One may think, what else could be unusual about a place that is already so uniquely beautiful? Turns out, the world has more surprises for us wanderers than we could imagine! Want proof? Here are a few of the most unusual, off-the-charts places in Greece that probably didn’t make it to your itinerary. By Shubhanjana Das
1. The Oracle of Delphi
Some people may know this place from Greek mythology, legends, and literature. The Oracle of Delphi was called the centre of the ancient world and a site sacred to the Greek God Apollo? The place as it remains now is dark and mysterious and safe to say, filled with stories. The temple stands on the top of Mount Parnassus, which despite being destroyed in 390 BCE, is still the misty, foggy, and mysterious temple that is haunted by the ghosts of the past.
Nisyros boasts of a massive volcanic crater named Stefanos. Nisyros is located between Kos and Tilos. If you’re keen on it, walk the crater and you’ll feel a burning sensation on your feet (if you’re wearing thin-soled shoes) and even see steam. It goes without saying that a crater of this big a size deserves a visit to the volcanic island of Nisyros.
3. Navagio Beach
Not only is Navagio a secluded, hidden beach, it also has a stranded ship just casually sitting on its shore! Talk about Instagrammable backgrounds, right? Southwest coast of Greece shelters the island of Zakynthos, it is also known as ‘Smuggler’s Cove’ or more appropriately, ‘Shipwreck Beach’. But, hold on, it is no ordinary ship. This one was smuggling cigarettes, alcohol, and even humans. After being chased down in bad weather, this is where the ship ended its journey, thereby crashing on the shore.
4. Tourlitis Lighthouse
We bet you haven’t seen a prettier lighthouse in real life before! This one stands on a dwindly, rocky spire located in a Greek archipelago overlooking unbelievably blue waters. Built in 1897, the original lighthouse was destroyed during the Second World War and was reincarnated later in 1990. Despite being built in the 90s, the lighthouse still manages to look like one straight out of the movies, attracting tourists from the length and breadth of Greece.
Santorini houses the prehistoric town of Akrotiri, a place which often gets missed by the tourists. This Bronze-age settlement is said to have been what inspired Plato’s Atlantis! Unfortunately, Thera, the volcano Akrotiri sat on, erupted and took with it the Minoan population living here. The remains are still worth beholding for the Akrotiri’s infrastructure and architecture were so ahead of its time that it even inspired Plato to design Atlantis according to Akrotiri’s plan.