The Oracle of Delphi – a day trip to ancient Greece

The little town of Delphi is about 3hrs driving from the city of Athens, right at the foot of Mount Parnassos, the most famous ski resort in Greece. Once regarded the centre of the Greek world, Delphi is a place of rich and special history. It was an ancient Greek city home to the most important oracle of ancient Greece. Back in those times Delphi was considered the sacred and panhellenic center for all Greeks.

Also known as the navel of the earth, Delphi is located in a unique location surrounded by a landscape of rugged and imposing grandeur. Delphi Oracle is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring many iconic monuments, which leave visitors thrilled and excited.

Within easy reach from Athens, Delphi is the ideal destination for a day trip, during your stay in the gorgeous capital of Greece. But, because you won’t stay in Greece forever, it is important to see and do as much as you can, and you’ll actually make it if you plan your time wise. What you could do is get advice from an expert tour guide agency, such as Key Tours, and let them arrange a comprehensive trip to Delphi for you!


Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece

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What to see

The Temple of Apollo located in a prominent and central position, is the most important monument of the site. The temple included great statues and offerings to the god, and served as a place for rituals. The temple was also used to safe keep the trophies from major Athenian victories and other items dedicated to the Temple.

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The Theater of Delphi situated right above the Temple of Apollo is well-preserved and offers stunning views to the lush green mountainous scenery.

The Archaeological Museum of Delphi is one of the most important museums in Greece, displaying findings telling the story of the Oracle. What you shouldn’t miss though is the bronze statue of Iniochos.


The Theater of Delphi
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Deplhi Today

Modern Delphi is a charming village with quaint houses, traditional tavernas and cozy tourist accommodation. Thanks to its elevated position the village overlooks the sea of the Corinthian Gulf miles away.

After a busy day sightseeing you should take some time and relax, wandering around this hospitable mountain resort. What you can find here apart from souvenirs, is shops with authentic pieces of art by local artists, clothes shops and shops selling local products, such as olive oil and products made of it, and the delicious soft cheese formaela, best eaten fried.


Extra Tips

  • Delphi can be visited all year round, but it’s better to plan your trip in spring when the weather is mild and the scorching sun won’t leave you exhausted…or sunburned!
  • Keep in mind that your visit to the archaeological sites will be long, so you’d better start early. The museum and the archaeological site are open daily from 8:30 to 15:00.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and light clothes. Beware of the slippery areas! 

By Zoe Mouchritsa