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Plan Your Attica and Delphi Vacation

If anything was ever truly "classical," it is the landscape of Attica. Attikí is a mountainous region, bounded on three sides by the sea and an indented coastline fringed with innumerable beaches. On stony foothills pungently aromatic shrubs grow: thyme, myrtle, and lentisk. Higher up, the feathery Aleppo pine of Attica becomes supplanted by dark firs. Inland, gently undulating hills are laced with vineyards and, over all hangs the famed light, the purest of lights sharply delineating a majestic land.

It is the proper setting for a region immensely rich in mythological and historical allusions. In fact, recorded history began here, in the towns of the Boeotian plain, although where legend leaves off and fact begins is often a matter of conjecture (witness Thebes, home to the luckless Oedipus). Nevertheless, the story of Attica has been almost inextricably bound to that of Athens, the most powerful of the villages that lay scattered over the peninsula. By force and persuasion Athens brought these towns together, creating a unit that by the 5th century BC had become the center of an empire.

The heart of the region was the sacred precinct of Delphi. For the ancient Greeks, this site was the center of the universe, home to Apollo and the most sacred oracle, and, today, its archaeological site remains a principal place of pilgrimage.

For more worldly pleasures, travelers head to the sun-gilt sea bordering the Athens Riviera and the "Apollo Coast"—home to the famed Temple to Poseidon atop Cape Sounion.


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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Delphi, "Navel of the World" Delphi's Sanctuary of Apollo invites you to imagine a time of oracles, enigmatic prophecies, and mystical emanations.
  2. Sunset at Sounion Perched over the water, the spectacular Temple of Poseidon still summons strong emotions in this land of seafarers.
  3. Mighty Marathon Dare you retrace Pheidippides's first marathon when he ran 26 hilly miles from this town to Athens in 490 BC?
  4. Cape Vouliagmeni Enjoy a sun-kissed day on the beach at the heart of the eternally glamorous Athens Riviera.
  5. Naval Galaxidi The town the shipbuilders built back in the 18th century today oozes old-world charm and quaint character.

When To Go

When to Go

Athens's nightlife shifts to the southern coast in the summer, typically from July through August. Après-ski town Arachova is the place to be...

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