Cape Sounion is located about 70 kilometres south-southeast of Athens, at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula.
Legend says that the Aegean Sea was named after mythological Greek King Aegeus who leapt to his death off the cliff of the cape erroneously convinced that his son had been killed in his contest with the Minotaur.
Cape Sounion was the ideal spot for the Temple of Poseidon, god of the sea.
The temple was constructed in the middle of the 5th BC, over the ruins of a temple dating from the Archaic Period.
The imposing marble temple has served as a landmark for sailors from ancient times to today.
Many travelers visited Sounion in the 19th century. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet Lord Byron.
Place me on Sunium's marbled steep,
Where nothing, save the waves and I,
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep…
Lord Byron, Isles of Greece
The site is a popular day-excursion with the sunset over the Aegean Sea, as viewed from the ruins, a sought-after spectacle.
The site is perfect for a swim.
Also, visitors can have lunch at one of the traditional tavernas.
Vouliagmeni Lake is a mineral spa that is reported to have many healing properties for many ailments.
Thanks to its constant between 22 and 27 degrees Celsius water temperature, it functions as a year-round spa.
It is also ideal for swimming and snorkeling
It was once a large cavern that collapsed following an earthquake, probably during the early Middle Ages.
It is not fully explored, as its end seems impossible to trace even by employing sonar detection.
There is a cafe-bar-restaurant that serves excellent food and hosts various events.
|Sounion Cape – Temple of Poseidon – Vouliagmeni Lake(5 hour Tour)