Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Tickets

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From Athens: Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

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4 hr. - 5 hr.
Audio guide
  • Visit the renowned Cape Sounion at the southernmost point of mainland Greece.
  • Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus from Athens to Cape Sounion.
  • Catch an unforgettable sunset over the vast Aegean Sea.
  • Learn about legends and history with a professional guide by your side.
  • Upgrade to include entry to the Temple of Poseidon, an expert-guided tour, or an audio-guided commentary in 6 different languages.
  • Visit the renowned Cape Sounion at the southernmost point of mainland Greece.
  • Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus from Athens to Cape Sounion.
  • Catch an unforgettable sunset over the vast Aegean Sea.
  • Learn about legends and history with a professional guide by your side.
  • Upgrade to include entry to the Temple of Poseidon, an expert-guided tour, or an audio-guided commentary in 6 different languages.

Inclusions

  • Sunset tour from Athens
  • Round-trip transfers
  • Pick up from 3 different meeting points (choose pick-up point at checkout)
  • English-speaking driver/escort
  • Audio guide in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian on the bus (optional)
  • Experienced English-speaking tour guide (optional)
  • Headphones
  • Entry to the Temple of Poseidon (optional)

Exclusions

  • Food & drinks
  • The audio guide is available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Russian.
  • It's recommended to wear comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.
  • Bring along your sunglasses, hat, and water bottle.
  • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users.
  • Facilities: Pram/Stroller Accessibility.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Combo: 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Athens + Temple of Poseidon Sunset Tour

from €45
€33

27% off

Free cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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5 hr.
Audio guide
  • Explore Athens with this 2-day unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour, allowing you to customize your itinerary and explore at your own pace.
  • Enjoy informative pre-recorded commentary in 16 languages as you travel across 35 stops on the open-top buses.
  • Stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout your journey.
  • Visit iconic spots in Athens such as the Temple of Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium.
  • Explore Cape Sounion on a 5-hour sunset tour along with an expert guide.
  • Explore Athens with this 2-day unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour, allowing you to customize your itinerary and explore at your own pace.
  • Enjoy informative pre-recorded commentary in 16 languages as you travel across 35 stops on the open-top buses.
  • Stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout your journey.
  • Visit iconic spots in Athens such as the Temple of Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium.
  • Explore Cape Sounion on a 5-hour sunset tour along with an expert guide.

Inclusions

HOHO bus tour

  • 2-day unlimited HOHO pass
  • Audio guide in Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese & Russian
  • Free WiFi onboard
  • Free map of the city
  • Headphones

Cape Sounion sunset tour

  • 5-hour evening tour of Cape Sounion
  • Return transfers in an AC bus from Athens
  • Professional guide

Exclusions

  • Entry tickets to attractions

Orange Line: Athens

  • First Bus: 8.30am from Syntagma Square, Old Parliament
  • Last Bus: 7.30am from Syntagma Square, Old Parliament
  • Frequency: every 15 mins
  • Popular Stops: Acropolis Museum, Temple of the Olympian, Panathenaic Stadium

Blue Line: Piraeus

  • First Bus: 10.45am from Acropolis
  • Last Bus: 5.45pm from Acropolis
  • Frequency: approx 2 hours
  • Popular Stops: Planetarium, Piraeus

Yellow Line: Glyfada

  • First Bus: 10am from Acropolis
  • Last Bus: 7.10pm from Acropolis
  • Frequency: approx 1-2 hours
  • Popular Stops: Kosmas Beach, Glyfada Beach

Green Line: Vouliagmeni

  • First Bus: 10.38am from Divani Apollon
  • Last Bus: 6:20pm from Voula Park
  • Frequency: approx 1-2 hours
  • Popular Stops: Astir Beach, Kavouri Beach

Please click here for the detailed route map and boarding points and here for the detailed timetable.

Cape Sounion sunset tour

  • First Bus: 2pm from Omonoia Square
  • Last Bus: 2:30pm from Melina Mercouri Monument

HOHO bus tour

  • Disabled guests are welcome as the buses are wheelchair accessible.
  • Note that from Jan to Mar, Yellow and Green Lines are closed.
  • Children aged 5 and under can travel for free.

