Standing amidst the hustle and bustle of the city life of Athens, is the Cape Sounion in Attica which mermerizes the tourists with its serene beauty. The area takes pride in its temple of Poseidon which stands overlooking the sea. You have to make your way up the hill through gift shops and a restaurant to this residence of Lord Poseidon.
The statue of Poseidon is now in the safe hands of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, but the temple makes the presence of the Lord felt and it seems that the Temple of Poseidon, with its magnificent view of the Aegean, serves the role of sea watcher from the high promontory. Beneath the promontory of Poseidon, there is a small resort area offering several hotels and anchorage for yachts.
The temple was built by Pericles during the Golden Age of Greece and flaunts the plain Doric style. When you reach the top, you stand at one point of a magical triangle which the ancient Greeks enjoyed – from Sounion, you could see the Temple of Aphaia on the island of Aegina, and the Acropolis itself.
Tourists can reach Sounion easily by bus from Athens, or by organized day tours. Though sunset happens to the preferred time to visit Sounion, you can be an early bird if you want to avoid rush. When going up the hill, be careful on the alternately rough or slippery rocks. Also it is advisable to be on guard as there are no guard rails, chains, or anything similar for protection against a steep fall. Again, be prepared to face strong winds on the height.