Start early from Athens and drive towards the National Park of Parnassos. The road cuts through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Greece, passing traditional villages that are among the country’s loveliest.
We begin the hike 2 km from the Corycian cave which is the first place of interest. In ancient times, the cave was the site of orgiastic rites in November, when women, acting as nymphs, made the long hike up from Delphi on the “Kakia Skala” by torchlight. An excavation by French archaeologists in 1969 produced a plethora of objects of antiquity including a rare Neolithic male figurine, Mycenaean shards, bone flutes, iron and bronze rings, miniature bronze statues, and 50,000 terracotta figurines from the classical period. From the cave, we follow and old pathway to Delphi, passing through wild flowers, lush valleys, and fir trees. After few kilometers, we will start having amazing views towards the valley of Amfissa and its famous olive grove, which is the largest continuous of the country. It’s estimated that there are more than 1.200.000 olive trees, some of which are higher than three meters while their age has been lost in the lapse of centuries. Soon after we will start descending and eventually we will reach Delphi itself which is the end of the hike. You will have free time to visit the archaeological site, one of the most important in Greece, second only to the Acropolis of Athens.
From Delphi we will drive back to Athens and on the way we will stop at the mountain top village of Arachova, famous for its authentic local crafts, including woodcarvings and weavings.
Hiking distance: 9 km / Hiking Duration: 4 hours
Elevation loss: 760 m
Athens center to start of the hike 170km / 2h30min
Delphi to Athens center 180km / 2h30min
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