Cape Sounion sunset tour

  • If you're in the mood for some delicious seafood and local Greek delicacies, Taverna Syrtaki in Cape Sounion is rated one of the best restaurants in the region. You can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean coastline too!
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Combo (Save 15%): Acropolis & Parthenon Tickets + Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

from €53.50
€45.50

15% off

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Audio guide
Transfers included
  • Experience the grandeur of ancient Greek with this cost-effective combo including a self-guided tour of the Acropolis and a sunset tour of Cape Sounion.
  • Marvel at the architectural splendour of the Acropolis, a citadel boasting the ruins of historical structures like the Parthenon and Erechtheion.
  • Enhance your tour with a multilingual audio guide, adding insightful context as you wander through the ancient temples and amphitheatres of the Acropolis.
  • Witness a breathtaking sunset at Cape Sounion, known for its majestic Temple of Poseidon, while delving into the tales of King Aegeus with your guide.
  • Enjoy a comfortable journey through the scenic Athens Riviera in a premium AC bus, complete with round-trip transfers and an audio guide.
  • Experience the grandeur of ancient Greek with this cost-effective combo including a self-guided tour of the Acropolis and a sunset tour of Cape Sounion.
  • Marvel at the architectural splendour of the Acropolis, a citadel boasting the ruins of historical structures like the Parthenon and Erechtheion.
  • Enhance your tour with a multilingual audio guide, adding insightful context as you wander through the ancient temples and amphitheatres of the Acropolis.
  • Witness a breathtaking sunset at Cape Sounion, known for its majestic Temple of Poseidon, while delving into the tales of King Aegeus with your guide.
  • Enjoy a comfortable journey through the scenic Athens Riviera in a premium AC bus, complete with round-trip transfers and an audio guide.

Inclusions

Acropolis & Athens City

  • Access to Acropolis & Parthenon
  • Access to Odeon of Herodes Atticus
  • Access to Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus
  • Athens City & Plaka audio guide in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounion

  • Sunset tour
  • Roundtrip transfers
  • English-speaking driver
  • Audio guide in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian on the bus

Acropolis & Athens City

  • Tip: Look for the carving of a ship on the side of the Parthenon. This was a tribute to the maritime power of Athens.
  • Have your passport, ID, and student ID ready for a seamless experience.
  • This experience is accessible by wheelchair and pram/strollers with the availability of additional routes and facilities.
  • The audio tours are not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, iPad Mini 1st generation.
  • The app and audio guides require around 200-250 MB of space on your device.
  • Due to Greek Orthodox Good Friday observances, archaeological sites will have adjusted opening hours. Specifically, on Good Friday (3rd May 2024), sites will be open from noon until 6:00 pm. Orthodox Holy Saturday (4th May 2024) hours will be from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • The Acropolis Museum offers free admission on March 6 (Melina Mercouri Day), March 25 (National Holiday), May 18 (International Day of Museums), and October 28 (National Holiday).

Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounion

  • Tip: Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy a meal with a view of Cape Sounion.
  • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users.
  • Facilities: Pram/Stroller Accessibility.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Guided Tours
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Combo: Acropolis + Acropolis Museum + Temple of Poseidon Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

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€132
Free cancellation

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10 hr.
Transfers included
  • Enjoy a perfect overview of ancient and modern Greece with this full-day, guided tour from the Acropolis to Omonia Square.
  • Learn all about the world-famous archeological sites you visit with the help of your expert, English-speaking guide.
  • Enjoy photo-stop opportunities at the world’s first Olympic Games stadium, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, and much more..
  • Walk past Herodion and Dionysos Theater and get priority access to the Acropolis Museum.
  • Wonder at remarkable marble statues and other ancient artifacts at the Acropolis Museum - deemed to be one of the world’s best!
  • Relax and take in the remarkable sights of suburbian Athens on your scenic drive to Cape Sounion.
  • Enjoy a perfect overview of ancient and modern Greece with this full-day, guided tour from the Acropolis to Omonia Square.
  • Learn all about the world-famous archeological sites you visit with the help of your expert, English-speaking guide.
  • Enjoy photo-stop opportunities at the world’s first Olympic Games stadium, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, and much more..
  • Walk past Herodion and Dionysos Theater and get priority access to the Acropolis Museum.
  • Wonder at remarkable marble statues and other ancient artifacts at the Acropolis Museum - deemed to be one of the world’s best!
  • Relax and take in the remarkable sights of suburbian Athens on your scenic drive to Cape Sounion.

