Sep 23, 2013

The Athenian Coast & Cape Sounion


One of the most unique parts of our visit to Athens was the opportunity to drive along the Athenian coast to visit Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. We had the option after roaming around the Acropolis to shop on the Plaka (which fortunately we also got to do later) and visit a few history museums, but being a non-museum goer (D and I only enjoy a few select museums, we're not big history buffs) we chose to go see another part of the extended city and enjoy some time by the sea. The drive from Athens to Cape Sounion was a little over an hour long. Normally, that would have deterred us from going, but the views along the coastline drive were too gorgeous to miss. While the rainclouds still lingered around, we were still able to get a good feel for Athenian beach life. From the numerous opulent homes resorts we passed on our drive, it's safe to say the economy is alive and kickin', at least where coastal life is concerned.

As we got closer to the Cape, we could see the Temple of Poseidon standing high atop a cliff. It was as if the temple commanded over the entire cape, sea, and villages below. Very appropriate for a temple dedicated to the god of the sea. We drove up a winding road to the cliff where the temple was perched to find that not a single soul was there. Just one woman in a tiny hut selling entrance tickets for 2 euro. You can imagine my excitement when I realized I was going to be able to experience this ancient temple in all its glory without a gaggle of tourists ruining photos. It was like a blogger's dream! We spent about 45 minutes taking it all in...the mythical temple, the gorgeous sea views, the tiny partridges that were running willy-nilly across the rocks. I couldn't have been happier that we chose to escape the hustle and bustle of Athens to see a bit of history by the sea.

You can find more from our Athens cruise stop here and here.

21 comments:

  1. Visiting Cape Suonion is one of my travel highlights of my young years! :) I remember swimming in the sea, eating seafood in a beach-side restaurant and then watching the beautiful sunset from the temple and wishing I could just freeze this moment. It was just one of those magical days! I actually blogged about it before as one of my favorite five travel destinations: http://www.melaniefontaine.com/2013/01/my-5-favorite-travel-destinations.html

    I'm glad you enjoyed this place as well! :)

    xx
    Melanie

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  2. The coast looks beautiful and that is so neat that you guys were the only ones there!!

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  3. Gorgeous scenery! Would love if you would have a look at my blog as well: http://cherchezlaventure.blogspot.com/

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  4. I so badly want to visit Greece! The coast looks beautiful, I'm totally jealous!

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  5. It looks incredible... and your photos are just beautiful!

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  6. What great photos! Love the coast.
    http://liveitinerantly.com

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    1. Thanks, girl! I adore the coast, too. Pretty sure I was born with salt water in my veins. :)

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  7. We never had the chance to see much outside of Athens while on mainland Greece, I would have loved the chance to visit the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion. Your pictures are beautiful - you managed to capture that intense blue of the Aegean and the iconic white of the temple just perfectly!

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  8. Absolutely breathtaking! And you and the hubs look so gorgeous together! :)
    Britt @ One&20

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  9. Gorgeous! I would love to see that in person. *Dreams*

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    1. Fingers crossed you get there someday! I hope I can go back for another visit, too. :)

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  10. Casey, these photos are like postcards!! Perhaps you should start your own business?? ;)

    Also, you're looking as beautiful as ever :)

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  11. I'm jealous! We didn't get to see the Temple of Poseidon. It looks amazing!

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  12. Beautiful photos. I love Greece, and I hope to be able to go back one day. By the way, I'm a new follower via Bloglovin. Looking forward to visiting often.
    ~Vanessa
    http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com
    http://travelling-cats.blogspot.com

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  13. Love all the pictures, but love the bird!

    Molly xo

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  14. I get more and more jealous of your cruise the more you post! Greece is at the top of my must visit list.

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