Cape Sounion Day Tour from Hotel
Visit one of the most famous sites in Athens during this Cape Sounion half day tour. The ruins of Poseidon's Temple await your arrival at Cape Sounion, where you'll have a chance to examine the site and take in the beautiful view of the Aegean sea.
Your Sounion half day tour begins with a drive down the coastal road that leads to the historic locale. Be on the lookout for the picturesque beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza, which are three Athenian suburbs you'll pass during your trek to Sounion. Before you know it, you'll find yourself face-to-face with Poseidon's Temple.
The ruins you'll encounter on this Sounion tour date back to about 440 B.C. Mariners, civilians, and even entire cities and states would visit the temple to leave gifts for Poseidon. While much of Poseidon's Temple has seen better days, there are still several portions that are still standing today, most notably the Doric columns. About 15 Doric columns remain of the original 42. As you search the ruins, look for the engraved name of poet Lord Byron on one of the columns. It's said that he "vandalized" the column on his trip to the site in the early 19th century. Like Byron, spend your afternoon seeing a different side of Greece on this Sounion half day tour.