Central Greece

An energising world of nature, culture and the sea
The best experience is in spring when the olive groves and wildflowers are in bloom
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From the spectacle of Ancient Delphi to the winter wonderland of Arahova and Karpenisi and on to the island charms of Evia and Skyros, Central Greece is a region full of diversity and wonder

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 wherever you’re off to in Central Greece, prepare to discover a world that never fails to leave you feeling energised.

The landmark monuments of Central Greece

The standout cultural attraction in Central Greece is Delphi, considered the navel of the world by the ancient Greeks. Ancient Delphi – with the temple of Apollo, the Castalia Fountain and the adjacent museum – is one of the most important archaeological sites 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 Evritania, you will find the monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa, with its famed icon of the Virgin Mary that attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.

Feel the aura of Ancient Delphi

A nature lover’s escape, from mountain to sea

Mt Parnassos, known as the “Mountain of the Light” and a renowned national park in Greece, 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. 

And speaking of wonders, make sure you leave time to explore Evia, an island of outstanding beauty with forests, waterfalls and stunning beaches connected to the mainland by the bridge of Chalkida. Meanwhile, in Evritania, you can visit the Panta Vrehei (‘Always raining’) Gorge, a magical place full of lakes, waterfalls, caves and dense vegetation.

Hike to the Black Cave in Evritania

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 don’t forget the many 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.

Highlights of Central Greece

Delphi, the most famous oracle of ancient Greece

In the historic settlement of Delphi you will find the home-cum-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.

Chalkida, the energetic capital of Evia

Ideal for a weekend getaway. Chalkida’s trademarks are the Euripus Strait and the old bridge, as well as a wonderful esplanade with fish tavernas and cafes.

Edipsos, a rejuvenating experience

In Edipsos, you’ll discover a Belle Epoque atmosphere in one of the most timeless spas in Greece.

Arahova, a favourite winter hangout

Cosmopolitan Arahova, below the ski resort of Parnassos, is popular for winter holidays – before or apres ski.

Mt Parnassos, the mountain of winter adventure

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 Mt Parnassos, a mountain made for winter sports.

Galaxidi, a historical gem in Central Greece

The tiny port of Galaxidi has a special charm thanks to its many attractive sea-captain’s houses and wonderful maritime museum.

Amphissa, a city of charming cafes by an old castle

Amphissa is 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, a classy winter hangout 

Karpenisi, the main town of Evritania, 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, full of traditions and local charm

Traditional stone houses, trees, picturesque streets and the Museum of the National Resistance adorn the most beautiful village of Evritania.

Skyros, an island of timeless strolls by the sea

Skyros is island with a character of 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 in Central Greece

Central Greece offers a huge range of activities all year round, from sea level to the peaks of imposing mountains. The hiking trails of Evia 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.

The local specialities and delicacies 

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 Evritania and the vast olive groves of Amphissa, yielding superb olive oil, and you’re left with a delicious sensory experience.

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FAQs about Central Greece and Evia

You can either rent a car and drive from Athens to Evia or take the KTEL public bus. Alternatively, you can take the train. Taking a taxi is also an option, although a rather expensive one. 

There are plenty of things to do in Evia. Most people prefer the island for its amazing beaches, like Chiliadou, the Drimona Waterfalls, Dimosari Gorge, the thermal springs in Edipsos, and the lively nightlife of Chalkida.

Delphi is known for the Oracle of Delphi, where the priestess Pythia communicated prophecies. It was a sanctuary dedicated to the ancient Greek god, Apollo. 

Experience the best of Central Greece

Exploring the beauty of Lake Kremaston by kayak

Exploring the beauty of Lake Kremaston by kayak

The villages of Evritania overflow with everything magical about Central Greece

Village-hopping in the mountains of Evritania

You pass a couple of waterfalls and some plunge pools big enough to take a dip, especially refreshing in summer

Hiking the Black Cave gorge in Evritania

The crown jewels of the main town are the Byzantine Kastro and even older monastery

A walking tour of Skyros’ main town

Located above the temple of Apollo, the ancient theatre looks over the entire sanctuary and a valley of olive trees

Feel the aura of Delphi’s world-famous archaeological site

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