Due to its magnificent archaeological site where the world’s most famous Oracle has predicted fortunes large and small, Delphi in Fokida attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors all year round. Its proximity to Athens (just over two hours away) makes it a prime choice for a long weekend steeped in remarkable cultural experiences and opportunities to hike and enjoy great food and to party.
Here we list the top three reasons to visit now
Archeology, of course →
Consisting of the Tholos of Athena Pronoia, the Temple of Apollo, the Ancient Theater (now being rebuilt with the plan for it to be used for cultural events like the Epidaurus Theater is used today), the ancient gymnasium and stadium where athletes trained and competed and many other magical monuments, the Delphi archaeological site offers a fabulous view of a glorious civilization.
Surrounded by lush vegetation and overlooking breathtaking views of hills and valleys, the natural setting only adds to its resplendent beauty. Modernity on site Archaeological Museumwhich presents the history of the sanctuary of Delphi in 14 rooms, offers another profound lesson in the political, religious and social history of Delphi.
Outdoor adventure sports →
The mountain air, the green surroundings, the incredible sea views of Itea, the caves, the springs and the ancient paths attract more and more visitors from all over the world to Delphi. Walking along the Sacred Way in the archaeological site, you can look up to see a paragliding which gets an enviable bird’s eye view.
Further down a valley you may see a group of the hikerswhich will stop at picturesque villages like traditional Hrisso for Greek coffee, tsipouro and meze after visiting green-covered churches like Aghios Giorgos and admiring the olive-covered olive groves of Amfyssa. mountain bikers can freely descend steep mountain trails and rock climbers never fail to find the perfect challenge.
Relax with glamorous food and drink →
The village of Arachova is one of the best ski destinations in Greece throughout the winter season, and although it remains quiet there the rest of the year, most of its best restaurants, cafes and bars pass in summer mode with tables set outside under shady trees.
Especially on the traditional side, the kitchen in Arachova celebrates local mountain products – free-range goat, wild boar and rooster, usually cooked in a succulent sauce with handmade pasta, local Formaela cheese, grilled over the fire in saganaki, salads made with fresh vegetables from the garden and seafood brought to nearby Galaxidi and Halkida.
The night local bars like Isidora Gallery Café, Doctor John, Tea Pineis and Gospel serve a good selection of Greek and international wines, cocktails and snacks. Then there is the agora shopping – with shops selling chic and trendy clothes and accessories from Greek and foreign designers; latest additions to the shopping scene include concept store L’Escalier with fabulous home decor items from France, Greece and Sweden, and newcomer New Agey Sacred Crystal which sells everything from essential oils to energy healing gemstones.
The villages of Delphi and Arachova are about 15 minutes by car from each other, while the archaeological site is about 15 minutes from Delphi. The ticket for the archaeological site costs 6 euros and is for the whole day.
- Delphi Archaeological Museum Address: Delphi Archaeological Museum, Delphi, Greece
- Delphi Archaeological Museum phone number: +30-2265082312
- Delphi Archaeological Museum Hours: 08:00 – 20:00
- Archaeological Museum of Delphi Price: 6 EUR
- Best time to visit Delphi Archaeological Museum (preferred time): 08:00 – 12:00
- Time needed to visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi: 03:00
SUPERIOR COUNCIL →
If you have a few days at your disposal, plan an outdoor activity such as hiking to fully understand the landscape. It’s also worth hiring a 4×4 if you’re hiring a car and exploring nearby sites such as the Neolithic Corycean Cave, where the earliest signs of religious rites date back 4,000 years. The beautiful village of Galaxidi, about half an hour away, is also worth a visit.