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    This windswept promontory lies 70km (43km) south of Athens and is crowned by the Temple of Poseidon.

    From this southernmost point on the mainland you can see the Saronic Gulf, the Aegean Sea, several islands and what is arguably the most beautiful sunset or sunrise in Attica.

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    This is a popular and excursion from Athens and takes from 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours each way, depending on the traffic.

    Along the winding coastal highway you’ll find good, sandy beaches and spectacular seascapes, especially over the last 12km (7 miles). You can go by local bus, rented car or organized tour. Unless you opt for the latter, the best times to visit are sunrise and sunset.

    If you can avoid the afternoon hours when the tour buses descend, you may feel a sense of the inspiration like Lord Byron did on "Sunium’s marbled steep".
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    According to legend, every nine years it was an obligation of the Athenians to send seven youth and seven maidens to Crete to be eaten by the dreaded Minotaur.

    Theseus set out for the island on a ship with black sails to slay the monster, while his father, King Aegeus, gazed upon the sea, watching for his son’s return. If Theseus escaped alive, he was to hoist the white sails of victory for his father to see.

    With his mission successfully accomplished, Theseus sailed back to Athens, but in his euphoria forgot to change the sails.

    So it was that when the black sails of death came into sight, the grief-stricken King, believing his son to be dead, threw himself off the precipice at Sounion, and the sea was thereafter called the Aegean.
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      • Temple Of Poseidon
        The temple was built of Parian marble around 444 BC. Of its original 34 Doric columns, only 15 still stand – Lord Byron carved his name on one of them – while the salty sea wind has eaten away at the lonic frieze depicting mythical battles.

        There’s a beach resort on the shore, below one side of the precipice: on the other is a sheer 60m (197ft) drop.
        Temple Of Poseidon Cape Sounio, Sounio 195 00
      • Vouliagmeni Beach

        The resort of Vouliagmeni is an upmarket place, with a yacht club and deluxe hotel complex. Also here is a public beach with water-skiing facilities, and you can charter a fishing caique at the marina. The town is named after a sulphur-springs lake, which has been converted into a spa, where the warm, lime-coloured waters are supposed to be good for muscular aches and skin ailments.

        Between the lake and Varkiza you’ll find parking niches dotted along the highway from where you can climb down to the scores of rocky covelets which decorate the coastline. This coastal stretch is not recommended for either children or poor swimmers, but the lovely beach at Varkiza, with its pistachio trees growing almost to the shore, is perfectly safe.

        Vouliagmeni Beach Vouliagmeni 166 71
      • Voula

        20km/12 miles from Athens has a National Tourist Organisation (EOT) beach, less luxurious than say Astir beach but well run and with a lovely view over the bay.

        It’s also much quieter than Astir.

        Voula, Greece
      • Glyfada Beach
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        Glyfada Beach Glyfada 166 75
      • Agios Kosmas Sport Center
        Aghios Kosmas is an athletic complex located across from the West Terminal of Athens Airport. It has tennis courts, soccer fields, running tracks, and basketball and volleyball courts. And organized beach and three heated, open-air, Olympic-size swimming pools are nearby.
        Agios Kosmas Sport Center Leof. Posidonos 26, Elliniko 167 77
      • Agii Theodori Church
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        Agii Theodori Church Malamou, Athina 116 36, Greece
      • Panathenaic Stadium
        Nestling in the hollow of Arditos Hill (lofos Ardittou), the marble Olympic Stadium sits on the site of the stone original of 330 BC. This stadium, built for the first modern Olympic in 1896, holds no fewer than 70,000 people. It is just over 180m (600ft) or one stadion long, and is identical to the ancient U-shaped stadiums at Olympia and Delphi.
        Panathenaic Stadium Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece
      • Agiou Andreou
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        Agiou Andreou, Athina 115 27, Greece
      • Byzantine And Christian Museum

        Vas. Safias 22’ Open 8.30am-3pm, closed Mon. Large collection of cons, panel paintings, Byzantine art and artifacts. Description are given in Greek and French.

        Housed in a Florentine villa, the Byzantine Museum presents an impressive collection of icons, panel paintings and sculpture from the 9th to the 15th centuries. The religious artifacts – carved reliquary boxes, bronze and ivory pastoral staffs, gold-embroidered vestments, jewellery and silverware – are splendid.

        Byzantine And Christian Museum Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias 22, Athina 106 75, Greece
      • Nuru Massage
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        Nuru Massage Ipsilantou 18, Athina 106 76, Greece

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      Graphic showing average weather in Sounion National Park in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)

      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 10.9 93.8 51.6 36.9
      Feb 11.3 77 52.3 30.3
      Mar 13 57.5 55.4 22.6
      Apr 16.4 27.4 61.5 10.8
      May 20.5 20.7 68.9 8.1
      Jun 24.8 11.8 76.6 4.6
      Jul 27.5 3 81.5 1.2
      Aug 27.4 5.2 81.3 2
      Sep 24.2 20 75.6 7.9
      Oct 20.3 49.3 68.5 19.4
      Nov 16.1 75.4 61 29.7
      Dec 12.8 98.2 55 38.7

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