Athens – Lycabettus

Mount Lycabettus, also known as Lycabettos, Lykabettos or Lykavittos (Greek: Λυκαβηττός, pronounced [likaviˈtos]), is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece at 300 meters (908 feet) above sea level. 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 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, (lycos in Greek), which is possibly the origin of its name (means “the one [the hill] that is walked by wolves”). Mythologically, Lycabettus is credited to Athena, who created it when she dropped a limestone mountain she had been carrying from the Pallene peninsula for the construction of the Acropolis after the box holding Erichthonius was opened.

I took the Metro to Evangelsimou station, then I walked up ‘Ploutarchou Street’ which runs from the corner of the Athens War Museum, all the way up to the ‘Lycabettus Funicular’

This is a really steep hill,  about half way up it changes in to a footpath with LOTS & LOTS of steps! By the time I reached the Funicular, I was exhausted!

It was really worth the effort, once I got to the top, I had a wonderful view of Athens. I really loved it.

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