Sounion can be found about 40 miles from Athens and at the southernmost point of the Attica in the eastern direction. Due to its strategic position in commanding the seafaring lanes operating to and from Athens, it was converted into a guard in the Athenians’ maritime interest. Sounion became a station for strong garrison of Athenians triremes and hoplites, who were tasked with guarding all-critical food supplies arriving from Pontos and Eubea. Today, this attic is an archaeological site housing the elegant Temple of Poseidon.
The Ancient Greeks surely had taste when it came to choosing a site for a temple. The Temple of Poseidon, which is Sounion’s major site of attraction stands. The Temple was built around 440BC with huge soaring columns and a panoramic view where you can gaze down towards the sea. The Temple’s design is founded on Sacred Geometry and legend has it that the Temple sits under four stars deemed as the ‘portals of the universe.’ The Temple comes with a mesmerising ambience, which is why visionaries such as Lord Bryon carved his name on the doorpost of the Temple. You will find so much inspiration here.
Top things to do in Sounio
- Visit the Temple of Poseidon
This is Sounio’s primary attraction that dates back to 440 BC. Although it is in ruins, this masterpiece is an important landmark that carries a lot of historical wealth. For more information about the Temple of Poseidon, ensure you take a guided trip.
- Cape Sounio Public beach access
This luxurious beach resort can be found in Lavreotiki and the perfect place to settle for your weekend getaway with friends and family. Apart from the cosy guest rooms and accommodation, this resort also has bungalows and villas by the beach. In terms of food, you will definitely love this haven of Local Greek cuisine.
- Visit the Athens Riviera
Athens Riviera and the Saronic gulf remain to be one of the most spectacular coastal viewpoints in Sounio. Book one of the available tours to this place and enjoy 7-8 hours of local flavours by the sea and get to swim in the Greek Crystal sea waters.
- Discover Cape Sounio
As you head towards Sounio, take a drive along the Athenian Riviera. This drive will treat you to some of the best scenic views you have ever seen. Once you get to Sounia, make your way to the Temple of Poseidon and take great pictures of the Aegean view as you gain insight into the island from an expert guide.
Local cuisines and where to eat in Sounio
You want to arrive at Sounio at around sunset as it is one of the best moments you can get to experience a great culinary experience. The food here is drawn from a Cycladic cuisine and involves a wide range of magical ingredients ranging from cheese, meat, greens and vegetables.
- Have a great tasting experience at ‘Marida.’
Marida is the most popular restaurant in Sounio and a favourite among the locals. Prepare to have a spectacular treat made of seafood prepared with a Mediterranean twist. Make sure you order the poached octopus with the fried zucchini. Once you enter here, you ever want to live.
- Dine with locals at Cape Sounio restaurant
(Cape Sounio Restaurant)
One of Sounio’s popular restaurant that serves both Greek and International cuisine. The breakfast here is to die for. It features extensive options of hot and cold buffets that come with tasty traditional and tasty options. Make sure you try the Greek doughnuts, freshly-made crepes or the breakfast sushi.
|Charakas Beach||Port of Entry (Piraeus)|
|Paralia Christea||Lavrio harbours|
|Kape Beach||Sounio Cove|