Temple of Poseidon Sounion – Day trip from Athens Greece

Poseidon's temple Cape Sounio
Poseidon's temple Cape Sounio

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The temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion makes a perfect day trip from Athens. Sounion is located 69 km Southeast of Athens, at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula.

How to get from Athens to the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion

You can get to Cape Sounio from Athens either by Ktel ( public bus), by an organized tour, a private taxi or by car. If you want to get by public transport (Ktel) to Sounio you should get the bus from KTEL Attika Buses station located in Pedion Areos. For more info call +30 210 8 80 80 81.  The journey lasts approximately 2 hours and a one way ticket costs 7€.

If you are looking for guided tours. I suggest the following:

A full day trip to Sounio including the Vouliagmeni Cave approx 8 hours .

If you don’t have a lot of time you can book the half day sunset tour to Sounio it leaves at around 5 pm and lasts approx 4 hours or

this half-day afternoon tour to Sounio that leaves around 3 pm and lasts approx 4 hours.

 

Poseidon's temple Cape Sounio
Poseidon’s temple Cape Sounio

The story behind the Temple of Poseidon

According to mythology, the king of Athens Aegeus leapt to his death of the cliff in Sounio, giving his name to the Aegean sea  because he though that his son Theseus was dead. Every year the Athenians had to send  to King Minos in Crete seven men and seven women as a tribune.

Poseidon's temple Sounio
Poseidon’s temple Sounio

They were placed in a Labyrinth and they were eaten by a creature that was half human, half bull called Minotaur. That year Theseus volunteered to go to Crete in order to kill  Minotaur. He said to his father that if he won on the way back his ship will have white sails if he was dead it would have black sails. Although he killed Minotaur he forgot to change the colour of the sails to white letting his father believe he was dead.

a different view of Poseidon's temple
a different view of Poseidon’s temple

Archaeological finds on site date back from 700 BC. The latter temple of Poseidon that you can see today was built around 440 BC. As Greece was a country surrounded by sea and with great naval force, Poseidon the god of sea had a high position in the Gods hierarchy.

Cape Sounion’s location was of a great  strategical importance thus it was fortified by a big wall and was constantly guarded in order to keep the shipping lanes clear.

The beach under Poseidon's temple
The beach under Poseidon’s temple

Once you arrive at the archaeological site there is a cafe – restaurant on site as well as a souvenir shop. It is better to visit the temple as early as possible during the summer months to avoid the heat. Tickets cost: Full 8€ Reduced 4€. The view from the temple is breathtaking. From Sounio you can also enjoy one of the most incredible sunsets in Greece.

Swimming under the temple
Swimming under the temple
At the sun beds enjoying the view
At the sun beds enjoying the view

During the summer months, after visiting the temple of Poseidon you can relax in the organised beach of Aegeon hotel underneath the temple. The sea has crystal clear waters and is considered one of the best in Attica.

Sea Gulls at the beach
Sea Gulls at the beach
Eating sea food at the taverna
Eating sea food at the taverna

At the edge of the beach there is a traditional Greek taverna with great seafood if you want to have lunch or dinner.

If you have a couple of days to spend in Athens the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion makes the perfect day excursion.

Have a look at these recommended tours:

A full day trip to Sounio including the Vouliagmeni Cave approx 8 hours .

If you don’t have a lot of time you can book the half day sunset tour to Sounio it leaves at around 5 pm and lasts approx 4 hours or

this half-day afternoon tour to Sounio that leaves around 3 pm and lasts approx 4 hours.

 

You might be interested in the top things to do in Athens.

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