Study the ruins of Temple of Poseidon, where the ancient Greeks brought sacrifices to the powerful god of the sea, Neptune. The Doric columns still stand 60 m (200 ft) above the ocean, even in their ruined state. The artifacts harvested from the site, including the Kournos of Sounion, are on display at the Athens National Archeological Museum. Take a guided tour from the entrance or walk the grounds on your own along the trail that leads to the temple. The attraction is visible from all around the peninsula, but the view from the ruins is by far the highlight. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. A visit to Temple of Poseidon represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Sounio trip builder site to plot your vacation.
Tours to Temple of Poseidon
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip from Athens BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $51
Duration: 4 hours
Athens Super Saver: Acropolis Walking Tour plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $90
Duration: 9 hours
Temple of Poseidon Reviews
From Athens, it’s an hour and a quarter to get to Sounio and some might think it isn’t worth the time. This temple overlooks a beautiful bay, but has not been fully restored. The outline is there and ... more »
The waters around Sounio go in all directions which makes this cape a dangerous place to sail and a site of shipwrecks through the ages. What better place to honor the God of the Sea in hopes of keepi... more »
Seaside view is amazing, especially with the vast ocean. Definitely, recommend watching the sunset there before catching the last bus to head back to Athens. Explore the entire park as there is a great aerial view of a nearby beach and port. Free entry for students who display a valid EU student ID card, includes foreign students studying in EU. Bus from Athens to Sounio (€7) and from Sounio to Athens (€5.50). Payment is done while in the bus as it drives along the coast with an amazing view. The bus ride duration varies (depending on traffic) from 1h20min to 2h10min.
Great views! No need to spend a lot of time if you don't have it, but the drive from Athens is nice, & gives a different perspective of the Athens area. The ruins are interesting.
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