Delphi; The Centre of Greece.

Hello Pals,
Geographically, Delphi probably isn’t the centre of Greece. Mythologically, it’s said that when Zeus released two eagles to locate the navel, they landed in Delphi.
Apollo (God of Light, Knowledge & Harmony) kept his sanctuary here and was the site of the ancient Oracle (to provide wise & insightful predictions of the future.) It is said some of the first forms of divination occurred in Delphi. In 2002 The New York times released an article that the oracles were actually just kinda high lmao.

Delphi Oracles’ wisdom came back to the three life rules;
Know Thyself . | Everything in Moderation | Harmony in Difference.

If you would like to know “How to see the city of Delphi and take a small trip to Galaxidi.” click ‘read more’

In this article, you’ll find: (click to be taken there)
The Basics: How to get there.
My Top Choices: What you should see.
My Recommendations: Where to eat & drink, What to listen to & read.
Where to Stay: Where I stayed or where friends stayed.
What I did: My diary entry.
Other Recommendations: Things I missed.

All my posts have a key:
⏰ Opening Hours. 📍Location 🕒Distance
💰Cost 🎫Ticket 📝 To note. 🎒What to bring.
♿ Accessibility 🌱Vegan / Veg Options.

  TO NOTE:

  • Free Entry Days: 06 March | 18 April | 18 May | 28 October | Last weekend of September | First Sunday November 1st > March 31st.
  • Closed Days: 01 January | 25 March | 01 May | 25 + 26 December | Good Friday | Easter Sunday |
  • You can drink the tap water in Delphi.

DELPHI

THE BASICS

Getting to Delphi.

🚌 Bus from Athens.

💰€16.40 EURO| $25.79 AUD| $18.49 USD | ‎£14.14GBP
⏰07:30 | 10:30 | 15:00 | 17:30 | 20:00
🕒2.5 Hours.
You take the bus from KTEL Bus Station Terminal B.
If you don’t wish to take a taxi; take public transport:
Take the M2 to Attiki Metro Station and then Bus Number #024 / 711 / A10 / B11 / B12 / R10 / R12 to Liosion/Gousiou Street. (Use google maps + gps offline to ensure you’re on the right path.)

🚌 Bus from Thessaloniki.

💰€38.00 EURO| $59.75 AUD| $42.85 USD | ‎£32.75 GBP
⏰ 15:15
🕒4.5 – 5 hrs.
You take the bus from Macedonia Intercity Bus Station – reach by taking city center using bus line 45, 45A and 45B for €1.00.


TOP CHOICES!

Archaeological Site of Delphi

⏰ 8:30 – 15:00 | 19:00 (In Summer months.)
📍 Delphi 330 54
💰€12.00 EURO| $18.95 AUD| $13.58 USD | ‎£10.38 GBP
♿Braille signs are around the ruins.
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Within the Archaeological site of Delphi, you will find Temple of Apollo, Ancient Theatre, Sanctuary of Athena, Kastalia Spring and the Serpent Column. It was excavated in the late 19th century and is now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Monuments.

Delphi Archaeological museum

⏰ 8:30 – 15:00 | 19:00 (In Summer months.)
📍 Delphi 330 54
📝 Included within the Site ticket.
♿Wheelchair Accessible.
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The museum brings to light some of the most valuable archaeological items [1] found within the ruins. Some of the most impressive works is the Sphinx of the Naxians, dated to 560 BC, The marble statue of Antinoos and the brother statues Kleobis and Biton.

Hagios Nikolaos

⏰ 8:30 – 15:00 | 19:00 (In Summer months.)
📍 Delphi 330 54
📝 Included within the Site ticket.
One of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture.

MY RECOMMENDATIONS

🥘 Taberna Ta Skalakia

📍 Apollonos 21, Delfi
♿ No, is on a staircase entrance
This tavern holds over 40 years of experience, the owners were very hospitable and they recommend dishes of the day.

🥘 Souvlaki Gyros Pita

⏰Opens from 14:30
📍Apollonos 23, Delfi 330 54, Greece
♿ They have steps at the entrance.
This Souvlaki place has decent prices for the centre of Delphi. You can check a review on prices here.

