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Evocative Sceneries and Mountain Massifs Under the Eternal Light of Apollo and the Spiritual Ecstasy of Pythia

From the verdant slopes of Parnassus to the sanctuary of Apollo and the oracle of Pythia, Delphi will surpass the expectations of your imagination. Determined from the eagles of Zeus as the navel of earth, Delphi is one of the most sacred places of Greece perched on the high slopes of Mount Parnassus; indeed, its cultural richness designated it as a World Heritage Site from UNESCO. People would journey here from all over the world to seek wisdom from the oracle of Pythia, a woman that served as the earthly mouthpiece of Apollo. Its was power was so influential, that no great leader and warrior would made a major decision without consulting the oracle. So, Delphi served as the religious and spiritual center of ancient civilization that contributed to the cultural development of the entire country. Three of the most mountain massifs of the country interlace on the northern edge of Delphi composing an impressive geophysical canvas. Just a glimpse on the horizon over the silvery olive groves on the craggy slopes of Mount Parnassus, the blue surface of the Corinthian Gulf over the Delphic landscape will illuminate your imagination. When you feel the special energy emitted on this part of earth, you might even understand the reason the two eagles of Zeus met here; indeed, Delphi was declared as the navel of the earth leaving an eternal legacy to it. The Delphic landscape is of extraordinary natural beauty; observing the huge vastness of the immense olive grove of Amfissa from the endless blue of the Corinthian Gulf to the coast of the Peloponnese, the mountain massifs that rise like castles creating spectacular sceneries of nature in conjunction with the cultural spirit of the oracle. As they say, Delphi is one of the most compelling and sensational sites on this planet, imposed as no one else in the mind of yours. Undeniably, Delphi is considered to be the most wonderful scenery of earth; the dreamy location high up on the mountains, the shadows of the crystalline blue sky and the massiveness of the green leaves of the olives will sparkle your eyes with the brightest colours of earth. The almighty view of the green valley up to the Corinthian Gulf will literally take your breath away. The evocative sceneries, the remote wilderness and the divine spirit of the Delphian landscape attest that Delphi is a cultural and natural monument for your bucket list, a destination you deserve to explore even for once in this life. The genuine colours and the perfect harmony of culture and nature lift in the fantasy world of the Olympian Gods. In Delphi, Greek mythology becomes reality. You might even hear the echoing whispers of millions ambiguous oracles with such a convincing force. Let yourself enter into the magical spirit and the divine atmosphere of the navel of this earth.

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The Archaeological Site of Delphi

The Archaeological Site of Delphi is the famous oracle of Ancient Greece located at the foot of Mount Parnassus. Characterized as the navel of the world, the sanctuary of Delphi is set in one of the most specular landscapes of the country that was chosen from the two eagles sent out from legendary Zeus from the end of the universe to find the navel of earth. Delphi served as the cultural and religious center of the Hellenic world for many centuries, as its history begins from Greek mythology. The sanctuary was constructed from the Cretans who arrived at the port of Kirrha. The earliest findings of Delphi, which include traces of a Mycenaean cemetery and settlement, come from the cave of Korikion Andron that date back to the Neolithic period. The Great Excavation of Delphi began from the French School of Athens in 1891, which uncovered spectacular traces for our knowledge of the life in Ancient Greece. Today, only the Treasury of the Athenians had enough of the original building material preserved while the Chiot Altar, Apollo’s and Athena’s Sanctuaries, Delphi’s Ancient Theatre, the Sacred Way, the Gymnasium of Delphi, and the Tholos of Athena Pronaia have been partially restored.

The Archaeological Museum of Delphi

The Archaeological Museum of Delphi is one of the most important archaeological museums of Greece located adjacent to the archaeological site. The permanent exhibition of the museum covers a history of one thousand years, from the Mycenaean era to the Greco Roman times, accommodating one of the most valuable collections of ancient Greek art. The museum focuses on the history of the Delphi Oracle from the prehistoric times. Its rich collections comprise from statues, objects and sculptures found within the sanctuary that reflect to the artistic, political and religious activities from its early years in the 8th century BC to its decline in Late Antiquity. The highlights of the museum include the Charioteer Statue, a masterpiece of bronze classical art, the omphalos, the sacred symbol of Delphi, and the Naxian Sphinx, a colossal statue.

The Church of Agios Nikolaos in Galaxidi

The Church of Agios Nikolaos is one of the most impressive churches of Fokida located in the town of Galaxidi. Agios Nikolaos is the patron saint of Galaxidi. The church was constructed on the highest point of Galaxidi with a byzantine architectural style in 1902. The church distinguishes for its carved word iconostasis, one of the finest iconostasis of the country, which depicts embossments of the Old and New Testament. The iconostasis is attributed to Anastasios Moshos from Metsovo, while the temple mentions that the iconostasis was created from Mastro Nikolas. The church celebrates in honor of the saint on December 6.

The Mountain of Giona

The Mountain of Giona is the highest mountain of Central Greece located eastern of the mountains of Parnassus, western of the mountains of Vardoussia and northern from the mountains of Oeti. Since antiquity, Giona was known as the Moonless Mountain closely connected with myths and legends. Mythology has it that a shepherd, Endymion, resided on Giona. When the demigoddess Moon wanted to meet him at the foot of the mountain, she was leaving the world without moon. Giona Mountain is the fifth highest mountain of Greece. Its highest peak is Pyramida reaching an altitude of 2.512 meters. It has a purely alpine character with deep gorges, ravines and limestone cliffs. Giona distinguishes for the largest slope in the Balkans, known as Plaka Sykias, with an altitude difference of 1.100 meters. The rich flora of Giona is full of firs and cedars and wildflowers and its fauna include wolves, wild boar, deer and goats composing a haven for wildlife. Giona is divided in two by the deep gorge of Rekkas. The nearest town is Amfissa while other small villages include Agia Efthimia, Kaloskopi, Lefkaditi and Stromi. Giona Mountain is suitable for hiking all year long while its lowest part is ideal for climbing due to the particular rocky terrain of the mountain.

The Village of Athanasios Diakos

The Village of Athanasios Diakos, else known as Ano Moutsounitsa, is a mountainous village located on the eastern slopes of Vardoussia Mountains. The village was named in honor of the homonymous hero of the Greek War of Independence of 1821, whose father origin was Ano Moutsounitsa. Nestling at an altitude of 1.100 meters, the lovely settlement has a traditional character and a tranquil atmosphere that has been characterized as one of the most beautiful village of Fokida. The surrounding scenery is drowned from the verdant vegetation of cedar and fir trees. The central square of Athanasios Diakos is the most picturesque spot of the village filled with traditional taverns under huge plane trees. The village offers spectacular views to the mountains of Oeti and Giona. It is also worth visiting the village of Stromi for its waterfall and the village of Kastriotissa for its beautiful driving route from Athanasios Diakos. The village is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

The Village of Galaxidi

The Village of Galaxidi is a seaside village located on the mountain slopes of Parnassus. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Fokida, Galaxidi distinguishes for its picturesque spirit and its traditional character that has been declared as a preserved settlement. The fresh sea breeze and the charming cafeterias along with the stately neoclassical houses, once residences of respected sea captains, compose a unique setting with a tranquil atmosphere. It is certain that you will become enraptured from Galaxidi’s sense of beauty and serenity. Galaxidi has become a favorite destination for sailing and yachting lovers, as it was once one of Greece’s busiest and wealthiest ports. Galaxidi is renowned for its unique colorful custom, the Alevromoutzouromata (Flour Battle), where visitors congregate to hurl tons of colored flour to one another in order to celebrate the end of the carnival period every Clean Monday. The most important monuments of Galaxidi are the Church of Agios Nikolaos for its exquisite iconostasis and its glorifying views, the Folklore Museum of Galaxidi for its art objects, embroidery, textiles and traditional costumes that come from the daily life in Galaxidi over the last century, and the Maritime Museum of Galaxidi that holds the reigns of the first maritime museum of the country. It is also worth visiting the village of Penteoria for its delicious meat taverns and its verdant sceneries.

The Village of Pavliani

The Village of Pavliani is a mountainous village located on the slopes of Oeti. Hidden behind the verdant sceneries of the fir forest, Pavliani has been characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Fokida. The snowy landscapes and the off-piste ski routes of the winter make a huge contrast with the travelogue excursions in the mountain saddles with panoramic vista of the mountains in the summer. The village is divided into the settlements of Ano (Upper) Pavliani and Kato (Lower) Pavliani. Both settlements are filled in verdurous sceneries of apple, chestnut, fir and walnut trees. Pavliani stands out for the spectacular natural park near the Asopos Springs ideal for natural explorations. The village is an ideal starting point for exploration to the Oeti National Park. It is also worth visiting the village of Stromi for its beautiful waterfall, the village of Athanasios Diakos for its picturesqueness and the village of Panourgias for its panoramic vistas.

The Village of Polidrosos

The Village of Polidrosos, else known as Souvala, is a mountainous village located on the northeast slopes of Parnassus. Surrounded from verdant vegetation of cherry, fir and pine trees, the lovely settlement has magnificent landscapes that stand out for their authentic atmosphere. The mountain scenery of Polidrosos is ideal of mountain biking and hiking excursions. Worth visiting sights include the traces of the Church of Palaiopanagia for its byzantine wealth, the village of Lilea for the springs of Kiffisos River, the area of Mandamia with traces of the old hydropower station that used to supply with electricity the village and the neighboring village of Agoriani. The natural scenery of Polidrosos is ideal for hiking and mountain biking. The driving route that leads to the village of Ano Souvala is quite spectacular drowned with fire and pine trees. The national trail E22 crosses the village, an ideal route for hiking excursions that will fill you with fresh oxygen and beautiful images. Ano Souvala is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. Parnassus Ski Center is also located close to Polidrosos.

