Follow in the footsteps of the gods as you wind your way out of Athens and along ancient Roman roads in search of myths and legends.
The monastery was built on the remains of a Roman sanctuary at the foot of Mount Hymettos in the 11th century. The interior of the church is adorned with murals from the 16th and 17th centuries that demonstrate the Cretan painting style and feature detailed depictions of religious iconography.
Remember to dress appropriately when visiting this sacred place; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless or see-through shirts are considered disrespectful.
19.3 kmStretch your legs and dip your toes into the healing mineral springs of Lake Vouliagmeni. A rare geophysical formation can be found in the center of its blue waters. The large cavern collapsed on itself following an earthquake, and from a short distance away, the rocky roof can be distinguished from the rest of the cliff face.
The legendary site of Eleusis is home to one of the most famous secret religious rites in ancient Greece. Cult members came together here to initiate themselves in the hopes of gaining rewards in the afterlife.
Eleusis is in the town of Elefsina, now a major economic and business hub. It’s also the birthplace of Aeschylus, the ‘father of tragedy,’ whose works still are performed on stage.
Temple of Poseidon
Admire the view of the sun setting over the beautiful Aegean Sea from these ancient ruins. Completed in 440 B.C., it’s a wonder that any columns still stand. A keen eye might spot the name of Lord Byron etched into the base of one of the pillars.
Explore the rest of Cape Sounion where Aegeus, king of Athens, supposedly leapt to his death, resulting in the water being named the Aegean Sea. End the day by indulging in genuine Greek cuisine.
Back in 1400 B.C., Delphi was the most important and mysterious shrine in all of Greece. It was considered to be the center of the world and the navel of Gaia, Mother of the Earth. She is credited with birthing the universe, the Earth, titans and gods. People traveled on pilgrimages to get their questions about the future answered by Pythia, the priestess of Apollo.
Though already popular, the town attracted more attention when it hosted games similar to those that had taken place around Olympia. Modern Delphi continues to draw tourists, with many enjoying its close proximity to the coast and nearby archaeological attractions.