Sounio Travel Guide

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Sounio Highlights

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    janetanne says…

     Great Photo ops, rugged scenery, Historical Significance 

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    Kodi01 says…

     It is hidden and surely not to be missed. 

  • In a nutshell
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    johngayton says…

     More than just another collection of old ruins! 

Sounio Things to Do

  • Temple of Poseidon

    The ruins of the temple of Poseidon are the main attraction in Cape Sounio. The temple was built at the edge of the cape, 60m above the sea level overlooking Sounio bay. Greeks dedicated the temple to Poseidon, the god of Sea so the sailors can visit it for pilgrimage, leave gifts, make animal sacrifices, the mighty sea along with strong winds were...

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  • just the ruins?!

    Yes, just the ruins but worth it because these ruins are in a beautiful spot with great view and the sunset there is just perfect. After checking the temple we took some pictures around, you can see the lazy greeks just drinking at café (pic 2) or you can help fellow travellers having a pic in front of the temple (pic 3), watch the birds around or...

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  • beaches

    Cape Sounio is famous for the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon but many of us visit the general area for the beaches. You will see lot of them along the south coast of Attica as you drive from Athens to Sounio. Don’t forget that the area of Sounio is one of the most expensive in Greece with rich people having their upscale summer homes around...

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  • Visit the Temple of Poseidon

    The Temple of Poseidon was built in 444 BC and had 34 pillars Today only 15 of them remain. Although Lord Byron carved his name into one if the pillars in 1810, he was neither the first or last person to disfigure the base of the temple. (No longer permitted).

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  • Temple of Poseidon

    The Temple of Poseidon is set on a cliff 65m above the Aegean Sea. The original temple was built around 600 BC, destroyed in 480 BC by the Persians, and rebuilt by Pericles in 440 BC. The architect of the Temple of Poseidon was probably Ictinus. It had 34 Doric columns, 15 of which still survive. The columns were engineered differently than the...

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  • Tickets to view the Temple

    There is a subsidised rate for EU citizens over the age of 65 at 2 Euros. Other adults pay 4 Euros.You can get fairly close to the temple, but nowhere near touching distance! They are very concerned about preservation.However, you can walk around, admire the location & open scenery stretching far out.

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  • Sunsets over the Aegean Sea

    The site is a popular day excursion for tourists from Athens, with sunset over the Aegean Sea viewed from the ruins a sought-after spectacle.You will see a fabulous sunset which is considered to be the most wonderful in Attica! You may watch my 3 min 37 sec VIDEO-Clip Sounio Slide-show out of my VT-Tube or Sounio Slide-show out of my YouTube with...

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  • Aegean islands

    From this jutting headland, there is a panoramic view of the surrounding Aegean islands. Nearby there are the islets of Makronisi and Patroklou (west). Further away, to the south, the larger islands of Kea, Kithnos, Serifos. To the east, looming behind Kea can be seen the 994 m peak of Andros island. To the west, the mountainous shore of the...

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  • Temple of Poseidon

    There were two ancient temples on this site, one dedicated to Athena (of which only the foundations remain – I didn’t see it) and the other the famous one to Poseidon.Construction on a grand Temple of Poseidon began around 500 BC but was never completed; the temple and all the votive offerings were destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC. The Temple of...

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  • Cape Sounion

    Cape Sounio has been recognized since prehistoric times as a special place of worship, and was an important sanctuary during the Greek Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods. Cape Sounion is renowned for the ruins of the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland,...

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  • Just ok place to be

    In my personal opinion, the temple of Poseidon is just another place of rubble with still few intact columns. I must say though, the view of the open sea from that hill top is absolutely amazing. If you would like to see this temple after dark when they illuminate it, you will have to stay overnight in the village below. The last bus to Athens is...

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  • TEMPLE OF HERA II

    An archaic Doric Temple in the ancient city of Paestrum, the TEMPLE OF HERA II or better known as the Temple of Poseidon, is one of the best preserved temples in the world. Constructed 470 to 460 B.B, it measures 60 x 25 metres. Most of the 36 colums have survived and were made of the local travertine, but originally were covered with stucco to...

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Sounio Restaurants

  • cafe restaurant near the temple

    Near the entrance of the ancient temple you see a café/restaurant which is usually full of people in the afternoon with people waiting there for the sunset while they have nice view of the temple of Poseidon.The prices are more expensive than average but not outrageous. We never ate something, usually we take coffee or beer. There’s also a small...

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  • FANTASTIC SWORDFISH

    Sunday, May 20, 3007After our wonderful visit to the Temple of Poseidon, it was time to have a bite to eat. Janet suggested a seaside restaurant, located along the scenic Saronic coast, just outside the town of Legrena, called the MERIDA RESTAURANT.We all ordered swordfish, and a huge slab of grilled swordfish steak was placed before us. I had...

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  • Seafood it really have to be seafood...

    Nice place to enjoy a seafood dinner with a wonderful view to the tempel of Poseidon. Octopus, fish, roast cheese and greek salad.

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  • One to avoid...

    I am writing here to warn people of a taverna in Sounio called 'Antigoni'. From all appearances it seems to be an average and unassuming taverna. I was thus fooled into thinking it might be a good place for a typical Greek lunch. I was unfortunately gravely mistaken about this assumption.I ordered 5 inexpensive dishes - tsitiki, fried aubergine,...

