When planning a visit to Greece, these remarkable ancient Greek ruins should definitely be on your checklist.
Did you know that you can combine very easily your sailing vacation with multiple destinations of ancient Greek ruins spread all around the islands and coastal areas in a
great vicinity of Athens ?
Very few hours sailing and every day you can have a new ancient Greece sightseeing , being combined with relaxing sailing and sunbathing.
The Acropolis of Athens
The Acropolis of Athens is the main and most famous archaeological site in Greece. It is also called the Sacred Rock, stands on the highest point of Athens. It is
considered the most important heritage of the Classical period and also as Europe's most important ancient monument. The Parthenon Temple is the main building on the
Acropolis and constitutes an architectural splendor of ancient times. The Acropolis stands proudly over the modern and busy city of Athens and it keeps reminding us that
Athens was the cradle of a great civilization. Although temples were constructed there since the Archaic times, the Acropolis as we know it today was an idea of Pericles, the
famous statesman of the Classical Era. Made of fine Pentelian marble, the Acropolis and its buildings were constructed in the 5th century BC and it cost a huge amount of
money for those times. The most famous buildings of the Acropolis are the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea.
Cape Sounio - Temple of Poseidon
Distance from Olympic Marina - Lavrion: 3 N.M
Distance from Alimos Marina -Athens : 23 N.M
After a nice sailing along the Athens Riviera, the Temple of Poseidon appears - solitary at the top of a hill with the sea surrounding it. The ancient Greek temple of
Poseidon at Cape Sounion built during 444–440 BC, is one of the major monuments of the Golden Age of Athens. A Doric temple, it overlooks the sea at the end of Cape
Sounion, at a height of almost 60 metres (200 ft). This was during the ascendancy of the Athenian statesman Pericles, who also rebuilt the Parthenon in Athens. It was built
on the ruins of a temple dating from the Archaic period.
The Ancient temple of Aphaia -Aegina
Distance from Olympic Marina - Lavrion: 27 N.M
Distance from Alimos Marina -Athens : 13 N.M
The Temple of Aphaia is located within a sanctuary complex dedicated to the goddess Aphea on the Greek island of Aegina, which lies in the Saronic Golf view hours
sailing from Athens, It stands on a c. 160 m peak on the eastern side of the island approximately 13 km east by road from the main port. Aphaia was a Greek godess who
was worshipped exclusively at this sanctuary. The extant temple of c. 500 BC was built over the remains of an earlier temple of c. 570 BC, which was destroyed by fire c.
510 BC. Elements of this older destroyed temple were buried in the infill for the larger, flat terrace of the later temple, and are thus well preserved. Abundant traces of paint
remain on many of these buried fragments.
Distance from Olympic Marina - Lavrion: 45 N.M
Distance from Alimos Marina -Athens : 29 N.M
Located on the eastern side of Peloponnese, Epidaurus developed as a religious center and more particularly as a sanctuary of Asclepius, the healing god. In fact, according
to the myth, Epidaurus was the birthplace of god Asclepius and this is why an important healing center was established there, famous all over the Mediterranean Sea. It was
believed that the treatment was coming directly from the god. The patients would sleep in a large room and at night the god would come to their dream and indicate
the necessary therapy.In order to honor god Asclepius, large festivities would take place in the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus as well as athletic competitions in the Ancient
Stadium. The ancient theatre that survives today was constructed in the 4th century BC. It is large, made of marble and stone and famous for its amazing acoustics. In
summer, performances of ancient Greek drama are presented there as part of the Greek Festival.
The site of Mycenae is considered as one of the oldest ancient sites in Greece and witnesses the development of the Mycenaean civilization. Mycenae was the legendary
home of Agamemnon, ruler of the Greeks during the Trojan War. The Mycenaean civilization took its name after the discovery of the site of Mycenae. The Mycenaean
civilization followed the Minoans. Their society, as proved by the excavations, was formed by an elite group. Their citadels were fortified with what we call the Massive
Cyclopean walls. They were named like this because people thought that only Cyclopes could have lifted such huge stones to compose them. The society of the Mycenaeans
was based on military force. Generally, this era doesn't have much to show in cultural issues, but it stressed mostly on urban planning and military invasions. The most
characteristic spot of the site is the Lion Gate. Particularly interesting is also the museum.