Delphi Travel Guide

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Delphi Highlights

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     Nice daytrip from Athens, Historical Importance 

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     Too much for a one-day visit 

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     Easy To Imagine As The Centre Of The Universe 

Delphi Things to Do

  • Delphi museum

    Don't miss this archeological museum, the reduced but splendid collection presents some of the treasures found in Delphi, particularly the famous charioteer (one of the most famous bronze statue of ancient Greece).

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  • A 3-hour tour :Delphi

    It took us about 3 hours under the harsh August Sun to cmplete a tour of the Sanctuary which houses among others , The Temple of Apollo, the stadium and the Oracle of Delphi.DO NOT Forget to carry a water bottle each during the summer months of July - September. It becomes very dry and you need to replenish your body with water every 15 minutes of...

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  • The Orthodox Church

    There is a very nice Orthodox church in Delphi. It is beautiful inside, but I don't have pictures because a service was in process and I didn't want to disrupt it. I did get a look around from the doorway.

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  • The Delphi Museum

    A not-to-be-missed museum housing the ancient artifacts that were found during the excavation of Delphi. Its exhibits are mainly offerings to the oracle and architectural parts of the buildings. There are also wonderful sculptures, including the famous Charioteer, the Twins of Argos, and a 6th Century Sphinx.The museum was built in 1903, but has...

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  • Ancient Delphi

    on the slopes of Mt. Parnasus, The first signs of worship here appeared in Mycenean times, according to our guide. Mother Earth was the first goddess worshiped; the transition to Apollo happened in the 9th or 10th Century BC. In spiritual and cultural terms, Delphi was the center of the world from the 7th to 4th Century BC. Advice was given on the...

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  • The Site of Ancient Delphi

    This is obviously the main attraction to Delphi and has considerable significance as an ancient Greek religous site. The Temple of Apollo and its oracle became the reason why the ancients would visit to seek divine advice on matters of relative importance depending on their rank, from Kings with their questions regarding wars and other matters of...

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Delphi Restaurants

  • Good Greek food

    I recommend the Epikouros Restaurant, also on Delphi's main street, at 33 Pavlou & Frederikis. The Epikouros (owned and managed by the same helpful Kourelis family) has an wide and varied menu -- including tasty vegetable fritters, delicious local formaella cheese, lamb with fresh tomato sauce and, in season, wild boar. The Epikouros also easily...

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  • local taste treasures!!

    Here is the place where local people and many visitors enjoy fresh,tasty,mama's greek food!is a family run restaurant for the last 15 years and every time i visit it its absolutely fine and pleasant!!most of the products they use are coming from the region,from local producers and from their owngarden.they make great rose wine,homemade digestive...

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  • Enikoypow

    I do hope I have spelled the name correctly. This restaurant has the most amazing view over the valley and their food is excellent too Spinach and cheese pie

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Delphi Nightlife

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    Our first night in Delphi we went to the stadium to watch Lysistrata, a play by Aristophanes. Although the play was in modern Greek, which I know very little of, it was still very entertaining. The atmosphere of the ancient stadium was wonderful, and the production was put together well. Men played the female roles, traditionally correct, but as a twist, women played the male roles. The cost was under 10 euros.

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Delphi Transportation

  • Go by bus to Delphi.

    If you want to travel to Delphi by public transport then bus is the thing as there is no train service to Delphi.Delphi is linked to the major cities in Greece by bus and also to all the main towns in the are.The bus station is located pretty much in the center of town and you better go there and chack the times and prices as they can change very...

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  • Getting to Delphi

    Delphi is situated 180 km from Athens. The Trans European Footpath E4 passes through the east end of Modern Delphi. You may get to Delphi by bus from Athens (3 hours, 6 times a day) for 10€, from Itea (30 minutes, 7 times a day) for 2€, from Patras (1 time a day) 9€.The best way – by excursion bus (like me).Tourist Office located at Od. Vasileon...

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  • Planning Delphi trip

    I don't really think it makes sense to pay Euros 80 for a day trip to Delphi from Athens unless you are really lazy. Just get a bus from the bus station located by Laisson street, Athens. DON'T stop at 260, Laisson street which is an official address which is nothing but a hardware store. The bus station is located in the next alle. I was totally...

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  • Tealight candle holders

    These little greek island homes that double up as tealight candle holders are just too fantastic. They make great gifts for people back at home and also serve as a nice souvenir for yourself 10 euro approx

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  • Greek nymph dolls

    I bought my first dolls seven years ago on my first visit to Greece and they still hold the same fascination for me today as they did all those years ago. Mine is hanging in my bedroom and they just watch over me. 30 Euro and more

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  • Leather Sandals = Paradise

    Leather goods are great all over Greece, but in Delphi I bought a pair of leather sandals that are great. They cost 15 Euros, and are super comfortable. Amazingly, they also have great traction. I wore them to the ancient site and didn't slide once on the marble. 12-20 Euros

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Delphi Local Customs

  • THE ORACLES MAKE SURE THEY GET IT RIGHT

    I can still remember the story our guide told us in 1986. He was explaining that the Oracles at Delphi grew pretty wealthy by always getting their predictions right. Everyone from the poor to the rich would trek over the hills to see them and get their ‘vision’ of the future. Sitting in and/or around volcanic vents getting high – one way or the...

