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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.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Delphi.