Day Trip: Cape Sounion

Right on the southern tip of Attica, Cape Sounion is an ideal half-day trip that combines a magical view of the Aegean with the imposing Temple of Poseidon standing approximately 70 km from the sacred hill of the Acropolis. It was built in the time of Pericles as a major sanctuary to the god of the sea. Its Doric columns stand out from miles away and scores of tourists gather daily to admire the sunset over the Aegean. According to legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where king of Athens Aegeus leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. The place owes part of its fame to Lord Byron. The poet visited the site in 1810 and carved his name on one of the marble columns. He later praised the place in verse.There is a café by the archaeological site, pleasantly shaded with excellent views. Anywhere along the coastal road to Sounion you can find yourself a spot for swimming.  

 

How to get there 

By Coach, from Mavromateon KTEL Terminal, near Pedion Areos Park. Buses leave approximately every hour and the trip takes around an hour and a half.  (+30) 210 8230179

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©Thanassis Karatzas

©Thanassis Karatzas