Saturday, 30 August 2008

Sunctuary of Delphi (part 1)

The Sanctuary of Delphi is in a part of ancient Greece called Phokis, north across the Gulf of Corinth from Olympia and the Peloponnese. It was easily accesible from the Peloponnese by sea, and from the east (Veotia, Attica, Chalkis, Eretria) by road-the same road Oedipus took when he left Delphi after consulting the oracle-and it stood close to the north-south route that ran from the Peloponnese to Thessaly. It did not stand, like Olympia, on flat ground, but rose steeply from the precipitous slopes of Mount Parnassos.It faces south; springs crevices, and rocks around.

Like Olympia, it was not under the control of a major settlement but developed on the margins of established powers; so it was essesntially neutral. It was this character of neutrality that allowed Delphi and Olympia to become significant interurban sanctuaries, where poleis (cities) and elite individuals could compete in shows of strangth and wealth on an equal footing.

The Greeks themselves thought that Delphi was the center of the earth, and Pindar described it as the shared heart of Hellas (Greece). Legebd had it that Gaia (Mother Earth, the first prophetess) resided here with her son Python, the snake.; hence, the games here were called the Pythians games, and the priestess who delivered the oracles was known as the Pythia. It was only after Apollo had killed Python that he was able to take over from Gaia, and the sanctuary became his. However, even in the periods of greatest development of Apollo's sanctuary, a small area was always left uncluttered and revered: Python's Cave, Sibyl's Rock, and the spring called Cassotis.

(to be continued in part 2)

Friday, 29 August 2008

Aerial (Delphi, Valley and Itea)


Q: Is there any train service to Delphi?

A. NO! The nearest train station (line Thessaloniki-Athens) is in Livadeia, some 1 hour trip from

Delphi to the East. There is also a railway station in Lamia, but it's rather far away...


Q: How are the following written using Greek characters?


  • Delphi (might see it as Delfi, or Delfoi!!)----> Δελφοί (caps :ΔΕΛΦΟΙ)
  • Athens---> Αθήνα (caps: ΑΘΗΝΑ)
  • Itea--> easy! Ιτέα
  • Amfissa---> Άμφισσα, caps: ΑΜΦΙΣΣΑ
  • Galaxidi---> Γαλαξ(ε)ίδι, caps: ΓΑΛΑΞ(Ε)ΙΔΙ
  • Patras--> Πάτρα, caps: ΠΑΤΡΑ


Q: What is the weather like in Delphi, say in March?

A: There is a link on the sidebar (right) of the blog, but since you are reading this,

try for a 48 hours forecast (it works most of the

time,believe me) and a not-so-reliable 4-6 days forecast!


Q: Is there any public transport from Patras to Delphi?

There is NO DIRECT from Patras to Delphi.You can take the bus to Itea/Amfissa (the Patras-Amfissa bus stops in Itea too-it's on the way) and change buses there for Delphi.

Itea is near 20Km from Delphi

Delphi's excavation photo collection (will be updated)

Taken from the book

The Oracle: Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secrets

by William J. Broad

AMAZING Pictures in Winter Delphi...

Thursday, 28 August 2008

AMAZING, Breathtaking Aerial pictures of Delphi (rare)

Just click to enlarge!

Transportation to Delphi

Venizelos Airport --> Athens (35Km approx)

Basically you have 2 cheap options get to Athens center once you landed in Venizelos. Either take the Subway, or by public bus(es).


It might be a little bit confusing, with the changes you have to make, so it is better to take a bus. Please note that the last train to Athens is on 23:39, so if arriving near this time you can forget it.

Airport Bus (ticket= €3.20/person)

If you are heading to Delphi directly, catch the BUS NUMBER X93 and get out to stop named "Stathmos LIOSION". There you have it, you are to the Bus station!! For the Routes, see the relevant posting at the top of the blog!

BTW, Greek fonts!

Athens --> Delphi (180Km approx)
  • Buses to Delphi

See the posting at the top of the blog.

The trip takes about three hours and will cost around €14 (2008)

  • Rent a Taxi Driver

Most travel agents offer tours to Delphi which are fine if you like tours, the problem being if you are adventerous or irritated by the slow pace, since a tour can only go as quickly as its slowest member. Many people combine Delphi with Meteora for a two-day trip.

  • Renting a Car


  • Tours to Delphi

Many travel agencies in Greece include Delphi in their organized land tours. It is included in the three and four day classical tour and also as an overnight trip with Meteora. It can also be done as a day trip.The bus picks you up at your hotel in the morning and drops you off after the tour (unless your hotel is nowhere near the route the bus takes).

Kastalia Spring (or "Crene") -Fontaine Castalie

Kastalia Sping (Crene)-Not accesible today
due to rock falling around...see below.

Visite en Grèce du Président de la République française, Nicolas Sarkozy

vendredi 6 juin 2008

Informazioni utili

Corrente elettrica

La tensione standard in Grecia è di 230V AC (50Hz). Apparecchi di provenienza dall'America settentrionale, necessitano di trasformatore e quelli provenienti dall’Inghilterra di adattatore.

Fuso orario

L’ora locale è GMT +2 ore.

