December 27th, 2009 – by: jegs76
me and Poseidon...temple
We went to Sounio
- southern cap of the penisula in Attiki region, around 1 hour from Athens
to see the famous ruins of the temple of Poseidon, the god of the seas. We had no idea how to get there, cos Greece isnt that internet friendly. To find any informatrion about buses is almost impossible. I didnt make it at least to find where and when. We thought we could get some info about that in Athens, but no way. At the airport we couldnt, the same in town. We just tryed our luck and went as far as possible with the tram, that goes from Sindagma square to Glyfada
(suburban town at the cost, south from Atens) and hoped to catch some buses going south to Sounio.
Waiting for the tram at the beach, somewhere between Pireus and Glyfada
We asked the tram driver at the last station and he pointed the previous bus stop as thy one with buses to Sounio, then we asked the driver of the first bus that arrived at the stop about that but he pointed another bus stop, where it should be tha place for the proper bus. So we wnet there and ... there was a sign about ... "Buses to Sounio" but no schedules. So we waited. There was another couple of guys from Belgium waiting for that bus and a local lady, she told us this was the right bus stop but she had no idea when the bus might arrive. We waited and waited, asked another bus driver but he didnt know as well anything about the schedule. And when we were about to share a taxi to get to the temple the bus finally came! Ufff! Great! The ticket was something around 4,10 euro and it took one hour to get there. The bus goes straight to the entrance so no worries about not finding the right place.
Besides yu can see the ruins when approaching Sounio so u cant miss it. Fortunately at the bus stop at the entrance of the temple there is information about the schedule so we new where and when to go back.
We spent there maybe two hours waiting for the sunset, but it was a bit cloudly and we waited and waited for the sun to come out behind the clouds. Finally after taking some houndred thousend of pictures we caught the bus going back to Athens, but this time we went straight to Sindagma (ticket cost 5,70 euro). so i suppose yu could find that bus at sindagma square when going to Sounio and skip the stupid tram ride. But dont ask me bout that, i have no ide where was the bus stop for buses going outward.
We planed to spend something like half day there but all the hassle with searching for the bus there made the trip almost one-day-trip.