Route: Acropolis to Poseidon's Temple (Greece)

Submitted by livehappyrunfree on Sat, 02/27/2021 - 01:00am
61 km
Vertical Gain
560 m

This popular route takes in 2 of the greatest historical sights in Attiki.  It starts from the centre of Athens at the iconic Acropolis and from there you travel to the outskirts and follow the magnificent coastline to Sounio where you reach the famous Poseidon's temple.

This route is very popular amongst the locals and especially in the Ironman community taking in 2 of the world’s most famous temples, the Parthenon in Athens and the temple of Poseidon in Sounio.  It is all on roads, rolling terrain.  The route starts from the most iconic point in central Athens, the Acropolis, built in 447-437 BC, the ultimate symbol of classical spirit and civilization,  where you can take in the entire view of Athens City, it then takes you through the city centre to the most southern point of Attiki, Sounio to Poseidon’s Temple.  From leaving the Acropolis it is an easy downhill through the streets of Athens until you get to the coast line (10 miles).  Then its 28 miles of magnificent coast line with deep blue Aegean seas on one side and rugged mountains on the other side.  Relatively flat until the last 5 miles where you have a steady rolling incline up to Poseidon’s temple, dedicated to the ancient Greek god of the sea that was built between 444 and 440 BC and stands on a cliff 60 metres above sea level.