Explore Lavreotiki and Sounion. Day adventures near Athens

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Poseidon’s temple, built at the highest point Cape Sounion
  • Thorikos, was one of the earliest settlements of Attica
  • Mineral washeries and mine installations, scattered throughout the National Park
  • Kamariza or Agios Konstantinos, a former mining settlement
  • “Chaos”, a geological phenomenon
  • Lavrio and its port, a modern city founded in the 19th century
A full-day walking tour out-of-the beaten track to the southeast tip of Attica, at the area of Lavreotiki. Discover secret places and hidden treasures only 50km from the city of Athens.
The area had been inhabited since the Neolithic period, mainly due to its rich subsoil. It was the main silver mining center in both ancient and modern Greece and it was this silver that gave ancient Athenians the power to dominate during Classical era. After the Classical Antiquity the mining activity was stopped, and until the mid-19th century, there are no signs of human presence in there.
Lavreotiki is a hilly area with extended coastline that includes the town of Lavrio and the National Park of Sounion, whilst has a wealth of important archeological monuments and contemporary history sites. It is a region perfect for beautiful day explorations and adventure tours.

ITINERARY

Join us in this exciting hike in the southernmost tip of Attica!
Through pines and bushes we walk onto ancient trails among adits, pits, shafts and tunnels; some over 100m deep, and ancient workshops with their cisterns and ore washeries. We walk further down until we reach the marble quarries; this marble was used in the construction of Poseidon’s temple; the renowned masterpiece of Athens Golden Age. From the top of Mt. Vigla peak we enjoy the breathtaking view to the sparkling blue of the Aegean Sea and then, down on the promontory the evocative temple awaits us to end our perfect day with the famous sunset.
 

Highlights

 
Poseidon’s temple, built at the highest point Cape Sounion by the Atheniens, in the mid-5th century B.C, during the “golden age of Pericles” of Athens; entirely made of white marble. This sanctuary of the god of the sea, was since then and till our days, known among the sailors. According Greek Mythology, it was there that king Aegeus was in agony expecting Theseus’s ship returning from Crete and he jumped to the sea as he falsely believed that his son had been killed by the Minotaur. The sea was named after this good king of Athens, Aegean Sea. The view from this legendary place is stunning!
 
Thorikos, was one of the earliest settlements of Attica, with very important archeological finds such as its unique ancient theatre, the Mycenean acropolis at the peak of Velatouri Hill and other priceless finds, evidences that this area was already inhabited since Neolithic era.
 
Mineral washeries and mine installations, scattered throughout the National Park of Sounion. Dated since antiquity, witness the intelligence and the high technology of ancient Athenians, in their attempt to mine the precious metals (silver, lead) from this soil.
 
Kamariza or Agios Konstantinos, a former mining settlement, a village with very good climate and rich flora, situated next to the National Park of Sounio.
 
“Chaos”, a geological phenomenon. Beautiful view to the town of Lavrio.
 
Lavrio and its port, a modern city founded in the 19th century. It was an industrial town till 20 years ago with mining activity, something that is very obvious practically everywhere. Beautiful neoclassical buildings, intact the installations of the French Mining Company; nowadays an Industrial and cultural Park, Archeological and Mineral museums.

RATES

From 55 EUR to 103 EUR
The price of this day adventure varies according to the number of participants and the season.

SERVICES

- Transfers as described, starting from Athens downtown or Piraeus
- Transportation in comfortable private vehicle
- Tour Leader for the whole tour and the hiking
- Picnic for lunch
- Professional liability insurance
- VAT 24% and all applicable taxes

OPTIONAL SERVICES

- Cultural guide for the archeological sites
- Dinner
- Other snacks / drinks

NOT INCLUDED

- Accommodation
- Dinner
- Entree fees in museums or excavation sites

 
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  • Lavrio Port
 
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