Lycabettus Hill and Omonia Square receiving major upgrades to attract more visitors

Greek City News: Athens’ Lycabettus Hill, an iconic landmark on the Athens landscape, and Omonia Square in the city centre are undergoing a major overhaul designed to make it safer and more attractive to visitors and local residents, the City of Athens announced on Thursday.

The work on Lycabettus Hill are scheduled to begin immediately and estimated to take roughly 18 months, while the entire project is budgeted at 1.5 million euros, based on plans drawn up by the previous municipal administration.

Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis announced that he will ask the Public Properties Company to make a concession of the 3.5 hectares that it owns on Lycabettus Hill (out of a total of 44.2) to the municipality so that the latter can press ahead with its plans for a comprehensive makeover.

“Our aim is to hand over the Athens’ citizens and all its visitors an area for living and doing activities, but also a natural organisation for the production of culture,” Bakoyannis said. Along with the land given by the Public Properties Company, the municipality will complete the project to create an urban forest of “unique beauty and usefulness”, not only for Athens but all of Attica, he added. Read more>>