Archaeological Sites

The Archaeological Site of Amfissa is the ancient town of Amfissa built at the foothills of Mount Elatos under the Castle of Salona. During the 7th century BC, Amfissa became a city-state and flourished in arts and trade remaining prosperous for three centuries. However, the town was ravaged from King Philip of Macedonia in 338 BC. However, Amfissa was reconstructed and became one of the most influential towns of the powerful Aetolian League. It is worth mentioning that Amfissa played an important role in the Greek War of Independence, as it was the place that the revolution was declared. Today, fortifications and traces of the ancient city are the sole surviving remains.

The Archaeological Site of Delphi is the famous oracle of Ancient Greece located at the foot of Mount Parnassus. Characterized as the navel of the world, the sanctuary of Delphi is set in one of the most specular landscapes of the country that was chosen from the two eagles sent out from legendary Zeus from the end of the universe to find the navel of earth. Delphi served as the cultural and religious center of the Hellenic world for many centuries, as its history begins from Greek mythology. In the beginning, the site was guarded from serpent Python who was killed from Apollo. The sanctuary was constructed from the Cretans who arrived at the port of Kirrha. The earliest findings of Delphi, which include traces of a Mycenaean cemetery and settlement, come from the cave of Korikion Andron that date back to the Neolithic period. The establishment and development of Apollo’s Oracle began in the eight century BC, and the temples of Apollo and Athena, known as Pronaia, were built in the end of the seventh century BC. Delphi was the center of the Amphictyonic League, an association of twelve tribes of Greece with political and religious significance, which controlled the finances and operation of the sanctuary. In the sixth century BC, the sanctuary of Delphi was made autonomous increasing its religious and political influenced. At that time, the Pythian Games, the most important Games after the Olympic Games, were re-organized and held every four years. Delphi Oracle, delivered from the Pythia, reached its peak between the sixth and fourth centuries BC. Conquerors, cities and individuals consulted the oracle spreading its fame worldwide, which led to the two Sacred Wars in the fifth and fourth centuries BC. However, the sanctuary was conquered from the Aetolians in 191 BC, before the Romans. Although the authority of Delphi was greatly damaged from the rise of the rationalist movement in philosophy in the 3rd century BC, rituals continued unchanged in the second century AD. The sanctuary was abolished from the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius, and became an episcopal see with the advent of Christianity. In the seventh century AD, the Oracle of Delphi was finally abandoned. The Great Excavation of Delphi began from the French School of Athens in 1891, which uncovered spectacular traces for our knowledge of the life in Ancient Greece. Today, only the Treasury of the Athenians had enough of the original building material preserved while the Chiot Altar, Apollo’s and Athena’s Sanctuaries, Delphi’s Ancient Theatre, the Sacred Way, the Gymnasium of Delphi, and the Tholos of Athena Pronaia have been partially restored.

The Archaeological Site of Dorida was one of the city-states of the Doric Tetrapolis of Fokida. Traces of the fortifications of the acropolis have been preserved decorating the wild landscaped of Fokida. Monuments of the archaeological site of Dorida are scattered around the present settlements of Apostolia, Gravia, Kastelli and Oinohori in a open air form continually accessible to everyone.

The Archaeological Site of Kyra is one of the oldest towns of Greece located at the same place of the modern town of Kyra. Traces of inhabitation first appeared in the early Hellenistic period up until the Late Hellenistic period, as evidenced from the numerous findings. Ancient Kyra served as the port of Delphi; however, their constant conflict led to the ten-year war that ended in 590 BC with its complete destruction. Excavations brought to light findings from the ancient shrine, clay tributes, figurines, sculpted tables and numerous vessels from the 6th century BC.

The Ancient Fortress of Lilaia stands at the foot of Mount Parnassus. Ancient Lilaia was one of the city-states of Central Greece that flourished as one of the members of the Dorian Tetrapolis of Fokida. Although Lilaia flourished in the archaic and classical age, it was completely destroyed from Macedonian King Phillip II in 325 BC. Today, the ancient fortress of Lilaia survives satisfactorily with numerous walls and towers to admire showing the outline of the ancient city-state including the market, the theatre, the baths, the temples of Artemis and Apollo enclosed from the walls of the fortress.

The Sanctuary of Hercules is located shortly before the village of Pyrra. Legend has it that Hercules, tormented from the suffering of the poisonous tunic of the centaur Nessus, arrived at the Oracle of Delphi to seek salvation. However, the prophecy was his death. To this extend, the temple was built in honor of Hercules who was worshiped up until the Roman times. Today, traces of the altar and the temple of Hercules are the only surviving remains.

Castles & Fortresses

The Castle of Salona was one of the most fortified castles of Fokida built at the foothills of Mount Elatos above the town of Amfissa. The citadel has a long history from the Pelasgians and to the years of the Greek Revolution. Amfissa was one of the most important city-states of Central Greece due to its close proximity to Delphi, once the navel of the world for the ancient Greeks, which had the great advantage of strong fortifications. The most notable event was the complete destruction of the city from King Phillip II of Macedonia in 338 BC. Although the castle was attached, besieged, destroyed and repaired from the Macedonians, the Visigoths, the Huns of Attila, the Bulgarians and the Slavs, it were the Franks who built the powerful castle of Salona who remained the conquerors of Amfissa up until 1311. The Franks were followed from the Catalans and the Ottomans. In 1402, the castle of Salona passed under the control of the Despotate of Mystras and then again returned to the Turks in 1410. However, the castle became the center of preparations of Central Greece for the Greek War of Independence and the first fortress that feel in the hands of the Greeks, a symbol of freedom. Today, the sole surviving remains of the castle include the walls and towers of the castle.

Churches and Monasteries

The Church of Agios Nikolaos is one of the most impressive churches of Fokida located in the town of Galaxidi. Agios Nikolaos is the patron saint of Galaxidi. The church was constructed on the highest point of Galaxidi with a byzantine architectural style in 1902. The church distinguishes for its carved word iconostasis, one of the finest iconostasis of the country, which depicts embossments of the Old and New Testament. The iconostasis is attributed to Anastasios Moshos from Metsovo, while the temple mentions that the iconostasis was created from Mastro Nikolas. The church celebrates in honor of the saint on December 6.

The Church of Evangelistria is the metropolitan cathedral of Amfissa that stands out in the heart of the town. It is an impressive building that distinguishes for its sophisticated byzantine architectural style its interior decoration. The interior of the church stands out for its wall painted made from the famous Greek hagiographer Spyros Papaloukas. The church celebrates in honor of the saint on March 25.

The Church of Panagia Kastriotissa is located at an altitude of 1.230 meters in the main square of the village of Kastriotissa. The church is dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary celebrating on August 15. Panagia Kastriotissa stands out for its traditional festival followed from food and wine under the sound of traditional music. The church offers panoramic views to the mountainous scenery of the village.

The Monastery of Agios Nektarios is one of the most isolated monasteries of Central Greece located on the road just before the village of Trikorfo. The monastery was built from a group of nuns in 1991 and makes a living by selling a variety of traditional products including candles, crosses and psalm books, handmade pasta and traditional sweets, creams and soaps. Agios Nektarios Monastery is also known for its ancient catacombs.

The Monastery of Metamorphosis of Sotiros is located in Galaxidi. The monastery was built with a byzantine architectural style in 1250. Although the monastery was collapsed from natural disasters, works have restored the ruined parts of the monastery including the cells, the manor and the stonewalls since 1989. The views from the monastery t0 the beautiful town of Galaxidi are quite spectacular.

The Monastery of Prophet Elias is one of the most historical monasteries of Central Greece located on the northwest side of Chrisso village. The monastery played an important role in the Greek War of Independence in 1821, when the monks provided shelter and support to the fighters. Inside the monastery, one can visit an interesting library with valuable manuscripts and letters from the glorious fighters of 1821 and a beautiful carved iconostasis with depictions of the Old and New Testament. The location of the monastery offers panoramic views to the olive grove of Amfissa and the endless blue of the Corinthian Gulf.

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Amfissa is housed in an urban two storey building in the town of Amfissa. The museum showcases findings from various sites of the prefecture of Fokida dating from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine period. Findings include stone tools, weapons, jewelry and miniature figurines from the prehistoric settlement of Kyra, the statue of Persephone from the settlement of Kallios, objects of the daily life of people in ancient times from Amfissa and an interesting collection of coins.

The Archaeological Museum of Delphi is one of the most important archaeological museums of Greece located adjacent to the archaeological site. The permanent exhibition of the museum covers a history of one thousand years, from the Mycenaean era to the Greco Roman times, accommodating one of the most valuable collections of ancient Greek art. The museum focuses on the history of the Delphi Oracle from the prehistoric times. Its rich collections comprise from statues, objects and sculptures found within the sanctuary that reflect to the artistic, political and religious activities from its early years in the 8th century BC to its decline in Late Antiquity. The highlights of the museum include the Charioteer Statue, a masterpiece of bronze classical art, the omphalos, the sacred symbol of Delphi, and the Naxian Sphinx, a colossal statue.

