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Cape Sounion National Park

cape sounion temple PoseidonThose traveling to Athens on ferries to the south know that they will reach Piraeus (port of Athens) in about an hour when they see the evocative Temple of Poseidon, which sits on the southernmost headland of the peninsula shared by the capital city.

The park covers 1297 acres (525 hectares), with a buffer zone of 10,498 acres (4250 hectares).

A good time to visit to see its best flora is in late winter to early spring. Along with a good mix of other flowers, there are various orchids here, with other flowers in summer. There are also birds, with some birds of prey at passage times, including Eleanora's falcons and honey buzzards; porpoises and dolphins can be seen swimming by, too. (On a cold day in hell they can be seen)