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The Greek Riviera, Part 5, Sounion

Fragments of the Temple of Poseidon, Sounion
Fragments of the Temple of Poseidon, Sounion

The Greek Riviera ends, or perhaps one should say culminates or even reaches a mighty crescendo,  at Cape Sounion. Sixty nine kilometres south east of Athens, this promontory forms the southernmost point of the Attica peninsula.

It is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring places. Not only is the landscape spectacular, with sheer rocky cliffs towering above the sea on three sides, but against it stand the ruins of the ancient temple of Poseidon – formidable still, even if it is fallen, fragmented and scattered across the rocky ground.

Cape Sounion forms the first and last sight of land for those sailing into or out of Athens.  And what an unforgettable sight it is!