Delphi is the second most visited archaeological site in Greece after the Acropolis and is rightfully so! Once known as the center of the Earth and home to prophets, kings, and scholars, Delphi is a mystical place, not to be missed! The myth says that Zeus sent down two eagles to find the center of the world, and both met, here, at Delphi. If you’ve ever read Socrates or Geek mythology, or even seen movies based in Greece (erm 300?), then you know that Delphi is where the Delphic Oracle lived and professed. Situated at the base of Mount Parnassus and above the Pleistos Valley, the location gives a dramatic backdrop to any photo you may take of the sites. You do have to pay a small fee to see the Temple of Apollo, but it is very worth it. The little hike to the top leads to an amphitheater and the stadium, which are very worth checking out! Stand up top for awhile with the mountain breeze and views of all the sites and valley below for some relaxation and meditation.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Depending on when you visit the Delphi museum can have short hours. Plan on the museum closing at around 4 just to be safe. But if you find that the museum is closing and so is the archaeological sites, then definitely pick the archaeological sites!
- Buy water at one of the local stores where the bus drops you off before heading to the sites, with the altitude, the heat can be intense and the altitude can contribute to dehydration. But don’t worry the hike will be suitable for all levels of fitness, just take it slow and easy. But keep in mind that it is unfortunately not ada accessible.
- Take your time taking in the sites and respect the monuments, they’ve been around for thousands of years and its up to us visitors to keep them around.
- Check out the pizza place where the bus drops you off, it’s a great meal after hiking around!
- Make sure to pack sunscreen, a camera, sunglasses, water, and a hat! Have fun!
Want to know a tip for getting to Delphi from Athens? Check out this tip!
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