If you are interested in the intriguing town of Delphi, its history and allure, you’re in the right place! Here, we will help you discover the things you learn on a Delphi day trip from Athens, whether you are traveling alone, with kids or as a couple.
Legend has it that when Zeus released two eagles, one from the East and one from the West, the two met in Delphi, establishing it as the center of the world and subsequently nicknaming it the ‘navel of the earth’. Today, Delphi, a Greek UNESCO World Heritage site, gathers a large number of both local and foreign visitors throughout the year. The modern city of Delphi, built next to the archaeological site at an altitude of 570m, overlooks the olive grove of Amfissa, as well as the bay of Itea.
Discover the ancient Greek religious mysticism
Temple of Apollo in Delphi - credits: Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock.com
As soon as you step foot on the awe-provoking area of the oracle and visit the Temple of Apollo, you can’t help but notice and be enchanted by its eerie vibe. Located at the end of the Sacred Way, the temple was dedicated to god Apollo, as its name suggests. It used to be the center of the god’s cult and home to the high priestess, Pythia, who was believed to channel prophecies directly from the god himself, becoming a well-respected figure across the ancient Greeks. The importance of the sanctuary of Delphi for the configuration of ancient Greek culture is indisputable, while today, the monument is essential for the understanding of ancient Greek religious mysticism and traditions, giving an insight into the minds and ethics of the people that used to inhabit the sacred land.
Learn about the history of the region
Athens Treasury, Delphi - credits: elgreko/Shutterstock.com
If you want to delve into the rich heritage of the area, you will have the opportunity to visit the Theatre of Delphi and the Athens Treasury, the small building resembling a Doric-style temple funded by Athens for the storage of dedications, offerings, and sacrifices to the god. The Athenian sponsorship came after the victorious battle of Salamis in 490 BC and marked the fall of tyranny, resulting in the Treasury being seen as a symbol of Athenian Democracy. The Treasury offers important insight into the ancient world, with its walls being decorated with inscriptions regarding customs, as well as other valuable cultural and historical information.
Admire the Archaeological Museum of Delphi
The Archaeological Museum of Delphi - credits: Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock.com
If your visiting Delphi, you’re practically begging for an enlightening day full of educational input; you will be offered nothing less! The Archaeological Museum of Delphi was founded to house the fascinating findings of the archeological excavations that took place in the region. Now, it is weighed as one of the most significant Greek museums and a true ambassador of ancient Greek art. Stretching across 2000 m2, you can wander around the breathtaking scenery and admire unique pieces of art coming from different time periods up to Byzantine times.
Explore the neighboring towns
Arachova town - credits: Vagelis Pikoulas/Shutterstock.com
It would be a waste to visit Delphi without grabbing the opportunity to explore its neighboring towns of Galaxidi and Arachova. If you are visiting during the summer months, we would suggest you opt for Galaxidi, which is a coastal town, excellent for a refreshing dive into its blue, Mediterranean waters. The sea view it offers makes for a unique and unforgettable experience. On the other hand, if you have decided to visit Greece in the winter, Arachova is the place to go! Its cobbled alleys, bustling nightlife, and lively scene offer an excellent mountainous destination not only for visitors but for locals as well. If we didn't get the point across, here we provide you with even more ideas of things to do in Arachova!
Experience the wealth of the local cuisine
Group of friends enjoying Greek food and drinking ouzo - credits: Nadir Keklik/Shutterstock.com
As with every single region of Greece, Delphi - along with the surrounding areas- offer a delectable selection of local dishes that you wouldn’t want to miss. Indulge in the heavenly flavors of traditional recipes, such as deer stew, as well as local products, such as ‘formaela’ cheese, and a wide variety of local wines and beers. One thing is for sure: you won’t leave this place hungry!
Due to its archaeological site, the neighboring, worldly-wise town of Arachova, the ski resort of Parnassos and its proximity to Athens, Delphi is one of the top destinations of the mainland of Greece, especially for the winter months; there are countless of things to explore in Delphi!
What are you waiting for? The mystifying town of Delphi, one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece, is waiting for you to explore it!