Beaches, island-hopping and day trips to Athens
Sounion offers beautiful natural surroundings combined with upmarket facilities and historic sights. It’s just over an hour’s drive away from Athens, on a peninsula which stretches into the Mediterranean from Greece’s Athenian Riviera. A favourite with Greek locals, as well as holidaymakers, Sounion is home to luxury hotels, expensive villas and some excellent amenities.
Visitors can spend their days relaxing in the pretty bays which surround the town, heading to one of the seafood eateries for fresh Greek dishes and more. The main attraction of the town is the Temple of Poseidon, which stretches along the headland and dates back to 440 BC. Book boat trips around the island from the large marina, or head into Sounion National Park where you can hike and enjoy the views on walking tours.
Book your luxury holiday in Sounion and enjoy its scenic marina where you can watch the large yachts dock for the evening or book boat trips. With its crystal clear waters, there are lots of opportunities to scuba dive or snorkel, or simply relax and enjoy the ride. Couples will love watching the sun set as you sail through the waters, while there are a few low key bars to be found in the resort itself.
Choose Sovereign for your luxury holiday to Sounion and we’ll help you create memories to last a lifetime. All of our holidays offer selected airport lounges and private transfers, with our expert Personal Travel Planners on hand to help you find the best hotel. Book the Grecotel Cape Sounio Resort and enjoy spectacular views, luscious green gardens and a blend of stylish modern décor with historic architecture. The restaurants serve up spectacular local dishes, while there are two private beaches, a swimming pool overlooking the Temple of Poseidon and a Kids’ Club offering lots of activities for little ones.
Athens is the closest airport. Direct flights from the UK take approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.
Transfer time from Athens airport to Sounion is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.
The best time to visit the Athenian Riviera is between April and October – which month you choose depends on how hot you like it. In July and August, daily highs are well into the 30s – perfect for beach days and breezy boat trips around the Saronic Gulf. May, June and September are still lovely and warm, with temperatures in the mid to high 20s, while April and October see the mercury drop another few degrees (ideal for sightseeing and walking).
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.