A day with the gods at Cape Sounion

getaway
A day with the gods at Cape Sounion

This is settled on a whim. You decide to come and admire the sunset and dine on the coast, and then you return to the city, totally renewed

It is here, about 70 km from Athens that Aegeas threw himself into the sea, thinking his son Theseus had been killed by the Minotaur. In the Odyssey, Homer tells us that Odysseus had his helms man buried there on his return from Sparta.

As though suspended above the water, Cape Sounion has long been a sacred place, where sailors venturing on to the Mediterranean came to make their offerings to the god of the sea. This is where Pericles decided, just as the Parthenon was being built, to erect a temple to Poseidon.

Today, all that remains are the 60-metre-high Doric columns, a mere one metre wide. When you go there, take the time to go along the appropriately named Apollo Coast, which lives up to its name, given its extraordinary beauty, with its small villages full of luminous white houses and sandy beaches.

To complete this idyll, take a swim and follow up with a gourmet experience of freshly caught fish in one of the many taverns with tables set on the street.