8 Mythical Places That Really Exist Across The World

Throughout history, people have been fascinated by stories of myths and legends, which often describe amazing places that seem unreal. These stories have been passed down from one generation to the next, sparking imagination and leading to many adventures. Surprisingly, some of these mythical places actually exist in our world, and they look very similar to the ones described in legends. Here are eight real-life mythical places you can consider visiting at least once.

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Cyprus

Cyprus

Situated along the coast of Paphos, Aphrodite’s Rock is said to be the birthplace of the Goddess of Love according to Greek mythology. Encircled by a stretch of winding coastline, the rock is bordered by shining white cliffs, creating a soothing atmosphere. With frothy waves lapping at its base, Aphrodite’s Rock serves as a sad reminder of her emergence from the sea's foam, captivating visitors with the amazing stories of Greek mythology and encouraging them to immerse themselves in the legends that celebrate her.

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Cyclops Riviera, Italy

Cyclops Riviera Italy

In another story from Greek mythology, we hear about the Cyclops Riviera, which is mentioned in the stories of Homer. This Riviera includes a group of rocky islands near the coast of Sicily, where the famous battle between Odysseus and the one-eyed giant, Polyphemus, happened. According to the legend, Polyphemus fell in love with the sea nymph Galathea, who loved a young man named Aci. Out of jealousy, the Cyclops threw Aci into the river that still connects the nearby villages today, symbolising unity.

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Ruins Of Troy, Turkey

Ruins Of Troy Turkey

Located in the northwest corner of Turkey, the ruins of Troy are among the most renowned archaeological sites globally. Once thought to be only a legend, the true location of Troy was uncovered in 1870 by the self-taught archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann. Even though there's no concrete proof of the Trojan War, the site has become a pilgrimage spot where people from all over come to explore the mythical land where gods were believed to have once roamed.

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Mount Olympus, Greece

Mount Olympus Greece

Mount Olympus, the tallest mountain in Greece and a symbol of mythology was believed to be the residence of the Greek gods, including Zeus. Many legendary stories unfolded in the remote and stunning surroundings of this mountain. Situated in northeast Greece, the peak provides breathtaking 360-degree views, densely forested valleys, and numerous hidden caves and waterfalls.

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Sherwood Forest, England

Sherwood Forest England

As per stories, Sherwood Forest was where the legendary hero, Robin Hood, lived. Famous for taking from the rich and giving to the poor, stories of Robin Hood have been around since the 14th century, with many adventures unfolding amidst the vibrant trees of Sherwood. Plan a staycation to this destination this summer and delve into the depths of the forest, searching for Robin Hood's main hideout, the Major Oak.

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Loch Ness, Scotland

Loch Ness Scotland

Situated in the scenic Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness is a stunning freshwater lake located southwest of Inverness. According to legend, it is the habitat of the Loch Ness monster, affectionately known as 'Nessie', drawing tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of this mythical creature. Despite limited evidence, visitors hold onto the hope of encountering Nessie, gathering on the lake in their boats each season to enjoy the refreshing Highland breeze.

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Tintagel Castle, England

Tintagel Castle England

Nestled atop the cliffs of Cornwall, Tintagel Castle is believed to be the mythical birthplace of King Arthur. Connected to renowned stories like 'Knights of the Round Table' and 'Sword in the Stone', the ancient town of 'Camelot' described in literature bears a striking resemblance to the surroundings of Tintagel Castle. Despite historical discrepancies, the ties between the location and the English legend were enough to inspire Lord Alfred Tennyson's poetry and still draw visitors from all over the globe.

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Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand

Phraya Nakhon Cave Thailand

One of the most amazing places on Earth, Phraya Nakhon Cave is located within Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park and holds a stunning gold and green pavilion, home to Thailand's smallest temple. Though it is a bit tricky to reach, that does not deter visitors from reaching to see the beautiful limestone interior, sheltered by lush tree canopies. The cave's origins are wrapped in mythical stories of the local ruler, Nakhon Srithammaraja, who is said to have found refuge from a storm within its depths.

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