A day trip in Central Greece

Delphi Oracle A day trip in Central GreeceGreece is famous for its beautiful beaches and islands. But is also has unique landscapes on the mainland. Central Greece is not a well know destination for travelling. It is 2 hours far from Athens and has a lot to offer. One of my favorite day trips includes a visit to the archaeological site of Delphi, eating and swimming at Antikyra and an evening visit to the Monastery of Osios Loukas which is a World Heritage Monument of UNESCO. Rent a car and follow me to this day trip!

Delphi Ancient Theatre1 A day trip in Central Greece

Delphi is about two hours away from Athens. The scenery of the archaeological site is really unique. Ancient Greeks thought that this was the center of the Earth (“omfalos” = bellybutton, as it was called). The famous Oracle of Pythia, the Temple of Apollo and the museum are a must of a visit. Wear a hat, take a bottle of water with you and start climbing the main road in the archaeological area. The Stadium is really high, but the view is totally worth it. Find a shadow and enjoy the view, take a few breaths of ancient history.
Visit the museum in order to see the famous Iniochos (chariot man) and pictures from the excavation.

Iniochos1 A day trip in Central Greece

The museum is one of the best and most easily accessible in Greece. Don’t forget the Temple of Athena Pronea; it is located downwards – many people miss it because they don’t know. I usually also drink a Greek coffee in the nearby village of Delphi.
Next stop is the small village and port of Antikyra. It is nearby Distomo and Aspra Spitia, on the way from Delphi to Athens. Here you can find nice fish tavernas. Enjoy the fresh food, relax a bit. If you want to go for a swim there are some nice beaches around.

Antikyra A day trip in Central Greece
Last stop is the Byzantine Monastery of Osios Loukas. It is located near Distomo village. It has been nominated as a World Heritage Monument of UNESCO due to its architecture. Dress properly and enter. Usually the monks give you a treat of loukoumi and cold water. Feel the byzantine rhythm and attend a ceremony, in order to take in the total experience. Even if you don’t understand the words, the rhythm is there.

Osios Loukas Monastery A day trip in Central Greece
Late at the evening return to Athens. The day trip has just ended, full of experiences. Antiquities, nice food, relaxation and religious influences. My favorite combination for a day trip. What about yours?

Text by:
Christos Loukas (aka Kitsos Mitsos)
World traveller and blogger
http://www.blogtravels.gr

4 comments

  1. Athens is a must see, but not alone. I mean you can see most of Athens in 3 days. You can either cobnmie it with some nearby daily excursions (Delphi and Hosios Lukas, Nafplio and Epidauros, the islands of Hydra and Egina) or an excursion to some island like Syros, Siphnos, Naxos, Milos. These are islands perfect for family vacation, good beaches, food and architecture.September is best.

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