A day with the gods at Cape Sounion

A day with the gods at Cape Sounion

This is settled on a whim. You decide to come and admire the sunset and dine on the coast before returning to the city, totally renewed.

It is here, about 70 km from Athens that Aegeas threw himself into the sea, thinking his son Theseus had been killed by the Minotaur. In the Odyssey, Homer tells us that Odysseus had his helmsman buried there on his return from Sparta.

Seemingly suspended above the water, Cape Sounion has long been a sacred place, where sailors venturing on to the Mediterranean came to make their offerings to the god of the sea. This is the place where Pericles decided, just as the Parthenon was being built, to erect a temple to Poseidon.

Today, all that remains are the 60-m-tall Doric columns, a mere one metre wide. When you visit Cape Sounion, take the time to travel along the Apollo Coast, which lives up to its name, with its extraordinary beauty, small villages full of luminous white houses, and sandy beaches.

To complete this idyll, take a swim and follow up with a gourmet experience of freshly caught fish in one of the many taverns with tables set on the street.

Temple of Poseidon at Sounion | The Official Athens Guide (thisisathens.org)