The Castalian spring was the sacred source of Delphi, and its water played an important role in the cult and procedure of the temple and of the oracle. This is where Pythia, the priests and the temple staff washed, and where the water used to clean the temple came from. The theopropoi - those wishing to consult the oracle - were also obliged to wash here in order to purify themselves.
Things to do in Delphi
The region is ideal for total relaxation in the countryside and for sightseeing in the archaeological site. An enjoyable activity in Delphi is hiking. Many old footpaths cross the region and lead to tiny chapels, small settlements, forests and hilltops with a breathtaking view. Hiking is best in autumn and spring when the weather is not so hot. A popular activity in winter is skiing in the close ski centers of Mount Parnassus.
The most important Byzantine monument of 11th century Greece, the Monastery of St. Luke of Stiriotis, is set on a picturesque slope on the western slopes of Helicon, near ancient Stirida.
The monastery with its two large churches (the Church of the Virgin Mary and the Cathedral), the Crypt, the belfry, the cells and other buildings, dedicated to the miraculous local saint, soon acquired a unique radiance and this is considered to be his art form for the 11th century Byzantine monuments all over Greece.
The main source of our information about the monastery and St. Luke is his Life, which he wrote as an anonymous student in 962, a few years after Osios' death in 953.he Monastery.
Combine your holidays with a creative and artistic activity. In the magical location of Delphi, the “Navel of the world”, surrender yourselves to the joys of creativity. Pottery. Make a vase with your own hands and learn about the laws, forms and aesthetic principles governing an art form that is thousands of years old and has helped shape modern aesthetics and western culture.
Vagonetto is the mean to take you back in time and teach you the story of bauxite mining.
At the 51st km EO. Lamia - Amfissa south of Gravia is the Fokida Mining Park. One of the arcades that had been opened for the underground exploitation of bauxite, the arcade 850, was closed in 1972 due to depletion of the ore.
For the ancient Greeks, it was the “navel of the earth”, a sacred place where they worshiped god Apollo.
A mystical place where Pythia gave her predictions for the future, at the oracle which was the center of Apollo’s sanctuary.
Hanging in a cliffside, on the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus offers spectacular views in the surrounding mountains, overlooking the coastal plain to the south and the valley of Phocis.
An extensive archaeological site, with a phenomenal influence in the ancient world, as evidenced by the rich monuments built there, it is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Delphi Archaeological museum is one of the principal museums of Greece and one of the most visited. It is operated by the Greek Ministry of Culture. Founded in 1903, it has been rearranged several times and houses the discoveries made at the panhellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which date from the Late Helladic (Mycenean) period to the early Byzantine era
The ruins of the Temple of Apollo visible today date from the 4th century BC, and are of a peripteral Doric building. It was erected by Spintharus, Xenodoros, and Agathon on the remains of an earlier temple, dated to the 6th century BC which itself was erected on the site of a 7th-century BC construction attributed to the architects Trophonios and Agamedes.
Tandem paragliding flight in Delphi, Greece. Have you always been dreaming of flying? Are you ready to explore new, mystical places from high above? Then this is the right activity for you! Join a tandem paragliding activity and fly over the Oracle of Delphi. The high cliffs in the area are ideal for a paragliding flight. The views ... simply magical!
In Itea, Galaxidi and all along the coastline that has caves and of course the Corinthian islands up to the Alkionides you can go for snorkerling or diving thw summer period
2.500 matters height. Good ski plays. Snowboard and great view. On the way to Delphi. Winter Games. Nice visit for a family
The European Delphi Cultural Center was founded in 1977, with the inspiration and initiative of Konstantinos Karamanlis, with the goal of creating in Delphi a European and global spiritual center.
The Museum of Delphi is housed in the home of Angelo and Eva Sikelianos, now owned by the European Cultural Center in Delphi.