Cape Sounion tour

 Leave Athens for a wonderful drive along the scenic coastal road which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf. Passing through some of Athens most beautiful suburbs (elegant areas of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) we arrive at Cape Sounio  where you will visit the 5th century B.C. temple of Poseidon with one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world (on a clear day you can see at least seven islands). The Doric columns of local marble have 16 flutings instead of the usual 34. The precipice is a sheer 197- foot drop to the sea.  Ancient Greeks believed that Sounio was the house of Poseidon, the God of the Sea.

 Time for a swim (if desired) in the crystal blue water of the Aegean Sea or dine by the seaside in a small picturesque harbor under the temple of Poseidon. From Sounion to Lavrion (6 miles away) the road winds its way along the east coast of Cape Sounion. The landscape is more verdant than on the western side, villas and hotels are dispersed among the pine and olive trees above little beaches nestling in the creeks. At Lavrion in ancient times there was an abundance of silver mines. Sounion

 These mines helped finance the development of Athens. In the mountain at Lavrion many ancient mining installations have been preserved and there are marble quarries in the area of Agrileza, which supplied the material for the temple of Poseidon. The upgraded port of Lavrion enables visitors to get to the islands by boats much faster, as the distance from Lavrion, at the tip of the Attica peninsula, is considerably shorter than the trip from Piraeus.

Today the Greeks still come and pay homage to the divine nature of the Cape. Words cannot describe it. You have to see it ... and don't miss one of the most breathtaking panoramic sunset views in the world while having a drink or a variety of sea food, somewhere by the sea. On weekends when there is a lot of traffic five hours is not really enough if you want to swim and have a relaxing lunch ,therefore I recommend 8 hours, if you have the time...All the information & photos on this website is updated continuously.   Sounion

Daily: Approx. ( 5 to 8 hours)

Site is closed on Holidays : January 1st. March 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On Good Friday, the sites are open 12.00 - 17.00.

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