Whether you love culture, walking, swimming or any other kind of outdoor activity, in Central Greece you’ll discover the heartbeat of Greece.
The Oracle of Delphi and other historical landmarks and monuments, stone-built settlements, exciting hiking trails and national parks, beaches with turquoise waters, ski resorts and traditional customs and flavours … all tell the story of one of the most beautiful regions in Greece.
So whether you’re off to Delphi, Arahova, Galaxidi, Karpenisi, Evia or Skyros, prepare to discover a world that never fails to leave you feeling energised.
The standout cultural attraction in Central Greece is Delphi, considered the navel of the world by the ancient Greeks. The archaeological site – with the temple of Apollo, the Castalia Fountain and the adjacent museum – is one of the most important in Greece.
Meanwhile, heroic Thermopylae, a stone’s throw from Kamena Vourla, reminds us of the sacrifice made by Leonidas and his 300 Spartans.
In Viotia, the Byzantine monastery of Osios Loukas, with its renowned mosaics, is another UNESCO World Heritage site. And in Evrytania, you will find the monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa, with its famed icon of the Virgin Mary that attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.
Discover the wonders of nature
Mt Parnassos, known as the “Mountain of the Light” and a renowned National Park, is home to thick forests of black pine and Kefalonian fir and dozens of trails, as well as the famous Corycian Cave, where the Nymphs and the Greek god Pan were worshipped during antiquity.
Hiking the Black Cave gorge in Evritania
And speaking of wonders, make sure you leave time to explore Evia, an island of outstanding beauty with forests, waterfalls and stunning beaches. In Evrytania, you can visit the Panta Vrehei (‘It is always raining’) Gorge, a magical place full of lakes, waterfalls, caves and dense vegetation.
The best beaches of Central Greece
Even the names of some of the best beaches of Central Greece emit a sense of wonder: Eratini, Sergoula, Trocadero and Kalafati in Phokis; Glyfa, Agios Konstantinos, Kamena Vourla / Galini in Phthiotis; Agios Isidoros and Plaka in Viotia… And, of course, the beaches of Evia: Drosia and the famous Lefkandi near Chalkida; Kalamos and spectacular Chiliadou in the centre of the island; Edipsos and Limnionas to the north; and Chryssi Ammos and Figia to the south.
Beautiful settlements with a long history
Chalkida: Ideal for a weekend getaway. Its trademarks are the Euripus Strait and the old bridge, as well as a wonderful esplanade with fish tavernas and cafes.
Edipsos: You’ll discover a Belle Epoque atmosphere in one of the most timeless spas in Greece.
Arahova: Cosmopolitan Arahova, below the ski resort of Parnassos, is popular for winter holidays – before or apres ski.
Delphi: In the historic settlement of Delphi you will find the house-museum of Angelos Sikelianos (the Greek poet that revived the Delphic Festival in 1927 and 1930), as well as the European Cultural Centre of Delphi.
The other side of Mt Parnassos: Polidrosos, Ancient Lilea, Tithorea, Amphiklia and Gravia (with the famous “Hani of Gravia”) are just a few of the attractions hidden on the other side of the mountain.
Galaxidi: The tiny port of Galaxidi has a special charm thanks to its many attractive sea-captains’ houses and wonderful maritime museum.
Amphissa: A noble city that boasts the old quarter district of Hblarmena and an imposing castle, as well as traditional cafes and Vagonetto, a unique theme park that tells the story of extracting bauxite.
Karpenisi: The main town of Evrytania is an ideal winter destination near the ski centre of Velouhi. Stylish hotels, traditional restaurants and tiny cafes welcome you to this lively town.
Korishades: Traditional stone houses, trees, picturesque streets and the Museum of the National Resistance adorn the most beautiful village of Evrytania.
Skyros: The island with a character all its own. A scenic town (Hora), a long sandy main beach, intricate wood-carved furniture, the monastery of Agios Georgios, the unique Skyrian horses and a famous carnival will set you up for an unforgettable holiday.
Hiking, river trekking and skiing
Central Greece offers a huge range of activities all year round, from sea level to the peaks of imposing mountains. Evia’s trails will introduce you to a unique landscape. On Mt Parnassos, more than 50 trails (among them the E4 European hiking trail) and old paths take you on a journey through stunning scenery. If you are looking for a skiing holiday, visit the ski centres on Mt Parnassos or Velouhi. And the Panta Vrehei Gorge is ideal for river trekking.
Local specialities and delicacies
Besides the natural beauty and beaches, this holiday destination is also famous for its authentic local flavours. Among the most popular are the cheeses – katiki (soft and fresh) from Domokos and the famous formaella (semi-hard), and the homemade pasta of Arahova. Add to this the prosciutto of Evrytania and the vast olive groves of Amphissa, yielding superb olive oil, and you’re left with a delicious sensory experience.