The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion is the best half day trip you can do out of Athens or combine it with a swim and lunch or dinner at a seaside fish taverna.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve always made lists for everything. My dream travel list was always an extensive one. I always dreamt of traveling the world, learning about different cultures, trying different cuisines and taking photos with iconic backdrops.
One of them is Temple of Poseidon, a 5th-century temple ruins with Doric-style columns, offering sweeping views of the sea. The Ancient Greeks knew how to choose a site for a temple.
One of my top destinations that I’ve always wanted to explore was Greece. Anywhere between Athens to Santorini, or Crete Island and to, of course, Mykonos. As my passion and appreciation for traveling continued to expand, I became more and more intrigued to visit each and every island of Greece. Something about Athens’ ancient landmarks and Santorinis’ black sand beaches drew me to see what Greece was all about.
Last month I’ve actually been in Greece, so I’ve spent more time in a bathing suit than real clothes, and I was making sure to reapply sunscreen all the time. If I do wear clothing, I like flowy pieces that are effortless and comfortable in the humid heat.
So, I was super excited to add this adorable dress to my closet just in time for my summer vacation! The Gingham Wrap Dress from Ylana Shop is light and airy and the perfect choice for a day trip to the temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. The fit is incredibly flattering and the ruffles makes it so fun and feminine.
After exploring Acropolis in Athens, I was curious to see the Temple of Poseidon, that stands at Cape Sounion on a craggy spur that plunges 65m to the sea.
Built in 444 BC – same as the Parthenon – of marble from nearby Agrilesa, it is a vision of gleaming white columns. Sailors in ancient times knew they were nearly home when they saw the first glimpse of the temple. Cape Sounion’s location was of a great strategical importance thus it was fortified by a big wall and was constantly guarded in order to keep the shipping lanes clear.
Cape Sounion, the southernmost tip of Attica, was a significant strategic point, when the city-state of Athens, controlled the sea passage to the Aegean Sea and the central port of Piraeus. As well as the Lavrion peninsula rising ahead, comprising the rich silver mines thanks to which Athens emerged as a leading power in the 5th century BC.
Inside the fortress, the summit is occupied by the sanctuary of Poseidon. Entering through the gate at the NW part of the fortification wall, one ascended through the settlement which covered the slopes to reach the monumental gateway of the sanctuary. Nowadays, the visitors enters the fortress crossing over the east part of the wall. In the sandy cove north of the cape the port was located. On the rocky shore at the entrance of the inlet, ship sheds were cut out for warships to be hauled. About 400m to the northeast, the sanctuary of Athena occupies the flat top of a low hill. On a clear day you can see Kea, Kythnos and Serifos islands to the southeast, and Aegina and the Peloponnese to the west.
The incredible Temple of Poseidon it’s best to visit first thing in the morning or head there for one of the most beautiful sunsets in Greece.
There is a decent cafe-restaurant at the site where you can enjoy the amazing views and drink a beer, and a steep path leads down to a small beach. If you want more space or variety, you’ll need a car to reach the nearby bigger beaches and tavernas.
What I like the most here is a traditional Greek taverna with great seafood, located at the edge of the beach from where you will have beautiful views ot the Temple .
If you have a couple of days to spend in Athens the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion makes the perfect day excursion. Don’t miss it!
Have you ever been to Cape Sounion to see Temple of Poseidon?
Does it sound like a good day trip for you?