Where great ruins, oracles and hiking paths meet

So much myth and lore surrounds Delphi, and you definitely should put it on your bucket list when visiting Greece. The famous archeological site can be reached in just a couple of hours from Athens and offers an intriguing window into the spiritual life of Ancient Greeks, how they paid homage to the Oracle of Delphi and how they sought its wisdom. Pilgrims from all over the ancient world came here, which is why Delphi is also called the center or navel of the world. This is where the prophecies of Apollo were received through the Oracle and recounted by Pythia, the priestess of Apollo’s temple. Indeed, the remains of the Temple of Apollo are clearly visible, so is the Ancient Theatre right next to it. Also noteworthy is the Ancient Stadium where the Pythian Games took place, as well as the impressive circular Sanctuary of Athena Pronea.

The nearby Archeological Museum of Delphi will unveil marvelous artefacts, statues, jewelry and coins from the area. Most notable are the Charioteer, a true bronze masterpiece of Ancient Greek workmanship, as well as the Sphinx of Naxos, the two Kouroi (plural of Kouros) statues and the frieze of the Siphnian Treasury (i.e. from the island of Sifnos). Lastly, from Delphi you can also go on hiking trips, either down to the coast to follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims, or up to higher ground and to the Devil's Cave. Some more advanced hiking trails can take you to some remote villages by foot, especially if you have a knowledgeable guide. From Delphi you can also go for a 20-minute drive to the coast and have a dip or coffee at the seaside town Itea, or continue another 15 minutes and discover the gem of a town called Galaxidi. In the opposite direction, a drive back towards Athens to the gorgeous ski village of Arachova will delight visitors, even in summer when the weather is cool. Put this part of Central Greece on your itinerary and you won't be disappointed.