One of the best day trips you can have when in Athens, Attica, is in Sounio to visit the archaeological site and the Poseidon Temple. Afterwards you can have a walk at Lavrio and eat at one of the traditional tavernas along the seaside road of this small town. You can arrive there by car or by one of the Hop on Hop off buses from Athens, with friends or with your family. History and pleasure is waiting for you.
Day trip to Sounio and the Poseidone temple
Leave Athens early in the morning and enjoy the whole day in the area of Sounio and Lavrio. Alternatively, you can have an evening visit and enjoy the wonderful sunset behind the Poseidon Temple. The duration of the drive is almost 1 or 1 ½ hour depending on the venue of your departure.
Info: Check out the timetables and the prices here
Info: In ancient times, Cape Sounio was of strategic importance for the Athenians as they could control the entrance of their ships into the Aegean Sea and the Piraeus Port. In order to honor this essential nautical spot, they built a Temple for the God of the Sea, Poseidon. Even though the architect is not known, we know that the Temple is of Doric Style, it was made of marble from the island of Paros and on it you can see scenes form the life of Theseus, the Centaurs and the Giants.
Except for the historical information about Sounio and the Temple, what I love the most is the view! The panoramic view to the Saronic Gulf as well as the whole scenery (especially if you arrive in the evening) is breathtaking! Of course, don’t hesitate to take a lot of pictures.
DAY TRIP TO SOUNIO: In case you don’t want or you don’t have a car to use, you can always book a day trip through getyourguide here (press on the photos for details):
5 more reasons to visit Sounio
Αpart from the fact that you can have a coffee or just a quick break at the cafeteria next to the Temple, there are many more things that you can do:
Visit the Lavrio Museum and have a walk at the port. We enjoyed our walk and bought souvenirs form the outdoor stalls. If you want to visit the museum, read here.
Have a swim at the nearby beaches of Sounio or Legrena. There are a lot of organized beaches and you won’t find it difficult to find one.
Tip: If you like hidden gems then visit this wonderful beach with its crystal clear waters. But don’t forget to take supplies (food and water) with you as the only thing you can find there is a small cantine. I aslos suggest being there early in the morning as in the afternoon there is no place to sit.
Have a glass of ouzo at a tabern near the archaeological site. Prices are not very cheap but the where else so close to Athens will you find a place to drink your ouzo and have a swim at the same time?
See some of the most uprated areas of Attica, Voulagmeni and Varkiza. If you reach Cape Sounio by car then you should definitely have to stop at Voulagmeni or Varkiza area, have a drive among the villas and have a coffee in front of the sea.
Hiking at the National Forest of Sounio or Chaos (Haos). We haven’t done the itinerary so as to show you pics.
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After you visit to the archaeological site, you can also visit Lavrio and have a walk along the port. In our case, we met some friends and ate souvalki! Are you thinking of anything better?