Mount Lycabettus

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At 300 meters, Mount Lycabettus is the highest peak in Athens. Every half an hour a funicular whizzes up to the summit. Among other attractions, there’s a restaurant with sky-high prices and views to match. On a clear day, you can see the island of Aegina shimmering on the horizon. The tiny chapel of St. George is a magical place to watch the sunrise (especially on Sundays, when the church service starts at 7:30 a.m.) or sunset.

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Chapel of St. George

Across the city from the Acropolis atop Mount Lycabettus sits the small Chapel of St. George. It’s worth trekking to if you have the stamina to hike to the highest point in Athens. At the top you can stop for a drink, and take in the view from a seat at Orizontes Lycabettus. If you’re not up for a climb, it’s definitely worth taking photos of.

Athens Tips Part 17 - Likavitos Hill

Likavitos Hill is the highest point in Athens, and as you might assume has one of the best views of the city. Sitting on the top of the hill is the church of St George, a very pretty, small, functioning church. Near the top you’ll also find a taverna, and a concert venue. The taverna keeps standard hours, but the concert venue only has occasional shows. There are several ways to make your way to the top of the hill. The best way, if you’re able, is to walk up. There are several walking paths to choose from, however the most scenic walk is a criss-cross path up the Southern slope. If walking isn’t your thing, there are two other options, the teleferik and the road. The teleferik is my least favourite way to go up, it’s expensive, underground, and you have to make your way more than halfway up the hill just to get onboard. The road offers you an opportunity to drive (or take a taxi); however the end of the road is still not at the top of the hill, so you’ll have to go up several more stairs. The only time I would avoid Likavitos hill is during the summer afternoons when it can get very hot. Sunsets and night-time excursions can be breathtaking, it is fairly safe if you stay on the well-lit pathways.

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