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The Heart of Roumeli

Endless Forests, Majestic Mountain Massifs and Picturesque Traditional Villages Gifted With Fresh Air and the Finest of Nature

Trails in steep canyons with verdant 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. Derived from the words kar benis, Karpenisi is a place covered with snow nestling at an altitude of 950 meters in the verdant mountain slopes of Velouhi. It is the most mountainous capital of Greece that stands in the heart of the massive mountains of the most rugged region of Roumeli. The beautiful town will welcome you with the rustling of the fir trees and the coolness of the water. All the magical elements of the mountainous nature intertwine in the most harmonious way creating an environment of unparalleled beauty that was conquered from thousands of imperious and rebellious characters over the centuries. Just like a hawk, your eyes will be captivated from the reddish roofs that immerse in the gullies of the barren crests embracing the beautiful village of Karpenisi. 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. From the authentic spirit of Fidakia village and the picturesque atmosphere of Mikro and Megalo Horio, the astonishing monastery of Prousiotissa and the magical landscapes of Karpenisiotis to the snowy slopes of Velouhi Mountain and the fairytale gorge of Panta Vrehi, Karpenisi hides millions of mysteries. Mountainous nature at its glory, the beauty of Karpenisi will take your breath away. Picturesque villages with traditional character, verdant sceneries with abundant vegetation and imposing rivers with flowing streams are scattered all around the area. Whether you want to follow the footsteps of nature trails and idyllic paths and accelerate your adrenaline in the dirt roads of Velouhi or you desire to slide like pro in the snowish slopes and you want to explore the picturesque villages of Evrytania, you will undoubtedly find everything you need in Evrytania. The tiny traditional villages around Karpenisi might even steal the glory of the idyllic protagonist of the show with their charming alleys, their picturesque squares, their stone houses and their idyllic landscapes. 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?

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The Capital of Evrytania

The Town of Karpenisi is the capital of Evrytania located on the mountain slopes of Tymfristos. Surrounded from chestnut, oak and pine trees, Karpenisi is one of the highest capitals of Greece distinguished for its alpine sceneries, its verdant vegetation and its picturesqueness. Many believe that it is one of the most beautiful towns of the country. The square of Markos Botsaris is the center of Karpenisi that will charm you with its old plane tree and its beautiful fountains. Marble and noble, the square hosts the statue of Markos Botsaris and the cathedral of Agia Triada. The district of Agia Paraskevi is the oldest part of the town that has managed to maintain its traditional character with its stone houses. Agios Dimitrios hill is one of the most beautiful spots of Karpenisi that offers spectacular views over the entire area. The hill dominates at the top of Potamia Valley. The beauty of the alpine sceneries will definitely compensate you. It is worth mentioning that the prefecture of Evrytania is one of the five regions of the world with almost zero pollution according to UNESCO. If you are interested in exploring the wider area of Karpenisi, you can visit the beautiful villages of Agios Nikolaos, Myriki, Korishades, Klafsi and Voutyro.

The Folklore Museum of Megalo Horio

The Folklore Museum of Megalo Horio is housed in an old stone mansion in the village of Megalo Horio. The museum exhibits an extensive collection with agricultural tools and utensils from the traditional occupations of the village while two rooms are dedicated to the typical representation of the traditional house of Megalo Horio. In the second level of the ground floor, one will have the opportunity to confront the old clock of the village that used to operate from 1926 until 1988. An interesting fact is that one could distinguish the holes of the tray from the bullets of the Germans during the occupation. The third level of the museum hosts folklore artifacts, traditional costumes and an interesting library collection with more than 5.000 books. It is worth mentioning that the collections of the museum were a courtesy of the residents of Megalo Horio.

The Gorge of Panta Vrehi

The Gorge of Panta Vrehi is one of the most beautiful gorges of Evrytania located in the village of Panta Vrehi. Literally meaning always raining, the gorge owes its name to an area of the gorge with icy waters that come from Krikelopotamos River at Kaliakouda Mountain and find their way out from the sources in the tops of the canyon creating beautiful waterfalls. Panta Vrehi Gorge distinguishes for its idyllic atmosphere, its beautiful colours and its dense vegetation. Running waters and majestic waterfalls decorate the enchanting landscape. The gorge is accessible through a stunning path with the grandeur of nature playing the leading role. If you love extreme sports, Panta Vrehi is the place for river trekking enthusiasts.

