Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon is among the best things to while in Athens with kids. If you have just two days to spend in Greece’s capital, do not miss the chance!
The Temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greek God of the sea, dominates the southernmost tip of Attica, where the horizon meets the Aegean Sea, and where stories and legends unveil about the ship of King Menelaus who stopped briefly at Sounio on his way back from Troy; or about the unfortunate King Aegeus who drowned himself on that spot and the Aegean Sea got named after him; or about the people who built a temple using local marble to honor the God of the sea and safeguard the profits from the neighboring Lavrio mines.
Make the most of your trip by visiting the Temple of Poseidon and then indulging in a refreshing swim in the small beach by the foot of the Temple, or the neighboring beaches of Legrena or Harakas. All three are family-friendly, sandy and with shallow waters.
Do not rush! You will find two authentic fish taverns for fresh fish and seafood with a view of the Cape and the Temple: “Ilias” (0030.2292039114) and “Akrogiali” (0030.2292039107). In weekends, you are advised to make a reservation.
Visit the official website of the Ministry of Culture to learn more on the Temple and experience a half-day kids’ friendly private tour at Sounio and a farm nearby, making your request here. Through a short and beautiful coastal drive, you will visit an urban farm dedicated to learning from nature. During this visit at this nature-themed park – operating mainly for children – you will roll up your sleeves and watch life sprout up from the earth joining fun educational activities such as making your own tomato sauce prepared with Greek herbs and extra virgin olive oil.