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What Not to Miss at Delphi and the Surrounding Area

Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece. Credit: heipei/CC BY-SA 2.0

Although thousands of tourists visit the ancient ruins of Delphi in Greece each year, they are most likely missing out on the beauty of the spectacularly beautiful surrounding areas. Let’s take a look at some of the top things to do on your trip and some of the reasons why you will need more than a day in Delphi.

The Ruins in Delphi

the archaeological site of Delphi, Greece.
The archaeological site of Delphi, Greece, one of the greatest treasures of world archaeology. Credit: Mr G’s Travels/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The most popular stop in Delphi is of course the UNESCO World Heritage Archaeological Site of Delphi. Considered to be one of the most stunning archaeological sites in the world, you will need at least three hours to explore it. You can buy the all-day ticket and enjoy the ruins and the Archaeological Museum located below the site, as well.

A bronze monument recently unearthed at Delphi. Credit: Patricia Claus/Greek Reporter

Paragliding over the Ruins

That’s right, you can actually fly over the ancient temple of Apollo, including all the archaeological sites, and admire the spectacular mountain peaks from above. The sport is organized by professional instructors, and beginners can also participate. The flight lasts twenty to thirty minutes, and you can even take a video. For more information, check here.

Hike the Ancient Trails

There are countless trails to be hiked throughout the surrounding area of Delphi. Just think about it: people have been coming to Delphi from all over the world for thousands of years and the ancient trails they used are still the same ones hiked today.

In fact, it is thought that the “Archaio Monopati” may be the oldest footpath that is still used in Europe. There are trails to choose from for all levels of hikers. Here are some that you can check out on your trip.

Pay a Visit to the Surrounding Villages near Delphi

Booking a hotel in Delphi town is a great starting point. You will find yourself right in the middle of everything you want to see on your trip. Here are some places you don’t want to miss.

Just a twenty-minute drive from Delphi is the quaint city of Amfissa. With many Neo-Classic buildings lining the streets and town square, the city dates back some 3,000 years.

At one time, it was the most important city of the ancient Greek tribe of the Ozolian Locrians, as well as one of the most powerful cities in central Greece. Here, you can check out the ruins of the medieval Castle of Oria or the Byzantine Savior Church, which was built in the eleventh century.

Just 11 km (7 miles) south of Amfissa is the town Itea. It is a great place to stop for a coffee and enjoy the view of Delphi high above in the surrounding mountains.

Itea city,
Itea city, Coasts of Delphi. Credit: G Da/CC-BY-SA-3.0

Galaxidi is another place you want to visit on your trip to Delphi. This charming village is located approximately half an hour from Delphi town.

Situated in the gulf of Crissaea, it has cobble-stoned walkways and many shops selling local specialties, such as herbs, spices, and products made from olives. The village has two ports, Agora and Chirolaka, and boasts two museums as well as churches and monasteries.

View over the gorge leading to Delphi from the nearby town of Arachova. Credit: Patricia Claus/Greek Reporter

Either on your way to Delphi from Athens or on your return trip, be sure to stop in the mountain town of Arachova. Enjoy the panoramic view and the winding streets with stone and wood houses. There are many tavernas where you can eat fresh, local meals and enjoy a glass of Arachova’s famous black wine, called ‘brusque.’

The town becomes an Alpine-like village in the winters with skiers using it as a base for their excursions. It has a lovely après-ski ambience with restaurants and bars galore along with boutiques for high-end shopping. There are also a number of hotels that cater to skiers surrounding this spectacular location.

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