We start our Cape Sounion tour driving along the coastal road passing by some of the most beautiful suburbs of Attica such as Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza. Arriving at Cape Sounion will live up your expectations. It played a strategic role in ancient Athens as silver was found in an area called Lavrion.
With these huge silver amounts, they made the second money of Europe and started to fund the defensive walls, water supply, the temple of Zeus, etc. Thousands of slaves worked in these mines, and in the 5th century, they founded a larger area of silver. During the Persian wars, Themistocles convinced his citizens to give their share in order to make ships and become a naval superpower of that time. That decision was crucial to win the Persians at Salamis.
After Themistocles was exiled from the city, Pericles started his construction program of the Acropolis, the temple of Hephaistus and the temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. According to mythology, Goddess Athena was the winner of the competition against Poseidon. A temple was built in order to honor him and express his significance. To avoid antagonism between the two gods, a small temple of Athena was built close to the first one.
Another mythological story related to that area is King Aegeas of Athens, who committed suicide as he was waiting for his son Theseus to return from the island of Crete. After that, the sea was named after him.
We will see the Temple of Poseidon overlooking the Aegean Sea, with one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in Greece. In the evening time, the sunset is gorgeous, it was voted in 2000 by CNN as one of the best in the World.
After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, located on the edge of the peninsula, you will have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion, you can also have your drink and enjoy the view in the cafe-restaurant. Returning back from the Cape Sounion tour we will make a short stop at Vouliagmeni Lake, a natural spa from ancient times.