A View of Athens from Lykavittos Hill

Lykavittos Hill is the highest peak in Athens, standing around 900 feet above sea level and being (because of its height) a landmark visible from almost every part of the city. Its name reflects a popular belief that the hill was inhabited by wolves. Another legend explains that Lykavittos hill appeared when Athena accidentally dropped a large rock she was going to use for the construction of the Acropolis. Despite these interesting legends, Lykavittos did not attract the attention of classical authors and historians.

However, the majestic peak is an important tourist destination. A small whitewashed chapel of St. George, erected in the 19th century on the site of a Byzantine church of Prophet Elijah, crowns the top of Lykavittos. From the top you can see a panorama of the entire city and the theatre, used for concerts and spectacles. To reach the top by foot, you need to prepare yourself for a long climb. The initial portion of the climb, among shrubs and small trees, is relatively easy. However, when you get to the stairs, laid out at a low angle to make the ascent easier, your legs are going to let you know they are not too happy about the exercise. If you don't feel like arguing with them, choose an easier way: take the funicular from Kolonaki. After you reach the top, you may rest and have a drink in a terraced restaurant or let the wind on the observation deck cool you down.


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