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Delphi

Greece

Delphi

The site of Delphi is located in upper central Greece, on multiple plateaux/terraces along the slope of Mount Parnassus, and includes the Sanctuary of Apollo, the site of the ancient Oracle. This semicircular spur is known as Phaedriades, and overlooks the Pleistos Valley.
The area of Delphi comprises a small downward plain crossed by the torrents Pleistos and Hylaithos, which at some points become very narrow and thus overflow by heavy rainfall. The area is planted with dense olive groves covering half its surface, whereas the other half is covered with low, bushy vegetation, suitable for grazing.
According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world.
The history of Delphi begins in prehistory and in the myths of the ancient Greeks. In the beginning the site was sacred to Mother Earth and was guarded by the terrible serpent Python, who was later killed by Apollo. Apollo’s sanctuary was built here by Cretans who arrived at Kirrha, the port of Delphi, accompanied by the god in the form of a dolphin. This myth survived in plays presented during the various Delphic festivals, such as the Septerion, the Delphinia, the Thargelia, the Theophania and, of course. the famous Pythia, which celebrated the death of Python and comprised musical and athletic competitions.

Food and Drink

Vegetarians will revel in the local herb pies, cheese pies and pastries, as well as tiganopsomo (fried kind of bread/pie). Local cheeses are heavenly, especially the light formaela of Arahova, as well as others called shanotiri and opsimotiri.

Formaela : is a hard cheese produced exclusively in Arachova, Greece. It is famous throughout Greece.
Is prepared mainly from sheep’s or goat’s milk, has a hard and cohesive shell and is a light yellow color, without holes.It has a particularly pungent taste, and is usually consumed grilled or fried.

The latter is made with sheep’s yoghurt that’s been aged with salt for three days. Olive oil, local wine and the anis-based raki drink are also on offer. The wines coming from the Askri vineyards are excellent, while Distomo is particularly known for its excellent raki.

The meaty cuisine of Viotia also features more western recipes that have found their way in the last century or two to local tables, such as Coq au Vin and Fricasee. You might want to try the Rabbit Stifado, boiled goat and lamb Kleftiko as well.

Access

By bus or by car: the trip from Athens is around 3 hrs depending on traffic conditions, is situated 180 km from Athens

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