stroll. Its height is 277 meters and is the highest hill of the capital. The most beautiful view that any visitor can enjoy, is on the side of Acropolis and Piraeus. From the top, when the weather conditions permit it, one can see as far afield as Aegina. Athens, during the day, unfolds before your eyes illuminated by the sun, while at night, with the moon shining in the Attic sky, the most beautiful feelings awake.
The myth about the hill is that it was created by the Greek goddess of wisdom Athena. The legend is that she was carrying limestone to use for the construction of the Acropolis, but dropped it when she was startled by bad news she was given by a raven.
As for the hill’s name, Lycabettus, the story goes that it is recognition of the wolves that used to live there, because the word for “wolf” in Greek translates to “lycos.”
Mount Lycabettus, also known as Lycabettus Hill, has plenty of rewards to offer to anyone who makes it to the top. There you’ll find the 19th century Saint George chapel, a well-kept white-washed church with preserved interiors showing off intricate and valuable religious art.
As you stroll around the peak of the hill, you’ll also be able to see the 3,000 seat Lycabettus Theater. Construction on this semi-circle auditorium began in 1964 and these days it’s used as an incredibly popular venue for concerts and other shows — though only in the summer months. This venue has played host to many national and international musical stars over the years, with such diverse performers as Ray Charles, the Pet Shop Boys, Radiohead, and UB40. If you’re visiting in the summer you met get lucky and see and hear some free music from the hill’s peak.
But Mount Lycabettus is worth visiting no matter the time of year of your vacation. Enjoy the rarity of such a prominent, unique hill in the center of such a busy city as Athens. It’s the ideal spot for getting that Instagram-worthy picture, because every angle from the top is an amazing panorama.
And if all that sightseeing makes you hungry or thirsty then you can rest a while at one of several options for food and drink, from fine dining to a quick snack. The restaurant Orizontes offers awe-inspiring views and superior service, though it’s the most expensive option. For more middle-of-the-range prices and food try visiting the informal Sky Bar located nearby. Here you can also enjoy some cocktails, though expect prices marked up from regular bars. Or simply grab some fast food from the booth outside the theater, when it’s open for service.