Itea (Delphi) / Greece
Itea is a small port city on the Gulf of Corinth,wherefrom one reaches Delphi fastest on the slopes of the legend-surrounded Parnassus, the "navel of the world". The place itself is surely not one of the greatest beauties of Greece, since here mining was carried out for a long time, but in the area you can visit some sights and of course Delphi is hardly 10 km away, a fact that in any case has to be included in any journey.
First the Hosios Lukas Monastery lies east of Itea. The village of Kirra is also worth seeing because it has a sandy beach and quaint colorful houses. But then one should soon go up towards Delphi or get a ride up. The view of the bay and the countryside with olive trees is terrific, but the experience to stand in front of thousand-year-old ruins around which entwine the central stories of European literature is likewise a lofty feeling. The famous oracle has already exasperated here some. Delphi itself is often very crowded, so rest is offered by the villages in the valley, where the Greek-Mediterranean cuisine can be enjoyed and the typical climate gives rise to the desire never to depart.