Greece is also well known as the land of myth. Wherever you go, you will walk on the path of God and Goddess. Like it is not enough, the beauty of Greece will make your jaw dropped since the combination of blue bright sea and natural wonder make Greece the best place to explore by almost everyone from every country, from those who love beaches up to those who love history. When it comes to Greece people tend to think of Athens and Parthenon but if you want something different for your Greece’s exploration, below is the highly recommended places you should go.
Sami – Cephalonia
The combination of odd, natural beauty and another myth of Greek God are what you will get if you are visiting Sami with Drogaraty Cave and Melissani Lake (the name taken from the Minoan depictions of the God Pan and nymph Melissanthi) are the two main attractions. Initially the cave was discovered about three hundred years ago when an earthquake opened up the main entrance and since 1963 the cave was opened for public to enter. The best time to visit the lake is between 11 am – 1 pm when the water will turn beautifully bright blue.
Meteora – Kalabaka
Meteora’s literal meaning is “suspended in the air” but also well known as “the heavens above”. It is a true natural wonder which in the early of 11th century used by orthodox monk as monastery for refugee after the Ottoman conquest. To reach the monastery, the monks used to climb the sandstone by using a large net but now you don’t need to worry because steps have been carved for easy access.
The Temple of Apollo – Delphi
You don’t need time machines to know about the future because you could just find out about it if you could meet the Oracle yourself in The Temple of Apollo located in Delphi. Unfortunately, the temple was destroyed in 390 CE by Emperor Theodosius in order to eliminate all pagan beliefs but the ruins remain and still worth a visit.
Navagio Beach – Zakinthos
Looking for a unique gateway in a hidden beach? Navagio Beach is one that is highly recommended to go since the only access available is through the sea but in peak seasons, still this beach will be packed with tourist. The main attractions is the shipwreck which once reported as ship used to smuggle cigarette, booze even human.
Labyrinthos Caves – Lasithi
Labyrinthos caves is not typical of tourist destination except for those who are looking for odd destination which is dusty and rich of history. According to the myth the labyrinth once constructed by King Minos to be contained with flesh-eating Minotaur but the history said the cave once used by Nazis to dump their ammunition during Second World War.
The Athenian Agora – Athens
It is true that Athens is probably the center of Greece. If you visit Acropolis, why don’t you walk a bit far to explore the ruins of The Athenian Agora. Agora is the economic center where goods were traded. However, as the marketplace the Agora has function more than just a market but also the place where ancient Athenians were assembled to discuss about almost everything from politics, philosophies and rubbish.
Cape Matapan Caves – Laconia
According to the Greek Mythology, Cape Matapan Caves is one of the entrances to Hades’ realm or underworld. Well, aside from the scary myth part the view is just simply wonderful and spectacular.
If you are familiar with Greek Mythology with all the Gods and Goddess, you will find that their names and stories are easily found, carved or even recorded as part of Greece’s history and story. That’s why Greece is well known as the land of myth but by following their paths, you will be surprised that once upon a time, a myth was more than just a bed time story.