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Temple of Poseidon, Sounio

Must see · Ruin · Tourist Spot
Study the ruins of Temple of Poseidon, where the ancient Greeks brought sacrifices to the powerful god of the sea, Neptune. The Doric columns still stand 60 m (200 ft) above the ocean, even in their ruined state. The artifacts harvested from the site, including the Kournos of Sounion, are on display at the Athens National Archeological Museum. Take a guided tour from the entrance or walk the grounds on your own along the trail that leads to the temple. The attraction is visible from all around the peninsula, but the view from the ruins is by far the highlight. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. A visit to Temple of Poseidon represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Sounio trip builder site to plot your vacation.
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  • Not worth the 4 hour round trip and definitely not worth the €10 euro(!!!) entrance fee. Lovely ocean views but the temple is very underwhelming, stay in Athens to see a dozen more interesting...  more »
  • + beautiful location and the view around + convenient to have a cafe near by - a bit of the drive out of Athens - very windy  more »
  • amazing place to visit towards sunset ,you get there by taxi drive ( recommendation can be given) and spent there half day with later a good taverna. the temple is sunset and there is a.....  more »
  • Seaside view is amazing, especially with the vast ocean. Definitely, recommend watching the sunset there before catching the last bus to head back to Athens. Explore the entire park as there is a great aerial view of a nearby beach and port. Free entry for students who display a valid EU student ID card, includes foreign students studying in EU. Bus from Athens to Sounio (€7) and from Sounio to Athens (€5.50). Payment is done while in the bus as it drives along the coast with an amazing view. The bus ride duration varies (depending on traffic) from 1h20min to 2h10min.
  • Great views! No need to spend a lot of time if you don't have it, but the drive from Athens is nice, & gives a different perspective of the Athens area. The ruins are interesting.
  • If you go here for sunset you might as well climb up the hill to actually see the temple whilst the sun sets behind it. There is a spot that like a natural bench and it pretty much perfect. Grab a few beers from the bar and enjoy ;)
  • Very nice place, with one of the temples of Poseidon. You can watch the sign of Lord Byron and see the sea side in it. A lot of cliff and wind surround the place. Heard of a nice sunset, but could not be there at that time
  • It was very nice, the view is fantastic. There are some explanations about the history of the area around the archeological site. At the same time, I feel that 8 euros as entrance fee is a bit too much. The temple becomes quite busy with tourists around sunset which is good to know if you're looking for a romantic evening.

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