Lycabettus Hill Set to Receive Major Upgrades 

Lycabettus Hill, the highest point in the centre of Athens, is set to receive major upgrades. 

With thousands upon thousands of locals and international visitors making their way to the top each year to take in the splendid views, Athens’ Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis announced on Wednesday that the management of Lycabettus Hill, is now in the hands of the Athens municipal authority, which will allow the Mayor to proceed with projects that will upgrade the entire hill.

This includes the reconstruction and reopening of the landmark Open-air Lykavittos Theatre, which is a 1960s amphitheater that hosted concerts and other events in the summer.

The Mayor says the decision paves the way for Lycabettus “to come to life” and other upgrades include maintenance, upgrades, road and footpath works. The project is budgeted at 1.5 million euros and is part of the major makeover of the Greek capital.

Lycabettus is also home to the beautiful church of Agios Georgios and from the front of the church, visitors can enjoy uninterrupted views of Athens, stretching out to the city’s coastline. Visitors can also enjoy a coffee or dessert at the cafe, which is open for breakfast and lunch; and for some fine dining and to enjoy Athens all lit up, Orizontes restaurant is open in the evenings.

Worn Down Buildings in Athens to Receive Major Makeovers

Athens’ Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis announced on Monday that 63 abandoned buildings in the Greek capital will be handed over for renovations as part of the city’s extensive regenerations plan. 

Insights Greece - Worn Down Buildings in Athens to Receive Major MakeoversThe Municipality of Athens aims to bring new life to the urban centre, improving the standard of living for locals and ensuring that the Greek capital attracts more tourists all-year-round; as well as more investors.

“Today 63 buildings will return to the Athenians. The way is open for them to be revived- to regain their life and colour… let’s re-illuminate every corner of the city,” announced Mayor Bakoyannis on his Facebook page

Insights Greece - Worn Down Buildings in Athens to Receive Major MakeoversMany of these worn-down properties feature classic Athenian architecture and will require major maintenance and upgrading of the facade before they can be used again. 

The properties are located in the centre of Athens, mainly in the neighbourhoods of Omonia, Acropolis, Metaxourgeio, and Psyrri. Each building was given a thorough clean and was disinfected before approval for renovations could commence. 

*Images: @Kostas Bakoyannis FB Page