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Lycabettus Hill

Lycabettus stands as the highest hill in Athens, a natural vantage point soaring 277 meters above sea level, offering panoramic views of the Acropolis and the Saronic Gulf. Nestled at its base lies the upscale district of Kolonaki, making it a perennial hotspot for leisurely walks and scenic pauses. The trek up Lycabettus from Dexamenis Square commences with a stop at the charming island church of Agios Isidores, a 15th-century structure gracefully perched along the rock's curvature. Continuing the ascent, visitors will encounter the open-air modern Lycabettus Theater, erected in 1965 atop an ancient quarry. Outdoor parking is available for vehicular access to this point, but further exploration necessitates a bit of walking. The word's etymology conceals a fascinating history, with "lyc" signifying light (an archaic term), "ab" denoting an identification of horizon points (east and north), and "defeat" describing something diminutive in ancient parlance. The theater boasts a seating and standing capacity of 6,000 spectators. During organized events, pedestrians and cyclists enjoy free access, while car entry to the theater parking is restricted to individuals with disabilities, those over 60, and taxis for pick-up or drop-off. The journey begins at the terminus of Plutarchou Street, merging with Aritippou Street in Kolonaki (closest Metro station: Evangelismos). Operating year-round, the Cable Car runs from 9:00 am to 2:30 am, with potential earlier closures in winter. Scheduled services occur every 30 minutes, with peak-hour frequencies as short as 10 minutes. Tickets are priced at 7 euros, covering both ascent and descent and offer a discount at the Lycabettus restaurant.


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