At the end of the Attica peninsula at the southernmost point called Cape Sounio, lies the ancient Temple of Poseidon. Cape Sounio, the Temple of Poseidon and its fortifications are about an hour and a half away from the centre of Athens.
The Temple of Poseidon was erected in the middle of the 5th century BC at the ancient port of Sounio. It was built to honour Poseidon, God of the sea. Its architecture was of innovative design, its iconic marble pillars are an impressive reminder. Next to the temple of Poseidon, you can find the ruins of the lesser-known temple of Athena, the old walls and the ruins of ancient settlements. The Temple of Poseidon and its monuments is one of the most important archaeological sites in Athens.
The location is also linked to Greek mythology. According to the famous story of Aegeus, this was the location where he jumped in the sea when he saw black sails on the ship of his son Theseus. Theseus had gone to Knossos to fight the Minotaur and Aegeus thought he had not survived. For this reason, the Greek sea was called Aegean Sea.
Do not miss the sunset from the temple overlooking the endless blue. You will be mesmerized by the reds and oranges that engulf the temple as the sun descends into the sea. It will definitely be an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
If you want to visit the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio in combination with the other treasures of the Athenian Riviera, we highly recommend the Day in the Athens Riviera Tour
Families should know
- There is not much shade at the site. It is best to visit early in the morning or before sunset
- Bring walking shoes and a sun hat
- Pack water, juice and sandwiches. There is a cafe selling snacks just beneath the temple but it is quite touristy and a bit overpriced
- For prompt information about the timetable and tickets please follow this link: odysseus.culture.gr
- Rent high quality baby & toddler travel gear such as car seats, strollers and baby carriers through Baby Traveller, the new family service provider in Greece
Kids will love
- The iconic columns of the temple
- The myth of Aegeus and Theseus
- Walking the path towards the temple
Parents will love
- The enchanting sunset
- The awe and serenity of the place
- Learning more about Greek mythology and history
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