Delphi, Greece – The Center of the Universe | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Fancy a trip to the Center of the Universe?

Delphi was once considered the center of the universe, and is one of Ancient Greece’s most important archaeological sites. It is the home to Apollo’s Oracle, which was famous in the Greek world and beyond (other civilizations). On certain days of the year a priestess would answer questions to those who visited Delphi, to help guide people and their future decisions. I assume it would be like an intuitive, wise woman, or psychic by today’s standards.


Delphi is a magical place not only for the Oracle, but for its energy and stunning surroundings. When we drove to and from Delphi, I started to feel a magnetic pull for me to return, and stay at one of the resorts or little villages. I have always enjoyed the mountains, and being surrounded by the rockfaces of Delphi allowed me to feel grounded and peaceful. The ‘Center of the Universe’ is located on the side of a rockface, and in-between a mountainous valley. It is an extraordinary place.


The Road to Delphi

Whether you hire a car, take the bus, or do a day tour the drive to Delphi is a long one. With light traffic you are looking at about 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours.  Delphi is approximately 115 miles from Athens, and the drive there is beautiful. The scenery is peaceful with mountain views, and small towns dotting the hillside.

I decided to take a group day tour that I booked through that left from Athens. It was pricier than taking the bus, but I felt it would be easier to have it all coordinated before I left. It was well worth the money as we had a knowledgeable guide, the admission was taken care of, and we had lunch at a nice restaurant.


Preparing for Delphi

For the majority of us, we see photos of Delphi and automatically think sturdy walking shoes, casual clothes, and a sun hat. That is exactly what you should wear, but that is not the reality for others. Common sense is not really so common. If you decide to wear a skirt or a dress that is fine, put on yoga shorts underneath just in case it gets windy.

Also dress in layers because the weather can change quickly. I visited in October, and it was cool in the morning, but by noon it was very warm. I ended up removing my cardigan, and rolled up my pants to my knees. Do not forget to bring sun protection, and comfortable shoes.


Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia

The Temple of Athena is another archaeological site that was part of Delphi, and dates back to 7th Century BC.  It is across the road from the main site of Delphi. and is a quick trek down to the ancient ruins.

This temple was considered the first location that visitors who traveled by foot would arrive to. It is astounding to think how long and far these ancient travelers would walk in order to visit Delphi.


Delphi Archaeology Museum

The museum of Delphi is one of the most visited, and one of Greece’s principal museums. It houses astounding archaeological finds from Delphi, which date back from the Mycenean era to the Byzantines.

Visiting the museum ties everything together after visiting the archaeological site. One can imagine the friezes, artwork, and statues that are housed in the museum adorning the grounds of Delphi. It must have a a marvelous sight.


Villa Symposium Restaurant Delphi

After visiting Delphi, we had lunch at a lovely Greek restaurant close to the archaeological site, Villa Symposium. We tried different Greek dishes, and everything was delicious.  It was a nice comfortable retreat after a day discovering Delphi.

They serve tour groups, but also individual visitors from lunch time until late night. Please check their Facebook Page for more information – Villa Symposium Restaurant & Café


Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all…

Yours Truly in Delphi

🌎 Thank you for visiting my website and NEVER STOP EXPLORING!

📸 All photos are taken by me mine and are my intellectual property.

One response to “Delphi, Greece – The Center of the Universe | A UNESCO World Heritage Site”

  1. […] If you are looking to get out of the city and want to visit the ‘Center of the Universe’, a day trip to Delphi is worth the time investment. Delphi is located on the side of a rockface in-between a mountainous valley. The drive to Delphi is stunning and leads to one of Ancient Greece’s most important sites- The Center of the Universe and home to the important oracle, Apollo’s mouthpiece.  Please go to → A Day in Delphi – A Visit to the Center of the Universe  […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s