1. Mount Lycabettus – Athens, Greece

    Located in Athens, Mount Lycabettus offers a full 360 panorama of the city and surrounding areas. After reading about it, it was definitely on my list of places to visit on my recent short break to Athens. From our hotel room at the Hilton Athens, we looked straight onto Mount Lycabettus and indeed you could see it from most places in the city including the below photo which was taken from the top of the Acropolis.

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    We had originally planned to visit Mount Lycabettus on our last afternoon however as there was bad weather and rain forecast, we decided to visit on our first day whilst the sun was shining and the views were clear. From our hotel it was about a ten minute walk.

    If you are not staying close by then the closest Metro stop is Evangelismos on the Blue Line. You could also easily walk here from Syntagma Square – the only times we used the Metro was to and from the airport, we walked everywhere the rest of the time. The station for the Funicular Railway is located at the junction of Ploutarchou and Aristippou Streets – look for the “Teleferik” sign. Be aware though that on the walk here, you will need to climb nearly 200 steps so getting a taxi to the Funicular Station might be a better option for some.

    It is possible to walk all the way to the top of Mount Lycabettus however I personally wouldn’t recommend this (especially during the hot summer months) as the Funicular Railway is inexpensive and very easy to find and a whole lot easier than uphill walking!

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    A return ticket on the Funicular Railway costs 7 Euros – an absolute bargain! It normally departs every thirty minutes however when it is busy, they do depart more frequently – often every ten minutes. In fact, after we were told it would be a twenty minute wait, we departed ten minutes later as they had a large queue of people at the top. The trip to the top on the Funicular takes just over three minutes and is inside a tunnel so there are no views to be had on the journey but there are however some strange lighting displays.

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    Once at the top you will need to climb two more small sets of stairs to reach the Chapel of St George and the amazing views of the city of Athens and the surrounding areas below.

    From the viewing area in front of the chapel, you will be able to see the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium, Syntagma Square, the National Gardens and the Zappeion as well as the Port of Piraeus in the distance.

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