Attica, map and Day Trips
Attica is the peninsula where Athens located. If you have some
days to stay longer in Athens is really worthy of making some day
trips around Attica. the good road infrastructure and the new roads
that have been build the last r5 years make the access of all those
coastal resorts and places of interest of Attica an exiting
excursion that take you out of the busy city of Athens.
Of course one of the main attractions of Attica is a visit to
Sounion. there is the temple of Poseidon in Sounion, connected with
the myth of Theseus and his father Aegeas. According the myth when
Theseus returned to Athens after he killed the Minotaur and liberate
the 12 young boys and girls of Athens he forgot to put up the white
sails a signal that the mission was accomplished instead they have
put the black sails .
When Aegeas show the ship approaching with black sails thought
that Theseus was killed and desperate for sadness killed him self
from the cliff of Sounion, since then according the Myth the sea
took the name Aegean. On one of the pillar of the temple lord Byron
has wrote his name on the marble.
Another area you should visit is Marathon the place that the
battle of marathon was held between the Athenians and the Persians.
there you can see the tomb of Marathon. Near by is the dam of
Marathon one of the main water supplies of Athens.
An other excursion is to the Dafni monastery , a unique Byzantine
monastery behind the mount Egaleo at the area of Dafni. Further more
from Dafni you can visit the ancient area of Elefsis, and the sea
resorts of Agioi Theodoroi and Kinetta. to the west you can visit
the sea resorts of Rafina, Nea Makri, loutsa, and Lavrion. Following
the coastal road of the golden coast on the way to Sounion you can
visit the sea resorts of Varkkiza , Lagonisi and Saronida. The
cosmopolitan resort of Loutraki is only 60 km from Athens and just
before you turn to the road for Loutraki you can have a view of the
in order to see all those resorts click on the
Other usefull resources and map of the Area and
OF GREATER ATHENS AREA
GEOGRAPHY AND MAPS OF ATHENS
Virtual tour of Athens