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Mount Lycabettus: Athens from Above

Experience Athens from a vantage point like no other at the summit of Mount Lycabettus, the city's pinnacle. The climb to the top can be demanding, but the sweeping views of Athens reward every effort made.

According to legend, the hill was created when Athena, the city's patron goddess, dropped a mountain she had been carrying to construct the Acropolis. Today, this limestone hill stands proudly, overlooking the town with its myths embedded in its rocky façade.

While the small church of St. George at the top serves as a peaceful resting point, the true allure is the surrounding view. As you ascend, the sprawling cityscape of Athens reveals itself, making the journey an ever-changing visual treat.

After your climb, take a moment to relax at the mountaintop restaurant. With refreshing beverages and a panoramic backdrop, it's a serene spot to reflect on your journey.

Many travelers and locals recommend a visit during sunset. We made our ascent in the afternoon, but seeing the city illuminated as day transitioned to night was spectacular.

Tips for the Trek:

  • Preparedness: Dress in comfy shoes and bring water, especially during the hotter months.

  • Best Time to Visit: Aim to explore during the more excellent parts of the day, such as early morning or near sunset, to avoid the midday heat and catch the city in a golden glow.

Mount Lycabettus is a testament to Athens' blend of natural beauty and mythological lore. Scaling its heights provides a workout and a deeper connection to the city's past.

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