If you are travelling to Athens in the middle of August, don’t lose the chance for a once in a lifetime experience by visiting the Cape Sounion on August 18, when the largest moon of the year rises above the Aegean Sea and lights up the magnificent Temple of Poseidon
|RETURN TIME||Around Midnight|
Most sites in Greece involve extended walking and/or slippery surfaces.
Therefore we strongly suggest wearing comfortable sturdy shoes.
|DIFFICULTY||Due to extend walking and slippery surfaces please inform us if you have walking disabilities or using a wheelchair before booking this tour.|
Our tour starts with a wonderful drive along the Athens Rivera.
During this relaxing ride you’ll enjoy splendid views of the Saronic Gulf while passing through some of Athens’ most beautiful suburbs, including Hellinikon Olympic complex, Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza
Arriving at the Cape Sounion, you will visit the 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon with its magnificent panoramic view of the Aegean Sea (on a clear day you can see at least seven islands).
Sounion has been a sacred site since very ancient times, and the first recorded mention of it occurs in the Odyssey, as the last safe landing before Poseidon scattered the returning Greek navy.
As god of the sea, Poseidon was very important for ancient Greeks, and the scale of the Temple at Cape Sounion reflects that.
You will admire the elegant Doric columns as your guide explains the temple’s long history.
After visiting the Temple, filled from the beauty, the history and the culture of this site we will wait to admire one of the most breathtaking full moons you could ever imagine.
Try to take the best possible photo and capture the moon illuminating the Temple, before returning back to your hotel.
Admire one of the most breathtaking full moons
Temple of Poseidon
Construction on a grand Temple of Poseidon began around 500 BC but was never completed; the temple and all the votive offerings were destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC. The Temple of Poseidon that now stands at Sounio was built in 444 BC atop the older temple ruins. The Temple of Athena was also built at this time, atop her ancient sanctuary on the cape. The sanctuaries began to decline from the 1st century BC onwards. Pausanias, who sailed along the coast around 150 AD, wrongly believed the prominent temple on the hill was the Temple of Athena. Modern travelers visited Sounion long before excavations started on the site, including Lord Byron in 1810. Systematic excavations began on the site in 1897 and continue today.