One of the most enjoyable things to do with your significant other or friends, in my opinion, is to travel. Experiencing new things and places with your loved ones creates lasting memories and deepens bonds. There are many spiritual locations located all throughout the world for lovers and friends alike. Each week, I will introduce a spiritual destination that would make a perfect romantic getaway or a fun trip with your girl or guy friends.
This week’s featured travel destination is Delphi, Greece.
Delphi is located on the slope of Mount Parnassus, and is popularly known as the Sanctuary to Greek God, Apollo. In the Greek world, Delphi was deemed as the centre of the earth and universe. It was also the location of the Pythian Games, which are the origins of the modern Olympics.
One can view the sacred sanctuary of Apollo and the many remaining ruins. Examples of such include The Sacred Way, The Temple of Apollo, Polygonal Wall, Treasury of Athenians, Theater, Stadium, and the Tholos or Temple of Athena. Many of these remains date back to as early as 8th century B.C.. The sanctuary is also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Delphi Archeological Museum is located directly beside the archeological site and houses many extensive artifacts. Tours and day trips of the site are offered at reasonable cost.
Mount Parnassus is one of the highest mountains in Greece. The mountain rises to roughly 2457 meters tall, and is a popular site for mountain walks and winter sports. Mount Parnassus is also home to one of the country’s largest ski centers. Greek mythology states that the mountain is named after Parnassos, the son of the nymph Kleodora, and the man Kleopompus.
The Town of Delphi is a small town with roughly 2300 people. However, it contains numerous attractions to appeal to tourists such as hotels, houses, restaurants, shops, and taverns. The town is located within 15 minutes of surrounding cities that contain temples and even a medieval castle.
Delphi is a very unique city with many interesting historical sites and artifacts. It seems like an awesome place to have a spiritual getaway, and I myself look forward to visiting a place that was once the sacred home of a revered Greek God.