The Archaeological Museum of Galaxidi is housed in a traditional building in the town of Galaxidi. The museum showcases findings from the region of Galaxidi dating from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. The permanent exhibition of the archeological collection comprises from more than 300 objects from private donations and rescue excavations. Some of the most important exhibits include an early Helladic hydria, aka a water jar, found in the area of a shipwreck, a bronze folded mirror with the relief representation of a woman’s head and a red-figure pelike with representation on both sides.

The Folklore Museum of Amfissa is housed in a neoclassical building in the town of Amfissa. The museum presents the long tradition of Amfissa in olive production and tanning. Collections of objects and tools of the old craftsmen with items from the daily life of the inhabitants are also hosted in the museum.

The Folklore Museum of Galaxidi is housed in the Angeli Mansion in the district of Hirolakas of the city. The museum collections include folklore art objects, embroidery and textiles, traditional costumes, utensils and tolls, along with photographic material from the daily life in Galaxidi over the last century.

The Maritime Museum of Galaxidi was the first maritime museum that was established in Greece in 1928. The museum was the initiative Efthimios Vlandis, descendant of a naval family, who donated precious heirlooms of the rich nautical tradition of his family. These items formed the initial collection of the museum that led to the establishment of the first maritime museum of Greece. The continuous donations enriched the collections of the museum which now include parts of vessels, ship models, nautical instruments, figureheads and a rich archive collection of ship documents, captains certificates and seamen books. The paintings of the Greek sailing ships are the oldest acquisitions of the museum that are the richest collection of its kind in the country. The manuscript of the Chronicle of Galaxidi, a historical narration of Galaxidi from the 10th to the 18th century from monk Efthimios, is one of the most valuable treasures of the museum.

The Museum of Delphic Festivals is an interesting museum housed at the former residence of Angelos Sikelianos and his wife Eva, one of the greatest poets of Greece, which was restored from the European Cultural Centre of Delphi to honor their memory. The neoclassical building was constructed in 1927, when the poet and his wife were trying to revive the Delphic festivals. The museum collections include items connected to the two festivals such as theatre costumes, manuscripts of the poet, personal objects and rich photographic material. The house is set in a spectacular location above the archeological site with panoramic views to the mountains.

Natural Beauties

The Cave of Vargiani, else known as Neraidospilia, is a cave with rich stalactite and stalagmite formations located on the south side of the village of Vargiani. The cave is accessible through a hiking rocky path from the village.

The Gorge of Rekkas is one of the most beautiful gorges of the country located in the highest mountain of Central Greece. The gorge offers spectacular sceneries with a rich verity of flora and fauna ideal for hiking excursions. Steep cliffs, flowing streams and rich vegetation create a unique wildlife refugee. The gorge starts from the village of Viniani ascending to the Pyramid, the highest peak of Giona Mountain at an altitude of 2.510 meters (13 kilometers). It is worth noting that the Mountaineering Association of Athens has a mountaineering refuge in the position of Lakka Kavounis.

The Lake of Mornos is the ninth biggest artificial lake of Greece located on the center of the prefecture of Fokida. Nestling at an altitude of 500 meters, Mornos Lake is surrounded from the alpine peaks of Giona and Vardoussia Mountains. The lake was created in order to serve as a water supply for Athens; the aqueduct of Mornos, a long channel with a 189 kilometers length, is considered to one of the largest aqueducts in Europe. Around the lake, there is asphalt winding road ideal for driving explorations. Lidoriki village is an ideal starting point.

The Mountain of Giona is the highest mountain of Central Greece located eastern of the mountains of Parnassus, western of the mountains of Vardoussia and northern from the mountains of Oeti. Since antiquity, Giona was known as the Moonless Mountain closely connected with myths and legends. Mythology has it that a shepherd, Endymion, resided on Giona. When the demigoddess Moon wanted to meet him at the foot of the mountain, she was leaving the world without moon. Giona Mountain is the fifth highest mountain of Greece. Its highest peak is Pyramida reaching an altitude of 2.512 meters. It has a purely alpine character with deep gorges, ravines and limestone cliffs. Giona distinguishes for the largest slope in the Balkans, known as Plaka Sykias, with an altitude difference of 1.100 meters. The rich flora of Giona is full of firs and cedars and wildflowers and its fauna include wolves, wild boar, deer and goats composing a haven for wildlife. Giona is divided in two by the deep gorge of Rekkas. The nearest town is Amfissa while other small villages include Agia Efthimia, Kaloskopi, Lefkaditi and Stromi. Giona Mountain is suitable for hiking all year long while its lowest part is ideal for climbing due to the particular rocky terrain of the mountain.

The Mountain of Vardoussia is the second tallest mountain of Central Greece located on the northwestern part of Fokida. Its highest peak is Korakas reaching an altitude of 2.495 meters. Vardoussia is the southern extension of Pindus Mountains that are drained from the tributaries of the river of Evinos, Mornos and Spercheios. Vardoussia have a genuine alpine character with more than ten peaks making it an ideal mountain for winter hiking. Forests of cedars, firs and oaks cover a significant part of its surface. Climbing to the tops of the mountains is usually made from the village of Athanasios Diakos, else known as Ano Moutsounitsa. It is worth noting that there is a mountain shelter at the location of Pitimaliko at an altitude of 1.920 meters. The mountain complex of this magnificent destination is a spectacular natural paradise ideal for climbing, hiking, mountain biking, off roading and river trekking.

The National Park of Oeti is third largest national park of Greece that has been declared as a protected area under the European Network of Natura 2000 since 1966. Mount Oeti is located on the boundaries of the prefectures of Fokida and Fthiotida. Its highest peak is Pyrgos reaching an altitude of 2.152 meters. Its northern part consists from rugged and steep terrain forming a series of deep gorges, famous for the Gorgoropotamos River, while its east side is defined from the Asopos Gorge. The southern part of Oeti is very gentle ideal for hiking enthusiasts. Climbs to the tops are usually made from the villages of Hypate and Pavliani. Once one rises above 1800 meters, everything seems calmers with extensive plateaus, verdant meadows and rounded peaks extending around the central peaks of the mountain complex. Livadia Plateau is rich in alpine vegetation ideal for natural explorations while Kombotades Waterfalls offers astonishing sceneries. It is worth noting that the Mountaineering Club of Lamia has a shelter on Oeti National Park. Some of the most beautiful villages of Oeti include Kastriotissa, Mavrolithari, Pavliani and Pyrra.

The National Park of Parnassos is the second biggest national park of Greece located on the central part of Central Greece. Parnassus has a Mediterranean type of vegetation with magnificent fir and pine forests. The highest peak is Liakoura at an altitude of 2.459 meters. Autumn at its best, the national park brings an abundance of colours while spring offers a stunning combination of wildflowers mixed with the snowy conditions of winter. Beautiful olive groves are found in Itea and Plisto Plains ideal for stunning promenades with breathtaking view. Parnassus National Park serves as a shelter for numerous bird species including golden eagles, harriers and vultures. Numerous routes are offered in the premises of the park ideal for mountain sports including hiking, mountain biking, off roading and skiing. Some of the most beautiful villages of Parnassus include Arahova, Agoriani, Amfliklia, Gravia, Tithorea and Vargiani.

The Ski Center of Parnassos is one of the best ski centers of Greece located at the foothills of Parnassus Mountain. The ski center consists from 19 pistes, 7 ski routes, 10 tails and 3 mini beginner runs with a total length of 36 kilometers in the areas of Fterolakka and Kelaria. The highest altitude of the pistes is at an altitude of 2.250 meters. For adventure lovers, there are 12 off pistes trails with deep snow for a dose of adrenaline. Bacchus, Charioteer, Heracles and Odysseus pistes are certified from the International Ski Federation. Parnassus Ski Center provides equipment hire facilities. Agoriani, Arahova and Gravia are the closest villages to the ski center. The ski center operates from December until the beginning of May.

The Waterfalls of Stromi, else known as Kremasis Waterfalls, are located one and a half kilometers outside of the homonymous village. The waterfalls fall are situated at an altitude of 900 meters on the mountain slopes of Giona in a landscape of immense natural beauty.

Promenades and Villages

Agoriani, else known as Eptalofos, is a mountainous village located on the west side of Mount Parnassus. Nestling at an altitude of 900 meters, the lovely settlement offers panoramic views to the mountain scenery. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Parnassus Mountain, Agoriani is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. The central square of Agoriani is the most picturesque spot of the village filled with traditional taverns under huge plane trees. The forest of Agoriani is ideal for natural explorations and hiking excursions. It is worth noting that the E4 hiking trail passes through Agoriani and leads to the Oracle of Delphi. In a close distance from the village, one will have the opportunity to admire the Matesis Waterfall distinguished for its unique beauty and the Korikion Andron Cave for its rich stalagmites and stalactites. Parnassus Ski Center is located close to Agoriani. Other villages worth visiting include Arahova, Gravia and Variani.

Amfissa is the capital of the prefecture of Fokida located on northern edge of the farmlands of the Crissaean plain between Giona and Parnassus Mountains. Amfissa is particularly famous for its carnival festivities and its Easter celebrations. The most important monuments of Amfissa include the Castle of Salona for its spectacular views, the Amfissa Olive Grove for its verdurous sceneries, the Church of Evangelistria for its wall paintings made from the famous Greek hagiographer Spyros Papaloukas, the Archaeological Museum of Amfissa for its rich collections and the district of Harmena with the traditional tanning laboratories. It is worth visiting the settlement of Elaionas for its natural beauty sceneries and its beautiful waterfall, the village of Viniani for the imposing monastery of Panagia and the forest resort of Drosohori with the wooden hutches.

