Mountain and coast, relaxation and adventure all richly wrapped with a freshness that only nature can provide. Ancient Greeks felt its elemental force that brought them closer to their gods. Today, it breathes its life into all who visit and take a little of its essence home with them.
In the heartland of a great country lies one of its best-kept secrets. A holiday destination most definitely deserving of attention, Central Greece is quite simply overflowing with the essence of life in all its various forms and all harmonizing perfectly with each other.
History and myth sit side by side with unsullied nature, great mountains, inviting you to imbibe on their fresh air and accept their many challenges, as they combine with vast swathes of coastline offering the chance for a thorough battery recharge.
On locating the centre of Greece, you will immediately discover your own point of equilibrium and sense of genuine balance. You would expect nothing less from a region in which you can literally breathe in the stuff of life, drink its potent elixir and in a matter of moments feel its reinvigorating energy coursing through body and soul.
As you let yourself become immersed in the region, its manifold rewards and rich tapestry of sensations become ever more apparent. In mystical, majestic Delphi, you’ll believe the oracle is still on duty to deliver her heaven-sent prophecies and then you’ll follow the sweep of the landscape down to elegant Galaxidi by the sea, home to ships’ captains and a popular haunt for yachting enthusiasts.
Elsewhere on Evia and Skyros, and in Fthiotida, you’ll be spoilt for choice with beaches that make perfect relaxing, revitalizing retreats to suit all tastes and the perfect partners for the mountains and verdant carpets of foliage which unfurl down hillside and gorge to embrace the waiting waters.
You can test your mettle amidst the imposing terrain of Thermopylae, lining up with Leonidas’ 300, or indulge in more 21st century high-altitude sports on Parnassos, Dirfi or the Agrafa range.
In villages and towns, such as Karpenisi, you’ll get to know its people, delightfully earthy, straightforward and justly proud of their folklore and time-honoured customs; always ready to rustle up a traditional delicacy or two, open their hearts, even their homes to all-comers and smooth everything along with a few glasses of the local wine.
There’s a unique chemistry at work here in Greece’s golden heart, whose energetic mixture is infused with the core values of life and how to live it to the full. It is a potion to pep you up, a concoction to help you reconnect with yourself and your own internal well-being.
It is a destination for all seasons, especially enchanting when autumn attains its mellow lustre. It’s a life-affirming, restorative cordial which can refresh you in so many ways. It’s the energizer, bringing to life all the best that Greece has to offer and allowing you to reboot your own senses through the many and varied experiences that can put a zip into you for the rest of the year.