The hill of Lycabettus is a pine covered hill visible from every part of the city, as it is the highest point in Athens. It dominates the megalopolis, rising at 270 meters above it. At the top of the hill, one can visit the 19th century picturesque chapel of St.George, built on the same location of the Byzantine church of Prophet Ilias. The legend says during the ancient times, wolves roamed freely on the hill, then surrounded by countryside. The hill was named Lykavittos, which means the hill of the wolves. The Lycabettus hill offers an incredible panoramic view over the entire city and the surrounding mountains.
Depending on the level of pollution, some clear days allow the climber to admire views of the port of Piraeus and even of the neighboring islands of Salamina and Aegina. The Lykavitos hill is also famous for its open theatre which welcomes many artists from the national and international scene for jazz and rock concerts, as well as spectacles and many festivals. The top of the hill can be reached by foot, by car or a funicular railway departing from the neighborhood of Kolonaki. The visitor can also find at the top of the hill a cafeteria and one of the most luxurious restaurants of Athens, both offering incredible views of the great city.