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Temple of Poseidon, {CATEGORY}

Cape Sounion is the southernmost point of Attica, and in antiquity, as today, sailors knew they were getting near Athens when they caught sight of the Temple of Poseidon's slender Doric columns. According to legend, it was at Sounion that the great Athenian hero Theseus's father, King Aegeus, awaited his son's return from his journey to Crete to slay the Minotaur. The king had told his son to have his ship return with white sails if he survived the encounter, with black sails if he met death in the Cretan labyrinth. In the excitement of his victory, Theseus forgot his father's words, and the ship returned with black sails. When Aegeus saw the black sails, he threw himself, heartbroken, into the sea - forever afterward known as the Aegean. One of the reasons Sounion is so spectacular, other than its site, is that 15 of the temple's original 34 columns are still standing. A popular pastime here is trying to find the spot on one column where Lord Byron carved his name. After you find Byron's name, you may wish to sit in the shade of a column, enjoy the spectacular view over the sea, envy the solitude and quiet Byron found here, and recite these lines on Sounion from the poet's Don Juan: Place me on Sunium's marbled steep, Where nothing, save the waves and I may hear our mutual murmurs sweep... There was also a Temple of Athena here (almost entirely destroyed), it's easy to think of Sounion as purely a religious spot in antiquity. Nothing could be more wrong: The entire sanctuary (of which little remains other than the Poseidon Temple itself) was heavily fortified during the Peloponnesian War because of its strategic importance overlooking the sea routes. Much of the grain that fed Athens arrived from outside Attica in ships that had to sail past Cape Sounion. In fact, Sounion had something of an unsavory reputation as the haunt of pirates in antiquity, it would be uncharitable to think that their descendants run today's nearby souvenir shops, restaurants, and cafes. If you wish, you can swim in the sea below Sounion and grab a snack at one of the overpriced seaside restaurants, of which the Akrogiali (here since 1887), by the Aegeon Hotel, is a favorite. Or bring a picnic to enjoy on the beach. If you want to spend the night, the large Grecotel Cape Sounio (tel. 22920/39-010, www.grecotel.gr) has all the creature comforts for a minimum of 100€ ($130) a night.

Practical Information

Address: Sounion 19500

City: Athens

Country: Greece

Phone 1: +30 229 203 9363

Opening hours: Daily 10am-sunset (sometimes in summer 8am-sunset)

Entrance fee: Admission 4€ ($5.20)

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491 yd - Aegeon Beach Hotel

Discover all that Sounion has to offer with Aegeon Beach Hotel as a base.The Aegeon Beach Hotel boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and superb service.Each of the hotRead moreel's guestrooms offers air conditioning, hair dryer, ironing board, in room safe, television, shower.Guests staying at this Sounion accommodation can enjoy a wide range of hotel facilities such as 24hr room service, shops, elevator, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities, restaurant.To unwind, guests can enjoy the leisure facilities provided on the hotel's property, including gym.Along with its convenient location in Sounion, the hotel also offers a wide range of services and facilities to the guests.For your reservation at the Aegeon Beach Hotel Sounion, please enter your preferred visit dates and follow our secure online booking form.Hide

1,157 yd - Plaza Resort

The Plaza Resort Hotel is a top class modern hotel, featuring contemporary Italian design, located just ten meters from a private stretch of Anavyssos beach in Palea Fokea, 45 kilometers from Athens. Read moreAll 132 air-conditioned guestrooms are decorated with earthy tones and have wooden and leather furniture and feature soft lighting. Relaxation in the rooms is offered in the form of complimentary bathrobes and slippers, and minibars, and entertainment in the form of satellite television with pay movies and high-speed wireless Internet access. Guests can enjoy gourmet dining and sea views in Blue restaurant or dine more casually in the hotel's main restaurant, The Ivory, serving Italian and Mediterranean cuisine from an a la carte menu. Sporting guests will enjoy the tennis court and the five-a-side soccer pitch, and can work out in the fitness center. Relaxation is around every corner whether it be a visit to the spa services, on a sun bed under an umbrella on the private beach, or in a cocktail glass served up by the outdoor swimming pool. Conference facilities and business services are also onsite for those determined to stay working. Visitors will find many ancient sites within driving distance; the Temple of Poseidon is 10 kilometers away and the Acropolis in Athens is around 50 kilometers away. The hotel is approximately 25 kilometers (15.5 miles), or a twenty-minute drive from Athens International Airport. The hotel offers a shuttle service to and from the airport for a surcharge. Taxis are available at the airport.Hide

1,270 yd - Cape Sounio, Grecotel Exclusive Resort

The Cape Sounio Grecotel Exclusive Resort is located in Sounion making it one of the best hotels to stay at while in town.All hotel's guestrooms have all the conveniences expected in a hotel in its clRead moreass to suit guests' utmost comforts.The guestrooms are equipped with air conditioning, bathrobes, hair dryer, in room safe, television, bathtub, separate shower and tub, mini bar.Guests staying at this Sounion accommodation can enjoy a wide range of hotel facilities such as 24hr room service, shops, elevator, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities.The hotel offers massage, indoor pool, jacuzzi, gym, sauna, tennis courts, spa, outdoor pool to provide extra pleasure and relaxation for all guests.The hotel creates a balance of rich culture and modern convinience to ensure you a memorable stay. To proceed with this reservation at the Cape Sounio Grecotel Exclusive Resort, please enter your visit dates and follow our secure online booking form.Hide

