Top 5 Greek Mythology-Inspired Spots You Need to See

Experience the magic of mythology at these legendary destinations. 

The Greek Gods might have been worshipped in ancient times, but their stories are still alive in modern culture. Look at the Percy Jackson series, or Disney’s, Hercules. After eons, society is still enthralled by these tales, and continue to read and watch them. Even those who are not interested in Greek mythology are familiar with all mighty Zeus or Mount Olympus.

These magical stories are captivating yet teach real life lessons. There is a purpose to each one, a reason it is told. People are inspired by the powerful heroes and heroines that defy all odds. Doesn’t everyone want to prove other doubts wrong?

Greek Mythology may never be proven to be real or not, but some of the places mentioned in these accent tales are. One might not have the power of the gods, but they do have the ability to visit these destinations. Here is a list of the top Greek Mythology inspired destinations.

Delos

Delos
Picture by Wiki Commons

At the center of the Cyclades, a cluster of Greek islands residing in the Aegean Sea off the southeast coast of the mainland, Delos is historically infamous.

The island is the birthplace of Apollo, God of many talents including art, music, poetry, truth, prophecy, and more, and Artemis, goddess of the hunt, wilderness, wild animals, the moon, and chastity.

Legend has it that Zeus got Leto pregnant with the twins. When Hera, Zeus’s wife, found out Leto was pregnant, she banished her to Earth, but Poseidon took pity on Leto and provided her with the island Delos to give birth to her twins.

In modern times, Delos is a world-renowned archaeological site and one of the most extensive digs in the Mediterranean. Artifacts continue to be uncovered and displayed at the Archaeological Museum of Delos and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

The island is even home to Mount Kythnos, crowned with a sanctuary of Zeus.

The Acheron River

The Acheron River. Greek Mythology
Picture by Gerwin Filius on Flickr

The Acheron River was the most prominent of the five rivers to the Underworld. Its turquoise waters carve into the northwest region of Epirus, Greece and is believed to lead one straight to Hades.

As the river winded through deep gorges and underground, people believed it was the physical barrier between the mortal world and the afterlife. The river is also commonly called the River of Woe and the River of Hades.

If one takes a dip to refresh, they might be able to catch Hermes and Thanatos bringing dead souls to the riverbanks or Charon transporting souls to Hades on his skiff.

Ithaca

Ithaca, Greek Mythology.
Photo by Zhang Yu on Flickr

Located in the Ionian Sea of Greece, the island of Ithaca is the second smallest island of the Ionian cluster with an area of only 37 sq miles.

The island is supposedly the setting of Homers, The Odyssey, a famous story about King Odysseus, but some believe that Homer’s descriptions of the land do not align with the current day island geography.

Modern day Ithaca is as picturesque as ever, Homer’s Ithaca or not. Lush cliffsides speckled with buildings look out over spanning white beaches and miles of glittering blue water.

Spend a few days exploring the islands top attractions like the beautiful Filiatro and Gerda Beach or The Kathara Monastery. One can even spend the day on a boat during the Mythical Ithaca Island Tour from Kefalonia.

Idaean Cave

Idaean Cave, Greek Mythology
Photo from Phil Venditti on Flickr

Carved into the eastern cliffs of Mount Ida, the highest peak on the island of Crete, Idaean Cave is a cultural treasure. With an internal area of 800 square meters split into three rooms and a sanctuary, the cave itself is not grandiose. It’s the immense mythological significance, however, that draws thousands of visitors each year.

Idaean Cave is said to be where Zeus, father of Gods, was born and grew up. The legend goes that Zeus was hidden there by Mother Rhea from his father, who wanted to kill him for fear of being overthrown.

Experience the magic of ancient mythology and breathtaking views of Crete from one of its highest points.

Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus, Greek Mythology. Photo by Ben Dumond on Unsplash
Photo from Ben Dumond on Unsplash

As the pinnacle of Greek mythology, and home to the ancient gods on Mytikas peak, it’s hard to believe that Mount Olympus is a real place. But visitors can really explore Greece’s first National Park since 1938.

The park is home to 52 beautiful peaks that pierce the sky, cavernous gorges, and climbing paths. Visitors each year come to admire the park’s rich biodiversity and stunning native plants.

Take a day to enjoy Greece’s natural beauty at the place where Greek mythology in all its glory flourishes.

George Hashemi

Content Editor Associate

George admires the power of the written word and its ability to communicate different cultures and destinations to others. He is an avid reader, foodie and voyager. You will probably find him on a food-tour in Madrid, or curled up with a book in the beautiful blue city of Chefchaouen, Morocco.

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