Greece is a land of history and mythology, where ancient stories of gods and heroes still dominate the modern imagination. And perhaps no story is more enduring than that of Odysseus, the hero of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey.
Odysseus' journey home from the Trojan War has captured the imagination of readers for millennia, and the islands of the Ionian Sea, including Ithaca and Corfu, still attract visitors eager to follow in his footsteps.
But the legacy of Greek mythology extends far beyond the Ionian Islands.
In fact, the Aegean is home to countless myths and legends, each with its own charm and significance. In this article we explore a tour of Greek mythology in the Aegean Sea, from the ancient sites of Athens to the picturesque islands of Crete, Santorini, Mykonos, Milos, Naxos and Kythira. The Aegean will capture your imagination and give you memories that last a lifetime.
Are you ready for an unforgettable trip?
Odysseus' Journey Home and the Ionian Islands
The Sorrows of Telemachus, The Odyssey, painting - Credits: The Everett Collection/Canva
Before we get into the ultimate tour for Greek Mythology fans in the Aegean Sea, it is important to refer to the first journey that inspires, more or less, all modern mythological tours in Greece.
The epic poem "The Odyssey" by Homer tells the story of the Greek hero Odysseus and his journey home after the Trojan War. Throughout his travels, Odysseus encounters many obstacles and dangers, including the wrath of the sea god Poseidon, who seeks revenge for the blinding of his son Polyphemus by Odysseus.
Many of the dangers that Odysseus encountered on his journey home, can also be found in the Percy Jackson books. One of the key themes of the Odyssey is the concept of “nostos”, or homecoming, and the importance of the journey itself.