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Temple of Poseidon

Temple of Poseidon

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1,844 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
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
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$64.34 per adult
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Well Guided and Beautiful
Our guide was Teddy. He was friendly and knowledgable. We enjoyed visiting the temple on Cape Sounion at sunset. The temple is impressive and the sea coast there was very picturesque. We also really appreciated getting Teddy's recommendations for where else to go on our trip.
Jamie_F, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Athens

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Nice tour
Zoi, Sep 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip from Athens
Nice trip to Temple of Poseidon - the views were magnificent and the tour guide was knowledgeable. It was a nice way to see in person this part of Greek Mythology.
star-5
Great experience. 100% recommend.
Ism_S, Aug 2021
Half Day Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Private Tour
Fantastic experience! Apostolis (Tolis) was super chill and let my wife (who's pregnant) and I see all the Cape and Temple of Poseidon at our own pace. He even let us chill at the beach for a bit which was great. The restaurant he took us to was also really good. The stuffed tomatoes, Greek "burger" and wine were all excellent. Highly recommend this tour, and a special thank you to our excellent driver/guide, Tolis. Bravo and efharisto!
star-5
Great private tour with Tolis
KScott_R, Sep 2021
Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon
Great day spent touring key tourist attractions with our driver, Tolis. Visited Parthenon, changing of the guards, stadium, Temple of Poseidon, Acropolis Museum, and lunch by the sea. Tolis was phenomenal - on time, funny, extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and superb English. Glad we didn't end up getting another tour guide as Tolis gave us all the info we needed.
star-5
Great driver, great view, great experience
Richard_H, Aug 2021
Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounion Half Day Luxury Private Tour
Tour operator was flexible and accommodating when I wanted to add some friends to the car and add a second pick up spot. Driver was knowledgeable and friendly. Temple of Poseidon is a must see and I am very glad we did it comfortably in a private car on our own schedule. Great tour, I would recommend to anyone
star-5
Excellent Tour!!
Amy_S, Jul 2021
Snorkeling and swimming tour to the Poseidon's temple at Sounio cape
This tour was wonderful!! Amalia was an incredible guide. We say many fish and sea creatures while snorkeling. We enjoyed the history of the Temple of Poseidon. The Cape was gorgeous!! Highly recommend!!
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Highly recommend
Robert_S, Sep 2021
Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon
Not rushed but got it all in! Definitely a 5 star experience. Pack light, wear comfortable attire, and plan for some bottles of water - there is a moderate amount of walking.
star-4
Our tour guide did her...
Radu_C, Sep 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip from Athens
Our tour guide did her best to share as much interesting information as possible about the various sites we passed by on our way to the Temple lf Poseidon and back. In the end, though, we felt like the departure back to Athens was unnecessarely rushed. We would have loved some 15 extra minutes to enjoy a coffee at the nearby bar, especially since in the end we arrived back to Athens more than an hour early.
star-5
Great trip
Carmella_K, Sep 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
Great experience! Teddy the tour guide was knowledgeable and kept the group interested and entertained.
star-5
perfect day
Aurore_P, Sep 2021
Private Day Trip to Cape Sounio & Temple of Poseidon
Perfect excursion. Yorgos is a very good host who made our experience in cape sounion awesome. We had a great day, we recommend this tour without hesitation. Thanks again to Yorgos
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All the things 🤗🤗
Laura_D, Aug 2021
Private Day Trip to Cape Sounio & Temple of Poseidon
Our tour guide was Fotis and he was AMAZING! We stopped for coffee on the Athenian Riviera, talked about Greek culture and myths, the Temple of Poseidon was breathtaking, we stopped to take a dip in the Aegean Sea, he took us to pick up a dessert then we had dinner at a local spot. Would recommend to anyone. Great way to get an excellent tour and beat the heat.
star-5
Great experience and amazing service
Oswaldo_F, Sep 2021
Cape Sounio, Temple of Poseidon and Athenian riviera private tour from Athens
Excellent experience, George was amazing, he went above and beyond, definitely recommend Thanks George for really amazing service Regards Oswaldo
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Amazing Athens
Daniel_P, Sep 2021
Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon
The entire tour was wonderful. Poseidon temple and Acropolis were amazing. Lunch by the sea was something we won't forget. Tolis was a great guide, informative, personable and amusing in all the right proportions. I would highly recommend him to anyone

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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