Mount Parnassus

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Mount Parnassus
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Sue R
Brighton and Hove, UK144 contributions
Delphi is built into the south western side of towering Mount Parnassus, which sadly has not been immune to bauxite scarring. Otherwise, Delphi has as heavenly a setting as the name suggests being built up the steep pristine slopes with views across gorges and a sea of rippling olive trees down to the Gulf of Corinth.
The ancient Greeks considered the centre of the world to be in Delphi; it was marked by a stone monument known as the omphalos (navel). It grew rich as it was venerated by most of the important ancient Greek city-states, who built various treasuries and monuments here.
The most renowned building is the temple Sanctuary of Apollo the site of the Oracle. The most familiar building, that features in all the pictures of Delphi (there isn’t so much of Apollo’s temple left) is the beautiful circular tholos from the temple of Athena, which is idyllically situated much lower down the slope.
We ascend Parnassus till we reach its two ski sections, Kellaria and Fterolakka, which together make up the largest ski centre in Greece. Ski House, Ski Café the shop facias proclaim. The villages are still very traditional with narrow streets and large squares full of men drinking their post church service and pre Sunday lunch aperitifs.
Written October 17, 2020
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victoriasintention
Austin, TX48 contributions
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The Corinthian trail is roughly 4,000 years old and runs along the rim of Mount Parnassus;, where the ancient ruins of Delphi are sited. You can access it via stairs from the modern town of Delphi which will lead you up to the trail.

The stairs are a non-stop vertical climb for a few minutes but once you reach the natural path above them, the incline is much less brutal. I was amazed at how quickly we ascended. The views are breathtaking.

There are path markers painted on stones. It's not difficult to stay on the path, but there are a couple of options once you get to the top and cross the meadow. We opted for the longer hike to the small town. It was probably close to 10 miles for our hike. The first half is climbing, the rest is walking along a well-driven mountain road that leads to the ski area and town.

Our hike was in May and wildflowers were in abundance. Incredibly beautiful.

There is a marker for a cave just before you get to the ski area. Don't be fooled by the crude sign. It is a long vertical walk up a mountain. There is another path, much easier to climb on the other side of the mountain. The cave, almost at the top, is huge.

It's a good idea to line up a taxi driver in Delphi to pick you up in the little town whose name escapes me, but everyone in Delphi will know what you're talking about. The little town was dead since it was not ski season. We found only a couple of places open that sold water and food - not good food, but food. The proprietors didn't speak much English and our Greek was almost non-existent so lining up that taxi driver beforehand is the way to go unless you want to hike back.

Needless to say, bring lots of water with you. It took us about four hours to hike to the little town including the hike up the mountain to the cave. It is exceptionally beautiful along the trail and we saw no one the entire time until we got to the cave where some German hikers who had come from the town had climbed up via the easy route.

It worked well for us to have the taxi pick us up. It's about a ten minute drive back to Delphi where we showered at our hotel and went to lunch. Fabulous experience.
Written June 16, 2014
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James O
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Couples
As we stayed only 2 days we just tried our luck with a hike to Eptastomos which is about 110 meters deep and lodges the southernmost glacier in Europe, a fact I thought was really impressive!!! Take a look on the map attached
Written August 20, 2014
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mac-chell
Potters Bar, UK3 contributions
My family and I had a great skiing holiday in this resort. Ski hire locally is cheap for good ski's and boots. We were there fairly late in the season (mid February) and we had a piste closure on the first day but WOW! we made up for it the rest of the week with skiing in glorious sunshine and pretty good facilities to boot! The downside is the fact that the slopes are VERY busy over the weekend due to the 'Athenian Invasion'. The area seems to be catching up with the more poular skiing resorts with their facilities but perhaps lacks the 'sophistication'?
of the Alps and other places. Local hotel accomodation is typically Greek...I.E. - Basic. but comfortable, with the usual warm, Greek hospitality. Food quality and prices in the local restaurants are average to good with cosmopolitan fare on offer. Prices are VERY reasonable ! Try It! and enjoy.........Although I rate this place as neutral/average, for the money it is Excellent.
Written April 21, 2004
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Nivedita_15
Patras, Greece25 contributions
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It is amazing to visit Arachova city, during the visit to delphi. It is just 15 min by car from Delphi. We stayed in delphi. beautiful city, nice people. It's really amazing experience. In Arachova, hostels are very expensive, so its better to stay in delphi, if you r running in budget.
Written March 25, 2012
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PicToMan
Vancouver157 contributions
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We didn't get to hike all the way up to Mt Parnassus, we only got as far as the Observatory because it was getting dark and had to head back. The hike is moderate difficulty, so if you're not in at least average shape, I wouldn't attempt it. No need to be an avid hiker though (one member in our group was 60, but in good shape). The trails are quite hard to find at times (specifically at the beginning from the town) and there are no lights, so be sure to leave enough time to get back before nightfall. The hike up from the town to the observatory took us about an hour each way plus camera stops. We were told to get to the caves would take 3-4 hours each way. Amazing views from the observatory.
Written May 24, 2012
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JustsayingJoe
Massachusetts20 contributions
Couples
If you are a Classics enthusiast, or a literature lover, or just a student of human psyche, you have got to go where Oedipus killed his father. Sophocles specifies the exact crossroad of the roads from three local towns in Mt. Parnassus area. Not many locals know this. But our taxi driver knew, and he took us there. And there is even an official monument that quotes the passages from Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and validates the exact spot where the poor young king unknowingly killed his father, henceforth Freud's "the Oedipal Complex". Mythology meets reality. This was special. Go to Delphi, ask for a wonderful older gentleman, Babis Papageorgiou, 6932/25 90 22, or email taxi.delphi@gmail.com and ask him to take you there. If you're a lover of Greek literature, this will make your day.
Written March 4, 2017
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Paul P
Wolverhampton, UK418 contributions
Solo
The South-Western face of Mount Parnassus is home to a very historical part of Greek history, dating back to the Neolithic period of 1600 - 1100 BC, though much of the important finds are from the 6th century BC. Mount Parnassus is of course home to one of Greece’s' most important archaeological sites, the temple of Apollo and other ruins which are spread across the plateaux on the South-Western face. From almost all of these ruins, there are very picturesque views with beautiful blue skies.
Written October 10, 2012
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PKarMartini
Athens, Greece15 contributions
Friends
Kelaria and Fterolaka are the best resorts in Greece for skiing and snowboarding. Defenetely go thete
Written February 22, 2012
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imaginelle
Sydney, Australia171 contributions
Friends
Come to one of the most sacred areas in Greece and get out of the busy city. Plenty of great hikes and out of the way restaurants.
Written June 2, 2019
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