Cape Sounion Tours and Tickets
Cape Sounion is the promontory at the southernmost tip of the Attic peninsula, 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of the town of Lavrio (ancient Thoricus), and 70 kilometres (43 mi) southeast of Athens. It is part of Lavreotiki municipality, East Attica, Greece. Cape Sounion is noted for its Temple of Poseidon, one of the major monuments of the Golden Age of Athens. Its remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The earliest literary reference to Sounion is in Homer's Odyssey (III. 278–285). The story recounts that as the various Greek commanders sailed back from Troy, the helmsman of the ship of King Menelaus of Sparta died at his post while rounding "Holy Sounion, Cape of Athens." Menelaus landed at Sounion to give his companion full funeral honours (i.e., cremation on a funeral pyre on the beach). Archaeological finds on the site date from as early as 700 BC. Herodotus (VI.87) mentions that in sixth century BC, the Athenians celebrated a quinquennial festival at Sounion, which involved Athens' leaders sailing to the cape in a sacred boat.
- 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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Experience a half day small-group trip with minivan along the picturesque south Attica coastal road and visit to the 5th century BC temple of Poseidon. Cape Sounion is a wonderful choice for a half day trip from Athens and is a world famous location to watch the sunset. The blue flag beaches are a popular attraction as well. Relax just a step away from the temple and enjoy your refreshment or wine along with breathtaking views of the Aegean.Learn More
Private flexible tour combining the Highlights of Athens with a coastal road trip to the Sounion peninsula & amazing clifftop Temple of Poseidon as you relax along the way in one of our new full extra Mercedes models with free WiFi & bottled water in the company of a highly experienced, knowledgeable & considerate Tour driver.
Visit the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, Olympic Stadium, Parliament & changing of the guards, and after lunch set off along the deep blue colours of the Aegean sea to explore the Temple of Poseidon.
Exclusive to your group alone with door to door return transfer to your hotel or cruise ship, this comprehensive and 'go at your own pace' tour aims to provide you with one of the most outstanding experiences of your visit.
Choose our hassle-free Lunch option to include a delicious 3-course traditional meal with an Acropolis view in Athens, or by the sea in Sounion; or request an expert licensed guide with pre-purchased Acropolis tickets (extra cost).
Take your own postcard-perfect snaps of Cape Sounion's Temple of Poseidon on a scenic afternoon trip from Athens. Cape Sounion is only 45 miles (70 kilometers) from Athens, making it the perfect lazy afternoon destination.Learn More
Join our half day tour to Cape Sounion and experience a breathtaking sunset at the unique temple of Poseidon, the God of the Seas in ancient times.Learn More
Gaze one of the most majestic sunsets in Greece with a private trip to Cape Sounion. After your private pick up by an executive car or mini van, relax and travel along the scenic Saronic Gulf, all the way from Athens Riviera to the cape and listen to your driver sharing tips and insights. Admire the temple of Poseidon, which sits atop a sheer sea cliff and was a sacred site in the ancient world. Absorb the unique views across the Aegean and take unique photos. After, taste the delightful Greek dishes in a picturesque seaside tavern with great view of the illuminated Temple of Poseidon. As you return, you can enjoy a delicious waffle with ice cream that only locals know.
You get to admire stunning Archeological Sites.
Admire one of the most amazing sunsets you could ever imagine.
100% personalized tour. No prearranged fixed tour.
Taste local cuisine and hear stories about the visited sites.
Private English speaking driver sharing tips.
Extra stop for ice cream.
For Hearing Impaired
- Video Guide
- Hearing kits
- Speech To Text
Access for Seniors
- Recommended time for visit мore than 3 hours
- Recommended time for visit 2 hours
Accessibility for wheels
- Special Parking
- Access with Portable Ramp
- Bathroom: Too narrow for wheelchair
- Wide doors >= 75 cm and < 90 cm
- Hilly area
- Exhibit height - 3
- Not accessible for wheelchair and Electric scooters
Access for Visually Impaired
- Audio Guide
- Place has Special Guide Service
- Service animals permitted