Just over two hours from Athens, the ancient ‘navel of the world’ now brims with cultural gems, astounding nature and great food and shopping.
1. SEE THE ORACLE
Visited throughout the year by an estimated 500,000 tourists from around the world, the UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site of Delphi is one of the most stunning in the world. Once the sanctuary of the famed Pythia – the soothsaying high priestess of Apollo – the site was once the focus of pilgrimages as few major political decisions were taken in ancient Greece without first consulting the oracle (despite the legendary ambiguity of her ‘prophecies’).
Do like the ancients and start your visit at the rotund Tholos of Athena Pronaia, where those who came to petition the Pythia first offered a sacrifice.