Artotina is a mountainous village located on the eastern slopes of Vardoussia Mountains. Characterized as the balcony of Vardoussia, the beautiful village stands out for its traditional atmosphere and its verdurous vegetation. The east part of Artotina is embellished with the mountain range of Korakas, one of the highest peaks of Vardoussia Mountains, known as the Pyramid with an altitude of 2.350 meters. Numerous parts of the mountain are suitable for hiking enthusiasts. The most important monuments of the village include the Monastery of Saint John the Baptist where Athanasios Diakos became a monk before taking part to the Greek War of Revolution, the Church of Agios Georgios and the Folklore Museum of Artotina. If you are an adventure lover, you can follow the beautiful 4×4 route that starts from Artotina passing through Vardoussia towards the villages of Athanasios Diakos and Moutsounitsa. Artotina is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Athanasios Diakos, else known as Ano Moutsounitsa, is a mountainous village located on the eastern slopes of Vardoussia Mountains. The village was named in honor of the homonymous hero of the Greek War of Independence of 1821, whose father origin was Ano Moutsounitsa. Nestling at an altitude of 1.100 meters, the lovely settlement has a traditional character and a tranquil atmosphere that has been characterized as one of the most beautiful village of Fokida. The surrounding scenery is drowned from the verdant vegetation of cedar and fir trees. The central square of Athanasios Diakos is the most picturesque spot of the village filled with traditional taverns under huge plane trees. The village offers spectacular views to the mountains of Oeti and Giona. It is also worth visiting the village of Stromi for its waterfall and the village of Kastriotissa for its beautiful driving route from Athanasios Diakos. The village is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Chrisso is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Parnassus. Characterized as the balcony of the silvery olive grove of Amfissa, the picturesque settlement is a traditional preserved village with beautiful houses and neoclassical houses. The central square of Chrisso is the heart of the village filled with traditional taverns, perennial trees and running springs. The most important monuments of Chrisso include the Monastery of Prophet Elias for its wooden carved iconostasis and its imposing views to the Corinthian Gulf and the traditional church of Agios Georgios.

Delphi is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Parnassus. Set in one of the most spectacular landscapes of Greece, Delphi was chosen from the two eagles sent out from legendary Zeus from the end of the universe to find the navel of earth. The landscape of Delphi is truly dramatic filled with verdant vegetation. Worth visiting sights include the Archaeological Site of Delphi that has been declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Archaeological Museum of Delphi for its impressive collections, and the Museum of Delphic Festivals founded from the famous Greek poet named Angelos Sikelianos. It is also worth visiting the village of Chrisso for its picturesque atmosphere and its traditional taverns.

Desfina is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Kirfys. It is an authentic settlement with traditional character. Especially in autumn, Desfina glooms from the verdurous olive groves and almond trees. It is worth noting that Desfina is the birthplace of Spyros Papaloukas, one of the most important Greek painters of the 1930s, and the birthplace of Bishop Isaiah, one of the most emblematic figures of Roumeli during the 1821 Revolution. The central square of Desfina is the most picturesque spot of the village filled with traditional taverns under a huge perennial tree. One of the biggest traditional festivals is held in honor of the Dormition of Virgin Mary on August 15 followed from food and wine in the rhythm of traditional music and dance. Kontosouvli of Desfina, a type of meat, is famous for its quality due to the free-range animals. In fact, Desfina has a celebration for Kontosouvli that takes place in the summer where the locals roast a spit of 150 meters Kontosouvli from lamb and sheep. The most important monument of Desfina is the monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos closely related to the 1821 Greek Revolution.

Elaionas is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Parnassus. Drowned from verdant vegetation and water springs, Elaionas is considered as a place of immense natural beauty renowned for its magnificent waterfall. The village is famous for its traditional taverns. Worth visiting the church of Agios Vasilios for its wood carved temple and its imposing views and the church of Agios Charalambos for its remarkable works of Mount Athos.

Galaxidi is a seaside village located on the mountain slopes of Parnassus. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Fokida, Galaxidi distinguishes for its picturesque spirit and its traditional character that has been declared as a preserved settlement. The fresh sea breeze and the charming cafeterias along with the stately neoclassical houses, once residences of respected sea captains, compose a unique setting with a tranquil atmosphere. It is certain that you will become enraptured from Galaxidi’s sense of beauty and serenity. Galaxidi has become a favorite destination for sailing and yachting lovers, as it was once one of Greece’s busiest and wealthiest ports. Galaxidi is renowned for its unique colorful custom, the Alevropolemo (Flour Battle), where visitors congregate to hurl tons of colored flour to one another in order to celebrate the end of the carnival period every Clean Monday. The most important monuments of Galaxidi are the Church of Agios Nikolaos for its exquisite iconostasis and its glorifying views, the Folklore Museum of Galaxidi for its art objects, embroidery, textiles and traditional costumes that come from the daily life in Galaxidi over the last century, and the Maritime Museum of Galaxidi that holds the reigns of the first maritime museum of the country. It is also worth visiting the village of Penteoria for its delicious meat taverns and its verdant sceneries.

Gravia is a mountainous village located on the foothills of Parnassus. Surrounded from the verdant slopes of the mountains of Central Greece, Gravia is set in a fabulous mountainous landscape. Stone houses with red tiled roofs spread along the verdurous plateau overlooking the wild sceneries of the mountains. Gravia is famous of the battle of Gravia, where the Greeks led by Odysseus Androutsos defeated the Turks. In the center of the village, the bust of Androutsos was constructed to honor his memory while a re-enactment of the legendary battle is staged annually on May 8. Just eight kilometers from Gravia, one can visit the mining themed park Vagonetto that offers a unique journey into the earth. It is also worth visiting the village of Vargiani for its picturesqueness, the village of Mariolata for its panoramic views and the village of Kaloskopi for its beautiful sceneries.

Kaloskopi is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Giona. Surrounded from the rugged cliffs of the mountains and a dense forest of fir trees, Kaloskopi provides spectacular views to the wild beauty of Fokida. The village was one of the most agonizing villages of Greece, as it was burned down twice from the Germans while it suffered from devastating destruction in the Civil War. Kaloskopi is known for its traditional festival that take place in honor of Agia Paraskevi on July 26. Kaloskopi is an ideal destination for natural explorations and hiking excursions, as it is situated on the E4 Trail, while it has easy access to the peak of Giona Mount. Kaloskopi is a perfect place for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Kastriotissa is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Oeti. Nestling at an altitude of 1.160 meters, the beautiful settlement holds the reigns of the highest village of Fokida offers panoramic vistas towards Giona and Vardoussia Mountains; you might even feel that you will touch the clouds! The central square of Kastriotissa is the heart of the village filled with traditional taverns and a huge perennial tree. Kastriotissa is famous for the traditional festival held in honor of the Dormition of Virgin Mary on August 15, which is accompanied from food and wine in the rhythms of music and dance. The most important monuments are the Folklore Museum of Kastriotissa that was founded from the voluntary contribution of the local women, the Church of Panagia Kastriotissa for its imposing wall paintings, the Chapel of Agios Nikolaos for its spectacular views, the region of Agia Paraskevi with its verdurous sceneries and the Vehlaki Cave for its internal lakes. The surrounding area of Kastriotissa is an ideal destination for hiking enthusiasts and natural explorations. Other villages worth visiting are Athanasios Diakos, Mavrolithari and Stromi.

Krokilio is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Oeti. Nestling at an altitude of 840 meters, the beautiful settlement is filled with lush vegetation. Krokilio is the birthplace of Giannis Makrigiannis, one of the most important heroes of the 1821 Revolution; to this extend, the Makrigiannia Festival is held every four years in honor of his memory. It is also worth visiting the village of Artotina that has been characterized as the balcony of Vardoussia for its magnificent alpine sceneries and the village of Athanasios Diakos. Krokilio village is an ideal destination for those looking for relaxation and tranquility.

Lidoriki is a mountainous village located on the foothills of Giona over Mornos Lake. Lidoriki’s heroism has stamped the history of the wider region, as its inhabitants participated to the resistance against all forms of tyranny during the War of Independence and the Civil War until its final holocaust. Characterized as one of the most beautiful village of Fokida, Lidoriki is a charming settlement with traditional character and tranquil atmosphere. The true jewel of Lidoriki, however, is the Mornos Lake that is surrounded from the alpine peaks of Giona and Vardoussia Mountains. Around the lake, there is asphalt winding road ideal for driving explorations. Lidoriki village is an ideal starting point. The most important monuments of Lidoriki include the archaeological Museum of Lidoriki for its rich collection and the Church of Zoodohos Pigi for its byzantine architecture. It is also worth visiting the village of Dafnos for its beautiful waterfalls and its fine honey and the abandoned village of Koniakos for its panoramic vistas. The surrounding area of the village is an ideal place for natural explorations and hiking excursions.

