About 70 km from Athens, Sounion is a very popular destination for day excursions. Noted for its Temple of Poseidon, a magnificent example of the classical era built between 444 and 440 BC on the ruins of the original archaic construction, the Temple of Athena Sounias that was rebuilt in 470 BC to replace an older building of the 6th century and a smaller temple of Doric order dedicated to Artemis or the hero Phrodis, it is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Attica. Cape Sounion leaves an indelible impression on visitors with its most enjoyable coastal route, the exquisite location of the Temple within the natural landscape, the panoramic view of the coastline with the neighboring islands and mountains and of course, with its breathtaking sunsets over the Aegean Sea. With an entry ticket of 8 € (standard) and 4 € (reduced) the visiting hours for this site are from 9:30 a.m. till sunset in the winter and from 9:00 a.m. till sunset in the summer.
The devoutness and awe one feels in the sanctity of the place as the sun bathes the temple in all its golden shades, is what probably led Lord Byron in 1810 to immortalize his moments in Greece by carving his name into the base of one of the temple’s columns.
Forming the southeastern point of the Athens Riviera, Sounion has also been an upscale summer home location for Athenians since the 1960s, while its wider area was declared a National Park in 1974 due to its environmental value.
A trip to Sounion should be ideally combined with a visit at the Lake of Vouliagmeni, a natural gem of Attica land at the southern tip of Hymettus, created 2.000 years ago when part of the roof of a large underground cave collapsed due to erosion and tectonic movements. The brackish waters of the lake are renewed constantly by a fresh water source at a depth of 17 meters and by the sea, through an underground cave with various tunnels. Taking a swim in it has healing properties for various conditions and it is done for a fee. The breathtaking scenery that includes imposing rocks, mysterious caves, fragrant pine trees all around and a natural pool with therapeutic benefits, is spectacular and profoundly refreshing for every visitor.
Only 10 km from Sounion, Lavrion is a small town of great historic importance in the southeastern part of Attica, known for the oldest mining facilities in the world that go back in prehistoric times, the biggest amphitheater of the country built in 4 BC and the first railroad tracks in Greece constructed in 1884. From classical antiquity, Lavrion was famous for silver mining, which was one of the main sources of income for the city-state of Athens in order to produce currency and finance the Athenian fleet. This is also where the white marble for the Temple of Poseidon was taken from. Due to its mineral wealth, Lavrion attracts the interest of collectors from all over the globe who visit the Mineralogical Museum to see unique, rare and very different crystals spotted only here or search the mountains and the shores in winter to find them. Another main attraction of the town, especially for unexplained phenomena enthusiasts, is a mysterious giant hole possibly caused by an ancient meteorite impact, which may explain the origin of the many minerals in the area.
Lavrion, with its beautiful neoclassical scenery, the industrial ghost sites and the high unemployment rates, has reinvented itself successfully in recent years: its port has been rebuilt into a popular major ferry terminal serving the Greek Islands, its marina has been relocated, modernized and expanded for small and large yachts and all kinds of new shops, cafes and restaurants have opened, giving the city a new, colorful and cheerful life.
– Fridge with beverages, water bottles and snacks.
– Telephone device to communicate with the driver.
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Morning or Afternoon
(Tax Not Included)