Tour Duration: 4 1⁄2 Hours Tour Destination: Cape Sounion (Athens)
The Half Day Tour of Cape Sounion begins with a beautiful seaside drive along the Coast of Poseidon on the Aegean Sea which surrounds Attica Region from South-West to South-East. On this side you see Island Salamis where the Naval Battle of Salamis between the Greeks and the Persians took place, that brought the Golden Age of Athens to the victorious Athenians. The seaside drive continues to Marina of Zea which was on the main grain supply of Athens in Antiquity (Zea bread) and one the most expensive yacht marina nowadays. The first stop is short over the upper class residential area of Piraeus, Kastela with its castle looking apartments to enjoy the coastal view of Athens and the beautiful leisure port of Microlimano (small port) located underneath. A great spot for pictures.
The drive continues along the coast line and past main venues of Olympic venues of 2004 Olympics. The beach volley ball stadium and the Tae Kwon Do stadiums hide an old marina with decommissioned ships from 1956 and the fastest ancient warship of the Mediterranean with 3 rows of oars, Trieres.
Driving past the old airport and several marinas we reach the most expensive and luxurious area of the coast knows as Vouliagmeni or (the sunken). An area popular for its healing waters of Lake Vouliagmeni, several beaches and and resorts around its Peninsula. This is the finish line of the coast of Poseidon.
Going past the main heavily occupied area of Athens and entering the coast of Apolo it seems that the sea water becomes vividly blue. On this side people relax and enjoy the scenery while driving past several small but still graphically beautiful areas where a great number of the city’s population enjoys somehow country side vacations even though this place is still located in the capital city.
After reaching the first high stop in Cape Sounion visitors have about 45’ to 60’ to explore the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon until the sun is completely set. This archaeological site consist of the ruined walls surrounding the landscape, the Propylea or main entrance, the foundations of the old town that was located inside the walls and the two loading bays that operated as a shipyard.
The tour ends with a beautiful seaside drive back to your hotel or cruise ship terminal from the same route, which is still magnificent during after the sunset with rays of purple light illuminating over the blue see and every town or village dressed in light. At this point you have the option to stop for dinner in a nice seaside local restaurant.
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