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HALF DAY TOUR TO CAPE SOUNION (Temple of Poseidon) Print E-mail

According to legend Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeas, King of Athens, believing that his only son Prince Theseas was dead leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

The wind-swept Cape Sounio was an obvious choice for a sanctuary of Poseidon, where the sailors might offer a last sacrifice to appease the mighty God of the Sea before leaving the comparative safety of the Saronic Gulf for the perils of the open Aegean Sea.  The archaic temple was destroyed by the Persians in 480 B.C. and a new one was built in its place in 440 B.C. by Pericles.  The contrast between the 12 white remaining Doric columns and the deep blue of the sea is still as dazzling as in the days of Lord Byron who carved his name on the marble.

lunar eclipse at  Poseidon's TempleMoonrise at PoseidonSunset from Sounion

Temple of Poseidon at cape SounionTemple of Poseidon at cape SounionTemple of Poseidon at cape Sounion

Byron spent several months in Athens in 1810 and 1811 and there are two documented visits by him to SounionByron mentions the Cape in his poem Don Juan:

Place me on Sunium's marbled steep,
Where nothing, save the waves and I,
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep...

The site is the most popular half day excursion from Athens, not only for its great archaeological interest but for the scenic drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf as well.
Passing on the way though some of Athens’s most expensive and beautiful suburbs and resorts (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Lagonisi) areas that offer you a variety of choices either for a coffee brake or for lunch on the waterfront.

Beach on the way to SounioVouliagmeniBeach on the way to Sounio

Duration approximately 4 hours

All our private tours are flexible.  It is always up to you to change the itinerary according to your wishes.
Admission fees and lunch are not included in the price of the tour.

Site’s Opening Hours
Temple of Poseidon:  Open daily from 10am until sunset.
Last entry 15 min before closing.

 

Holidays

1 January:   closed

6 January:   08:30 - 15:00

Shrove Monday:  08:30 - 15:00

25 March:  closed

Greek Orhodox Good Friday:  12:00 - 15:00

Greek Orhodox Good Saturday:  08:30 - 15:00

Greek Orhodox Easter Sunday:  closed

Greek Orhodox Easter Monday:  08:30 - 15:00

May 1:  closed

Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 - 15:00

15 August:  08:30 - 15:00

28 October:   08:30 - 15:00

25 December:  closed

26 December:  closed

 

Free admission days
6 March  In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
5 June   International Day for the Environment 
18 April   International Monuments Day 
18 May   International Museums Day 
27 September   International Tourism Day

*  The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
*  Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
*  National Holidays
*  The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and  
    September (when the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the  
    free admission day).

 

Admission to the sites
Adults:   8 euros

 

Free admission for: 
Children under 18                                                                                                                                                                                            Students from E.U.

 

Reduced admission for:
Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65
Students from countries outside the E.U.

 
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