Mavrolithari is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Oeti. Stone traditional houses, cobblestone alleys and the smell of burnt logs in fireplaces contribute to the picturesqueness of this village. Mavrolithari is one of the most mountainous villages of Greece that served as the seat of the freedom fighters, known as kleftes and amartoloi, of the 1821 War of Independence. The central square of Mavrolithari seems like a natural balcony at an altitude of 1.150 meters overlooking the massive outcrops of Giona and Vardoussia Mountains and Mornos Lake. The square is dominated from a tree more than 300 years old, which has been declared as a monument of natural resistance since 2012. Mavrolithari is famous for the traditional festival that takes place in honor of the Assumption of Virgin Mary on August 22 and 23. Other villages worth visiting include Kastriotissa and Stromi.

Panourgias, else known as Dremissa, is a mountainous village located on the verdant slopes of Giona. Nestling at an altitude of 1.050 meters, Panourgias is one of the most mountainous villages of Greece. Traditional houses, hospitable people, fireplaces smoke and the spectacular views to Giona contribute to the picturesqueness of this village. Panourgias is the homeland of the greatest heroes of Roumeli in the 1821 War of Independence. In fact, the village was named after the homonymous chieftain who helped in one of the most crucial fights of the revolution of 1821.The most important monument of Panourgias is the Water Power Museum that was founded from the Cultural Association of the village offering information about the importance of the watermill in the pre-industrial society and the traditional production. It is highly recommended to ascend to the top of the village at the hill of Stavros in order to capture the most breathtaking pictures of Panourgias. The village is famous for its numerous water sources, an ideal place for hiking explorations. Other villages worth visiting include Kaloskopi and Stromi.

Pavliani is a mountainous village located on the slopes of Oeti. Hidden behind the verdant sceneries of the fir forest, Pavliani has been characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Fokida. The snowy landscapes and the off-piste ski routes of the winter make a huge contrast with the travelogue excursions in the mountain saddles with panoramic vista of the mountains in the summer. The village is divided into the settlements of Ano (Upper) Pavliani and Kato (Lower) Pavliani. Both settlements are filled in verdurous sceneries of apple, chestnut, fir and walnut trees. Pavliani stands out for the spectacular natural park near the Asopos Springs ideal for natural explorations. The village is an ideal starting point for exploration to the Oeti National Park. It is also worth visiting the village of Stromi for its beautiful waterfall, the village of Athanasios Diakos for its picturesqueness and the village of Panourgias for its panoramic vistas.

Pentagiou is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Vardoussia. Nestling at an altitude of 950 meters, the charming settlement provides panoramic views to the eastern ridge of Vardoussia. The central square of Pentagiou with the huge plane tree is the most picturesque spot of the village. The most important monuments of Pentagiou are the Church of Taxiarhes for its wood carved temple and the Megali Vrysi for its crystalline water springs. Pentagiou is famous for the traditional festival that takes place in honor of Agios Panteleimonas on July 26 and 27 and the traditional Roumeli festival, known as Roumeliotiko Antamoma, held on the first Saturday after August 15. Pentagiou is an ideal place for those looking for tranquility and isolation. Hiking enthusiasts will fall in love with the numerous trails of the wider region.

Polidrosos, else known as Souvala, is a mountainous village located on the northeast slopes of Parnassus. Surrounded from verdant vegetation of cherry, fir and pine trees, the lovely settlement has magnificent landscapes that stand out for their authentic atmosphere. The mountain scenery of Polidrosos is ideal of mountain biking and hiking excursions. Worth visiting sights include the traces of the Church of Palaiopanagia for its byzantine wealth, the village of Lilea for the springs of Kiffisos River, the area of Mandamia with traces of the old hydropower station that used to supply with electricity the village and the neighboring village of Agoriani. The natural scenery of Polidrosos is ideal for hiking and mountain biking. The driving route that leads to the village of Ano Souvala is quite spectacular drowned with fire and pine trees. The national trail E22 crosses the village, an ideal route for hiking excursions that will fill you with fresh oxygen and beautiful images. Ano Souvala is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. Parnassus Ski Center is also located close to Polidrosos.

Vargiani is a mountainous village located on the northwest side of Parnassus Mountain. Characterized as one of the most authentic villages of the region, lovely Vargiani has a traditional architecture with stone houses, charming fountains and cobblestone alleys spreading out at an altitude of 880 meters. The cobblestone square of the village is one of the most picturesque spots of Variani ideal for relaxing under the shadow of the trees surrounded from the bell tower of Agia Paraskevi. However, the most intriguing part is the views to the rugged slopes of Giona and Parnassus Mountains. For the lovers of adventure, there are numerous dirt roads ideal for off roading excursions. Some of the most interesting lead to Neraidospilia Cave and Panassaris Gorge. It is worth visiting the village of Souvala for its natural beauty, the byzantine monastery of Pantanassa for its wall paintings and its spectacular views and the neighboring village of Mariolata for its traditional taverns.

Excursions

Road Trip: The Village of Arahova is the nymph of Parnassus. Behind the craggy and imperious mountain slopes of Parnassus, the true heart of the mountain is revealed through its authentic traditional villages. Sceneries of untamed beauty are hidden in the wild soul of the mountains. A robust and monotonous twirl asphalt road with panoramic views of the Corinthian bay elevates to high altitudes and a great spectacle emerges through the tunnel; wrapped in fog and mist, your eyes will be captivated from the dramatic views of the picturesqueness of this village. Nestling at an altitude of nine hundred meters, Arahova dazzles from the sparkling lights of the winter. Red tiled roofs blend with the whitewashed clouds and stone chimneys pour greyish smoke to the mountain sceneries. You will feel an undescribable awe from the fragrant coffee aromas by the wooden fireplace on the soundtracks of jazz music and the promenades between the traditional stone houses with the heavy wooden doors. However, the supreme silence of the snowy slopes behind the embroidered curtains of your window is the absolute master of the peaceful landscape in the mountain life of Arahova; you might even believe that you will touch the sky. Whether you want to slide down the snowy slopes like an Olympian athlete or you desire to explore the verdurous sceneries of the E4 trail and accelerate your adrenaline on the muddy dirt roads, Arahova has it for you! Ascend the 264 marble steps to admire the panoramic views from the historical church of Agios Georgios, participate to one of the biggest religious festivals of Roumeli, the famous panigiraki of Arahova and, of course, you must buy some formaella cheese before you leave. Nonetheless, the mysteries of Parnassus still continue. Will you discover them?

Road Trip: The Town of Karpenisi is the capital of Evrytania. Trails in steep canyons with verdurous sceneries, huge waterfalls with gurgling streams and icy rivers with fairytale sceneries will guide you through the magic of nature of Evrytania. Are you looking for shady ravines with flowing rivers and snowy landscapes with verdant vegetation? This is the magnetic and incomparable charm of Evrytania. As the miles roll, the winding roads reveal upright fir trees and strapping oak trees on the misty atmosphere of the wild mountains. The endless waves of the mountain peaks of Evrytania seem like vibrating in front of your eyes in every possible direction. Land of the mountains, Evrytania is gifted with the finest of nature. Snowcapped mountains with ageless summits and towering fir trees, crystalline lakes and frozen rivers, picturesque villages planted in the green landscape. Lost in the fog, this is the alpine beauty of Evrytania’s nature. Imperious mountains and imposing rivers challenge you to live adventurous moments to the fullest; from the stone villages of Korishades, Megalo Horio and Voutyro and the historical monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa to the glorious lake of Kremasta and the craggy hills of Velouhi, Evrytania hides its own mysteries for every season. Snowy white or verdant green, it is more than worthy to ascend the serpentine roads that lead to the windswept heights of Velouhi; you will have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views to the mountain ridges throughout the intense uphill that pop out of the mist wrapped with the snow of the winter. The thriving alpine beauty of Evrytania challenges you to discover the genuine soul of mountainous Greece that distinguishes for its mystical nature. Above the clouds to eternity and beyond, Karpenisi will hypnotize you with its divine beauties. This is Evrytania, a majestic place to live in. Are you ready to dive into the alpine state of mind?

Activities

Bird Watching: The flora and fauna of Fokida is quite remarkable. The prefecture of Boeotia has a high ecological value, as it serves as major station and shelter for native and migratory birds. Particularly in the mountainous areas of Boeotia, one will have the opportunity to encounter numerous bird species including Alpine Swifts, Black Woodpeckers, Collared Flycatchers, Cretzschmar’s Buntings, Eleonora’s Falcon, Golden Eagles, Horned Larks, Lesser Kestrels, Rock Nuthatches, Rock Partridges, Subalpine Warbler, Bearded Vultures, Simbre Tits, Green Woodpeckers, Blue Rock Thrushes, Alpine Accentors, White Winged Snowfinshes, Wall Creepers and Yellow Wagtails. Malliakos Wetland, Asopos Canyon, Oeti and Parnassus National Parks, Vardoussia Mountain and Rekkas Gorge in Giona Mountain are the most popular places of Fokida for bird watching.

Canyoning: Reserved for the adventurous nature lovers, Asopos Canyon is offered for exciting experiences! The entire area of Asopos belongs to the enormous ecological importance massif of Oeti. A narrow passage, formed between the towering vertical cliff of Oeti, creates the majestic canyon of Asopos. Starting from the village of Skamnos in Fthiotida, the wild route stretches all the way to the old bridge of Asopos in Gorgopotamos. Although walking along the canyon might be difficult and requires proper gear, it is definitely an experience of a lifetime filled with verdant sceneries and flowing streams. The trek lasts usually five hours.

