Delphi Greece has long been a popular destination among locals, mainly thanks to its close distance to Athens. But not only because of this… Delphi is one of the most popular and interesting archaeological sites in Greece. Its fame can be traced back to the ancient times when the glorious sanctuary of the ancient Greek god Apollo was built there. Immediately upon arriving in Delphi, you’ll be seduced by its mythical charm!
The sanctuary of Apollo also served as an oracle, where pilgrims from all over the Mediterranean would go to receive god’s prophecy. Apollo would deliver his prophecies through the words of Pythia, the high-priestess of the temple.
The temple of Delphi is surrounded by treasury buildings which contained the offerings of the city-states to the oracle and by verdant mountains, which highlight its beauty.
During ancient times athletic competitions were organized every four years in honor of the god Apollo. The Pythian Games, as they were called, would take place at the stadium on the highest spot of the archaeological site. To get ready for the Games, the athletes would train at the Gymnasium, a gym on the southern side of the site. It’s worth a visit!
Other places you must visit inside the area of the Temple of Delphi are the Ancient Theater, which is currently under restoration, and the Archaeological Museum, which hosts valuable exhibits from excavations carried out in Delphi.
Next to the temple sits the beautiful Delphi village. There, you’ll find many Delphi hotels, restaurants and all the amenities needed for a relaxing stay. Having Delphi as your base, you can set off to explore nearby towns, such as Arachova, Itea, Galaxidi and other towns of central Greece.