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Athens, just like Rome has 7 hills. The tallest one is Lykavitos hill. The views from its 900 ft summit are spectacular. You can see the Aegean, Aegina Island, the Peloponnese, all of Athens and the Acropolis from above.

It is said that it was created by an accident when Athena accidently dropped the mountain she was carrying. The name is most likely related to the wolves (λύκους) that roamed the hill in days past.

The summit can be reached either by foot, taxi or the funicular.  I’ve always found that if you are planning on walking to the funicular, you may as well just find the footpath instead, since the walk up the path beyond the point where the funicular starts is actually a rather pleasant gently rising path that has less of an incline than the streets leading to it have!  So, if you are coming from Kolonaki Square level (or Syntagma Square level) your best bet is to either take a taxi to the Lykavittos Theater parking lot or walk the entire way.  If you have romantic notions of watching the city spread out before your eyes as you ride the funicular, you’ll be disappointed since it actually climbs up, slow and steady, inside a tunnel in the hill. In other words, you won’t see anything until you get to the top and take the stars one more flight up to the terrace level.

However you travel to the top, you’ll be rewarded. It is a great place to catch the last rays of the day, have a “sundowner”, coffee or a snack with stupendous views from its restaurant / cafe.


By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!