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Delphi takes top tourist award

- by John Swift

The archaeological site of Delphi, near Corinth, has been voted a top Greek tourist attraction site. In Greek mythology, Delphi was a major site for the worship of the god Apollo. Delphi won the accolade as part of the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) project, launched in 2007 to promote sustainable tourism across the European Union.

A total of eight Greek regions took part in this year's competition under the theme 'Tourism and Regeneration of Physical Sites'

The award is given to those sites that have regenerated a physical site of local heritage and promoted it as a tourism attraction that can be used to spark wider local regeneration projects.

Other Greek projects to narrowly miss the top prize were Attica (greater Athens) and the Minoa area and Aghios Nikolaos on Crete.

Winning sites in Greece and in other participating countries will be promoted at special ceremony hosted by the European Commission later this year.