Delphi is famous as the ancient seat of the oracle that was consulted on important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. It is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
It was considered as the centre of the world by the Greeks as represented by the Omphalos, determined by Zeus when he sought to find the centre of his "Grandmother Earth".
Delphi became the site of a major temple to Phoebus Apollo and the famous oracle. It was also the site where the Pythian Games, precursors of the Modern Olympics, were held.
In the inner hestia ("hearth") of the Temple of Apollo, an eternal flame burned.
The Castalian Spring flowed toward the temple but disappeared beneath, creating a cleft which emitted chemical vapors that caused the Oracle at Delphi to reveal her prophecies.
The oracle was also known to the early Romans. Despite the rise of Christianity across the Roman Empire, the oracle remained a religious centre throughout the 4th century; however, it was in decline. The site was abandoned in the 6th or 7th centuries.
Arachova is a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to Delphi.
It is also very close to the Parnassos Ski Centre.
Arachova is famous for its black wine, its "brusque", the colorful textiles, carpets and rugs, handicrafts and woodcut creations as well.
Hosios Loukas is a historic walled monastery listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
It is one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art.
Delphi - Arachova - Monastery of Saint Lucas (Duration: 10 hours / Distance: 400 km)