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Besides its ancient history, Greece is a dream destination for anyone interested in mythology. Can you imagine being able to immerse yourself in this mesmerising world by reading favourite myths and legends in Greek? Or set your foot on the most epic mythological sites?
With a little help from Duolingo and Skyscanner, you can do it.
9 most impressive Greek mythological sites that you can visit this year
- The island of Delos near Mykonos. The birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.
- The Labyrinth. The exact location is unknown but there are two spots you can visit. According to archaeologists, the one in Kommos was once home to Minos’s throne. Gortyn, which is a little further away, might also have inspired the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.
- Mount Ida (Psiloritis), Crete. Legend states that Zeus was born in the cave of Idaion Antron on its slopes, while others claim he was born in the Psychro Cave on the Lasithi Plateau.
- Acheron River, the Epirus region of northwest Greece. In ancient mythology, Acheron has been known as the “river of woe”, one of the five rivers of the Greek underworld.
- Aegina Island in the Saronic Gulf, 17 miles from Athens. Myths derive the name from Aegina, the mother of the hero Aeacus, who was born on the island and became its king.
- Mount Olympus, located near the Gulf of Thermaïkós of the Aegean Sea, about 50 miles southwest of Thessaloniki. The home of the 12 Greek gods and goddesses.
- Corfu (Kerkyra), an island off Greece’s northwest coast in the Ionian Sea. It was Corfu where Heracles conceived his son Hyllus, the future leader of the Heraclids, with the naiad Melite. In Homer’s Odyssey, Kerkyra is the island of the Phaeacians, wherein Odysseus meets Nausica. The island is also home to the Achilleion Palace named after Achilles.
- Thebes (Thíva), a city in Boeotia, central Greece. As the setting of the stories of Cadmus, Oedipus, Dionysus, Heracles and others, it played a prominent role in Greek mythology.
- The Island of Ithaca in the Ionian Sea, off the northeast coast of Kefalonia. It is commonly identified with the home of Odysseus in Homer’s Ithaca.
Where else can you practice your Greek?
In its modern form, Greek is the official language of Greece, Cyprus and the EU. It is spoken by more than 13 million people today in Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Albania, Turkey, and many other countries of the Greek diaspora.
Learn Greek Cypriot in Cyprus
Greek Cypriot language is a Greek dialect spoken by the Cypriots living both in Cyprus and abroad.
Geographically, the island has always been isolated from mainland Greece. As a result of that as well as the Arab raids and King Richard I of England’s conquest of Cyprus during the Third Crusade, Cypriot dialect differs significantly from standard modern Greek. But that only makes things more interesting, right?
Improve your Greek skills in Albania
The Greek population of Albania (a.k.a. Northern Epirotes) is mainly based in the south of the country, in the areas of the historical region of Northern Epirus as well as in some parts of Gjirokastër, Vlorë County, Korçë and Berat County.
One of Albania’s most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Berat is among the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Thanks to its unique skyline of fairytale-like houses, it is often called “The City of a Thousand Windows”.
Pick up Greek with Γκρίκο people in Italy
Southern Italy’s Province of Reggio Calabria along with the Salento region in Apulia are home to the Griko people, also known as Grecanici. They are believed to be descendants of ancient and medieval Greek communities of the Magna Graecia region in Italy.
While learning Greek in Calabria or Apulia, you’ll discover postcard-perfect towns, picturesque views, exceptional restaurants, and many more of Italy’s well-kept secrets.
Learning Greek with Duolingo and Skyscanner FAQ
Duolingo is scientifically proven to help you learn Greek, no matter if you’re a beginner starting from the basics or a more advanced speaker wanting to brush it up while travelling.
Duolingo’s interactive lessons are designed to give you instant feedback and increase your vocabulary in a fun way. You can achieve your Greek goals a few minutes at a time wherever you are.
Greek is spoken by at least 13 million people, mostly in Greece and Cyprus. However, there is also a substantial Greek-speaking minority in Albania near the Greek-Albanian border.
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