Immersed in ancient history, Greece is also an ideal destination for anyone engaged in mythology. Here is a collection of real places you can still visit now that were once the central stage of many great Greek myths. You can travel your own or take a packaged tour into the far past and create a point of visiting some of them. Here is a list of sites associated with Greek mythology.
The holy island of Delos is an unmissable goal for anyone with a keen curiosity about Greek mythology. Its famous mythological significance arises from it being said to be the country of the twin gods Artemis and Apollo. Certainly, mythology has it that it was here that time, Zeus’ lover, left to avoid Hera’s anger and give birth to her sons. As a result, parks and temples were constructed on the 3km island, and visitors from around Greece used to come and praise the gods.
Mount Ida or Psiloritis
Hidden in Crete’s mountainous heart is a place possessing a strong mythological significance. According to mythology, it was there that Cronos, one of the first titans, tried to end all his offspring by eating them in order to stop the achievement of the prophecy that foretold his defeat at the hands of one his children. When Rhea, Zeus’ mother, gave birth to Zeus, she determined to protect him. Ancient Greeks thought that Zeus was born or at least raised up in Ideon Cave, and the place promptly became a site of devotion and pilgrimage. Now, the mountain allows itself perfectly to hikes, and you can even go to the cave where Zeus is assumed to have spent the first years of his life.
According to Greek mythology, the Acheron was one of the five rivers that adjoin the Underworld. The river was recognized as the ‘river of the woe’, and it was utilized to carry the souls of the departed into Hades’ realm. The river and its nekromanteio, an ancient Greek temple of necromancy dedicated to Hades and Persephone, are placed in beautiful Epirus, near Parga. The neighborhood is charming and gives a delightful retreat perfect for kayaking and camping fanatics during the summer months.
As one of the islands enduring in the Saronic Gulf, Aegina is now an unassuming weekend goal for Athenians and travelers alike, but the island possesses an impressive mythological past. Womanizer Zeus fell in love with Aegina and brought her to Oenone, an island off the coast of Attica. There, Aegina gave birth to Aeacus, the likely king of the island. And while the island was titled after her, the story goes on. When the island was eliminated because of a plague sent by Hera, Zeus’ wife, the young king Aeacus requested for help to Zeus, who converted the island’s ants into humans to repopulate his son’s country. It was these fierce soldiers that were held by Achilles.
The Labyrinth of the Minotaur
Undeniably, one of the most captivating ancient Greek myths is the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur. To put it in context, you must learn about Minos, Zeus’ son and king of Crete. The tales are distinct, but it seems King Minos was forced to grow a son who had the body of a man and the head of a bull. There are two sites you can visit. The first one is in Kommos, considered by archaeologists to have been the place of Minos’s throne. The other location that might have motivated the story is Gortyn, a little further away.