With a four day weekend to my disposal, I took the opportunity to explore around Athens and complete a day trip to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio. In order to get to the southern tip of the Attica peninsula, the trip involved taking the metro and then catching a bus at Victoria Square in downtown Athens. The bus made a few other stops along the way at stops marked for “Sounio” and filled up about half way with travelers before heading on the main coastal road. After about 30 minutes into the trip a woman walked around collecting the bus fare (€6.90 one way). The ride was absolutely stunning. The road hugged the coastline the entire way providing amazing views. I saw a few brave swimmers floating in the sea and even a group of scuba divers that might have been exploring a coastal spring. At the town next to Sounio we had to switch onto a second bus before completing the rest of the drive. In total, it took about two hours to make it down the coast.
After arriving we opted to hike around for a bit before going to the temple. Snacks were eaten and we enjoyed the view of the temple off in the distance. It was cloudy and windy with the threat of rain always present, but I never ended up having to take out my umbrella. There was one other large tour group of high school aged students, but we were able to avoid them for the most part. After visiting so many sites with our program’s trip through the Peloponnese, it was enjoyable to simply hike around the site and enjoy the sea views rather sit and listen to a talk about the of the temple and ancient site. We ended the day having a coffee at the cafe next to the site hoping for a sunset but unfortunately it was too cloudy. We took the last bus at 6:00 pm back to Athens and were able to get off at Syntagma which is about a ten minute walk back to my apartment.
This weekend we have an overnight program trip to Delphi to visit the sanctuary and site of the oracle. Even though chilly weather is predicted, it should be a beautiful location and an interesting place to learn about.