A visit to Cape Sounion is one of the most popular day trips from Athens. If you are interested in beaches, temples, and amazing sunsets, this half day tour from Athens is just for you!
Why take a day trip to Cape Sounion?
The main reason that Cape Sounion is a popular day trip from Athens, is because of the Temple of Poseidon. Perched high above the sea, the temple is located at the far end of the Attica peninsula. Once, an entire fortified city surrounded it, and in some places the walls still remain. Today, the temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion stands as a wonderful monument to the past. It is also a great place to see the sunset.
This is another reason why people should visit Cape Sounion. The sunset. There is something magical about the way the sun sets in the evening, and this is amplified at this ancient Greek site. Although there will be many other people around, it is possible to wander off and experience the sun setting in relative calm and tranquility. There have been a series of concrete benches made at spots around the site, from where you can sit and watch in peace.
Finally, there are some great beaches around Cape Sounion. Take your pick from organised beaches with bars and umbrellas, through to quiet bays that only see one or two people a day. I know which one I prefer!
The Perfect Cape Sounion Day Trip
Actually, unless you want longer at the beach, a half day trip to Cape Sounion is best. This way, you can have lunch at a taverna, sleep it off at the beach, go for a swim, and then see the temple of Poseidon. I would suggest getting to the temple an hour and a half before sunset to walk around the site first. Then, you can judge for yourself where the best place to watch the sunset itself might be from.
How to get to Cape Sounion
Cape Sounion is about an hour and a half drive from Athens. You can get there via an organised tour, a taxi, public transport, or by your own vehicle. If you want to take a taxi, it will be worth getting together with some other people, and negotiating the rate. By doing this, you could put your own half day tour to Cape Sounion together, which could include some beach time as well. If you are taking public transport from Athens, then you can catch a bus from the Mavromateon bus terminal near Victoria Metro Station. Just ask around for where the bus leaves from when you are there. Be careful when coming back though. You don't want to miss the last bus, as it's a long walk!
If you are looking for other things to do in and around Athens, you might find this article useful – What to see and do during 2 days in Athens.