At 277 metres (910 ft) Lykavittos Hill is the highest peak in Athens, and not surprisingly can be seen from pretty much every area of the city.
Over the years the summit of Lykavittos as become very popular with tourists due to it's 360 degree views of Athens. There are some amazing views of the Acropolis, Kalimarmaro Stadium, and The Temple of Zeus. On clear days you can even see the ships in Piraeus harbour and some of the offshore islands in the Saronic gulf.
Lykavittos hill is situated in the area of kolanaki, and the summit can be reached by two ways; the first way is on foot up the zig zagging stairs, and secondly is riding the funicular which can be caught from Ploutarchou street which takes about five minutes to the top of Lykavittos. I strongly recommend the latter as walking up Lykavittos hill under the Greek sun could be a struggle (believe me I tried!).
If you do make the 45 minute walk you will be pleased to find a cafe/restaurant at the summit of Lykavittos to take in some refreshments. Also at the peak is the small white washed chapel of Agios Georgios, which was built upon a much older Byzantine church dedicated to the Prophet Elijah. The main reason people visit Lykavittos hill is for the spectacular views of Athens from the observation decks around the summit.
Its name, Lykavittos, derives from the Greek word 'Lykos' which means Wolf, this comes from the legend that Wolves used to live in the forest that surround the base of the hill. Maybe in the distant past Wolves lived there, but I can certainly say there are no Wolves on Lykavittos hill or in the centre of Athens. Despite Lykavittos hill being the most prominent land mark in Athens, there is very little mention of Lykavittos in ancient literature. One of the few legends to come down to us from ancient Greece is that the rock (Lykavittos hill) was dropped by Athena by mistake as it was meant to be the Acropolis citadel.
Lykavittos Hill is the highest point in Athens and has fantastic views of the Acropolis, Kalimarmaro Stadium and the Temple of Zeus.
Location: Ploutarchou street, Kolonaki.
Nearest Metro Station: Panepistimio or Ampelokpoi.
Entrance Fee: Lykavittos hill is Free but the Funicular isn't
The funicular is every half hour. one-way costs 1.50 euros, return is 3.00 euros.
- If you don't want to use the funicular you can travel over half the way up Lykavittos by car or bike, but the final bit you must walk.