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  • One to avoid

    I am writing here to warn people of a taverna in Sounio called 'Antigoni'. From all appearances it seems to be an average and unassuming taverna. I was thus fooled into thinking it might be a good place for a typical Greek lunch. I was unfortunately gravely mistaken about this assumption.I ordered 5 inexpensive dishes - tsitiki, fried aubergine,...

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  • nothing special

    there is only one restaurant in Sunio. It seemed to me nothing special, there is a small gift shop at the entrance of the reataurant and it was double priced. So I did not tried the restaurant, I recommend everyone to take a bottle of water especially in the summer time.

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Sounio Nightlife

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    by Kodi01 Written Feb 23, 2003

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    This is the place to go to see the most spectacular sunsets.

    Dress Code: That depends on the time of the year. I needed a light jacket in January. It is windy there.

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Sounio Transportation

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    Sounio is about 70km southeast from Athens.At pic5 I have pointed out main spots of Attica region, dark blue shows the inland route, light blue the route along the coast.By busYou can take a suburban bus (KTEL) to Sounio from Plateia Aigyptou (Egyptou square) near Victoria metro station (green line, 2 stops from Monastiraki). Some buses stops also...

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  • Bus to Sounio from Athens

    I visited Sounio by Athens public bus on 11th October, 2011. The bus station is south-east from metro station Victoria. There was a small board "Sounio-Coastal". Getting in the bus, and pay for the fee in the bus. It costs 6.3 euros for one way. The duration depends on traffic in Athens. In our case, it took two and half hours to get Sounio and two...

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  • Transport from Athens

    It's a bit tricky to get to the bus station from where buses depart for Sounio.Basically, you start from Syntagma Square and take a purple & yellow bus (numbers 5 or 11) towards Plateia Egyptou (Aigyptou Square), past the National Archaeological Museum.Alternatively you can take the metro to Viktorias. Then make your way east to Oktovriou-Patission...

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Sounio Local Customs

  • Spring Time Ride Gathering Wild Flowers

    One of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful time in Greece, is in the Spring time. The drive along the Attiki Coast is a favourite for Greeks when the wild flowers are in full bloom. Try not to miss it.These photos were taken just across the road from the Temple of Posidon in Sounion. They are old structures, including a church, that were...

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  • Saved or 'Taken?' That is the Question!

    What are all those little white monuments seen all along the roads in Greece??? Who hasn't visited Greece and wondered what they meant?; Who put them there? Why did they put them there??? It seems that the mystery is not so easily solved. However, there are but two possible answers, which may or may not help! These little 'shrines' either signify...

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Sounio Warnings and Dangers

  • POISONOUS SNAKES

    When walking in the hills, especially during the first month of Spring, be very careful and on the look out for the famous Poisonous Snake of Greece ....THE OCHIA! It's bite can be fatal and there are few, if any antidotes available in pharmacies and hospitals in Greece!!!I took this photo at the Monastery of Agios Pavlos in Plaka above Lavrion on...

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  • Sea wind

    I have never seen such strong wind like at Sounio cape! I was almost carried away by the wind and you may see it at my pic.I felt like a bird going to fly up!

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  • Street racing at GR-91

    Greek National Road 91 (GR-91) is a highway running from the southernmost limit of the Athens metropolitan Area, in Vouliagmeni up to Sounio. It is a continuation of Poseidonos Avenue. It was first constructed in the 1950s as a one lane per direction road, but was later extended to two lanes per direction for half of its length. It has many...

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Sounio Off The Beaten Path

  • My Pirate's Hidden Beach is Being...

    The last time I went to my most favorite beach in all of Attiki, the hidden little, clean, natural spot in Legrena, I was shocked. Shocked, enraged, angry, words that are not as intense as the feelings that I had when I saw the huge, illegal brick wall lining the entire 10 stremeta of land bordering the beach that had been so beautiful. Now, a wall...

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  • Varkiza and Gourkolimano

    Our minibus has made several stops that we could enjoy and take photos and videos of the area of Varkiza Bay and Gourkolimano Bay.You may watch my high resolution photo of Varkiza on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 48' 46.21" N 23º 48' 4.56" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Varkiza Bay.You may watch my high resolution...

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  • Lake Vouliagmeni

    Lake Vouliagmeni (Sunken Lake) is a small fresh-water lake fed by underground currents seeping through the mass of Mount Hymettus. It was once a large cavern that collapsed following an earthquake, probably during the early Middle Ages. The outline of the collapsed cavern roof can be clearly discerned from a distance. The lake stands at a 40 cm...

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  • Excavations in Sounio

    Modern travellers visited Sounion long before excavations started on the site, including Lord Byron in 1810. Restricted excavations in the sanctuary of Poseidon were conducted in 1825 by the Dilettanti and by the German architect W. Doerpfeld. Systematic investigation was undertaken between 1897 and 1915 by the Athens Archaeological Society, under...

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  • Take a tour to Sounio from Athens

    This is a great half-day tour option for travelers looking to explore Greece beyond the confines of Athens, complete with stunning views and world-class Greek ruins. If you happen to visit or even live somewhere in Athens or its area you will be probably suggested to take an evening tour to Sounio which is situated 70 km to the South of Athens....

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  • CHURCH OF AYIOS DIMITRIOS SARONIKOS

    Located along the scenic Saronic Coast was a little chapel called CHURCH OF AYIOS DIMITRIOS SARONIKOS. It was a lovely little chapel. I lreally enjoyed the beautiful icons in the chapel.In photo 4 a beautiful icon was painted directly onto the wall of the chapel.

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