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  • Roadside Shrines

    All over Greece you will see these little roadside shrines, erected as my friend here on VT, janetanne, expained, sometimes to mark the whereabouts of churches but more usually to mark the place of a car accident. The shrines are sometimes a memorial to those who have been killed and sometimes as a tribute of thanks for those who have survived. The...

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  • Am I getting old or............

    .........are the waitresses getting younger?Here I was sitting on the terrace of this little cafe overlooking the valley with a beer and watching the butterflies fluttering by and here's our waitress, she really was a little charmer!

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Delphi Warnings and Dangers

  • Delphi is steep.

    Both the ancient site and the new town of Delphi are right on the mountainside and therefor very steep.So take your time when you are there and don't rush as you might just slip and fall.And try to put on some good footwear when you are in Delphi as you don't wanna ruin your trip with a foot injury.

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  • HANDS OFF!

    Don't even think about touching anything. The guards will flock to you and watch you like a hawk the rest of your stay at the ruins. They WILL kick people out, too. Just ask 2 of the people who were on my bus.

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  • Slippery Sidewalks

    Watch out for the marble. I had this problem all over Greece. Marble is beautiful, but it is not the easiest surface to walk on. While walking through modern Delphi in my flip flops, I almost fell at least 10 times. The leather sandals I bought prooved to be much better suited to the slippery marble. My advice: wear shoes with a good sole, and...

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Delphi Tourist Traps

  • Castalia Spring

    Between the lower and upper site you find the Castalia Spring tucked into a ravine to the right of the road. In the ancient times The Pythia would bath in the springs as part of the purification befor she would enter the Temple and so did all other visitors purified themselves here before entering the sanctuary. There are still the remains of a...

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  • The Small Towns Outside Delphi!

    There are a few towns outside of Delphi that many tour buses stop at to pick up souvenirs, be warned the people living here make their livelyhood off these tour buses. I got stuck in a shop with a woman who was desperate to sell me a chess set I took a short glance at. Long story short, I still have the chess set somewhere, she wouldn't let me...

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Delphi What to Pack

  • Buklet of the Delphi Museum and...

    You know how useful it can be when you already have a map of the site which you are exploring. When I was getting ready to this trip and searched a map of Delphi in INet I failed. How glad I was when I found a map in a booklet which I happened to take in the Delphi Archeological Museum. So I advise to visit the Museum first, take a map and then...

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  • Surviving Delphi

    I took my small back pack everywhere I went so I could carry all of the items listed below. The day I arrived in Delphi it was pouring rain, so I was lucky I had packed a good rain jacket. The stairs and paths can be exceedingly slippery when it's wet, so a pair of sturdy shoes with good grip is a must. The second day it was very warm, so my hat...

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  • Packing List

    MORE INFOThe Greece Ministry of Culture has a very nice and complete page about Delphi, as well as other interesting greek highlights:Ministry of Culture

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Delphi Off The Beaten Path

  • Sleep in Arachova!

    The whole village of Delphi is making a living on tourists. You will find plenty of hotels, restaurants and shops. They are not all tourist traps. However, it might be a good idea, after or before visiting the sanctuary to go to Arachova, 12 km away and spend the night there instead of Delphi. The village of Arachova is nice, in a mountain...

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  • Modern Delphi sights

    Early in the morning before an excursion to Ancient Delphi I walked along Modern Delphi and enjoyed this tiny and piqturescue town.You may watch 3 min 37 sec VIDEO-Clip Greece Delphi Modern out of my YouTube Channel with popular Greek music.You may watch my high resolution photo of Modern Delphi on Google Earth according to the following...

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  • Charioteer of Delphi in Moscow

    There is a copy of the famous bronze statue Charioteer of Delphi in the State Pushkin Art Museum in Moscow. I know this statue from my childhood and could never imagine to see the original of the statue in Delphi. Now my dream has come true!

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  • The Oracle and the bus journey to it

    I've always loved Greek mythology and the Oracle of Delphi was always one of those things I had to see before I die. Anyway, the bus journey from Athens to Delphi is quite something by itself! it takes about 3h (the last bus is around 6pm and everyone always gets that one) and when you start leaving the capital you see those high mountains in the...

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  • Climbing all those stairs

    The one thing that you have to realize when you visit Delphi is that you need to be fairly fit as there are many stairs to be climbed in order to move from one street to the next. That is in new Delphi

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  • Modern Delphi History Background

    In medieval times Delphi was also called Kastri and was built on the archaeological site. The residents had used the marble columns and structures as support beams and roofs for their improvised houses. Archaeological research in Delphi began in 1860 by Germans. In 1891 the Greek government granted the French School at Athens permission for...

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Ancient Delphi
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Archaeological Museum of Delphi
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Musuem at Delphi
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The view.
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Ancient Delphi.
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The Tholos.
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"Aurige de Delphes"
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Temple of Athens right down the road!
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See the famous armless Charioteer at Delphi
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A modern museum just beside Delphi
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Castalian Spring
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Gymnasium
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Stadium
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Temple of Apollo
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Halos
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Rock of the Sibyl
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Treasury of the Athenians
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Treasures
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Sacred Way
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Omphalos stone
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Charioteer of Delphi
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New Delphi
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Sphinx of Naxos
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Castalian Spring
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The Sacred Way
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The Stadium
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Temple of Apollo
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Tholos
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The Tholos of the sanctuary of Athena Pronoia
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Temple of Apollo, the retaining wall.
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