Sounion

Cape Sounion

On the southernmost tip of Attica, the imposing Cape Sounion is known for the ruins of the ancient Temple of Poseidon, its picturesque inlet below the cliff and its surrounding national park.

Known in ancient times as Kavo Kolones, Sounion is the perfect spot to see gorgeous sunsets or sunrises, and is simply spectacular during a full moon. Located 65 kilometres southeast of Athens, the strategically situated Cape Sounion played a vital role in the region’s history.

Homer mentions the Sounion Sanctuary where, according to mythology, King Aegeas awaited his son Theseus’ return from Crete after his mission to kill the Minotaur. When the king saw his son’s ship returning with black sails unfurled, he mistakenly believed Theseus to be dead, and threw himself from the rocks into the sea in despair.

Today, Sounion is a major tourist destination, thanks to its great archaeological value and mythical aura.

Additional Info

Name: Sounion
District: South Suburbs
Area: Sounio

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