Mount Lycabettus, also known as Lykavittos (Greek: Λυκαβηττός, pronounced [likavitos]), is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece. At 277 meters (908 feet) above sea level, the hill is the highest point in the city that surrounds it. Pine trees cover its base, and at its two peaks are the 19th century Chapel of St. George, a theatre, and a restaurant.
The hill is a popular tourist destination and can be ascended by the Lycabettus Funicular, a funicular railway which climbs the hill from a lower terminus at Kolonaki (The railway station can be found at Aristippou street). Lycabettus appears in various legends. Popular stories suggest it was once the refuge of wolves, possibly the origin of its name (which means “the one (the hill) that is walked by wolves”). Mythologically, Lycabettus is credited to Athena, who created it when she dropped a mountain she had been carrying from Pallene for the construction of the Acropolis after the box holding Erichthonius was opened.
The hill also has a large open-air theater at the top, which has housed many Greek and international concerts.
Me and my friend Vy decided to drive to Lycabettus with my vespa and of course we video-recorded everything, enjoy the ride! (be prepared, it’s a bit noisy!)
The photoshoot didn’t go very well, the cafe shop was under construction,
the weather not so good, and i was not really in a photoshoot mood…but anyway this can sometimes happen. There are three ways to go to Lycabettus: Drive, walk or take the teleferic (cable car) which operates until very late at night and i must say i find the ticket rather expensive, i hope somebody listens to my complaint and will do something about it. The teleferic starts from Aristippou street which you can reach by taking bus number 060 from Akadimias Street ( the stop for Aristippou is 4th Lycabettus ) or by using the metro, the nearest metro station is Evagelismos.
If you decide to walk your bus is again bus number 060 from Akadimias street which will take you until the bus stop 7th of Lycabettus and then you can go up the street. I wouldn’t suggest doing it in July and August when the weather is really warm.
My best reason to visit this Hill is on a fullmoon night with my boyfriend or to enjoy a concert at the open air theater!
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