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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
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
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$62.04 per adult
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Excellent experience
Teddy was an excellent tour guide! He was very engaging and interactive with the people on the tour, playing a trivia game with us all, which made time fly. He was very knowledgeable and professional. My family and I had a great time on the tour. Highly recommend!
Irlanda_C, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Athens

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The Sunset at Cape...
Trang_N, Oct 2021
Cape Sounion Private Sunset Tour From Athens With Seaside Dinner
The Sunset at Cape Sounion was magnificent. The dinner at the restaurant by the water was delicious. Highly recommend this tour.
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Wonderful tour
Dorothea_M, Sep 2021
Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip
It was a wonderful tour in its content and the guide was super experienced and knowledgeable but she tried to impart too much knowledge to us and over whelmed us with detail. The whole day tour was well worth the money and we thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon drive to cape sounion with a different guide.
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Lovely spot
janine_c, Nov 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
Bus was clean, comfortable. The stop at the lake was for a very brief look from outside the fence. I would have given 5 stars if the driver hadn't told some hugely unnecessary lies about other Athens attractions. Still puzzling through that...
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I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Darragh_O, Nov 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
Great way to spend an afternoon. Granted it was overcast so there wasn't much of a sunset to speak of, but the visibility was good and it was a nice drive along the coast. Our tour guide, Teddy, was very knowledgeable and he only added to the experience. If you want to get out of Athens for a few hours then I would recommend this tour without hesitation.
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Fantastic Educational tour of the Acropolis and the Pantheon
Michael_P, Nov 2021
Private Tour Athens & Cape Sounio with Photo Stop at Athenian Riviera
I had my own personal tour guide from Athens who explained the history and Mythology of the Acropolis and the Pantheon. Ava was personable and professional and added his personal recommendations on area restaurants and places to visit. I learned more in a day touring Athens, the Athenian Riviera, Cape Sounio and the Temple of Posieden than I could have spending a week on my own in Athens.
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Great way to see Athens.
Kathleen_B, Nov 2021
Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon
Seeing the changing of the guard was really interesting and the Parthenon was incredible as was the museum
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Great day!
Sharon_L, Nov 2021
Full Day Private Tour: Essential Athens Highlights plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon
Both Tolis and the guide were very knowledgeable and fun! We had a wonderful day! Athens is a great city and we plan to return soon.
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Trip to sounion
Laura_R, Nov 2021
Cape Sounion Private Sunset Tour From Athens With Seaside Dinner
Our driver was very polite very knowledgeable shared a lot of history great sense of humor… we were able to stop in certain places that were not on the itinerary. If you’re ever in Greece please book his experience also the beautiful sunset at the temple of Poseidon was amazing 🙏🏼 Thank you so much we had a beautiful time
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Teddy was awesome! 10/10
Cristian_B, Nov 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
The guide, Teddy, really made this trip awesome. I highly recommend it. The trip was fairly long but the fun games took our minds off of it. The temple itself is nice, but the views are incredible. One of the best trips I've had through Viator.
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Excellent trip…don’t miss it!
Vickie_S, Oct 2021
Cape Sounion Private Sunset Tour From Athens With Seaside Dinner
Driver was on time and very informative on our drive. He checked on us to make sure we were ok. Our dinner included with the package was excellent and the staff was wonderful and friendly. Highly recommend this tour
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Teddy is a great guide!
Heather_J, Nov 2021
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
Teddy was an amazing guide. He was knowledgeable and made it fun. He made the drive enjoyable and answered all of our questions. The temple was beautiful at sunset. I would highly recommend this!
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Lovely day
Ray_C, Oct 2021
Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip
Great day. Great guide. Wonderful value for the money. Many great memories made in this tour. Highly recommend.

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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