No visit at the Athens Riviera would be complete without visiting the famous Cape Sounion and the unique 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon, the God of the Seas in ancient Greece, a venue where ancient Greek mariners used to propitiate Poseidon by making animal sacrifice or leaving gifts. If you visit it at sunset you will fall in love with its magnificent panoramic view of the sun diving into the Aegean sea, which – according to Greek Mythology – owes its name to Aegeus, the King of Athens, who leapt to his death off the cliff, almost 60 metres above sea level.
Sounion is a wonderful choice for a half day trip from Athens and has a very beautiful beach with crystal clear blue waters and scenic views of the islands of the Saronic Gulf. We recommend you combine a visit to the Poseidon’s Temple and a day at the beach with a seaside lunch or dinner at one of the many fish taverns in the area.
And one of the best experiences you can have while visiting Athens is to watch the sunset at Cape Sounio.
In case you love sailing, you should definitely sail the Greek islands near Athens! Aboard a luxury yacht and glide past the northern suburbs of Athens all the way to Cape Sounion, on an adventure that is nothing short of iconic.