Although an estimated 500,000 tourists visit the ancient ruins of Delphi each year, they are most likely missing out on the beauty of the 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 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 3 hours to explore it. You can buy the all-day ticket and enjoy the ruins and the Archaeological Museum located below the site.
Paragliding over the Ruins
That’s right, you can actually fly over the ancient temple of Apollo, the archaeological sites and admire the olive tree-laced valley from above. The sport is organized by professional instructors, and beginners can also participate. The flight lasts 20-30 minutes and you can even take a video. For more information, look here.
Hike 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 today. In fact, it is thought that Archaio Monopatimay is the oldest footpath that is still used on the planet. 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
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 in antiquity. 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 ruins of the medieval Castle of Oria or the Byzantine Savior Church, which was built in the 11th century.
Just 11 km (7 miles) south of Amfissa is the town of Itea. It is a great place to stop for a coffee and enjoy the view of Delphi high above in the surrounding mountains.
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 and spices and products made from olives. The village has two ports, Agora and Chirolaka and boasts 2 museums as well as churches and monasteries.
Either on your way to Delphi from Athens or on your returning 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 a glass of Arachova’s famous black wine ‘brusque‘.