Climbing: Fokida is home to one of the most important climbing fields of Europe. The slope of Plaka in Sykia Village has attracted many mountaineers. The giant slope creates a magnificent spectacle reaching an altitude of 1.250 meters. 75 climbing routes have been opened well equipped with stainless steep plugs on a rope within the framework of the ecotourism development of Fokida. It should be mentioned that the climbing routes of Plaka are considered to be the most difficult in Greece. The landscape of Plaka is quite impressive with spectacular alpine sceneries. The caves of the region are what make the wider area more attractive; Zoodohos Pigi Cave is one of the most impressive ones. Find more information from the Climbing Center of Sykia.

Hiking and Mountaineering: Fokida hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. Three of the most mountain massifs of the country interlace on the northern edge of Delphi composing an impressive geophysical canvas. Rekkas Gorge is one of the most beautiful gorges of the country located in the highest mountain of Central Greece. The gorge offers spectacular sceneries with a rich verity of flora and fauna ideal for hiking excursions. Steep cliffs, flowing streams and rich vegetation create a unique wildlife refugee. The gorge starts from the village of Viniani ascending to the Pyramid, the highest peak of Giona Mountain at an altitude of 2.510 meters (13 kilometers). Kyra to Delphi is another beautiful route that rests on the ancient trail that connected the harbour of Ancient Kyra with the Oracle of Delphi. The route has a length of 7 kilometers and usually lasts three hours. It starts from the medieval lighthouse in port of Kyra next to Itea passing through the olive groves and the outskirts of Chrisso village and it end at the archaeological site of Delphi. E4 Path is one of the favorite trails of hikers. The route starts from the Archaeological site of Delphi and leads to the village of Agoriani, else known as Eptalofos (7 hours).

Mountain Biking: The rich natural diversity of Fokida is highly suitable for mountain and road biking. Exciting trails from rural roads to specially designed cycling routes are available in various parts of the Fokida. Giona Mountain is the highest mountain of Central Greece located eastern of the mountains of Parnassus, western of the mountains of Vardoussia and northern from the mountains of Oeti. Giona Mountain is the fifth highest mountain of Greece. Its highest peak is Pyramida reaching an altitude of 2.512 meters. It has a purely alpine character with deep gorges, ravines and limestone cliffs. Giona distinguishes for the largest slope in the Balkans, known as Plaka Sykias, with an altitude difference of 1.100 meters. The rich flora of Giona is full of firs and cedars and wildflowers and its fauna include wolves, wild boar, deer and goats composing a haven for wildlife. Giona is divided in two by the deep gorge of Rekkas. The nearest town is Amfissa while other small villages include Agia Efthimia, Kaloskopi, Lefkaditi and Stromi. Giona Mountain is suitable for hiking all year long while its lowest part is ideal for climbing due to the particular rocky terrain of the mountain. Oeti National Park is third largest national park of Greece that has been declared as a protected area under the European Network of Natura 2000 since 1966. The southern part of Oeti is very gentle ideal for hiking enthusiasts. Climbs to the tops are usually made from the villages of Hypate and Pavliani. Once one rises above 1800 meters, everything seems calmers with extensive plateaus, verdant meadows and rounded peaks extending around the central peaks of the mountain complex. Livadia Plateau is rich in alpine vegetation ideal for natural explorations while Kombotades Waterfalls offers astonishing sceneries. It is worth noting that the Mountaineering Club of Lamia has a shelter on Oeti National Park. Vardoussia Mountain is the second tallest mountain of Central Greece located on the northwestern part of Fokida. Its highest peak is Korakas reaching an altitude of 2.495 meters. Vardoussia have a genuine alpine character with more than ten peaks making it an ideal mountain for winter hiking. Forests of cedars, firs and oaks cover a significant part of its surface. Climbing to the tops of the mountains is usually made from the village of Athanasios Diakos, else known as Ano Moutsounitsa. It is worth noting that there is a mountain shelter at the location of Pitimaliko at an altitude of 1.920 meters. The mountain complex of this magnificent destination is a spectacular natural paradise ideal for climbing, hiking, mountain biking, off roading and river trekking. Parnassus National Park is the second biggest national park of Greece located on the central part of Central Greece. Parnassus has a Mediterranean type of vegetation with magnificent fir and pine forests. The highest peak is Liakoura at an altitude of 2.459 meters. Autumn at its best, the national park brings an abundance of colours while spring offers a stunning combination of wildflowers mixed with the snowy conditions of winter. Beautiful olive groves are found in Itea and Plisto Plains ideal for stunning promenades with breathtaking view. Parnassus National Park serves as a shelter for numerous bird species including golden eagles, harriers and vultures. Numerous routes are offered in the premises of the park ideal for mountain sports including hiking, mountain biking, off roading and skiing. Some of the most beautiful villages of Parnassus include Arahova, Agoriani, Amfliklia, Gravia, Tithorea and Vargiani.

Off Road: Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of Central Greece in order to explore the mysterious beauties of Fokida. Vardoussia Mountain is one of the best places to test your adrenaline. It is the second tallest mountain of Central Greece located on the northwestern part of Fokida. Its highest peak is Korakas reaching an altitude of 2.495 meters. Vardoussia have a genuine alpine character with more than ten peaks making it an ideal destination for off roading. Make sure you always check the maps of Delphi before you get into your car!

Paragliding: Are you eager to experience the thrill of free flying in the beautiful land of Boeotia? Live the unique experience of a real take-off, touch the clouds and stimulate your adrenaline! The perfect climate conditions of Greece are ideal for paragliding experiences, since the drier the climate the better for the development of the sport. The flying sites of Fokida are located at the position of Kofinas of Amfissa, the position of Prophet Elias in Malandrino and the positions of Desfina over the mountain slopes of Giona, Parnassus and Vardoussia.

Skiing: With one of the most mountainous terrains in Europe, Greece is an ideal destination for skiing in winter. The heart of the winter in Greece beats on the snowish mountaintops where ski lovers desire adventures. The Ski Center of Parnassos is one of the best ski centers of Greece located at the foothills of Parnassus Mountain. The ski center consists from 19 pistes, 7 ski routes, 10 tails and 3 mini beginner runs with a total length of 36 kilometers in the areas of Fterolakka and Kelaria. The highest altitude of the pistes is at an altitude of 2.250 meters. For adventure lovers, there are 12 off pistes trails with deep snow for a dose of adrenaline. Bacchus, Charioteer, Heracles and Odysseus pistes are certified from the International Ski Federation. Parnassus Ski Center provides equipment hire facilities. Agoriani, Arahova and Gravia are the closest villages to the ski center. The ski center operates from December until the beginning of May.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktail Inspirations

Coffee Corners 

Agora: Coffee and Pastries, Delphi

Le Grand Chalet: Coffee and Pastries, Agoriani

Petrino: Coffee and Pastries, Polidrosos

Ravanis: Ice Cream, Athanasios Diakos

Xarmaina: Coffee, Amfissa

Gastronomic Delights

Anastasiou: Meat and Grill, Kato Pavliani

Balkonaki: Greek Cuisine, Amfissa

Drosoula: Greek Cuisine, Vargiani

Faropoulos: Greek Cuisine, Amfissa

Fourlas: Grill and Meat, Chrisso

Giorgides: Greek Cuisine, Lidoriki

Griza Arkouda: Greek Cuisine, Agoriani

I Folia Tou Koukou: Greek Cuisine, Mavrolithari

I Taverna Tou Nikou: Greek Cuisine, Agoriani

Litsa: Greek Cuisine, Ano Pavliani

Meterizi: Greek Cuisine, Athanasios Diakos

Papalexis: Greek Cuisine, Malandrino

Ravanis: Greek Cuisine, Athanasios Diakos

To Balkoni Tis Gionas: Greek Cuisine, Amfissa

To Barko Tis Maritsas: Seafood, Galaxidi

To Kelari Tou Barba Gianni: Greek Cuisine, Lidoriki

To Patriko Mas: Greek Cuisine, Delphi

To Steki Tou Karapli: Greek Cuisine, Mavrolithari

To Tzaki: Grill and Meat, Gravia

Vakhos: Greek Cuisine, Delphi

Zervas: Greek Cuisine, Vargiani

Cocktail Inspirations

Agora: Cocktails and Drinks, Delphi

Le Grand Chalet: Cocktails and Drinks, Agoriani

Petrino: Cocktails and Drinks, Polidrosos

Xarmaina: Cocktails and Drinks, Amfissa

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the Fokida include feta cheese, fir and thyme honey, yogurt and fresh fish. Fokida is famous for its meat taverns that serve the rich organ-meat delicacy of kokoretsi, roast lamb and kid goat. Desfina has a long tradition in the meat specialty of kontosouvli and in the production of rusks, Amfissa is famous for its olive oils, Agioi Pantes is known for its pasta, hilopites and trachanas, Galaxidi is renowned for its ravani sweet cake while Vounihora is particularly famous for its sheep yogurt. Generally, Fokida is known for its fine dairy products.

The local specialties of the Fokida include blano, a pie made with herbs and corn flour, psimarni, a dish made with goat baked in the oven, psimotiri, a dish made with strained yogurt, milk and feta, lamb on the spit, and ravani, a traditional Greek syrup cake.

Events & Festivals

Every 6th of January, the Epiphany Festival takes place in the village of Itea, which is observed from the sanctification of the water by casting the Holy Crosse into the sea under the psalms of the priests.

