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Cape Sounion
Cape Sounion

Cape Sounion

EO91, Lavreotiki, Cape Sounion, Greece, 19500

The Basics

While there are plenty of hotels and villas in the area, international travelers most commonly visit Cape Sounion as a day trip or half-day trip from Athens. Outside of the select calendar days when admission to Greek heritage sites is free (and attractions get crazy busy), you’ll need to pay for a ticket. Under-18s, EU students, and people with disability certificates go free, while non-EU students and EU nationals over the age of 65 enjoy a discounted rate.

The easiest way to visit the cape is on a tour. Cape Sounion tour options include sunset tours, which make the most of views that span islands and the Peloponnese, and sailing cruises, which enable you to admire the temple from below then ascend for a closer look, as well as bus tours and private tours.

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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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$55.85 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fun and scenic trip
Garyfallo was an amazing tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and great with the kids that came on the tour. I think everyone had a better experience just because she was there. The temple was beautiful in the sunset and I'm glad I took this tour!
Emmy_T, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Athens

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Embacing the beautiful sunset
dieucam, Jul 2022
Cape Sounion Private Sunset Tour From Athens With Seaside Dinner
The sunset at Cape Sounion is stunning! Our trip was very well organized. The driver was informative. He took us to a good local restaurant by the bay. The whole experience was nice. Highly recommended!
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I recommend.
Cheryl_B, Jul 2022
Athens, The Acropolis and Cape Sounion Full-Day Tour with Lunch
My son raved about this adventure so I went at a later time. It was exceptional! Great guides. I did the all day trip with the Parthenon, lunch and Cape Sounion.
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Very nice car, clean like...
Preete_B, Jul 2022
Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon
Very nice car, clean like brand new. Nick was very nice and informative. Very well planned out all day trip. Especially in the heat, seeing Athens with a guide and a private driver made a world of difference. Totally recommend !
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Good Experience
yvonne_g, Jul 2022
Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon
This guide was on time and very informative. He was polite, and the van was clean. Our tour included lunch, and he took us to a little place on the water. The food was great and did not feel like a typical tourist trap.
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Great addition to a visit to Athens
Andrew_B, May 2022
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
The private tour to the Temple of Poseidon was a great way to spend one of our days in Athens. The drive there was lovely and our guide gave us lots of interesting information. We loved walking around the temple and taking in the views. We had a lovely lunch at a restaurant on a nearby beach which our guide recommened. It is a very nice contrast to the busy side of Athens and the acropolis. Our guide was so friendly and informative. The van was super clean and comfortable.
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Fun and scenic trip
Emmy_T, Aug 2022
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
Garyfallo was an amazing tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and great with the kids that came on the tour. I think everyone had a better experience just because she was there. The temple was beautiful in the sunset and I'm glad I took this tour!
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Excellent tour! Terrible bus!
Charles_G, Aug 2022
Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip
The ancient ruins on the tour were quite captivating! However, the poorly working AC on the bus only exacerbated the heat index on the bus!
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Worth it
Nora_C, Aug 2022
Cape Sounion Private Sunset Tour From Athens With Seaside Dinner
George was awesome very fun evening! Food was fresh and the atmosphere was beautiful! Enjoyed the ice stop at the end!
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Worth the trip
Jakki_G, Apr 2022
Athens Combo: Hop-on Hop-off Bus & Cape Sounion Sunset Tour
The trip out to Cape Sounion was well worth it , it was well organised and i was messaged on day of the trip about what pick up point i wanted picked up from , the mini bus driver was cheery and you got head phones with information about all the sights you were passing on the way The hop on bus was easy to use and it was handy being able to get on varies coloured buses as it ment there was less waiting time , but they ran approx every 5 mins anyway
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Greece with friends.
Patricia_V, Aug 2022
Cape Sounion Private Sunset Tour From Athens With Seaside Dinner
This was our very first trip to Greece. We loved our short time in Athens before our cruise. The sunset tour by the Temple of Poseidon was a great way to take advantage of the the day we arrived in Athens.
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Good guide. She provided...
Elena_S, Aug 2022
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip from Athens
Good guide. She provided us with a lot of history and culture of the area and Greece. Easy to follow and understand
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Well worth the money and time
Joseph_D, Jul 2022
Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon
Vicky was an amazing guide at acropolis and had an excellent driver with very clean luxury van. Very knowledgeable and it did not seem like a long day. One of our favorite activities if not our most favorite
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • One of the most iconic sights in mainland Greece, Cape Sounion is a must for photographers, Instagrammers, and history buffs.

  • The 19th-century poet Lord Byron carved his name into one of the columns here. Please don’t follow his example, although plenty of travelers have.

  • The site includes a café-restaurant, a gift shop, and restrooms.

  • Slopes and uneven terrain present some challenges, but it’s possible to get close to the Temple of Poseidon using a wheelchair. The steep beach path is not wheelchair-accessible.

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How to Get There

Cape Sounion overlooks the Aegean Sea, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of downtown Athens; most tours follow the scenic coast road. Though KTEL operates buses from the Mavromateon Terminal with stops in downtown Athens, most travelers find a tour is quicker and more convenient.

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When to Get There

Cape Sounion is open from morning to sunset seven days a week, closing on January 1, March 25, May 1, December 25 and 26, and Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday, with reduced hours on Greek Orthodox Good Friday and Easter Saturday. Most tours visit in the afternoons, so arrive early on a weekday morning for your best chance of a quiet site. Avoid weekends, Greek holidays, and days when Greek heritage sites offer free admission.

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The Temples at Cape Sounion

In a strategic position at the southernmost tip of Attica, Cape Sounion has been occupied since prehistoric times and is mentioned by Homer. While it’s the 5th-century Temple of Poseidon, the sea god, that draws travelers to the cape, the site is also home to a smaller and much more ruined temple of Athena, a fortified settlement, and a port.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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