Today, the cape and the wider area of Souni, are ideal destinations for a day trip for the resident or visitor of Attica. If you escape to Sounio, don't limit yourself to just visiting the extremely interesting archaeological site, which operates from early morning until sunset. Not even in the enjoyment, from this privileged point, of the unobstructed view of the Aegean Sea and the neighboring islands, of the idyllic sunset, or of a magical full moon.
Your visit may additionally include, depending on the season, a swim at one of the dozen, secluded or busy, beaches in the area, a stop for lunch at a picturesque taverna by the sea, a walk to the neighboring Lavrio, the port town with the rich industrial heritage. And for the most demanding, there is the – almost unknown to most – Sounio National Forest, the smallest forest in Greece, which nevertheless has rare natural beauties.
It is, without exaggeration, one of the most impressive and photographed sights of Attica and Greece, which causes awe and admiration to every visitor!
In Sounio, the phrases "incomparable beauty", "magnificent, panoramic view", and "spectacular sunset" are not clichés, but acquire their true meaning! If you find yourself in Attica, do not neglect to travel to the southernmost tip of the peninsula.
In the surrounding area, the ruins of other ancient buildings are preserved, such as the sacred temple of Athena Sounias, the walls that formed a fortified fortress, the settlement that was inside the fortress, but also the port with the new residents for the parking and maintenance of warships ships.
Foreign explorers and sailors called it "Cape Pillars". This is because the highest point of the rocky and steep promontory, which rises almost vertically into the sea, is occupied by the sacred mosque of Poseidon. The imposing Doric temple of the god was built from local marble around 450-440 BC. on the ruins of an archaic temple, which was destroyed by the Persians before it was completed.
A moving legend tells us that the king of Athens, Aegeus, was anxiously waiting in Sounio for his son, Theseus when he was returning from Crete, where he had traveled to kill the Minotaur. Theseus had promised his father, to raise white sails on his ship in case of a successful outcome of his mission, but he did not remember it. Aegeus, beholding from the rock of Sounius the ship which carried Theseus with black sails, believed that his son was dead, and, despairing as he was, fell into the sea and was killed. Since then, the wet tomb of the king has been called the “Aegean Sea”…
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