Every February or March, the Carnival of Amfissa takes place in the town of Amfissa. The carnival includes a typical march of the chariots and the burning of the Carnival King and ends with the stichia of Harmena, a crowd of black torchbearers dragging chains around the city.

Every Clean Monday, the Custom of Alevromoutzouromata takes place in the naval town of Galaxidi. The event denotes is held for the celebration of the end of the carnival period where residents and visitors congregate to hurl tons of colored flour to one another.

Easter in Fokida is one of the most traditional character celebration of this holy celebration, where lambs cooking in potholes followed from traditional songs and dances take place in every single town and village of the prefecture.

Every summer, the Nautical Week takes place in the town of Itea. The festival includes numerous athletic and cultural events for a period of one week.

Every June, the Feast of Trata Fish takes place in the village of Eratini. During the feast, sardines and wine are offered to the visitors while music groups give rhythm to the event.

Every July, the Forest Sounds Festival takes place in the village of Kaloskopi. The festival includes musical concerts for a period of three days.

Every August, the Wine Festival takes place in the village of Gravia.

Every August, the Makrigiannia Festival takes place in the village of Krokilio. The festival is held in honor of the homonymous 1821 Revolution hero whose homeland was the village of Krokilio. The festival includes cultural and musical special events for a period of five days.

Every 6th of September, the traditional celebration in honor of the Archangels takes place in the village of Panourgias. According to tradition, the church of the Archangel Michael was built to honor the saint after a miraculous spring of the wider area gushed water from some Christians Orthodox. Although the pagans tried to destroy the church and kill the priest, Archangel Michael intervened and teared the land into two pieces. The festival of Panourgias is famous for its traditional celebrations.

Every two years, cultural events are organized in Delphi from the European Cultural Center of Delphi. The festival includes a series of events including ancient tragedies, musical concerts and theatrical performances. The majority of the events take place in the ancient theater of Delphi.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, Zeus released two eagles, one from the East and the other from the West, in order to find the navel of the earth after he defeated the Titans. The two eagles met each other at Delphi and Zeus marked this place with a huge rock called the omphalos meaning navel. Ever since, Delphi is considered to be the navel of the world that served as the most important oracle of the ancient world.

History

Since antiquity, Delphi was believed to be the center of the world, widely known as the navel of earth, which is indeed the center of the world according to modern researchers. Mythology has it that Zeus released two eagles, one from the East and the other from the West, in order to find the navel of the earth after he defeated the Titans. The two eagles met each other at Delphi and Zeus marked this place with a huge rock called the omphalos meaning navel. Ever since, Delphi was considered to be the most important oracle of the ancient world. The earliest findings in the area of Delphi were found in the cave of Korikion Andron that date back to the Neolithic period. Korikion Andron was the place where the first religious ceremonies and rituals were held. The name of Delphi derives from the world dolphin, as legendary Apollo got on board a dolphin to travel from Crete to Delphi where he killed the local monster and established an oracle. Delphi’s oracle became famous all over the Mediterranean world for people who would come to seek for prophecy. The prophecy was giver from Apollo’s highest priestess, Pythia, who would enter Apollo’s temple and chew laurel leaves; while chewing the laurel leavers, she would fall in ecstasy and speak the words of Apollo. When people would come to Delphi in order to ask for a prophecy, they would always come with valuable offerings; this is the reason Delphi had many treasuries with the intention of guarding these gifts including the Athenians and the Sifnians Treasuries. The Athenians created also a Stoa to honor Apollo. Before entering the temple, pilgrims had to wash themselves in the Spring of Castalia to wipe of their sins. The Pythian Games, the most important athletic event of the country after the Olympics, would take place every four years in honor of Apollo. Athletic competitions were taking place at the ancient stadium of Delphi while drama performances and religious ceremonies were taking place at the ancient theatre of Delphi on the highest spot of Delphi. Apart from the religious power of Delphi, Delphi had a strong political influence as the sanctuary served as a political union for the cities of Central Greece from the 6th century BC; the political union was known as the Delphic Amphictyonic League. The association controlled the operation and finances of the sanctuary, as it designated its priests and other officials chosen among the inhabitants of Delphi. During the 6th century BC, the sanctuary was made autonomous under the administration and protection of the League, increasing its territory and its political and religious influence all around Greece. Delphi’s Oracle reached its peak between the 6th and 4th centuries BC, when the oracle was regarded as the most trustworthy of all. The oracle was believed to have successfully predicted events related to the expedition of the Argonauts, the cataclysm of Deucalion and the Trojan War. The fame of the Delphic oracle caused the two Sacred Wars during that period resulting into the domination of numerous emperors including the Aetolians and the Romans in the 3rd century BC. However, the rise of the Rationalist movement in philosophy greatly damaged the authority of the oracle. Nonetheless, the rituals continued unchanged during the 2nd century AD when it was consulted from Hadrian. The detailed descriptions of Delphi from Pausanias have greatly helped to the reconstruction of the entire area. When Greece was attacked from the Persians in 480 BC, Persian king Xerxes sent a battalion to steal the treasuries of Delphi; however, they did not manage to do so as a thunderstorm that came from Athena Pronea Temple caused the death of many Persians. Delphi oracle was continually operating up until the 3rd century AD when Christianity became the dominant religion of the Byzantine Empire and Delphi became an episcopal see after a decree of the Emperor Theodosius II. During the 7th century AD, Kastri village grew over the remnants of the ancient temple attracting travellers interested in antiquities of the ancient world. In 1891, the Greek government granted to the French School of Athens the permission for excavation of the site. It was that time that the village of Kastri was removed to allow the Great Excavation of Delphi. Excavation researched uncovered spectacular findings including 3.000 inscriptions of great importance regarding our knowledge of public life in the ancient world of Greece.

Travel & Transport

By Bus: KTEL Buses of Fokida operate routes from the Liosion Station in the city of Athens to the town of Delphi in Fokida on a daily basis. The journey usually lasts three to four hours.

By Car (178 kilometers): In order to get to Delphi, you will have to follow the National Road of Athens to Lamia. Following the signs to Livadia at the junction of Thebes, you will continue towards Arahova/Delphi. The road trip usually lasts three hours.

By Train: Train routes operate daily from Athens and Thessaloniki to the city of Livadia. From Livadia, you can either hire a taxi or use the local KTEL bus to get to Arahova.

Mysterious Greece Tips

255 Kilometers: Dolicho Ultra Race from Delphi to Ancient Olympia

Are you an aspiring athlete who wants to test his limits? The Phidippides Run, Delphi to Ancient Olympia, takes place every Mary. The race is 255 kilometers with 48 hours time limit and the route consists dirt roads, forests roads and footpaths along with asphalt roads. The mountainous part of the route reached an altitude of 1.100 meters, a positive ascent of 4.500 meters and a negative ascent of 5.100 meters.

An Excursion to the Vagonetto Park

Vagonetto Mining Park is a unique theme park that gives you the chance to learn about the history of the bauxite mining process. Equipped with a hard hat and a waterproof coat, you will have the opportunity to hop into the wagon train that was used from the miners thirty years ago and wander around the unique exhibits of the underground gallery 850. The park is located on the 51st kilometers of the Lamia – Amfissa National Road between the mountains of Giona and Parnassus.

A Weekend is Enough for Galaxidi

A weekend is enough to get to know Galaxidi and recharge your batteries in one of the most beautiful naval towns of Greece. Distinguished for its picturesque spirit and its traditional character, Galaxidi has been declared as a preserved settlement. The fresh sea breeze and the charming cafeterias along with the stately neoclassical houses, once residences of respected sea captains, compose a unique setting with a tranquil atmosphere. It is certain that you will become enraptured from Galaxidi’s sense of beauty and serenity. As the locals say, Galaxidi speaks with its silence!

Carnivals and Legends: Night of Ghosts in Amfissa

Dressed like fairies, ghosts and tanners, the townspeople pay homage to a decade-old tragic love story in the district of Harmena in the mountainous town of Amfissa. Those legends about ghosts and souls that wander around the city are revived during the last weekend of the Carnival period. Legend has it that there was once a beautiful girl and a handsome man, who were madly in love and planning their future. One day, the girl went to get some water but it soon started raining and the girl could not go back home. She sat under a tree and waited, until she got struck by lighting and died. When her fiancé found out, he was so much in pain that the neighbors found him dead the next day. However, the church did not accept to burry him became they thought he committed suicide so he was doomed to wander around the town eternally.

Climbing At Its Best: The Cliffs and Slopes of Giona Mountain

Fokida is home to one of the most important climbing fields of Europe. The slope of Plaka in Sykia has attracted many mountaineers. The giant slope creates a magnificent spectacle reaching an altitude of 1.250 meters. 75 climbing routes have been opened well equipped with stainless steep plugs on a rope within the framework of the ecotourism development of Fokida. It should be mentioned that the climbing routes of Plaka are considered to be the most difficult in Greece. The landscape of Plaka is quite impressive with spectacular alpine sceneries. The caves of the region are what make the wider area more attractive; Zoodohos Pigi Cave is one of the most impressive ones. Find more information from the Climbing Center of Sykia.

