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Cape Sounion
Cape Sounion

Cape Sounion

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Ranked #17 in Athens things to do
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Athinon-Souniou Road, Lavreotiki 195 00 Greece
+30 210 870 7000
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Located in Athens, Greece, Cape Sounion is a stunning promontory located at the very southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula. It is extremely popular amongst tourists because of the sunsets over the ... Read more
Aegean Sea. In addition, those interested in history are always fascinated by the ruins of the famous Temple To Poseidon. Fans of ancient literature will appreciate that the cape is famous from Homer's Odyssey as being considered the spot where King Aegeus threw himself to his death when he believed his son Theseus was dead. Cape Sounion is also immortalized in George Lord Byron's well know poem Isles of Greece.

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Platistomo

Cape Sounion (Modern Greek: Aκρωτήριο Σούνιο, transliterated Akrotírio Soúnio, pronounced [akroˈtirʝo ˈsuɲo]; Ancient Greek: Ἄκρον Σούνιον, Άkron Soúnion; Venetian: Capo Colonne, "Cape of Columns") 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 sight.

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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 sight. This enchanting landscape is only 20 km from the house (25 minutes by car or a bit more with the interurban bus)

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Hollywood

Beautiful. Relaxing. Peaceful. Magical. Mystical. Romantic. Inspiring. Perfect.

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Santa Cruz

The main attraction in Cape Sounion is the Temple of Poseidon - and it's stunning. Ideally, try to be there at sunset for breathtaking vistas. There is also a nice cafe there to enjoy a drink or a bite - with a view of the temple beyond.

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Huntington Beach

If you are in Athens for more than 3 days then I would rent a car, take a tour or hire a guide and go out to Cape Sounion.
It is on the tip and usually the tours get you there for sunset.
The drive is great because there are so many cute beach towns and beautiful beaches to see.

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So beautiful! A breathtaking place. Takes awhile to get there from Athens, but worth it. Amazing place.

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Local from Athens

A long drive (around 1 hr) outside Athens, this relatively unknown spot is popular with Athenians; it has various tavernas by the sea and a fantastic view from a hill where the ruins of a former temple to Poseidon lie. You can also go for a swim; though the beaches are not of the magical Aegean quality, they're still of a high standard. I'd say if you're in Athens for 4 or more days it's worth a visit...BUT completely unaccessible without a car.

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Nafplion

The mythology says that Aigeas comitted suicide from the cape of Sounio when he was wrongly informed from the black flag on his son's Thiseas ship for his death in the calace of Minoas in Crete by the mythological creature named Monitauros.

I just think that he got so madly in love with the view of the sea in front of him that he couldn's resist...

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San Francisco

The Temple of Poseidon is quite a structure perched on the cliff at the tip of Cape Sounion. How fitting it is that the temple for the god of the sea is located at such a strategic spot, by the sea.

Getting here from Athens is quite easy and best to time it around sunset. There are local excursion tours that offer this quick trip out to the cape. Yes we cannot get enough of marveling at Greece's beautiful structures, although most in ruins, during our time there!

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Austin

Athens is great, but a bit dirty. After you hit the parthenon, the acropolis and the national museum, catch a bus to cape sounion. It's a small temple at the top of a rocky outcrop, far from the smog and bustle of athens. Go during the week during the afternoon, and stay to watch the sun set. The temple is well preserved, but the setting is fabulous. Take a swim at the nearby beach. Look for Lord Byron's carved name on the temple, if they will let you up onto the temple.

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