I visited the city of Athens at the end of April 2018, for a mini-break with my best friend. Athens is an interesting city with lots to do and see. I must admit that even though the aim of this trip was to rest and escape from reality for a couple of days, I secretly was hoping to have the opportunity to capture some good photographs for my portfolio, specifically landscape shots of the capital from high above. My secret became a reality on one of our afternoons which we spent at Mount Lycabettus.
For those of you who don’t already know, Mount Lycabettus is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, almost 300 meters above sea level! It’s very well known for the stunning views it offers from its highest point, as well as the little 19th century Chapel at the top, known as the St. George Chapel and its only Restaurant.
My friend and I decided to get there by taxi and then walk up the steps to reach the top, as a car can only reach a certain point before you are left to your own devices! On our way up, we took lots of photographs and enjoyed the views of the capital, from 277 metres (to be precise). Eventually we sat down for drinks at the ‘Orizontes of Lycabettus’ a beautiful cafe and restaurant also known as the ‘terrace’ of Athens. We ordered coffees to start with and then had another cocktail each, whilst giggling and enjoying the music and atmosphere of the location.
They say that no matter how many times you visit ‘Orizontes of Lycabettus’ it always feels like you are seeing Athens from high above, for the first time. I couldn’t agree more, as the panoramic views of the city are just breath-taking and I can imagine how they change with the change of each season. Chilly evenings tucked inside during the Winter and breezy evenings outside in the Summer. How amazing? No wonder why Mount Lycabettus is considered as one of the most romantic places!
The sun gradually started to set, so we decided to make our way back down. We took the Lycabettus Funicular (cable car) which took us all the way down to the lower terminus in the Kolonaki area. It was cheaper than the taxi option, but I personally thought that it wasn’t as much fun, as it did not offer any views along the way, like the Teleférico in Madrid does for example.
Not just Mount Lycabettus, but generally Athens is a beautiful and must-see capital! There is so much to do, and if you are a person who loves taking photos from the highest points then you definitely won’t be disappointed. 360 Cocktail Bar, or the 9th floor roof garden of The Stanley Hotel are some more locations that offer 360-degree views of which I took photos of and that I would highly recommend.