Top Tours & Activities in Delphi
Steeped in history and wrapped in mythology, Delphi was the center of the Hellenic world. A visit to the sanctuary on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus was also the opportunity to consult with the Oracle at the Temple of Apollo and hear a prophecy for the future.
The Spring of Castalia divides the site into two: the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, which includes the circular Tholos, and the Sanctuary of Apollo and its ruins.
The inclined path, along which the lone Treasury of the Athenians once brimmed with riches among many others of its kind, zigzags through the Sanctuary of Apollo.
Once a prominent feature at the end of the Sacred Way, visitors entered the temple to consult with the Oracle. Her answers were ambiguous at best and open to interpretation.
First built with white stone from Mt. Parnassus in the 4th century BC, the 35 rows seated an audience of 5,000 and provided a panorama of the stunning landscape below.
In mythology, Parnassus was the son of the nymph Kleodora, who lived on the mountain with her two sisters. The site was sacred to Dionysus and Apollo and also home to the Muses.
The museum houses a fine collection of artifacts from the site, including statues, friezes from the treasuries, and other votive offerings pilgrims brought on their visits.
The home of the Greek poet and playwright and his wife illustrates their efforts for a revival of Delphic Festivals in 1927 and 1933. Costumes and other items are on display.
Many arrive from Athens on a day-trip, or stop along way as they travel farther north. Anticipate spending a few hours exploring the site and visiting the museum, which is included in the entrance price.
The drive from Athens to Delphi can take two hours by car and about three hours by KTEL bus from KTEL Station B, located on 260 Liossion St with the entrance on Gousiou St. It's about a 10-minute walk from Agios Nikolaos metro station. Once arriving at the archaeological site, your own two feet with good shoes will take you where you need to go.
The modern village of Delphi is small, but you'll find more than a dozen hotels directly in the center.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+30
- Best time to visitThe area is popular in summer for the sightseeing, and in winter for the skiing at the nearby resorts, so plan your visit for spring, when the temperatures are mild and you'll avoid the crowds.
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