☕ Melopoleio

⏰ 07:00 – 23:00
📍 14 Vassileon Pavlou & Friderikis, Delphi 330 54
♿ Yes.
Cozy place with amazing waffles. Good Wifi.

READ:

Oracles of Delphi by Marie Savage

“All Althaia wants on her trip to Delphi is to fulfil her father’s last wish and enjoy time away from her tiresome new husband. Finding the body of a young woman on the altar of Dionysos in the theater of the Sacred Precinct on her first day in town is not in her plans.”



WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Orfeas.

⏰Check In: 12:00 – 23:00 Check Out: 07:30- 12:00
📍Figenias & Syggrou Str. 35, Delfoi,
———-
The owner really helps you with any questions – and is very knowledgable for the area.

🍽Breakfast €5.00 which includes Orange Juice, Coffee, Tea, Orange, Olives, Bread, Cheese + Ham etc.
🛁Bathroomsbathroom has amenities such as soap & body wash. the shower is small to get into but pressure was fine. cannot flush toilet paper.
🛏Roomsslightly hard beds but for one-two nights is fine.
🎲FacilitiesLobby, wifi, free parking, pets allowed. luggage storage.
🍺BarN/A

WHAT I DID

I (classically) missed the 10:30 am Bus by 5 minutes, which meant I then had to wait until 3 pm. On the walk towards the hotel – I met Carlos from Brazil. We went out for some food at Taberna Ta Skalakia and ordered a Delphi Beer. Now I’m not sure if it was just me (probably) or Carlos (perhaps) but, every time we poured the beer, it looked like milky milk.


The first part of my trip to Delphi was spent making a day trip to Galaxidi.
To get to Galaxidi, you take a bus from the Delphi Bus Station which next to the restaurant, in which you buy the tickets. You’ll be swapping buses in Itea, which usually takes 15 minutes.
💰€5,00 | $8.00 AUD | $5.66 USD | ‎£ 4.28 GBP.
🕒60 minutes.

Once in Galaxidi, you can go to check out the Windmill (which tbh is a cafe and ofc was closed at the time I went lmao) Church of St John the Baptist and the International Monument of the Navy Women.

For some reason, I ate pancakes for lunch in Galaxidi – but there are so many fresh fish restaurants along the port, so you should probably eat at one of those. The streets are lined with incredible homes and gardens, so if you’ve got the time before the bus back to Delphi – spend some time getting a bit lost (take particular notice to the home tiles & knockers.)

Maritime Museum of Galaxidi

⏰ 8:30 – 16:00 | Sat: 10:00 – 16:00 | Closed Sundays.
💰€3 EURO| $4.74 AUD| $3.40 USD | ‎£2.60 GBP
📍Mousiou, Delfi 330 52.
♿Wheelchair Accessible.
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The museum will show you about the ancient settlements around Galaxidi as well as give you the history behind why it was such an essential part within the Independence from the Ottoman rule.

The museum was the last part of my itinerary of Galaxidi before heading back to Delphi. I did a small 90-minute hike in Delphi as there are many walking tracks through the mountains. Check a list of trails here.

I spent the morning in Delphi checking out the Ruins & Museum before heading to Thessaloniki. The museum has been one of my favourites to date – really informative, and they have so much information regarding the history of what was previously there.

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Arachova:  It’s got the cobblestone streets paving to wonderful homes, great restaurants and a history to go with it. Read a bit about it here.
  • Athena Pronaia Temple. It’s a 10 minute walk down from the main ruins, no entry fee and is also a UNESCO world site. See a blog post here.
  • Bralo British Cemetery: Built in 1917 during the first world war. See a blog post here. [It’s a 52 minute drive away which is why I didn’t go.]

Have you been?
What did you see / eat / do?
Let me know below.
As always, stay cool.
– Sarah.

Sources:
[1] https://www.gtp.gr/TDirectoryDetails.asp?ID=4341



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Written by CerealSarah

A 27-year-old whose only direction in life seems to be going around the world. Find me on Instagram @ CerealSarah Find me on Facebook @ CerealSarah

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