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Temple of Poseidon

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Sunset over the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio, Greece.
Photograph: ShutterstockSunset over the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio, Greece.

Time Out says

Make this temple the perfect day out from Athens, just make sure to have a scenic dinner afterwards

What is it and why is it famous?

Dedicated to Zeus’s rival brother, Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of sea, the temple could not have been built in a better spot than Cape Sounion, overlooking  the Aegean Sea and guarding the city of Athens from anyone heading to the main Piraeus port. It is the southernmost point of Attica, just a couple of hours from the city centre, and the temple is made entirely of white marble. It’s pretty much as spectacular as it sounds. 

Is it worth seeing?

The perfect spot to view the sunset (and the full moon), and with tickets coming in much much cheaper than buying expensive cocktails at rooftop bars (€10 for a standard ticket), the Temple of Poseidon is absolutely worth it. You can also swim on a nearby beach during the summer months, which is really something. 

How do I get from Athens to the Temple of Poseidon?

It’s easiest to go by car, so I’d suggest renting one for a day, but if that’s not an option you can get the bus, which takes longer but does give you a very cheap tour through Athens. The starting point for KTEL Attikis Public Buses is at Pedion tou Areos on Alexandras Avenue and passes through central spots in Athens, such as Klafthmonos Square, Syntagma, Metro Station Syngrou – FIX. The ticket costs €12.50 and the route by the sea is truly beautiful.

Where should I eat nearby? 

You’re by the sea, so obviously it’s time for seafood. For serious views of the temple, go for Yali restaurant of Cape Sounio Grecotel Boutique Resort. Naos cafe restaurant is also nearby, serving up traditional Greek dishes like grilled octopus fava bean puree.

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Demetrios Ioannou
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