UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mycenae
In the eastern Peloponnese, near rolling hills of vines and some of Greece’s oldest towns, the sun-parched ruins of ancient Mycenae stretch out evocatively. The history is of course fascinating, but as with all the best Greek sites, extravagant myths also vividly attach themselves to place. Perseus founded Mycenae, after slaying the snake-haired Medusa, and the city’s great citadel walls were built by a Cyclops. A highlight of any tour here is the Treasury of Atreus – a narrowing passage leads to a fine corbel arch portal, and then into a huge semi-subterranean room, topped by a dome that was once the world’s largest. A walk around enchanting Mycenae, and it’s easy to see why this place of palaces, olive and orange groves, is such fertile ground for the imagination.