Cape Sounion is a promontory located 69 kilometres (43 mi) south-southeast of Athens, at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula in Greece. Cape Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788–1823). The site is a popular day-excursion for tourists from Athens, with the sunset over the Aegean Sea, as viewed from the ruins, a sought-after spectacle.
The Greeks chose their temple sites with great care, taking into consideration the natural beauty of the location and its appropriateness to the god in question. Nowhere is this more apparent than the Temple of Poseidon at windswept Cape Sounion.
After meeting with your driver, begin your journey to the Cape with a leisurely drive down the Saronic coast (the Attica Riviera), past the beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza. As you approach Cape Sounion, it rises like a sheer cliff out of the sea. The headland is shaped like an axe-head with cliffs on three sides. Homer knew it as the "sacred cape" when he described it in his poem the Odyssey in the 8th century B.C., and when Nestor describes the journey home fromTroy, he mentions "Sounion, the sacred promontory of Athens".
The current Temple of Poseidon, built upon an earlier temple, dates from around 440 B.C. and stands majestically on a jagged spur atop the Cape. Gleaming white when viewed from the sea, it gave great comfort to sailors in ancient times who knew they were nearly home. The view from the temple is equally spectacular. Land masses to the west stand out in sharp profile: the bulk ofAegina backed by the mountains of the Peloponnese. Your private guide will tell you more of this sites prominent place in Greek history and mythology and how it played a part in the Aegean Seagetting its name.
Built in the time of Pericles, the architecture and dimensions of the building are identical to those of the Hephaisteion in the Agora of Athens. The beauty of the surviving Doric columns has inspired many poets, including Lord Byron who carved his name on one of the columns. Even great poets can't resist a bit of graffiti! After your visit to Sounion, you will return to Athens along the same coastal road.
Note: The itineray may vary according to local conditions.
Special Notes: All rates are in Euro funds. Our quotes include all taxes, vehicle and English speaking driver, highway tolls, car fuel, and parking and exclude lunch, entrance tickets and guides in sites . Payments are to be made in cash (Dollars or Euros) at the end of the services or prepayment by paypal (4% extra) and credit card (3% extra).
Important Note: The driver will wait maximum 45 minutes after the indicated pick up time for your group, please be on time otherwise you will be charged for "Non Show" fee and miss the tour.
Please note that on this tour, your driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb to the top of the Acropolis or inside any other site or museum.If you want a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you can hire one at extra cost.
Suggested starting time for this tour between 7:30am-8:30am.
Please note that on this tour, your driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb to the top of the Temple of Poseidon.If you want a licensed guide to tour the site with you, you can hire one at extra cost. It is upon you to choose if you with to
The temple is reached by a packed dirt path leading up the hill.
Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.
Type of vehicle used will be determined on number of guests.