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Temple of Poseidon

Temple of Poseidon

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1,470 Reviews
Open daily from 8am to sunset
Cape Sounio, Cape Sounion

The Basics

Whether taking a sunset cruise around Cape Sounion, driving the scenic coastal road along the Attica peninsula, or enjoying the panoramic views from the cliff tops, there are numerous options for visiting the ancient temple. One of the most popular ways to visit is on a half-day tour from Athens, and many tours also stop at the idyllic beaches along the Attica Riviera, or include a romantic dinner in Vouliagmeni Bay. For the best value, combine a Cape Sounion tour with an Athens city tour, a walking tour of the Athens Acropolis, or a day trip to Mycenae and Epidaurus.

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Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens

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Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
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$66.53 per adult
Sounio trip
Tour is worth it the money, pick up was on time, the trip is pleasant and a good way to view some of the costal south side of Greece. Driver/Guide was polite and tried to give you enough information when asked. We recommend this tour.
Edilma_R, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Athens

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Greek mythology and history on site
Joana_C, Jun 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
The guide provided us with a extremely exciting tour and gave my daughter a great opportunity to discuss Greek mythology! Was simply fantastic!
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Great tour
Sean_F, Jun 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
Everything was great with highly recommend this tour to anyone taking a trip to Greece! Tour guide was very knowledgeable and everything went smooth.
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Sounion at Sunset
Pau, May 2021
Cape Sounio, Temple of Poseidon and Athenian riviera private tour from Athens
Panos was our driver last night on our trip to Sounion. My wife loved that he was very safe and she was at ease despite the sometimes windy roads. We had wonderful views and wonderful pictures. Panos stopped for us to get a quick bite at a place he recommended on way back to hotel. We had a great time. I would recommend.
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Totally rad kayak adventure
Sutton, Jun 2021
Athens Sea Kayak Tour to the Temple of Poseidon with entrance fee and lunch
This was such an amazing experience and totally worth the price. We were a little lucky though since my wife and I were the only ones to book this tour on this certain day and time. Our driver was fabulous and so fun! She made herself available to us during the whole tour and took good care of us! Our kayak guide was also phenomenal and provided plenty of knowledge of the area and how to navigate the seas without issue. The views from the temple of Poseidon were amazing. The dinner at the end was also great and we had a ton of fun! Would highly recommend!
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Wonderful!
kritika v, Oct 2019
Cape Sounion & Temple Of Poseidon Private Trip
We booked this tour with Ioannis and Crispy Local in Athens and couldn't be happier. We had a wonderful drive to Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon followed by a drink at a lovely Taverna. The place was gorgeous and sunset beautiful. Ioannis is wonderful, friendly and full of amazing recommendations. He got us a box of Greek sweets as a gift and gave us tons of recommendations when he heard we were going to Mykonos after. I would recommend him and his company anytime!
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Last day trip before leaving Athens
Edmun_R, May 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
It has been a very well organized trip with very nice people who I got to know during the trip. The driver was very nice, respecting the time as well as giving the needed instructions and explanations, answering the questions with pleasure. I’ve really enjoyed the trip! Once I’m back to Greece, I’d definitely book others.
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Great Trip Great Tour
Navigate449120, Oct 2019
Cape Sounion & Temple Of Poseidon Private Trip
Our guide was amazing. Very courteous and comfortable. The pickup was on time and the car was clean and in good order. Great job!!
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Temple of Poseidon visit
Claudia_Q, Nov 2020
Private Day Trip to Cape Sounio & Temple of Poseidon
Fotis was an excellent guide, my daughert and I had a lovely time visiting the Temple and enjoying the beautiful scenery on our way there.
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kap sounio
helle, Jul 2020
Swimming & Sunbathing by Athenian Riviera + Poseidon Temple Tour By Locals
well organised. beach umbrella and sunbeds on a typical greek family beach. bar with Drinks were there. stop at the lake okay, but the whole shore is reserved for swimmers who pay entrance fee. kap sounio is absolute highlight, be sure to choose travel time in a way to see sunset
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Best sunset, best guide
James_M, Oct 2020
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
DO NOT MISS! This was our favorite tour thanks to our super host Christo. The time flew by as he told us stories and history about Greece and answered all of our questions. The sunset at the Temple of Poseidon was outstanding. Highly recommended to anyone visiting Athens!
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Excellent
Brian_B, Mar 2020
Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon
Excellent trip!!! Great tour guide! Excellent restaurant with great service and terrific food. Would definitely recommend
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ATHENS DAY TOUR
Ron F, Jan 2020
Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon
Our driver and tour guide was EXCELLENT! .. Couldn't have been more accommodating and informative … would recommend him to anyone ...felt like we left a family friend behind when the tour was over !

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable shoes as the ruins are situated on uneven ground and require some walking.

  • Bring your swimsuit. There is a swimming beach at the foot of the cape.

  • Parts of the temple are accessible to those with limited mobility, and wheelchair accessible tours are available.

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How to Get There

The Temple of Poseidon is located at the southern tip of the Attica peninsula, about 43 miles (70 kilometers) southeast of Athens. Public buses run from Athens to Sounion, but visiting on a group or private tour means you can enjoy the wonderful drive and stop at towns such as Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, or Lagonisi along the way.

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When to Get There

The most popular time to visit the Temple of Poseidon is during summer, but the site can get crowded. Visiting in the early morning is the best way to avoid the crowds and the midday heat, while the most atmospheric time for photos is at sunset. Alternatively, an out-of-season visit, in still balmy May or September, might mean you get the ruins to yourself.

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What to See at the Temple of Poseidon

Thought to have been built by Iktinos, the architect who designed Athens' ancient Agora, the Temple of Poseidon is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Greece. Today, only 16 of the original 34 Doric columns remain, one of which is famously inscribed with the name Lord Byron, who visited the temple in the early 19th century. Additional highlights include the remains of a propylaeum and the Temple of Athena, while the real star of the show is the splendid view, which stretches as far as the Cyclades and Peloponnese islands.

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