For the ancient Greeks, Delphi (from delphis, womb) marked the very centre of the world, a sacred space where human beings could communicate directly with the gods. To this day, the home of the all-seeing oracle retains a magical sense of standing apart, not least because the ancient site stands in beautifully preserved splendour on a pristine mountainside 750m east of (and out of sight of) the modern village.
Located just 150km northwest of Athens, Delphi is now a major tourist destination. In summer especially, it’s well worth spending at least one night here, to experience the site before or after it’s deluged with day-trippers. Despite heavy commercialisation, the nearby village makes a pleasant place to stay, with hotels and restaurants to suit all budgets, and great views down to the Gulf of Corinth.