Inclusions

  • Full-day guided tour of Acropolis, Acropolis Museum & Cape Sounion
  • English-speaking guide
  • Luxury AC coach hotel transfers from central Athens
  • Lunch
  • Entry to Acropolis
  • Entry to Acropolis Museum
  • Entry to Temple of Poseidon
  • Whispers audio set

Exclusions

  • Beverages
  • Please Note: Your ticket allows you to avoid the 'ticket' line and not security lines.
  • Please note that a passport or ID card is required.
  • This tour is wheelchair, pram/stroller accessible with appropriate wheelchair routes and elevator facility to get to the top of Acropolis.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon | Day tour from Athens

The Temple of Poseidon is an imposing monument perched atop a hill, dedicated to the formidable sea god Poseidon. Unlike Percy Jackson, ancient Greeks could not get away so easily by disobeying Olympian gods! Hence, they built this temple to seek favors for their journeys. The drive from Athens to Cape Sounion is about 90 minutes and offers picturesque views of the Athenian coastline. You can also catch splendid views of the sunset along the Aegean Sea from Poseidon’s Temple. Here’s a comprehensive guide to planning your visit to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion.

Things to know before booking your Temple of Poseidon tickets

  • Leave behind your transport woes as you plan your visit to Poseidon’s Temple. All Cape Sounion tours include round-trip transfers to and from Athens in luxurious, air-conditioned vehicles. 
  • There is a ticket for every budget. The Temple of Poseidon sunset tour ranges around €22.75 and offers round-trip transfers to and from Athens. At around €36.90, you can book a Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon guided tour, where you can enter the temple and learn about its cultural relevance from an expert tour guide.
  • Save big with Temple of Poseidon combo tours. On a one-time purchase, you can explore the Acropolis archaeological site along with the Temple of Poseidon. From round-trip transfers to expert guides, you can enjoy every facility with this purchase. 
  • You can customize your tour according to your preferences. Ideally, you should step out early so that you can reach the temple ruins by 1pm to 2pm. This will allow you to spend more time at the surrounding beaches and soak in the sunset views from the Temple of Poseidon. 
  • All round-trip transfers, private rentals, and public buses will drop you off around 150 meters away from the temple ruins. The pathway from the main entrance to the temple gate is steep and uneven. Wheelchair users cannot stroll their way up. It may also be challenging for visitors with mobility aids to navigate up the path. 

Which Temple of Poseidon ticket is best for you?

Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounio Tickets

If you are on a budget

Go for: Sunset tour from Athens
Duration: 5 hours
Guide: Optional
Entry access to the Temple of Poseidon: Not included

  • This budget-friendly tour is one of the best choices to enjoy sweeping views of the Aegean Sea on your way to Cape Sounion. 
  • Take advantage of the round-trip transfers to and from Athens and Cape Sounion for a hassle-free experience. You can choose between 3 pick-up points at checkout. 

Recommended tours:

  • From Athens: Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon sunset tour
Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounio Tickets

If you love sunsets and photography

Go for: Sunset guided tours
Duration: 5 hours
Guide: English-speaking archaeologist guide
Entry access to the Temple of Poseidon: Included

  • Witness gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea from Cape Sounion during golden hours. Capture the Doric columns of Poseidon’s Temple as the setting sun casts a soft glow on them. 
  • Enjoy round-trip transfers from Athens to Cape Sounion in luxurious, air-conditioned vehicles with free Wi-Fi on board.

Recommended tours:

  • Guided sunset trip to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon
Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounio Tickets

If you are a history buff

Go for: Guided tours
Duration: 4 hours
Guide: Expert English-speaking guide
Entry access to the Temple of Poseidon: Included

  • If you are interested in ancient Greek history, consider booking a guided tour to learn about the Temple of Poseidon and its significance in Greek mythology from an expert tour guide. 
  • Enter Poseidon’s Temple, marvel at its ancient Doric columns, and look through its intricate details. Also, enjoy scenic views of the Aegean Sea and coastal areas as you travel to Cape Sounion. 

Recommended tours:

  • Guided tour of the Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon from Athens
Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounio Tickets

If you want to explore beyond

Go for: HOHO tours and combo tickets
Duration: 5 to 10 hours
Guide: Expert English-speaking tour guide
Entry access to the Temple of Poseidon: Not included

  • Explore the Acropolis archaeological site, the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Panathenaic Stadium, and Piraeus with combo tours. They help you save time and money compared to separate ticket prices. 

