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Temple of Poseidon
Temple of Poseidon

Temple of Poseidon

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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$51.03 per adult
$63.79 $12.00 savings
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Wonderful day trip
Our guide was fantastic. There was two of us on the tour and we all had a nice time during our trip. He was knowledgeable and shared a great deal about Greek culture and history. I’m so glad to have gone. Thank you
faithhcgreaves, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Athens

star-5
Great tour, worth the trip!
Colin_T, Sep 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
Great tour! Teddy was a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Definitely worth the trip to the see the Temple of Poseidon and beautiful sunset.
star-5
The best way to explore Athens and surroundings
Daniel_H, Oct 2021
Cape Sounio, Temple of Poseidon and Athenian riviera private tour from Athens
We didn’t have a tour, but just private transfer which was very convenient. We were not limited in time and didn’t feel rushed. After Temple of Poseidon we asked for a local restaurant for dinner and we’re taken to a beautiful small family place on a water just in time for sunset. We liked our transfer so much, that we ended up using them 4 more times. Prices are very reasonable, plus water and wi-fi. It’s probably the best way to explore Athens.
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 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!!
star-4
Don't miss this tour
JeanP_B, Sep 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
Small group (only 5 participants). Very confortable mini-van. I was picked-up at the hotel on schedule. Very knowledgable guide. The temple of Poseidon is an amazing place to visit.
star-5
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.
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Worth the drive!
Gabrielle_D, Oct 2021
Cape Sounio, Temple of Poseidon and Athenian riviera private tour from Athens
We really enjoyed this experience. Tom was great! The vehicle was clean, new and well kept. We spent about an hour at the temple, and Tom made a few stops for us to take pictures. It's a beautiful place and worth the drive!
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Wonderful trip
Lynette_G, Oct 2021
Cape Sounio, Temple of Poseidon and Athenian riviera private tour from Athens
It was exciting to see Poseidon’s temple emerge over the cliffs overlooking the sea! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and gave us wonderful background information! The drive to the temple was along the coastline which was stunning as well! Would definitely recommend…
star-5
Wonderful day trip
faithhcgreaves, Oct 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
Our guide was fantastic. There was two of us on the tour and we all had a nice time during our trip. He was knowledgeable and shared a great deal about Greek culture and history. I’m so glad to have gone. Thank you
star-5
Wonderful & Informative Day Trip
McKenzie_M, Oct 2021
Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon
Our driver was wonderful and acted as an amazing guide around Athens. He had great information and great recommendations. I felt completely content just having Tolis as our driver/ guide for the entire day! I would recommend a tour with him any day!
star-5
Good experience
Mark, Oct 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip from Athens
The van was comfortable and the tour guide seemed enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She provided a lot of background history during the drive, which provided good context for the actual site.

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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