Cosy studio in Olive Grove
House | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
The property is located south of Athens in the hills overlooking the seaside town of Anavyssos, popular for its windsurfing and fish restaurants. A pleasant drive from the property is the famous Cape Sounio (15 min away) where the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon (God of the seas) overlook the Aegean Sea. Only a few miles further on is the busy summertime port town of Lavrion, with ferries to nearby islands. Lavrion is well known for its eating houses (fish restaurants, traditional greek cusine) and cafe/bars.
Please note that visitors must have a car and love animals, as we have Jack, our very friendly dog on the property.Jack is fantastic with children and is of minimal nuisance overall
The entire coastline from Athens to Sounio has numerous sandy beaches suitable for swimmers of all ages. Athens International Airport is located a 25 minute drive from the property.
The house is found on a 150 acre olive grove, and has a modern pop-art interior design. The studio itself is ideal for a a couple or two friends.The wooden panelling brings out a cosiness for relaxing holidays all year round.
Near by are the secluded coves of Anavyssos, where the Aqua Divers Club (22910 53461, www.aquadiversclub.com) can help you to explore the wonderfully transparent sea. Nearby is one of Jacques Cousteau's old bases, the Calypso Hotel ),atmosphere and 1960s This is wine country, too: call ahead to arrange a visit to Anavyssos's innovative Katogi-Strofilia estate, famous for its boutique whites (22910 41650, www.katogi-strofilia.gr).
After Anavyssos, civilisation becomes thin on the ground. Thimari, with its free beaches, is named after the wild thyme that fills the air. By now, the city feels hundreds of miles away.
But at Attica's southeastern tip lies one last reminder of Athens at the peak of its glory: the ruined Temple of Poseidon, an echo of the Parthenon teetering on the 200ft cliffs of Cape Sounion. For ancient Athenians, this was the last glimpse of home before they sailed into the Aegean, and they gathered here for regattas to keep the sea god on their side. The temple's interior is roped off, but, with a zoom lens, you can see the names of former visitors, including Byron's, chiselled into the columns, For all that, the view over the Saronic Gulf steals the show: sunsets draw coachloads of admirers, who occasionally burst into spontaneous applause.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Anavyssos and Legrena beach 6 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Athens International Airport 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Attica region
Depending on the wind and other variables some beaches are popular with windsurfers, mostly between Saronida and Anavissos. Anavissos has a long open beach and lots of fish tavernas and is a favorite place for Athenians during the weekends and especially on Sunday. There are a few small scattered beaches between Anavissos and Sounion. In Sounion there is a small beach below the temple with two tavernas , another alternative to going to the islands. What more could you want? A beach, ancient temple and 2 tavernas.
Between Sounion and Lavrion are a number of tiny coves and beaches . The adventurous can continue on to Avlaki, Porto Rafti, Loutsa and Rafina, all pretty well built up now, all the way to the beaches of Nea Makri and Schinias(the best beach in my opinion-see daytrips.)
Sounio, also known as Sounion, 7 klm from cottage, is located on the southernmost tip of the Attiki peninsula. There are two famous relics in the coastal city: the remains of a sanctuary dedicated to Athena and the celebrated Temple of Poseidon.
Built in the 5th Century B.C., the Temple of Poseidon sits high on a bluff overlooking the Aegean Sea.
According to mythology, the god Poseidon and the goddess Athena once fought to see who would rule Athens and the Acropolis upon which the Parthenon stands. To win the city over, Poseidon threw a spear at the ground and produced the spring at the Acropolis. However, Athena won the battle and the hearts of the people by giving them the olive tree.
Poseidon was forced to look elsewhere for a temple to honor him. Since he was the god of the seas, the ancient people of Greece built a temple at the peak of a cliff in Sounio which overlooks the Aegean Sea. Even to this day, all ships wanting to pass through the Aegean must sail by Sounio and Poseidon's temple.
The English poet, Lord Byron, visited Sounio in 1810. He was so moved by the temple's location and appearance, he carved his name onto one of the columns and included its descriptions in some of his poems. Below is just one example:
"Place me on Sounion's marbled steep
Where nothing save the waves and I
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep
There, swanlike, let me sing and die."
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