Recommended tours:

Inside the archaeological site of Cape Sounion

Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounio Tickets

Temple of Poseidon

The ancient Greek sailors sought to appease the sea god Poseidon and built this magnificent temple around the 5th century BC. Unlike typical Doric columns, which tend to be thick and robust, the ones in Poseidon’s Temple are sleek and elegant. These columns were intentionally designed to be thinner than usual to allow more light. This made the temple look higher and was fitting for its dramatic clifftop location.

Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon

Temple of Athena Sounias

The archaeological site of Cape Sounion houses another temple dedicated to the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare. The co-existence of Athena’s shrine with Poseidon’s Temple confirms that ancient Greeks invoked different gods depending on their needs and circumstances. Most likely, sailors prayed to Poseidon for safe voyages and sought Athena’s blessings for favorable circumstances.

Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon

Sounio Beach

Walk down to the beach after exploring the temple ruins so that you can unwind in peace as you soak in the glorious views of the Aegean Sea. You can also swim in the salt waters or sunbathe on the beach.

Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon

Ancient fortifications of Sounion

You will also find remnants of walls, towers, and gates on the archaeological site of Sounion. It is said that scores of ancient Greek military were stationed along this fortification to guard the food supplies from Eubea, Pontos, and the silver mines of Lavrion.

On your way to the Cape Sounion archaeological site

Along the Athens Riviera, you will be spoilt for choice with numerous beaches and iconic temples. Here are a few popular ones to dip your toes into before catching sunset views at Cape Sounion.

Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon

Glyfada Beach

The Glyfada Beach is situated along the Athens Riviera and is one of the most popular beaches near Athens. From watersports, and beach bars, to restaurants, Glyfada offers it all. You can also simply relax in the waters while taking in sweeping views of the Saronic Gulf. 

Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon

Lake Vouliagmeni

Besides beaches and shacks, you can also find natural wonders on your way to Cape Sounion, like Lake Vouliagmeni. This lake contains mineral-rich waters and does wonders for your stress levels. Relax by the water or swim in these waters before continuing your trip to Poseidon’s Temple. 

Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon

Kavouri Beach

Surrounded by lush pine trees and rugged caves, Kavouri Beach offers a secluded escape near Cape Sounion. Kavouri’s small sea coves are perfect for snorkeling. If you are traveling with your partner, consider dropping by Kavouri Beach to steal away a few quiet moments for yourselves.

Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon

Limanakia Beach

The Limanakia Beach is more of a series of rugged outcrops and small coves, ideal for sunbathing and snorkeling. The hidden inlets and dramatic cliff tops offer gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea. However, the pathway to Limanakia Beach is uneven and steep, so make sure to wear comfortable, grippy shoes when planning a visit.

Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon

Temple of Olympian Zeus

As you exit the city and drive south toward Poseidonos Avenue, you can spot some of the many Corinthian columns of the Temple of Zeus. As the name suggests, this temple was built to honor the King of the Olympian Gods. Its imposing structure, angular arches, and grand columns reflect the true grandeur of ancient Greek temples. 

Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon

Archaeological site of Thorikos

The Thorikos archaeological site is one of the oldest mining areas in the world, situated near Cape Sounion. Their silver mines played an important role in facilitating trade and commerce in ancient Greece. In the present day, you can learn about the site’s history from these mines and the daily settlements of their workers. 

What to expect on a Cape Sounion tour from Athens?

A journey to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion is as much about the sunset views as the temple ruins. Here’s what you need to know about traveling from Athens to Poseidon’s Temple. 

  • Pick up and drop off: You will be picked up from your hotel or the Halandri metro station in Athens in air-conditioned vehicles. Check your ticket voucher for exact pick-up points and timings when booking tickets. It will take you around 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the temple ruins. 
  • Additional sites: The real charm of traveling to Cape Sounion is catching glimpses of the famous historic sites along the way. From the Acropolis archaeological site, Glyfada Beach, to Lake Vouliagmeni, and the Temple of Zeus, you can spot many other landmarks. 

