Having left Santorini and arriving in Athens the afternoon before, we decided to get up early to watch another Athens sunrise, this time at Lycabettus Hill. Lycabettuss Hill, also known as Mount Lycabettus is the highest point in Athens. Hiking to the top of this hill has been on our bucket list and we were excited for the view.
Information on Lycabettus Hill
Lycabettus Hill stands about 300 meters above sea level and can’t be missed. Its mounded shape rises above Athens and can be seen from all directions. There are two ways to get to the top of this hill. First, by hiking up many steps, through the forest to the top. Second, by taking the Furnicular available at the base. We of course decided to hike it because that’s what we seem to do. It looked a challenge with a good view.
But First, Coffee
We left our hotel, Electra Palace, while it was still dark and found some coffee on the way, which was much needed at this hour. Of course, I had to have a pastry as well. Both were awesome. The coffee shop was the first place we encountered a language barrier, on our trip but we did ok. Steve had a bit of trouble explaining he wanted a mocha latte, instead, he was quite happy with an Americana with milk. Turns out, it was the best coffee he had the whole trip! I wanted coffee black and ended up getting an Americana which was awesome! We need to learn more Greek!!
We meandered through the narrow streets and walkways, making our way to the hill. GPS does not like us. When in Athens we have learned that GPS likes to mess with us and sends us around blocks, down one street and back the next, or just spins. Good thing Steve is directional. It actually was fun though, to wander through the quiet streets before the day started. Quite a different vibe. We Passed the Parliament Building which looked pretty impressive against the dark skies.
Up the Steps
Once at the base of Lycabettus Hill, we found steps going up the hill, so just started following them up! Dawn started to break on our way up, so we had no trouble seeing where we were going. The steps were easy to climb although there was a lot of them. We actually were enjoying the climb, as this was our last full day in Greece and we wanted to take in every last moment we could.
We watched in awe as the sun rose and swept over Athens.
Lycabettus Hill From the Top
The top of Lycabettus Hill was amazing. We could see all around Athens as the sun started to rise and lighten up the sleepy city below. There is a church, bell tower, and restaurant on top of the Hill.
Back in Time For Breakfast
After watching the sun rise we hiked back down the hill, enjoying the new morning. Back at our hotel, Electra Palace, we had a wonderful breakfast with a beautiful view of the Acropolis and were ready to continue exploring Athens, which will be next weeks post!
Last year when we were in Athens we used the Rick Steves Pocket Athens guidebook w and found a lot of useful information in it. There is also a pocket map.
This year we added Top 10 Athens (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide) to help us plan and found it extremely helpful and organized. It includes top 10 places for restaurants, things to see, shopping, etc. It also divides into top 10 of each area. This is my favorite guide book. It does come with a pocket map.
We also bought an Athens Street Map which was more in-depth and very useful as we explored more areas on this trip.
You can check out my other Athens posts by following these links!
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