Colorful Flour is in the Air: This is Alevromoutzouromata

Clean Monday is a symbol of festivities in the naval town of Galaxidi. By the end of the day, the beautiful town is covered in sticky brightly coloured flour. The Galaxidians mark the end of the carnival season and the beginning of the Greek Orthodox Lent by throwing over 3 thousands pounds of flour to one another. The Flour Wars, known as alevromoutzouromata, are intense as locals dye bag upon bag of flour with food coloring and paint their faces with charcoal. Imagine that the authorities cover the historical building with plastic tarps so they are not damaged from the clouds of flour. The flour wars date back to the Ottoman occupation of Galaxidi when the locals in defiance of their occupiers were painting their faces in coloured flour to celebrate the carnival period. Bust your goggles and throw purple, orange, blue, yellow and red flour everywhere!

Discover Mornos Lake

Starting from the village of Lidoriki, the most beautiful route unfolds around the lake Mornos in a total length of 65 kilometers. Following the road towards the village of Lefkaditi, you will find the abandoned village of Kallio, where a few houses survive and the rest are covered from the waters of the artificial lake. Here, you will see the famous spring of Veluhovo that serves as one of the main feeders of the lake water. Continue to the asphalt road towards the dam in order to admire the spectacular views of Mornos Lake and the snowy slopes of Giona and Vardoussia Mountains. It is worth driving to the wooded slopes of the surrounding mountains in order to visit the numerous mountainous villages of the area. The route from Diakopi to Dafnos distinguishes for its verdurous sceneries and its panoramic vistas to Vardoussia Mountains while the drive from the dam to Krokilio, Pentagiou and Artotina villages stands out for its alpine sceneries.

Driving Explorations

Driving from Delphi to the village of Livadi Arahovas, you will be impressed from the wild Delphic landscape and the wonderful vistas of the Corinthian Gulf. The asphalt road that starts from the village of Kato Pavliani towards the village of Lidoriki stands out for its alpine sceneries and its fir forests as meanders between the three of the most beautiful mountains of Greece namely Oeti, Giona and Vardoussia.

E4 European Path

The European Long Distance Path E4 crosses the west slopes of Parnassus Mountain at the 51st kilometer, the highest point of Lamia – Amfissa Highway. Then, the route passes under the summit to the village of Agoriani and goes down to Delphi. Just above Delphi, E4 merges with the Ancient Path used from pilgrims in antiquity to visit the oracle of Delphi.

Enjoy Your Coffee With Panoramic Vistas

Agora in Delphi is one of the best places to enjoy your coffee with panoramic vistas over the archaeological site of Delphi!

Exclusively for Photographers

The natural diversity and the hidden hinterland of Delphi offer numerous astonishing sceneries to capture with your eyes! But it would be a shame not to remember those beautiful landscapes, wouldn’t it? So, make sure you bring your camera with you!

Explore Oeti National Park: The Mountain of the Flowers

It is no a coincidence that Oeti has been characterized as the mountain of the flowers. Mythology has it that Oeti was the place of the erotic encounters of Hercules with Iole. All the dirt roads that lead to Oeti National Park, one of the largest mountains of Roumeli with an altitude of 2.152 meters, starts from the village of Ano Pavliani. From the north to the east side, the mountain has steep slopes with deep gorges and rugged terrain while the mountain becomes extremely smooth with verdant meadows, ponds, wildflowers and waterfalls at higher levels. Covered up from extensive forests of fir trees, the flora of Oeti National Park includes 1.250 species of great ecological value. The Monastery of Agathonos is the most important monument of Oeti that distinguishes for its impressive churchyard, the cavernous church of Agioi Anargyroi, the beautiful bell tower and the Oeti Natural History Museum. Oeti National Park is an ideal place for natural explorations especially in late springs when the meadow is full of daffodils, violas, tufts, pansies and tulips. Follow the tracks of Hercules and Iole to discover the mysteries of Oeti National Park!

Explore the Slopes of Vardousia Mountains

Known as Megiston Oros from the ancient Greeks, meaning the mountain with the numerous summits, Vardoussia is one of the few mountains of Greece with a genuine alpine character. Mythology has it that the muses used to reside here. Vardoussia Mountain is the second tallest mountain of Central Greece located on the northwestern part of Fokida. Its highest peak is Korakas reaching an altitude of 2.495 meters. Vardoussia have a genuine alpine character with more than ten peaks making it an ideal mountain for winter hiking. Forests of cedars, firs and oaks cover a significant part of its surface. Climbing to the tops of the mountains is usually made from the village of Athanasios Diakos, else known as Ano Moutsounitsa. It is worth noting that there is a mountain shelter at the location of Pitimaliko at an altitude of 1.920 meters. The mountain complex of this magnificent destination is a spectacular natural paradise ideal for climbing, hiking, mountain biking, off roading and river trekking. Gidovouni, Piramida and Plaka are the summits of the western Vardoussia with rough rocks and steep slopes. The main ascent to Vardoussia begins from the village Athanasios Diakos while there is also a dirt road that leads to the Shelter of Pitimaliko. In the area of Vardoussia, there are many water springs with the most important being the small lake of Drakolimni whose crystalline waters reflect the summits in the location of Stavros (1.600m). Vardoussia consists of thirteen villages that attract nature lovers all year round. Krokilio, its capital, is one of the most beautiful settlements that distinguishes for its rich vegetation and its traditional character while Artotina stands out for its alpine sceneries. Other villages worth visiting include Koupaki and Pentagiou for their panoramic vistas, Athanasios Diakos for its picturesqueness, Pavliani for its alpine sceneries and its delicious taverns, Stromi for its beautiful waterfall, Sykia for its climbing field and Lidoriki for the beautiful views to Mornos Lake.

Find More Information for the Oracle of Delphi

Find more information for the archaeological site of Delphi from the Official Website of the Ministry of Culture!

Hiking Higher than Highest

Are you eager to test your limits? Wear comfortable shoes, grab one-or-two bottles of water, get a map and here we go! Incomparable beauty and a unique hiking experience is waiting for you at the Rekkas Gorge, one of the most beautiful gorges of the country that stands out for its steep cliffs and its rich vegetation. The ascension of the 13 kilometers to the highest peak of Giona Mountain, called Piramida, is located at an altitude of 2.510. Undoubtedly, it is the wildest and most challenging hiking trail of Giona!

It’s Sunset Time

The Pitimaliko Shelter on Vardoussia Mountains is one of the best places to enjoy the sunset!

Let the Magic Happen

The Lake of Mornos is the ninth biggest artificial lake of Greece located on the center of the prefecture of Fokida. Nestling at an altitude of 500 meters, Mornos Lake is surrounded from the alpine peaks of Giona and Vardoussia Mountains. The lake was created in order to serve as a water supply for Athens; the aqueduct of Mornos, a long channel with a 189 kilometers length, is considered to one of the largest aqueducts in Europe. In dryer seasons, the submerged village of Kallio resurfaces magically from the water!

Mountain Biking at Giona Mountain and Oeti National Park

Starting from the village of Kaloskopi, the balcony of Giona, lovers of mountain biking can practice their favorite sport on the forest roads through the villages of Stromi and Panourgias. Another beautiful route for mountain bikers start from Agia Triada village to the Oeti National Park towards the villages of Pyrra and Mavrolithari.

Observing Like An Olympian God

Wondering where you will enjoy the most beautiful views in the prefecture of Fokida? Grab a paper and a pencil and write down the following places; Delphi Ancient Theatre at the Archaeological Site of Delphi, Lidoriki village at Giona Mountain, Variani village at Parnassus Mountain, Artotina and Kokkino villages at Vardoussia, Castle of Salona at Amfissa, Church of Agios Nikolaos in Galaxidi, church of Panagia Kastriotissa at Kastriotissa village and the monastery of Koutsourou in Amygdalia village.

Off Road Experiences

If you are a lover of 4X4 experiences, drive to the shelter of Pitimaliko at Vardoussia Mountains. The drive through the pine forest and the spectacular vistas will definitely compensate you! Another intriguing off-road route starts from Artotina village at the Vardoussia Mountains through the village of Athanasios Diakos. Keep in mind, however, that the road is impassable in bad weather conditions including rain and snow.

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Agoriani Village: Kostas Z by Panoramio

Ancient Theatre of Delphi: Shutterstock

Athanasios Diakos Village: Shutterstock

Dawn at Giona Mountain: George Konstantoudakis by Panoramio

Fir Forest above Athanasios Diakos Village: Xenofwn Leivadiwtis by Flickr

Galaxidi Village: Shutterstock

Giona Flying Road: Eliasnet by Panoramio

Giona Mountain: Theodore by Flickr

Kaloskopi View: Xenofon Leivadiwtis by Flickr

Kaloskopi Village: Makis Fertis by Panoramio

Kastriotissa Village: Kastriotissa Official Website

Krokilio Village: Krokilio Official Website

Lidoriki Village: George Mpenioudakis by Flickr

Mornos Lake: Dimitris Karagiorgos by Flickr

Mountaineering: Ilias Vrynas by Panoramio

Snowy Fir Trees: Kostas Kaltsas by Panoramio

Stromi Waterfall: Grussos by Panoramio

Sunset from Vardoussia Mountains: George Dimitriadis by Flickr

Temple of Apollo: Shutterstock

Temple of Athena Pronea: Shutterstock

Toumbano Hill at Panourgias Village: Michael Kalafatas by Panoramio

Vagonetto Mining Park: Pely Filippatou by Flickr

Vardoussia Mountains: Alexandros K by Panoramio

Vargiani Village: Giorgio Hiker by Panoramio