Athens – Cape Sounion
Athens is the historical capital of Europe and since the Greek Independence War it has gradually regained its unrivalled charm, becoming a unique modern metropolis. In addition, we will drive you to Cape Sounion, the place where the horizon meets the Aegean Sea. There is no mercy when Poseidon decides to strike!
The tour starts from the symbol of the Western Civilisation, Acropolis. Atop the sacred rock you will have an impressive view of the city and you will feel part of some of the most important masterpieces of worldwide architecture and art (e.g. Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion), the most renowned of which is the Parthenon temple!
From Acropolis you will enjoy the view of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and Theatre of Dionysus, which was a major part of people’s lives in Ancient Athens. Therefore, today it is considered to be the place where European theatre had its beginnings.
We will continue our tour with the Temple of Olympian Zeus (6th c. B.C.), one of the largest in antiquity and the nearby Hadrian’s Arch (131 A.D.), which forms the symbolic entrance to the city.
Next will be the Panathenaic Stadium: Kallimarmaro, home of the first Modern Olympics and the place from where the Olympic flame sets up its journey to the cities of the Olympic Games.
After taking pictures for your Facebook Cover, you might get confused which cover to choose, since our next stop, situated above the classy Kolonaki area, is the famous Lycabettus Hill, at 277 meters high above sea level. Legend has it that wolves used to seek refuge on this hill and that explains the hill’s name: Hill walked by wolves.
Returning from Lycabettus we will drive by the Presidential Mansion (Maximos’ Mansion – old Royal Palace) and the Zappeion Hall, an oasis of green.
We will continue to see the famous Syntagma Square, the heart of the city and a lively place, dominated by the Greek Parliament House. You cannot miss the Presidential Guard, an elite ceremonial unit of the Greek Military Force, which guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The fine men of the Presidential Guard are called Evzones and wear the traditional uniform fustanella, a kilt-like garment. The term Evzonas dates back to Homer’s Iliad and means well-girt.
Following that, we will take a close look at one of the world’s greatest collections of coins, ancient and modern, in the Numismatic Museum. Pleasant surprises do not stop there, since Athens is a city full of worthy sightseeings. Right away you will be able to take pictures of the Old Parliament, the Catholic Church, the Academy of Athens, the University of Athens and the National Library.
Driving south towards Cape Sounion, there are two things that you should definitely bring with you: a high-quality digital camera to capture breathtaking sceneries and a high-capacity memory card to store as many pictures as you can!
First stop will be a real treasure of nature, Vouliagmeni Lake sunk in the remains of a huge limestone cave fed by lukewarm springs welling from underground.
Cape Sounio is located on the southernmost tip of Attica; it is the end point of the Athenian Riviera, at a 69km distance from Athens. You will be impressed by the lovely view of the sea and of the Saronic Gulf Islands.
The Temple of Athena Sounias is built on a low hill in Sounio, a short distance from the better preserved and more visible Temple of Poseidon.
Perched on a cliff in Cape Sounio, Attica’s southeastern tip, lies the sacred Temple of Poseidon –the last piece of the ancient Athenians’ homeland every time they sailed into the Aegean. Watching the sunset envelop the Temple’s centuries-old columns in mauve and pink shades is an unforgettable experience that will definitely weave a powerful spell over you.
Finally, we will drive you back to where we started.