According to mythology, Mount Lycabettus was a rock carried by goddess Athena that slipped from her hand when a crow gave her a bad news message. Others believe that the name of the mountain comes from the word for wolf, as herds of wolves used to live there…No matter which story you choose to believe, one thing is certain; Mount Lycabettus is definitely worth your visit.
The easiest way to visit the mountain is by cable car. The cable car is located at the end of Ploutarchou and Aristippou street in Kolonaki. The cable car ride is only 3 minutes and takes you to the top of the hill. From there, you can enjoy an endless view over Athens, the port of Piraeus and the sea.
In between the many flats and buildings, you can distinguish the Acropolis, Syntagma and Kallimarmaro (the stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held). For those eager to see more, there are also telescopes and on clear days, you can see as far as the Saronic islands.
The best time to visit Mount Lycabettus is in the afternoon for magnificent sunsets.
Families should know
- Avoid visiting Mount Lycabettus in the middle of the day, especially in the summer
- The cable car does not have air conditioning and often gets full
- Bring water, sandwiches and juice. There is a cafeteria and a restaurant at the top but prices are high
- Do not climb the hill with young children. The route will be tiring for them. Need some adventure? Take the cable car up and walk down
- For prompt information about the timetable and tickets please go to the below link: www.lycabettushill.com/cable-car
- Rent baby & toddler equipment such as car seats, strollers and baby carriers through the new Greek family service provider Baby Traveller