The oracle, the history, the landscape, the mysteries of the mountains and specially the energy...
Combine nature and mythology, along with an escape of peace and romance to a place where the beauty of its nature and its positive energy will enlighten you. The singular character of the scenery combining both the mountain and the sea view will make you feel like you are in the center of the world - as it was considered once upon a time - and will refresh you to make you ready for an endless entertainment in Arachova, an all year premium destination next to Delphi, before you come back to Athens.
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Once upon a time, when Greek gods roamed the earth, the god of sun and light, Apollo, slew the serpent Python, who is the son of the earth mother Gaia. In the spirit of Greek mythology, Apollo was punished to do menial service for years before he could return and be forgiven (presumably by his dad Zeus). Humans were grateful that he killed Python, so they built a temple to commemorate his victory, the Temple of Apollo.
According to mythology, here was the meeting place of the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious center and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world. It was also the home of the most famous ancient sanctuary which grew rich as the seat of Pythia where the oracle (high priestess of the Temple of Apollo) was consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. It was commonly known as the Oracle of Delphi. The Greeks considered Delphi the center of the world, as represented by the stone monument known as the Omphalos of Delphi. It is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Delphi is two hours away from Athens and can be visited as a daily escape from Athens or on our way to the North towards Thessaloniki, Pelion or Meteora. It is also the best escape in winter for all ski-fans, as it is located just 12 kilometers away from Arahova, where you may find the ski resort of Parnassos, one of the best in Greece.