On our last evening in Athens we took a walk up Mount Lycabettus to see the sun setting on the city from afar…
We set up the hill (because it is actually more of a hill than a mountain) early evening, aiming to see the sun set when we got to the top.
Beginning at the bottom, there are various sets of steps which lead onto sloped paths heading to the top. There is also a funicular railway which can take you up or down the hill, but we wanted to walk.
Apparently we had chosen a really beautiful evening! As we climbed, the views of the city became more and more impressive.
You can see the Panathenaic Stadium to the left and the Acropolis to the right, and I think the Temple of Olympian Zeus is in the middle there somewhere – so you can get an idea of how close all the main sights are.
We reached the top! It’s not a very hard climb, and only took us about half an hour.
We rewarded ourselves with an espresso martini at the Sky Bar whilst waiting for the light to dwindle.
We had some beautiful views of the city from the Sky Bar as the sun was going down, bathing everything in a pink and orange light.
Slowly but surely, the city lights started to come on, as well as the lights at the Acropolis, illuminating it – you can just about see it to the left…
We watched the final sunset standing by the Chapel of St. George along with loads of other people who were doing the same thing. I’d recommend going up for the sunset too, although I think it might get a bit busier in the summer months! 🙂