Arahova has developed into one of the most important winter vacation resorts in Greece, on account of its proximity to the Parnassos Ski Centre. (tel: 02340 226935)
There are also other sports and activities besides skiing such as trekking, cycling, hiking and parasailing from one of the hills, camping in the forest, and generally other close experiences with the beautiful nature of Parnassos.
Arahova (or Rahova as it was known during the Turkish occupation) is a beautiful village that is built on five hills. These hills are Coumoula, Sfalaki, Countrouli, Ai-Giorgi and finally Afano, which is the highest area of Mount Parnassos that is inhabited.
It's located just 12 kilometers from Delphi and is famous for its handwoven textiles with folk motifs, local cheese formaella, honey, good wine and... a lively night life.
The modern village of Delphi lies a short distance from the archaeological site. You can have a very enjoyable time walking around the village and visiting some of the many beautiful and unique shops in the area.
There are hotels of all categories in Delphi, where you can find accommodation, and there is also a fine selection of restaurants and tavernas, bars and cafes, and nightclubs. There are also banks and a tourist office, so everything that you may need can be found here.
Fondest memory: This village is one of my favourite villages in Greece. Narrow streets with particular atmosphere and tavernas with GREAT views!
The Stadium of the sanctuary was constructed in the 5th century BC and was remodelled in the 2nd century AD at the expense of Herodes Atticus. Then were added the stone seats and the arched monumental entrance. It was in this Stadium that the Pythian Games took place every four years.
The Stadium is considered as the best preserved in all of Greece.
Favorite thing: The Tholos is probably the most widely recognized building on the site because of the color of the marble and the fact that it is a round temple. Circular building in Doric order was built about 380 BC. Its function remains unknown but It must have been an important building, judging from the multi-coloured stone, the fine workmanship and the high-standard relief decoration. The monument was partly reconstructed in 1938.
35 rows of stone benches with capacity of some 5000 spectators. It was here that dramatic and lyric (singing to the accompaniment of the lyre) competitions took place.
It seems that I was trying to remember my talent of actress playing on this ancient scene :-)
Favorite thing: It was originally built in the 4th century BC but the ruins we see today date from the Roman Imperial period. The theatre was used mostly for the theatrical performances during the great festivals of the sanctuary. The central theme was the representation of Apollo's victory over the serpent Python.
Favorite thing: The ruins belong to the last temple dated to the 4th century BC, which was peripteral, in Doric order. It was erected exactly on the remains of an earlier temple, dated to the 6th century BC. Inside was the "adyton", the centre of the Delphic oracle and seat of Pythia. The monument was partly restored during 1938-1941.
Favorite thing: Higher up of Apollos temple you'll find the stadium, with stone seats (still in good condition), where athletic contests and musical events used to be held. The Festivals of Music and Ancient Drama are held here during July and August.
A visit to the Archaeological Museum is a must as it houses one of the finest collections in the whole of Greece . The star attraction is the larger than life bronze charioteer from the 5th century BC - an extraordinarily well preserved figure which was part of a group that included a four-horse chariot.
The museum's 13 galleries are a treasure of sculptures, art work and priceless gifts offered to the sanctuary of the Greek gods.
Delphi seems to be rated as the most popular day trip from Athens.
Do not take a day trip or a packaged tour.
Spend two or three days at Delphi .
If you are looking for fill in time consider :
Sit in the ruins and watch the tour buses coming up the valley to the east .
Take the path above the ruins to the top of the mountain and walk across the plateau .
Favorite thing: Ancient Delphi, obviously, was worthy and remains worthy of protection from further harm to its structures. That is why the village of Kastri, which had occupied the area of the sanctuary since medival times, was moved to its present postion, and renamed Delphi, 1.5 kilometers to the west of the ruins.
The temple was built in the 4th century BC, it is also known as "Tholos". It had 20 doric columnes, today there are just three reconstructed of them (in 1938).
Near it, you can see the sacred Castalia spring (and also the place for giving the offerings to nymph Castalia).
Favorite thing: After your trek up and around and through the ancient temple area, the ampitheatre, the oracle, you will likely find yourself passing through tiny, modern Dephi...do stop, for the panoramic views, a bite to eat, a look at the surrounding bldgs...and if you want to immediately let the folks back home know about the paradise you're in...Delphi has its own INTERNET CAFE!!
Favorite thing: The large altar of the sanctuary, in front of the temple of Apollo, was paid for and erected by the people of Chios, in the 5th century B.C., according to an inscription cut on the cornice. The monument was made of black marble, except for the base and cornice which were of white marble, resulting in an impressive color contrast. The altar was restored in 1920.