Temple of Poseidon

Drive along the - slightly longer - coastal road to reach the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio just before sunset. You will immediately feel the power of this site. It is no coincidence that this is the place where believers still pay tribute to the ancient gods of Olympus according to Greek mythology.

  • Temple of Poseidon
  • Temple of Poseidon
  • Temple of Poseidon
  • Temple of Poseidon
  • Temple of Poseidon
  • Temple of Poseidon
  • Temple of Poseidon
  • Temple of Poseidon

According to mythology, the temple of Poseidon was the place where Aegeus committed suicide when he saw the black sails of the ship and believed that his son Theseus – who had gone to Knossos to to fight the Minotaur – was dead. For this reason the sea was called Aegean Sea. To tell you the truth, he couldn’t find a nicer place to commit suicide…

The temple was dedicated to Poseidon, the god of the sea and was built twice. Initially it was built in the Doric order and was quite innovative for its time. It lacked an inner colonnade in the inner chamber, giving it greater spaciousness. Next to the temple of Poseidon, you can find the lesser known temple of Athena.

Do not miss the sunset from the temple overlooking the sea. It will definitely be an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Families should know

  • As there is no shade, it is better to visit the temple either early in the morning or ideally before sunset
  • Take proper shoes instead of flip flops for both you and your children as you need to do a bit of climbing
  • Pack water, juice and sandwiches. There is a cafe selling snacks just beneath the temple but it is quite touristy and a bit overpriced
  • The temple of Poseidon is 1.5 hours away from the centre of Athens but is worth the visit
  • You cannot get inside the temple but you can get close enough so that with binoculars you can even distinguish details of the pediment as well as the name of Lord Byron

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Kids will love

  • The vastness of the temple
  • The myth of Aegeus and Theseus
  • Throwing stones in the sea from the edge of the cliff

Parents will love

  • The enchanting sunset
  • The awe and serenity of the place

Best season to visit

  • Open during Spring Spring
  • Open during Summer Summer
  • Open during Autumn Autumn
  • Open during Winter Winter
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Monday to Sunday: 9:30 – sunset


General admission: 4€ People over 65 years old: 2€ Children up to 18 years old: free entrance

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Other parents say...

  • …Varkiza, Agia Marina, Lagonissi, Saronida, Anavyssos: the more you remote yourself from civilization, the more the scenery becomes deserted. You suddenly have the feeling you are alone on earth…The temple of Poseidon is calling you…It seems like it has been waiting for you for ages. Your soul fills with awe and happiness…serenity and completion…A strange feeling of being somewhere really familiar.

    Marilena P.
  • It is the third time that we visited the temple of Poseidon and we will certainly do it again. It is a perfect one-day excursion. We rent a car and take the coastal road that is amazing. We go for a swim at the beach next to Cape Sounio hotel. Thirty minutes before sunset we visit the temple of Poseidon…And then for fresh fish we always go to Akrogiali.

    Stavros B.