Athens Riviera Trip

Package Theme: Leisure

Description

Explore the magnificent Attica Riviera and enjoy the most popular and worth seeing sites of Athens coasts!

Duration

9 hours

Sites of interest:

The lake is about 50 centimeters above sea level and so it is constantly overflowing and being replenished by the hot springs beneath it. The composition of the lake is brackish and full of such minerals as potassium, natrium, lithium, ammonium, calcium, ferrum, chloride, iodine and is slightly radioactive (the good kind, I guess). These minerals are known for giving relief to bone and muscle problems as well as those listed above. The lake is recognized as a wonder of nature because of its unique appearance and the surroundings. Scientific research and studies have discovered that millions of years ago, where the lake is now, there was once a large cave with a large number of hot springs. Eventually the high temperature and moisture of these springs caused the roof to collapse.
Lake Vouliagmeni Healing spaThe lake is surrounded by beach chairs and umbrellas and there is a cafe-bar-restaurant too. The lake is excellent for swimming for therapy as well as for pleasure and there is equipment for helping those who find it difficult or impossible to get into the water on their own. During the summer Lake Vouliagmeni offers hotspring baths, hydrotherapy and physiotherapy. English is spoken as are a number of other languages. Children are welcome.

The sanctuary at Sounion is one of the most important sanctuaries in Attica. Sporadic finds point to the conclusion that the site was inhabited in the prehistoric period but there is no evidence of religious practice in such an early date. "Sounion Hieron" (sanctuary of Sounion) is first mentioned in the Odyssey, as the place where Menelaos stopped during his return from Troy to bury his helmsman, Phrontes Onetorides. Finds dated to the 7th century BC onwards increase in number, indicating the existence of organized cult on two points of the promontory: at the southern edge where the temenos of Poseidon was situated, and about 500 m. to the NE of it, where the sanctuary of Athena was established.

Situated on the eastern coast of Attica, near the Aegan Sea in a small inlet, the sanctuary of Artemis at Brauron lies as an early sacred site. The area was first inhabited on the hill, overlooking the Brauron bay, towards the end of the Neolithic age and near the beginning of the early Bronze age (1600 - 1375 BC). Vravrona was known for the worshipping of goddess Artemis, where the use of the area as grounds for worship began in the 9th century BC, continuing until the end of the 3rd century BC. Since ancient times, the inlet has been built up to push the shoreline further from the site. The sanctuary contained a small temple of Artmemis, a stone bridge (the only known example of a classical period bridge in Greece), cave shrines, a pi-shaped stoa and a sacred spring. Since being abandoned in the 3rd century BC, the site has remained untouched, with its ruins remaining.

The most important of the remaining monuments, on the plain of Marathon is the Marathon Tomb, traditionally known as “the Pile”, of 9 m height and 50 m diameter, which covers the bones of the 192 Athenians who fell at the battle of Marathon. 
Beneath the soil, the excavations have revealed the cremated bones. Inside the tomb, traces of feasting have also been found. According to the traditions, the winners collected the dead from the battlefield, put them on a funeral pyre and they attended “perideipnon” (the funeral banquet) to honor their bravery. Outside the tomb Athenian teenagers offered every year wreaths and sacrifices to the memory of the killed soldiers.

Bring your swimsuite and sunscreen because you will spend 2 relaxing hours in the most cosmopolitic beach bar of Attica. You will have the chance to do several activities and watersports such as beach volley, SUP, windsurfing, tennis and have lunch under the palm trees!

The Marathon Lake is an artificial lake at a distance of about 45 km from the centre of Athens. This lake actually works like a water reservoir that supplies the town of Athens with drinking water. The dam was contructed from 1926 to 1929 to cover the growing needs of the capital for water after the huge immigration wave that followed the Asia Minor War (1919-1922). This was the sole water supplier for Athens till 1959, when water was pubbled from Yliki Lake, close to the town of Thebes. 

8:00 - Departure from Syntagma Square

8:40 - Vouliagmeni Lake - Stay for 20min

10:00 - Poseidon Temple in Sounio - Stay for 45min

11:45 - Temple of Artemis in Vravrona - Stay for 20min

13:00 - Schinia beach - Stay for 2hours

15:30 - Marathon Reservoir - Stay for 40min

17:30 - Arrival to Syntagma Square
Valid Period: From 01/01/2016 up to 01/01/2017.
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