This is the most popular half day excursion from Athens, not only for its great archaeological interest (the Temple of Poseidon) but also for the fabulous sunset which is considered the most beautiful of Attica. According to legend, Cape Sounio is the spot where Aegeas, King of Athens leapt to his death, believing that his only son Prince Theseas was dead, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea.
Our tour begins by passing though some of the most expensive and beautiful suburbs of Athens (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza), which offer you a variety of choices either for a coffee break or lunch on the waterfront.
We continue our drive through the idyllic beaches of the Saronic Gulf (also known as the Greek Riviera) while approaching Cape Sounio.
The Ancient Greeks certainly knew how to choose a site for a temple. The archaic temple was destroyed by the Persians in 480 B.C. and a new one was built in its place in 440 B.C. by Pericles. The windswept Cape Sounio was an obvious choice for the sanctuary of Poseidon, where the sailors felt protected by the mighty God of the Sea before leaving the safety of the Saronic Gulf to face the perils of the open Aegean Sea.
After being dazzled by the views of the extraordinary contrast of the 12 white columns of the Temple and the deep blue of the sea, we start our drive back to Athens along the same coastal road.