Temple of Poseidon, Greece.

Day Trips from Athens – Temple of Poseidon

Temple of Poseidon, Greece Map.

The Temple of Poseidon is about an hour south of Athens by car.

South of Athens, at the end of a peninsula, lies the town of Sounion, and the majestic ruins of the Temple of Poseidon on a cliff overlooking the sea.  It’s about a one hour drive from the city and about a half hour from the Athens airport.

The west coast of the peninsula is a long string of beautiful coves and beaches. The closer to Athens one gets the busier the beach, especially on weekends. We were there on a Sunday in June, and the northern beaches were packed, but those nearer to Sounion were pretty quiet.

Sounion, Greece

The bay and beach of Sounion

Beach, Sounion, Greece

One of the many coves and beaches near Sounion

The temple was built between 444 and 400 BC.  It is quite well-preserved with 15 original columns still standing. Anciently, to sailors returning to Athens, the Temple of Poseidon was a landmark that indicated they were almost home.

Temple of Poseidon, Greece

Temple of Poseidon

Temple of Poseidon, Greece.

View of Temple of Poseidon from the stoa.

Temple of Poseidon, Greece

The original Doric columns of the Temple of Poseidon.

The best way to visit this area is with a rental car. If you are picking up a rental car at the Athens airport or dropping one off, and have a few hours, take the time to visit this area. We’re glad we did.