Mount Parnassus, Delphi

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Mount Parnassus is a mountain of limestone in central Greece that towers above Delphi, north of the Gulf of Corinth, and offers scenic views of the surrounding olive groves and countryside. According to Greek mythology, this mountain was sacred to Dionysus and the Dionysian mysteries; it was also sacred to Apollo and the Corycian nymphs, and it was the home of the Muses. The mountain was also favored by the Dorians. There is a theory that Parna- derives from the same root as that which appears in the Luwian word for House.Geology and GeographyParnassus is one of the largest mountainous regions of Mainland Greece and one of the highest Greek mountains. It spreads over three municipalities, namely of Boeotia, Phthiotis and Phocis, where lies its largest part. Its altitude is 2,547 meters and its highest peak is Liakouras. To the Northeast it is connected to Giona and to the south with Kirphe. Its name is due to the homonymous hero of the Greek mythology, son of Cleopompus (or Poseidon) and Cleodora, who had built on the mountain a city which was destroyed in the Deluge of Deukalion. Etymological analysis, however, shows a prehellenic origin of the name and alludes to the Pelasgians. The mountain is delimited to the east by the valley of the Boeotian Kephissus and to the West by the valley of Amfissa. The geological particularity of Parnassus is its rich deposits of bauxite, which has led to their systematic mining since the end of the 1930s, resulting in ecological damage to part of the mountain.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A lot of activities in this mountain. Try skiing and snowboarding on winter at arachova. Walk and hike all year. Gerontovrachos top has a very nice trail  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    I recommend a drive through the roads surrounding Mount Parnassus as a fantastic way to spend a summer day. The views are breath-taking and the natural dramatic landscapes are beyond beautiful. The hi...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Road in excellent condition of adequate size. Very green beautiful park passing the time perfectly on the road between 2 must-see cities of Greece.
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Despite its popularity with tourists, Delphi offers plenty of affordable hotel lodgings even at peak season, though you must book early if you want a room with a view of the Gulf of Corinth. Travelers looking for budget-friendly options can try one of the area's inns, where friendly service and easy access to good shops and restaurants compensate for a lack of modern amenities. Alternatively, visit Delphi's ancient sites from one of the boutique hotels clinging to the slopes of nearby Mount Parnassus.
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