Feste/ Festività 2008

1 gennaio
: Capodanno
6 gennaio : Epifania
10 marzo: Lunedì Pulito (primo giorno di Quaresima)
25 marzo: festa nazionale
27 e 28 aprile: Pasqua
1 maggio: primo maggio
16 giugno: Pentecoste (festività per il settore pubblico)
15 agosto: Assunzione della Vergine
28 ottobre: festa nazionale
25 e 26 dicembre : Natale

Ambasciate -

Ambasciata d'Italia in Atene

2, Sekeri str.
106 74 Atene - Grecia
Tel.: +30 - 210 - 36.17.260 - 3
Tel.: +30 - 210 - 36.17.273 - 4 - 5
Fax: +30 - 210 - 36.17.330


Informations utiles

Courant électrique

Les 230V AC (50Hz)sont la norme en Grèce Les appareils en provenance d'Amérique du Nord nécessitent un transformateur alors que les appareils venus du Royaume Uni nécessitent un adaptateur.


L'heure locale est GMT +2 heures.

Fêtes / Congés 2008

1er Janvier: Jour de l' An
6 Janvier: L'Epiphanie
10 Mars: Lundi Maigre (*l'Equivalent du Mardi Gras)
25 Mars: Fête Nationale
27 et 28 Avril: Pâques
1 Mai: Mai Day
16 Juin: Pentecôte ( Jour férié pour la fonction publique)
15 Αoût: L'Assomption
28 Οctobre: Fête nationale
25 et 26 Décembre: Noël

Ambassades et

Ambassade de France en Grèce, 7 avenue Vassilissis Sofias, 106 71 ATHENES - GRECE
Tél. : + 30 210 3391000 - Fax : + 30 210 3391009

Historie, Delphes

Tourist Protection Line

Learn about your rights and your obligations.

When travelling to Greece, it is advisable to bear in mind the following:

As a consumer, you are protected by Greek consumer protection law for all transactions you make while travelling in the country. (
All enterprises, regardless of their nature (tourist or otherwise), are obliged to issue written receipts for the total amount they receive. Possession of a receipt safeguards the consumer in the event of any claim or dispute with the enterprises.
Foreign visitors must ensure that they have valid medical cover before departing.
The following is valid during your stay in accommodation licensed by the GNTO and displaying the Special Function Sign:

  • The hotelier is obliged to lisence vacant rooms to customers and provide all advertised amenities.
  • Within 3 days of receiving an enquiry for a room, by any means (telephone, letter, or email), the hotelier is obliged to inform the customer by print whether or not they accept the booking, and include details on the booking (type of room, length of stay, price). A written response protects both the customer and the hotelier.
  • The deposit for the booking cannot exceed the 25% of the total accommodation cost, and on the other hand cannot be less than the charge for one night.
  • In the event that the customer wishes to cancel a booking, and the cancellation is made 21 days prior to the agreed arrival date, the hotelier is obliged to refund the deposit in full, while for cancellations made within 21 days, the customer must pay the hotelier the 50% of the total cost of the cancelled booking.
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  • Keeping pets of any kind in a hotel is forbidden, unless the hotel provides a designated area for pets. In all cases, a prior arrangement on this issue must be made between the hotelier and the tourist-consumer.

The following is valid for transactions with tourist agencies licensed by the GNTO and displaying the Special Function Sign:

  • The tourist agency is responsible to the consumer for all the services they have sold, including those provided by third parties (hotels, restaurants, car rentals, etc.), except in cases of personal or third party liability, or force majeure.
  • In all cases, the customers of a tourist agency or car rental agency must be informed by print about the terms under which services or products are provided prior to making a purchase.

Specifically, for Organized Trips (P.O. 339/96), which Greek law defines as a fixed combination of at least two of the following elements, i.e. transport, accommodation or other services (participation in meetings or events of a professional, cultural or artistic nature, meals, guided tours etc.), it is obligatory to sign a relevant contract, which includes:

1. The terms attached to the services included in the contract (cost and category of accommodation).
2. Means of transport, meals included, itinerary, information pertaining to passports and necessary visas, cancellation policy, guided tours, entry to archaeological sites and museums, other recreational services, etc.).
3. An insurance policy which will state by print that in case of insolvency or bankruptcy of the tourist agency, the consumer, above and beyond other claims, will be entitled to a refund of the full amount paid, as well as immediate payment of repatriation expenses.

In all cases, the tourist-consumer:

  • Should acquire, for their own convenience, detailed information regarding the use of public transport at their destination, especially with regards to the cost of the journey, ticket validity and cancellations, and recommended arrival times in advance of the departure of the service.
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For tourist information:

or call: 210 3310392, 210 3310716
Tourist Police: 171

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Emergency ambulance service: 166
On-duty hospitals, clinics, doctors & pharmacies: 1434
Police (Emergency number): 100
Regional Police Departments: 1033
SOS Doctors: 1016 (not provided under the National Health Service)

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Taking the Bus to Delphi from Athens

Plese note: The above could change without warning-Taken as a guide only

There is a bus X93 connecting the Airport (door 5) with the bus terminal at Kiffissou street and the Liossion Street terminal. The interval is generally 35 minutes (65 at night) . Terminal B is actually on Ag Dimitriou Aplon Street which runs parallel to Liosson Street. To get to the terminal itself after you get off the bus, turn right onto Yousiou and you will see the terminal at the end of the street.

In other words, ask for LIOSSION BUS STATION

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Map of Archaeological Site of Delphi (ruins)