beaches surround Athens, being in the center of the Attica
Peninsula. This region has developed into a popular holiday
destination. There is a selection of lively resort towns,
all less than a one-hour drive away from Athens, making
Attica the ideal choice for a combined seaside-city vacation.
The Apollo Coast starts right in Athens. It begins in Piraeus,
the port of Athens, and extends to the southern tip of the
Attica Peninsula at Cape Sounion. Along the Apollo Coast
lie the southern suburbs of Athens featuring a string of
beaches in Paleo Faliro, Alimos, Glyfada and Voula. Some
of the beaches charge an admission fee and provide changing
shower facilities, gardens, umbrellas, lounging chairs,
water sports, tennis courts and other amenities. In the
evening, these suburbs attract diners and partygoers, as
they are home to fine restaurants and some of the hottest
nightspots of Athens
the Athens metropolitan area lies the pine-studded
beach of Kavouri and the elegant town of Vouliagmeni,
renowned for its smart restaurants and deluxe hotels.
Very popular to Athenians is the large beach of
Varkiza offering several amenities. Further south
lies the Lagonissi Peninsula, which is entirely
occupied by a deluxe hotel, and the resort towns
of Saronida and Anavyssos. Driving along the coastal
road of the Attica region with a splendid view of
the Saronic Gulf. On the rocky peninsula that projects
into the sea at the south-east tip of Attika, the
Athenians built sanctuaries to their two most important
deities: Poseidon and Athena.
The temple of
Poseidon, was built on the summit of the rock rises
60m above the sea, and is surrounded by stout walls;
two temples to Athena Sounias were erected at a
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Standing on ground
consecrated in times long gone by are the remains
of the sanctuary dedicated to Poseidon on Cape Sounion.
The temple, which was built of marble between 444
and 440 BC. on the orders of Pericles probably the
work of the same architect who built the Theseum
in Athens. It was a Doric building with a peristyle
replacing an earlier 6c BC. which had been destroyed
in the second Persian War by the Persians in 480
B.C. Abandoned for many years to the ravages of
the weather and treasure seekers, it was restored
in the 19th C, several columns have been re-erected.
It is no exaggeration to state that some of the
most beautiful sunsets in the world can be seen
from this most striking spot. Ancient
Greeks believed that Sounio was the
house of Poseidon,
the God of the
Sea. Today the Greeks still come and pay
homepage to the divine nature of the Cape (Akrotirion)
words cannot describe it .
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Another beautiful view
of the light and slender columns of the Temple of Poseidon.
Byron signature is still visible on the wall. The 16 columns
of the peristyle, all that remain of the 34 originals which
supported the architrave, seem very tall although they are only
6.10m/20ft high. In the bay below were boat -houses, of which
some remains can be seen. At the west end of the headland are
preserved two ship sheds protected by the fortification wall.
They consist of two slipways, deep, long cuttings in the rock,
on which rested a wooden structure that protected the bottom
of the ships when they were dragged out of the sea. The ships
were kept here for use in case of emergency.
sanctuary of Sounion, with its strong fortress, was directly
connected with the metal-bearing region of Lavreotiki. In
the mountain at Lavrion (small industrial town and mineral
port) are preserved many ancient mining installations, and
there are marble quarries in the area of Agrileza, which
supplied the material for the temple of Poseidon. Recent
excavations by Belgian archaeologists suggest that the mines
at Lavrion were already being worked early in 3000 BC. But
it was early in the 5th C. BC. that the deposits of silver
bearing sulphides began to be systematically exploited bringing
wealth and power to Athens.