In mythology, Greece was a land of heroes, sea monsters, and meddling gods. While the legends might never have actually taken place, many of them are based on real locations that you can still visit today. Read on to find out which mythological destinations should be on your Greek bucket list.

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Mount Olympus: The Home Of The Gods

Arguably the most prominent of all locations in Greek mythology is Mount Olympus, the home of the 12 gods and goddesses. Ancient Greeks believed that Zeus, Hera, and the other 10 major deities lived at the peak of this mountain. It was said that the gods used this prime position to watch over the humans and concocting ways in which to meddle in their lives.

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Today, travelers climb to the summit to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding city (although there have been no deity sightings to date!). Mount Olympus is also the highest mountain in the country, located on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia. The first record of humans ever reaching the top of the mountain dates back to 1913.

Archeological evidence found near the mountain suggests that Alexander the Great and his army came to Mount Olympus to pay tribute to the gods before venturing off to battle.

Ithaca: The Home Of Homer’s Odysseus

Anybody who’s familiar with The Odyssey will be familiar with the island of Ithaca. In Homer’s epic tale, this is the home that the hero Odysseus left to fight with Agamemnon’s forces in the Trojan War. After the war, which lasted 10 years, Odysseus set out for home but was thrown off course and took another 10 years to reach his island. When he arrived there, he found several suitors trying to woo his wife Penelope.Situated to the west of mainland Greece , Ithaca boasts several points of interest. The Nymphs Cave is a popular attraction, as this is supposedly where Odysseus hid the gifts given to him by Phoenicians. The island is also home to an ancient acropolis, a medieval settlement, and an archeological museum containing exhibits and artifacts that can be traced back to Homer’s timeNEXT: Athens, Greece: Your Essential Weekend Itinerary