COME SEE Mount Lycabettus, Athens. Greece.

Mount Lycabettus: THE GUIDE

REIGON: Athens

ACCESSIBILITY: By taxi or private vehicle to stairs then walk or walk entirely

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Sunset or sunrise, whatever tickles your fancy

LOCATION: 15 minutes by car from Syntagma Square | Location on Google Maps

WALKING DISTANCE: 15 – 20 minutes walk from The Teleferik (cable cars) | around 45 to an hour walk from Syntagma Sqaure

TIME REQUIRED: Allow 2 – 3 hours if you enjoy taking photos

TOURIST RATING: A popular hike to do – locals and tourists included.

COST: Free

OUR TIPS: Wear comfy shoes, arrive at least half an hour before sunset to get a good spot and bring some cold beers and snacks!

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Mount Lycabettus: THE EXPERIENCE

As told by Zade Grilloni

You can’t come to Athens and not see Mount Lycabettus. It’s one thing being a sucker for sunsets – but it’s a whole other thing being a sucker for a sunset on the tallest mountain in Athens!

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There are a few options of getting to this beauty – we took one of the fastest, half drive, half walk options which is also known as the walk from Aristippou. We got a cab to drop us near the cable car point named “The Teleferik” and to the right we found the few flights of stairs that would lead us to a lane on the left which we could start the hike to the top of the mountain, or as we called it due to its shape “the earth pimple”. Within the first 5 minutes of walking the path, the view was already breathtaking.

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The path is wide and zig zags right up to the top and with every corner we took, it just got better and better. As we got closer to the top, we noticed people had started to grab their spots along the paths edge to watch the sun leave the sky for another day. Most people had a pre planned plastic bag full of antipasto and beers to accompany the sunset.

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It took us around 15 – 20 mins to get right up to the top where we reached the 5 start restaurant to one side and a small 19th century church on the other. The 360 view was just amazing. Hence why there was so many people up there! Two very smart men were set up selling ice cold beers from their eskys! They know what people want after a golden hour hike.

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It was very windy and busy so we decided to head back down a few layers and find a more peaceful spot to watch the sunset. We found one right on the corner of the mountain and sat it awe of Athens beauty. Golden hour had Athens looking like a sea of glowing appartments and glistening ocean. It had been a while since we saw our last sunset from a mountain – and this one was magic.

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It’s interesting that most people get straight up and leave as soon as the sun is no longer in sight. Little do they know, that once the sun officially goes down… that’s exactly when the magic can happen. Sometimes you’ll get a short, sweet and not so colourful sunset. And sometimes you’ll get a sky show of pastel colours! My personal favourite is when it throws deep purple.

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If you’re visiting Athens and are a sucker for sunsets just like us… this is a must!



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