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Temple of Poseidon

Athens: Mount Lycabettus & Temple of Poseidon

At the end of the holiday, we were itching to get away from the craziness of Athens city centre, so we took a walk up Mount Lycabettus to look at the city from afar, and then it was down to Cape Sounion to see the temple of the ancient Greek god of the sea…

Mount Lycabbettus

We set up the hill (because it is actually more of a hill than a mountain) early evening, aiming to see the sun set when we got to the top.

Walking up Mount Lycabbettus

Beginning at the bottom, there are various sets of steps which lead onto sloped paths heading to the top. There is also a funicular railway which can take you up or down the hill, but we wanted to walk.

Walking up Mount Lycabbettus

Apparently we had chosen a really beautiful evening! As we climbed, the views of the city became more and more impressive.

Walking up Mount Lycabbettus

You can see the Panathenaic Stadium to the left and the Acropolis to the right, and I think the Temple of Olympian Zeus is in the middle there somewhere – so you can get an idea of how close all the main sights are.

View of Athens from Mount Lycabbettus

We reached the top! It’s not a very hard climb, and only took us about half an hour.

Sky Bar at Mount Lycabbettus

We rewarded ourselves with an espresso martini at the Sky Bar whilst waiting for the light to dwindle.

Michelle drinking an espresson martini at the top of Mount Lycabbettus

We had some beautiful views of the city from the Sky Bar as the sun was going down, bathing everything in a pink and orange light.

Sunset from Mount Lycabbettus Sunset from Mount Lycabbettus

Slowly but surely, the city lights started to come on, as well as the lights at the Acropolis, illuminating it – you can just about see it to the left…

Sunset and view of lit up Acropolis from Mount Lycabbettus

We watched the final sunset standing by the Chapel of St. George along with loads of other people who were doing the same thing. I’d recommend going up for the sunset too, although I think it might get a bit busier in the summer months! 🙂

Sunset and Chapel of St. George at Mount Lycabbettus Chapel of St. George at Mount Lycabbettus

Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon

The next day, we got an Uber to the airport to pick up a hire car, headed out of the main city and down to Cape Sounion to see the Temple of Poseidon.

On arrival, we checked out our hotel; the Aegeon Beach Hotel, right on the beach.

Funny story: I had issues booking the hotel for the dates I wanted so went directly through their website, which suspiciously let me book. Well, we got there and seemed to be the only people in the hotel, and they were still setting up, so not sure if they were supposed to be open yet! Hey, I’m not complaining about a whole hotel to myself…

View of sea from Aegeon Beach Hotel

We could see the Temple of Poseidon from the hotel windows, and this spot in the dining room made an excellent place to eat breakfast.

View of Temple of Poseidon from Aegeon Beach Hotel

We set out from the hotel early evening and climbed up the hill to see the Temple of Poseidon at sunset. The climb was quite spiky with the double threat of both thorny bushes and barbed wire, but we made it in the end…

View from Aegeon Beach Hotel

Then we had the pleasure of seeing another beautiful sunset by another beautiful ancient monument. I had to capture the different stages of the sunset, as it was awesome…

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The next day, which was also our last day in Greece (sad face) turned out to be absolutely beautiful. We had a walk along the beach outside our hotel…

Beach outside Aegeon Beach Hotel View from Cape Sounion

…then climbed up the hill of spikes again for a proper explore of the Temple of Poseidon in the daylight.

Cape Sounion on a sunny day Pillars and view of sea from Cape Sounion

The Temple of Poseidon was built around 440 BC and dedicated to Poseidon, god of the sea. It is thought that people used to leave gifts or made animal sacrifices here to avoid Poseidon’s wrath.

Temple of Poseidon

You can see why the temple was built here; surrounded by sea on most sides. It’s a stunning thing up close, and you can walk all the way around it.

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I would recommend going down to Cape Sounion after seeing Athens as a bit of refuge; it’ll chill you out for sure!

Cape Sounion
© Michelle Dinan 2017