In Thermopylae, the gilded history of the battle of 300 Spartans lies hidden in plain sight.
Hot sulfur springs, a legendary battle, and a pathway to the underworld of Hades—Thermopylae is truly the stuff of legends. You may already know it from the 300 Spartans. And sure enough, the memory of the battle constitutes a considerable part of the city’s heritage today. But beyond that, Thermopylae is a phenomenal Greek town near the Malian Gulf that boasts beautiful nature.
The memorial of Leonidas, the Spartan king who led the battle of Thermopylae, is one of the focal points of the small town. You will see an elaborate statue together with the marble statues of the river Eurotas and Mount Taygetos. You can also pay a visit to the site where the narrow coastal passage once was, but remember that it has vanished from sight like many other remnants of the battle. Other places to visit in Thermopylae are the six Byzantine monasteries and the ancient battlefields. A day trip will be more than enough to appreciate the history and beauty of the town. You can also combine your trip with visits to Corinth and Delphi, which are close attractions.