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  • Main public entrance: The main entrance to the Temple of Poseidon is situated at the base of the cliff. There is an information center and washroom stalls nearby. There are no specific demarcation or information signs around this spot. You will find cars parked along the way, until the entry gate. 
  • Pathway to the temple ruins: The road leading from the entrance to the temple ruins is steep and uneven. While the pathway is well-maintained and equipped with railings and resting spots on the way up, it may be challenging for elderly tourists and visitors with limited mobility to navigate. The path winds its way through the Sounion archaeological site and offers great views of the Aegean Sea and surrounding beaches. You can also spot the smaller Temple of Athena Sounios on the way up. 
Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounio Tickets
  • Cafe: There is a cafe at the bottom of the hill, a short walk from the parking area and information center. They offer light pita sandwiches, Koulouri, a type of sesame bread ring, Loukoumades, Greek donuts with honey, and a variety of nuts, and dried fruits. While not overlooking the Aegean Sea, this cafe offers scenic views of the surrounding areas. 
  • Visitor center: There is an information center at the bottom of the hill. You can find information about comfortable transfers, bus routes, opening hours, and other details there. 
  • Toilets: You can use washroom facilities at the information center or the cafe, at the bottom of the hill. 
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If you book Cape Sounion sunset tours, they often include an expert tour guide, who will also help visitors with limited mobility board the car. However, the pathway from the main entrance to the temple gate is not wheelchair-friendly. The road is steep and uneven. We recommend you bring along a friend, family member, or caregiver to assist you along the way. 

  • Steps and ramps: Visitors who have walking aids, but are not completely wheelchair-bound, may attempt to walk up the hill. There are well-maintained steps and ramps in certain areas. Also, you do not have to walk all the way up. You can spot heritage sites and see the crashing waves only a few steps in. 
  • Handrails and resting spots: The pathway has handrails and armrests so that you do not lose balance. There are well-positioned tree barks and benches at frequent intervals. You can rest your feet, have a snack, and begin your hike again. 
Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounio - Rules
  • Stay on marked paths: Cape Sounion has designated pathways to protect certain areas of the temple ruins and to ensure the safety of its visitors. Be careful so as not to stray from these marked pathways. 
  • Leave no trace: You can munch on light snacks as you make your way up the hill, however, do not throw any wrappers or plastic bottles on the road. 
  • Maintain photography etiquette: While it is tempting to take selfies at every beautiful corner of Cape Sounion, be mindful of other visitors. Do not take pictures in restricted areas. Avoid bringing selfie sticks, heavy camera gear, and drones to the tour. 
Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounio - Visitor tips
  • Arrive early at the bus stop: If you are planning to travel to Cape Sounion from Athens on public KTEL buses, keep a few minutes on hand. These buses usually depart at 10am from Mavromateon Terminal, however, in some cases, they may also leave the stop around 9:30am. If you aren’t sure where to wait for the bus, please ask any passerby. 
  • Use restrooms before trekking up: It will take you around an hour to walk up from the main entrance to the temple ruins. It is best to grab a snack or use the restroom before making your way up, as the information center and cafe close around 5:30pm. 
  • Pack light: The Temple of Poseidon does not have a cloakroom or storage facility on site. Avoid bringing suitcases or backpacks on your tour. 
  • Bring a jacket: The temple ruins on the top of the hill tend to get windy around sunset hours. Bring a scarf or jacket, especially if you are traveling around the fall and winter months. 
  • Check the weather forecast: One of the major highlights of traveling to Cape Sounion is the scenic views of the Aegean Sea. Avoid traveling on foggy days as your visibility may be obstructed. 
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  • Naos Cafe (280m away): This cafe, situated at the bottom of the Temple of Poseidon’s hill offers a selection of light snacks and beverages. Expect filling pita sandwiches, souvlaki, a type of grilled meat skewers, and fresh Greek salads, drizzled with olive oil. 
  • The Veranda Restaurant (2.1km away): This restaurant offers a delectable range of seafood. Look out for their shrimp saganaki, baked with cheese and tomatoes, and their moussaka, a layered eggplant dish. 
  • Ilias (2km away): The Ilias is a family-run tavern, situated a few blocks from the temple ruins. Try their classic seafood preparations, made with authentic Greek flavors. Their spicy calamari (fried squid), dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), and pastitsio (a layered pasta dish with meat and bechamel sauce) are some house favorites. 
  • Cape Sounio Restaurant (4.2km away): This upscale restaurant offers a fine dining experience with gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea. Their locally caught fish, grilled or baked, with a lemon-olive oil dressing is a must-try. 
  • Akrogiali (17km away): This establishment is around a 20-minute drive away from the Temple of Poseidon. Try their grilled sardines, topped with olive oil and lemon, and Horiatiki, a fresh salad prepared with tomatoes, peppers, olives, and a generous feta dressing. 
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  • Sounio Beach (adjacent to the Temple of Poseidon): This beach is nestled on a bay and offers spectacular views of the Temple of Poseidon and the Aegean Sea. The gentle waves and clear waters make it a perfect spot for families to swim and sunbathe. 
  • Temple of Athena Sounio (200 m away): Built during the 5th century BC, this smaller temple is located on the same site as the Temple of Poseidon. Although in ruins, this temple offers visitors a closer look at the polytheistic nature of worship in ancient Greece. 
  • Archaeological Museum of Lavrion (10 km away): If you are interested in learning more about the history of the Cape Sounion region and why its fortifications were built, head to the Lavrion Archaeological Museum. They showcase artifacts about Sounion’s silver mines and how they functioned in ancient Greece.
  • Lake Vouliagmeni (22 km away): Situated in the coastal town of Vouliagmeni, this lake offers a serene escape from the hustle-bustle of city life. The lake is fed by natural springs and its water is rumored to contain healing properties. 

