The views of Athens from Mt Lycabettus is one thing that most tourists miss. That’s because when they visit The Parthenon on Acropolis, they’d also see Athens’ skyline from there. And for most of them, that’s enough.
But, if you had time to climb Mt Lycabettus, you should do it without hesitation. The view from up there at sunset is something that you would never forget too soon.
Seeing the Parthenon from the side Mt Lycabettus is another angle of seeing Athens’ panoramic skyline. And guess what, the mountain is even so much higher than Acropolis. You’ll be able to see the white-washed city dwellings creeping all the way to the Aegean Sea.
Sunset time is the best place to climb Mt Lycabettus. There are three options to go up there. For the young and adventurous, walk up there. The climb is not even that rigorous (intermediate level). You can either take the shortcut trail through the bushes/trees or follow the concrete road until you reach the small parking lot. You can also go up there by car but only until the parking lot. You still have to walk to the peak following a winding concrete pathway. You’ll surely never regret the views as you ascend. The easiest way to go up is by cable car. Most families choose this option.
Well, you can watch the sunset. You can witness the Greek guards lowering their flag at the end of the day. If you’re a Christian, there’s a tiny church at the peak where you can have your silent prayer. And for the romantics, there’s a cafe/restaurant where you can have your dinner, facing the Parthenon. And oh, while you’re up there, don’t miss looking down at the big sites of Athens: The Parthenon, The Temple of Zeus, and the Panathenaic Stadium. They look so tiny, despite their grand fame.
These photos will convince you to go up there and enjoy the views.
If you want to stay in the heart of ancient Athens with a fantastic view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon from your room window, then, A for Athens Hotel in Monastiraki is your best bet. You can book it via Booking.com, Expedia, and TripAdvisor. The hotel also has a rooftop bar and restaurant with a breathtaking view of the ancient sites nearby. Remember that Monastiraki area is where you can walk to all the sights you want to see in Athens.
If you’re a budget traveler, there are a couple of hostels in this area, too. Try City Circus Athens Hostel and Bedbox are nice hostels to stay in. You can book either of them via HostelWorld and Booking.com.