1.1 mi - Saron Hotel

Of a Budget category, the Saron Hotel has all the comforts such as : n.a..Located south, 2 minutes walking distance from the city center, this hotel at 60th klm Av Lavriou is the ideal pied-à-terre toRead more take advantage of all the wonders of Soúnion, whether for a few days or for a longer stay.The Saron Hotel has 50 offering a wide range from the Room to the Room rooms, and is available starting from n.a. US Dollars.This hotel offers a unique service : kitchenette.Take advantage of the pool which is available at the hotel.It is part of the hotel chain YX.For those going to the airport, Elefthérios Venizélos is 19 miles from the hotel which is about 62 minutes by car.Hide

4.6 mi - Cape Sounio, Grecotel Exclusive Resort

Located south-east, 12 minutes walking distance from the city center, this hotel at 67 Km Athens-Sounio Road - Plaka is the ideal pied-à-terre to take advantage of all the wonders of Lavrion, whether Read morefor a few days or for a longer stay.Of a Luxury category, the Cape Sounio, Grecotel Exclusive Resort has all the comforts such as : Restaurant, Bar, Front Desk 24hr, Tennis Court, Non Smoking Rooms, Business Center, Free Parking, Television, Air conditioning.High speed internet is available in this hotel.This hotel offers a unique service : garden.Relax yourself in the hotel's sauna.Practical information:This hotel has a free parking.Hide

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Temple of Poseidon, {CATEGORY}

Cape Sounion is the southernmost point of Attica, and in antiquity, as today, sailors knew they were getting near Athens when they caught sight of the Temple of Poseidon's slender Doric columns. According to legend, it was at Sounion that the great Athenian hero Theseus's father, King Aegeus, awaited his son's return from his journey to Crete to slay the Minotaur. The king had told his son to have his ship return with white sails if he survived the encounter, with black sails if he met death in the Cretan labyrinth. In the excitement of his victory, Theseus forgot his father's words, and the ship returned with black sails. When Aegeus saw the black sails, he threw himself, heartbroken, into the sea - forever afterward known as the Aegean. One of the reasons Sounion is so spectacular, other than its site, is that 15 of the temple's original 34 columns are still standing. A popular pastime here is trying to find the spot on one column where Lord Byron carved his name. After you find Byron's name, you may wish to sit in the shade of a column, enjoy the spectacular view over the sea, envy the solitude and quiet Byron found here, and recite these lines on Sounion from the poet's Don Juan: Place me on Sunium's marbled steep, Where nothing, save the waves and I may hear our mutual murmurs sweep... There was also a Temple of Athena here (almost entirely destroyed), it's easy to think of Sounion as purely a religious spot in antiquity. Nothing could be more wrong: The entire sanctuary (of which little remains other than the Poseidon Temple itself) was heavily fortified during the Peloponnesian War because of its strategic importance overlooking the sea routes. Much of the grain that fed Athens arrived from outside Attica in ships that had to sail past Cape Sounion. In fact, Sounion had something of an unsavory reputation as the haunt of pirates in antiquity, it would be uncharitable to think that their descendants run today's nearby souvenir shops, restaurants, and cafes. If you wish, you can swim in the sea below Sounion and grab a snack at one of the overpriced seaside restaurants, of which the Akrogiali (here since 1887), by the Aegeon Hotel, is a favorite. Or bring a picnic to enjoy on the beach. If you want to spend the night, the large Grecotel Cape Sounio (tel. 22920/39-010, www.grecotel.gr) has all the creature comforts for a minimum of 100€ ($130) a night.

Temple of Poseidon, {CATEGORY}

Cape Sounion is the southernmost point of Attica, and in antiquity, as today, sailors knew they were getting near Athens when they caught sight of the Temple of Poseidon's slender Doric columns. According to legend, it was at Sounion that the great Athenian hero Theseus's father, King Aegeus, awaited his son's return from his journey to Crete to slay the Minotaur. The king had told his son to have his ship return with white sails if he survived the encounter, with black sails if he met death in the Cretan labyrinth. In the excitement of his victory, Theseus forgot his father's words, and the ship returned with black sails. When Aegeus saw the black sails, he threw himself, heartbroken, into the sea - forever afterward known as the Aegean. One of the reasons Sounion is so spectacular, other than its site, is that 15 of the temple's original 34 columns are still standing. A popular pastime here is trying to find the spot on one column where Lord Byron carved his name. After you find Byron's name, you may wish to sit in the shade of a column, enjoy the spectacular view over the sea, envy the solitude and quiet Byron found here, and recite these lines on Sounion from the poet's Don Juan: Place me on Sunium's marbled steep, Where nothing, save the waves and I may hear our mutual murmurs sweep... There was also a Temple of Athena here (almost entirely destroyed), it's easy to think of Sounion as purely a religious spot in antiquity. Nothing could be more wrong: The entire sanctuary (of which little remains other than the Poseidon Temple itself) was heavily fortified during the Peloponnesian War because of its strategic importance overlooking the sea routes. Much of the grain that fed Athens arrived from outside Attica in ships that had to sail past Cape Sounion. In fact, Sounion had something of an unsavory reputation as the haunt of pirates in antiquity, it would be uncharitable to think that their descendants run today's nearby souvenir shops, restaurants, and cafes. If you wish, you can swim in the sea below Sounion and grab a snack at one of the overpriced seaside restaurants, of which the Akrogiali (here since 1887), by the Aegeon Hotel, is a favorite. Or bring a picnic to enjoy on the beach. If you want to spend the night, the large Grecotel Cape Sounio (tel. 22920/39-010, www.grecotel.gr) has all the creature comforts for a minimum of 100€ ($130) a night.

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