Day 3 – Delphi (part 1)

Sorry for having the last couple days out of order! I have finally been able to upload some photos, since the hotel internet is being slightly more cooperative.

On Monday, we took the local KTEL bus to Delphi, I made a post on how to do this reasonably cheaply a couple days ago. The bus takes around 3 hours, including a 20 minute stop at a cafe about 30 minutes or so from Delphi. It’s probably better to pre-book tickets, we didn’t, but we were lucky we wanted to take the first bus at 7.30am, which wasn’t full. The buses are air-conditioned and comfortable, so I would highly recommend doing it this way if you aren’t wanting to pay for a tour. We arrived in Delphi around 10.30am, with our return tickets for 4pm, so plenty of time to visit the archaeological site and museum close by and to explore the town.

First order of business - breakfast!

First order of business – breakfast!

We stopped at the first cafe we saw and grabbed iced coffee, baklava and ice cream. Delicious! About 6 Euros each, so a bit more expensive than Athens, but it was well worth it.

The archaeological site and museum are very close to the town – only a short 5-10 minute walk. Delphi, like other Greek towns in situated on a cliffside, and you can see all the way to the bay. The views are stunning. It was a but hazy that morning, but still beautiful.

Plus, there is a nice breeze

Plus, there is a nice breeze

We walked past a lovely statue, with many different countries flags hanging up on poles.

No New Zealand flag, sadly. There is an Australian one, but it's obviously not the same.

No New Zealand flag, sadly. There is an Australian one, but it’s obviously not the same.

The site and museum are 6 Euro each, or 9 Euro for both. I would recommend both, with the museum last, because it’s air conditioned and really nice to be in after you’ve climbed the massive hill in the sun. When we arrived, around 11am, there weren’t that many people around. The big groups were arriving as we were leaving.

By the ticket office for the site, there are drinking fountains and the water is amazingly cold. Good to fill up drink bottles before and after the climb.

The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum


The Treasury of the Athenians

The Treasury of the Athenians


The Theatre - seats 5000

The Theatre – seats 5000


The Temple of Apollo

The Temple of Apollo


Your reward for reaching the top - the Stadium

Your reward for reaching the top – the Stadium


Starting arches off in the distance

Starting arches off in the distance

Delphi is an incredible site and well worth visiting. Be prepared for a hike – it feels like it’s a long way when you’re climbing in the heat. Allow a couple hours at least, so you can go at your own pace. Once you get to the bottom, there is a cafe beside the museum – and they have slushy machines. A slushy or an ice cream after all that work is the best reward. Plus, there are cute cats around, who are hoping for scraps.

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More later – part 2 will just be about the museum.

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