All you need to know to visit Temple of Poseidon in Athens

All the information you need in order to visit the Cape Sounion in Athens
Temple of Poseidon, photo by Chris Mai

Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon in Athens

Cape Sounion is the ultimate sightseeing destination for all the history geeks as well as nature lovers all around the world. It is situated about 40miles away from the great city of Athens. It is famous for its architectural wonder, known as ‘The Temple of Poseidon’. Poseidon is known as one of the ancient Greek gods referred to as the God of the Sea. The temple houses in a fort which is believed to be protecting the boundaries of Attica. Standing right there at the fort provides a scenic view of Aegean Sea. Due to the presence of the magnificent temple, the region is also known as the ‘Sacred Cape’. People love to enjoy the beautiful sunset view from the temple and walk around exploring the architecture of this historical beauty. While you can’t get close enough to touch the temple, you can see the immaculate detail and history just by looking at it. Cape Sounion is one of the best holiday spots, so you should definitely put it on your travel wish-list. 

Why take a trip to Cape Sounion?

The first and foremost reason to travel all the way to Cape Sounion is to see the Temple of Poseidon. The temple is an architectural beauty and carries Greek myths, along with a great history within itself. People from all around the world come to see the glorious monument and refresh their memories with myths and Greek history. The temple of Poseidon is made up of white pure marble. After venturing all the way to the top, the temple allows you to enjoy the most breathtaking views around Cape Sounion, especially the scenic view of Aegean Sea.

The second thing which is very famous in Cape Sounion is the sunset view. During sunset, the sky is filled with a blend of blue, orange and red hues which make a mesmerizing atmosphere for the travelers to enjoy. The sunset time is one of the most incredible sights one should really not miss! There are many benches and sitting areas where you can sit, relax, and enjoy the perfect bird’s eye view of the locality with your loved ones. From Sounion, you can enjoy the view of the magical triangle from one point. The other two points you’ll get to see from here are Temple of Aphaia and the Acropolis.  

There are also many bars and beaches around the Cape Sounion which provides a number of activities you can enjoy during your trip. You can plan your trip around what it is you want to do nearby. For example, you can start your day with a fresh swim at the beaches and then lay down at the beach for a serene and peaceful time. Then you can travel to the Temple of Poseidon. Walk around the fort, and if you care to, accompany yourself with a local guide which can inform you about all the facts, myths of the temple, and the fort. You can have an incredible lunchtime at a plethora of local tavernas nearby so you get to enjoy a fresh Greek lunch. After that you can wait until sunset time and finish your day with the world’s most beautiful sunset sight. Sunset it definitely the most popular time to visit Cape Sounion, as it is a popular stop for tours. Be sure to head there just before the sun begins to set, in order to secure an amazing view for yourself!

The drive to Cape Sounion is also beautiful and relaxing. No matter where you are coming from, either the north or the south, there are amazing views in this drive. You can go all along the coast and see the beautiful sea and it feels like you can drive for miles! While driving you can see Cape Sounion in the distance, and you know it is a must see stop on your trip that can’t be missed.

How to get to Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon? 

Cape Sounion is just about 1 hour and 30 minutes drive away from Athens. You can book a travel guide taxi, public transport or own your conveyance. There are many traveling guides and companies which provide proper assistance to travelers. Additionally, there are many luxury hotels and reasonable resorts to plan your night-stay in Cape Sounion if you prefer to stay for more time. In order to enter the site and get a closer look at the fort and all its beauty, there is an entrance fee of eight euro.  

If you have a heart for history and architecture, then the Temple of Poseidon is a must-visit the spot on your travel list.

8 replies to “All you need to know to visit Temple of Poseidon in Athens

  1. Wonderful blog and posts ! Thank you. I will follow “Athens at a Glance”. Sometimes, i will, also, share, here and there, your precious articles, stories, and pictures. It is nice to meet you. Take care and enjoy.


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