Frequently asked questions about Temple of Poseidon tickets

Why should I book Temple of Poseidon tickets online?

It is best to book Temple of Poseidon tickets and Cape Sounion tours online to ensure a hassle-free experience. Pre-booking tickets helps you save time and money. You can skip ahead of long ticketing lines at the venue and directly enter the temple ruins.

Can I get a discount on Temple of Poseidon tickets online?

Yes, if you purchase Temple of Poseidon tickets online, you can enjoy reduced prices and combo offers. On a one-time purchase, you can explore many historic landmarks in and around Cape Sounion. With online ticket bookings, you can also enjoy priority access to the temple ruins.

How to get to the Cape Sounion?

You can travel to Cape Sounion from Athens either by car or public bus. The KETL public buses run once or twice a day from Mavreomateon Terminal on the western side of Pedion Areos Park. Arrive by 9:30am to ensure you do not miss the bus. It will take you around an hour and a half to reach Sounion via car. The Highway A6 route has tolls, however, it is shorter than the coastal Athinon Souniou Road.

What is included in a Cape Sounion tour from Athens?

Depending on the kind of Temple of Poseidon tickets you book, you can enjoy round-trip transfers and priority access to the temple ruins. Travel in private, air-conditioned vehicles with an expert tour guide from Athens to Sounion. You will also receive free Wi-Fi and basic travel insurance on board. 

How long should I spend at the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion?

Athens is almost 77km away from Cape Sounion. You need around 3 to 4 hours to make the most of your visit to Cape Sounion. We recommend you pick the longer, scenic, Athinion Souniou Road to spot iconic landmarks along the way. Upon arrival, spend around 30 minutes to an hour exploring the temple ruins and head to the nearby Sounio Beach. Swim in the waters and sunbathe. Head back to the temple ruins around sunset and soak in the golden hour views of the Aegean Sea.

When is the best time to visit the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion?

March to May and April to September are the best months to travel to Cape Sounion. The weather is pleasant and crowds are manageable. Arrive by 5pm at the archaeological site of Cape Sounion to enjoy sunset views of the Aegean Sea. Check the weather forecast before planning a visit. Rain and foggy weather will disrupt your visibility. 

What are the Temple of Poseidon’s opening hours?

The Temple of Poseidon is open from 9:30am till the sun sets on most days throughout the year. Usually, it closes by 5:30pm. During summer, the site is open until around 6:30pm to 7pm as the days are longer. The temple is closed on 1st January, 25th March, Easter Sunday, 7th May, 25th, and 26th December. On Good Friday, the temple is open from 12pm to 5pm. And, on Holy Saturday, the temple is open from 9:30am to 5:30pm.

What is the Temple of Poseidon’s location?

The Temple of Poseidon is perched atop Cape Sounion, around 60 meters above the Aegean Sea. The temple’s location marks the southernmost tip of the Athenian territory. The dramatic interplay of the Aegean Sea and its surrounding rugged cliffs makes for gorgeous views from the temple ruins of Cape Sounion.