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Imagine watching one the most magnificent sunsets you will ever set eyes on whilst sitting next to the ruins of an ancient temple more than 2.500 years old. 

ShowOn welcomes you to Sounio and the temple of Poseidon. Located only an hour away from the center of Athens, Sounio is not only easy to get to, but the route itself is nothing sort of breathtaking.  

It all begins from the coastal road of the Athenian Riviera on your way to Sounio, with its endless coastline dotted with seaside towns along the way. Varkiza, Saronida, Anavyssos and Legrena are only a few of the many resorts you will encounter on your drive to Sounio. 

Spotting the temple of Poseidon is an easy task.  

Sitting right on the edge of the Cape Sounio since 444-440 BC stands the majestic temple dedicated to the god of the sea. It was during the golden age of Perikles (from 480 BC to 404 BC) that the temple of Poseidon was built, forming part of the sacred triangle alongside the Acropolis and the Temple of Aphaia.  

Cape Sounio’s strategic location was especially important during the ancient years, not only for honoring Poseidon at the temple, but also for military purposes. Nowadays the wider area of Sounio has been declared a national park due to its environmental value. The Sounio National Park was founded in 1974 and has an overall area of 7,500 acres. 

Cape Sounio and the temple of Poseidon may be famous for its divine sunset, but on a clear day don’t forget to look for the closest islands to Sounio such as Kea, Kythnos and Serifos to the southeast and Aegina to the west.

One thing is for sure. Visiting  Sounio is an experience you will always cherish. 

Extra Tip: Taking a swim at any of the nearby beaches close to Poseidon’s temple, promises to be a once in a lifetime experience.

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