|HALF DAY TOUR TO CAPE SOUNION (Temple of Poseidon)|
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.
Byron spent several months in Athens in 1810 and 1811 and there are two documented visits by him to Sounion. Byron mentions the Cape in his poem Don Juan:
Place me on Sunium's marbled steep,
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.
Duration approximately 4 hours
All our private tours are flexible. It is always up to you to change the itinerary according to your wishes.
Site’s Opening Hours
Admission to the sites
Reduced admission (50%) for visitors (Original passport or copy necessary)
Free admission for visitors (Original passport or copy necessary)
Days of free admission for all to archaeological sites & public Museums
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