Do you want to feel as if you're on a Greek island without ever leaving Athens? Take your sunglasses, your camera, your adventurous spirit, and visit Sounio, a must-see place which you should visit at least once during your vacation in Greece.
Sounio is the southernmost point of Athens, located 70 km from its center. You can reach it either by car or by taking the suburban bus, called K.T.E.L., from Egyptou square near Victoria metro station (green line, 2 stops from Monastiraki Station). The ticket price is about 6 euros and the last bus from Sounio back to Athens departs at 20.00 p.m. If you're traveling during the summer period, we highly suggest you start early in the morning as the trip lasts approximately 2 hours. This way, you will avoid the traffic (usually along the Athens riviera) and the boiling heat as well.
When you arrive, the only thing you have to do is choose the appropriate beach to enjoy a long, refreshing swim. There are plenty of beaches near Sounio, but the nearest ones are 'Cape Sounio, 'Pasas', and 'Akti Asimaki' beach. Alternatively, you can take a taxi and head to 'Agios Petros', 'Legrena' or 'Charakas' beach. In any case, you shouldn't miss your chance to get that glowing tan you were dreaming of in the cold winter days, relax and have fun. Spending many hours by the sea can make you feel hungry. Don't worry; you can dine in one of the excellent tavernas nearby or just have a picnic by the seaside! For more information on Sounio's beaches, we found the following site really useful http://en.cleanbeaches.gr/
The afternoon, right before the sunset, is the perfect time to visit the great Temple of Poseidon and the smaller of Temple of Athena, two of the most famous Olympian gods that ancient Greeks used to worship. The archaeological site opens every day from 9:30 am till sunset during winter, and from 9:00 am till the dusk in summer months. The regular ticket price is 8 euros and the reduced is 4 euros. For more information about admission and opening hours, you can visit the official website of the Ministry of Culture.
Temple of Poseidon - credits: Aerial motion/Shutterstock.com
The first writer who refers to Sounio is Homer in his “Odyssey”, as “the sacred cape of the Athenians”. The majestic Temple of Poseidon was completed around 444-440 BC. For 3 centuries the sanctuary was considered to be a sacred place for the Greek people and a grand four-yearly festival was organized there, with officials sailing the sea around it in a sacred ship.
The standing columns of the ruined temple, the fascinating view of the sunset from the southernmost tip of Athens and the breathtaking landscape offer a romantic setting of unmatched beauty, making Sounio the perfect spot to visit in the company of your significant other.
Please note that the road back to Athens is a bit steep and with many turns, so if you are driving a car or a motorbike, keep your eyes on the road! In case you don’t want to return, there are hotels that can accommodate you, however, beware of the possibility that during the high-season months, hotels may be fully booked.
Whatever you choose to do, a wonderful time is guaranteed. Sounio is a magnificent destination, combining an escape from the city noise, a beautiful landscape, lots of history and, of course, irresistible waters to dive in. How can you neglect it when visiting Athens?
TIP! If you want to learn the fascinating history of the temple & its surroundings from an expert, you can complete our tailor-made form and tell us everything you want to see and do on your day trip. We can arrange the transfer & a guided tour with an exceptional archaeologist and, of course, take you to a crystal blue beach to enjoy your swim and to a local taverna with Greek specialties!