3 Day Trips to Take From Athens, Greece

Temple of Poseidon, Sounion, Greece
Sounion, GreecePhoto by Mauricio Muñoz on Unsplash

Got a day to spare in Athens and wondering where to go? This city is the perfect base camp for several escapades into the heart of Greece’s stunning landscapes and historical sites. Let’s dive into where you can go for an unforgettable day out!


Located about two and a half hours from Athens, Delphi is a must-visit for history buffs. Known in ancient times as the center of the world, Delphi is home to the famous Oracle and was a major site for the worship of the god Apollo. Today, you can explore impressive ruins, which include the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Treasury, the theater, and the stadium that once hosted athletes during the Pythian Games.

Cape Sounion

Cape Sounion is just an hour’s drive from Athens—an ideal destination for a relaxing day trip. It is best known for the Temple of Poseidon, perched dramatically on the cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. The temple, dating back to 444-440 BC, is also the perfect spot to watch the sunset.


To experience the charm of a Greek island without the hassle of long ferry rides, Hydra is an excellent choice. This small island in the Saronic Gulf is accessible by a short 90-minute hydrofoil ride from Athens.