10 Places You Can Still Visit
A trip to Greece on the calendar will leave even the most traveled person excited with the possibilities. After all, a millennia of history awaits and you. Are you ready to walk the paths of legendary figures like the minotaur and oracle while in the land of myths and legends?
Most likely you will fly into Athens. Grab some sleep to escape the jetlag and hit the current capital city of Greece to see the city Athena & Poseidon fought over - obviously Athena won. The Acropolis is the stie looming over the city, but you will undoubtedly stumble upon additional sites throughout the city.
Ancient Greeks considered Delphi to be the center of the world and the views will certainly pass along the feeling. As you head up to the archaeological site, don’t miss the Castalian Spring. Roman poets felt like the spring offered inspiration. Whether you find inspiration or not, this is your first mythology stop in Delphi. This is where Apollo slayed the dragon, Python.
Climbing the mountain you will pass several archeological sites on the way to the Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle was said to provide guidance from over a crack in the Earth in the lower level of her temple. You will find her site about halfway up the mountain. Continue on up for amazing views and the stadium.
You’ve heard the story of the minotaur and his labyrinth. The island of Crete’s Palace of Knossos is where the legend was born. The labyrinth was constructed by Daedalus to house the minotaur. The Cretan King then demanded that Athens send seven young men and seven young women to be fed to the minotaur as a tax. This continued until Theseus killed the minotaur. While visiting the Palace of Knossos you will wonder the ruins and view the legendary throne room of king Minos.
While on Crete, take a trip up Mount Ida. Mythology states this is where Zeus was raised. Also called Psilorertis, this is where Zeus’ mother Rhea hid him from his father Cronos. Cronos was known to eat his children to prevent them from overthrowing him in the future. Make sure to visit the cave of Dikteon Andron where Zeus was born.
Some additional Greek Mythology locations you will not want to miss are:
- Delos - The birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.
- Acheron River - The border between life and death.
- Cape Tainaron - This is where Hercules brought Cerberus to the world of the living.
- Nemea - Where the demigod Hercules defeated the lion as part of his twelve feats.
- Olympia - Home to the twelve Gods and Goddesses of the ancient Greek Pantheon.
- Ithaca - The kingdom of Odysseus.
- Mykonos - Location of Zeus’ battle with the Titans.