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Car Trip from Athens to Sounion

Sounion… A trip in ancient Greece!

Greece is a beautiful country, ideal for holidays all four seasons of the year. It may be the Greek islands during the summer that are the epicentre of mass tourism arrivals, but this doesn’t mean that there are no other places equally attractive in mainland Greece and during off-peak season.

If you are looking for a place to spend some quality time for a week or so, to discover a little bit more alternative destinations and experience Greece far away from mass tourism destinations and facilities, then visiting Athens is certainly a great thing to do. Try to be a little bit more adventurous and explore the areas surrounding the capital of Greece. Rent a car, manage the daily schedule by yourself, and soon you will realise how much freedom and quality time you can gain during your holidays. Rent a car, instead of booking a full-inclusive holiday package where you will be stuffed in a hotel and be dictated by a tour guide to visit specific places. We live and experience mainstream trends during our everyday lives; there is no need to do the same during our holidays.


Of course, as you can imagine, there are plenty of car rental services/providers to choose from while in Greece. Rates and quality can vary on a quite wide extent though. Therefore, you should be extra careful when deciding which of the car rental services/providers to choose from.


One of the safest and economic choices you can make is to use the specialized car rental portal www.cargreece.gr. There you can find exactly what you are looking for, depending on your budget, preferences and time frame. From as little as €90 for eight days, you can rent a car that fits exactly to your needs, while it won’t make your budget suffer. The reason why you can find bargain car rental deals at www.cargreece.gr is because it is a very clever search engine that goes through all the deals from the major car rental providers and shows you the best possible deals according to your needs and the availabilities. No need to search by yourself all the car rental providers. At the end of the day, time is money, no need to waste it!


Planning to visit Athens during an off-peak period, such as late Autumn or early Spring, will not only save you money, but you will also enjoy Greece in a rather more natural way, avoiding all these ‘artificial’ mass tourism trends that you can encounter during high season periods, especially during summer. Off-peak season, is a period when locals are more relaxed, there are fewer crowds, and of course you will have plenty more opportunities to relax and enjoy Greek hospitality, great Greek cuisine, and amazing sightseeing.


But why Athens?

The city of Athens is situated ideally almost in the centre of Attica, and its mass transportation network ensures the visitors very frequent and relatively cheap connections to all nearby places. Using the city of Athens as your holiday base, you can easily schedule your daily excursions to many beautiful places that are only a maximum of a couple of hours driving distance.

Therefore, it is a great idea to rent a car from the Athens International Airport while having made your booking early via the www.cargreece.gr from the comfort of your home about a month before visiting Athens. In this way, not only you are going to save money, because you maximize the chances to come across a great bargain deal, but also you gain peace of mind without having to be stressed to rent a car last minute!

Athens has hundreds of hotels, suitable for all budgets and tastes. If you are looking for a peaceful hotel nearby the sea, but not very far from the capital, then you should consider Sounion, one of the best sunset spots in Attica. Hotels there, may be a little bit more expensive, but it is worth every penny spent!


The driving Route from Athens International Airport to Sounio

The driving experience from Athens International Airport to Sounio is simply great. Most of the distance is being covered by a modern and state of the art ‘Attiki Odos’ highway. The sceneries change rapidly, and you can stare at some beautiful urban and rural landscapes.


As you will be driving south-east towards the coast, you will pass by some of the most privileged and wealthy suburbs of Athens, such as Voula, Kavouri, Vouliagmeni, Agia Marina and Lagonisi (also known as the Athenian Riviera). A little bit later on, the landscape changes as you will pass by some really expensive holiday resorts, such as Lagonisi (there you can find the most expensive hotel in Europe), Saronida, Anavissos.


Finally, you will reach Sounio. This is one of the most popular Attica tourist destinations, after Acropolis. If you decide to visit Sounio during early Spring or late Autumn as mentioned above, then you will have the luxury of enjoying serene situations, without being over crowded. Sounio is very famous for its eclectic fish taverns across the coast.



Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon

Few miles away from Sounio, is the majestic Temple of God Poseidon. This amazingly beautiful and perfectly built temple is built on top of a hill that overlooks the sea nearby Athens from a height of 60 meters. Maybe the ancient Athenians decided to name their city after Goddess Athena and built the temple of Parthenon for her, but Poseidon wasn’t left displeased, for the ancient Athenians built an equally impressive temple for him in Sounio.

Sounio is the most southern spot of Athens. The first place that someone sees when approaching Athens by boat. The place where, according to Greek mythology, king Aegeas decided to fall from, because he thought that his son Thiseas didn’t manage to return alive from his fight against the mythical Minotaur in the Labyrinths of Crete (The Aegean Sea was named after King Aegeas).

You only pay a small entrance fee to enter the temple, but it is definitely so much worth it. The feelings are so strong, and the landscapes surrounding this architectural miracle, so breath-taking, that it is guaranteed that you will feel shivers all over your body, because of this place’s greatness.

Summing up, visiting Athens during an off-peak period it may be a great holiday suggestion, especially if you are looking for peaceful, but yet very interesting holidays in Greece. If your budget is a little bit more generous than an average one, then you should stay in Sounio. There you will have the luxury to relax, surrounded by one of the most beautiful seaside landscapes of mainland Greece. Deciding to rent a car will prove to be a great idea, for the more you will learn about the interesting places surrounding you, the more you will want to visit them. Car rental may prove to be a very clever choice!

Explore the ‘hidden’ spots of Sounion and Attica by car, liberate yourself from the constraints of organized holidays. It is your chance to make your holidays a little bit more personal and adventurous. Sounio and Attica await you!