The Lake of Kremasta

The Lake of Kremasta is the largest artificial lake of Greece located on the borders of Etoloakarnania and Evrytania. Its construction was completed in 1965 concentrating waters from the rivers of Aheloos, Agrafiotis, Tavropos and Trikeriotis. The creation of the lake affected the landscape, as two villages, the byzantine church of Episkopi and the bridges of Manolis and Tartana are found beneath the waters of the lake. The lake distinguishes for its biodiversity and its rich flora and fauna, while it also serves as a shelter for migratory bird species. The incomparable beauty of Kremasta Lake with its turquoise waters, its lovely fjords and its scattered isles with captivate you. Kremasta Lake also favors outdoor activities including canoeing, kayaking and rafting.

The Monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa

The Monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa is the spiritual and pilgrimage center of Evrytania located in the homonymous village. The monastery is built in an impressive steep rocky area overgrown with trees. On the path that leads to the monastery, there are the Patimata Tis Panagias, aka the Footsteps of Virgin Mary, whose traces were left on her way to Prousos. Tradition has it that Virgin Mary choose the location that the monastery would be built in a miraculous way. According to tradition, the monastery was founded from monks Dionisios and Timotheos in 829 who brought the holy icon of Virgin Mary from Asia Minor; other believe that the monastery was established between the 12th and 14th century. The monastery played an important role during the 1821 Greek Revolution as it served as a shelter for civilians and the hero Georgios Karaiskakis. Today, there are guesthouses in the monastery for hosting pilgrims, an interesting ecclesiastical museum and a museum of the Greek Letters of Roumeli. Panagia Prousiotissa Monastery is dedicated to Virgin Mary and celebrates in honor of the saint on August 23. 

The Ski Center of Velouhi

The Ski Center of Velouhi is one of the most spectacular ski centers of Greece located at the foothills of Velouhi Mountain. It is found in the area of Diavolotopos at an altitude of 1.840 meters just ten kilometers away from the town of Karpenisi. The ski center consists from 9 ski runs and 3 off piste ski runs of different levels of difficulty with oscillating hypsometric difference from 1.800 meters to 2.040 meters, 1 snowboard park with a natural free flow slope and 7 lifts that can host up to 5.150 people. Velouhi Ski Center has also one chalet with capacity of 100 persons, one ice bar for clubbing at the snow, ski equipment rental store and snowmobiles rental. The shelter Takis Flengas of the Hellenic Alpine Club of Karpenisi is located at the foothills of Velouhi. Velouhi Ski Center provides equipment hire facilities. Karpenisi is the closest town to the ski center. The ski center operates from December until the April.

Archaeological Sites

The Archaeological Site of Gla is considered to be one of the possible locations of the ancient capital of Evrytania namely ancient Ihalia. Gla was an important fortified site of the Mycenaean civilization. Archaeological excavations brought to light traces of house and war utensils along with a statue of Dionysus from the 2nd century that is exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Gla Archaeological Site is located forty-two kilometers away from Karpenisi.

Churches and Monasteries

The Chapel of Agios Dimitrios is located on the homonymous hill opposite the village of Karpenisi. The church is one of the most beautiful churches of the village that was built from Dimitrios Safras in 1886. Archaeological findings show that the citadel of an ancient settlement used to be located there in ancient times. Agios Dimitrios church offers spectacular views to the village of Karpenisi.

The Church of Agia Triada is the cathedral of Karpenisi located in the center of the village. The church was renovated from the great hagiographer Eugenios Giannoulis Aitolos in 1645; Giannoulis Aitolos also established the first school for higher education in Evrytania at the same place. It is an exquisite sample of Byzantine architecture that has been declared as a protected historical monument of the 17th century.

The Church of Agia Paraskevi is the biggest church of Evrytania located in the village of Voutyro. It is an imposing church of the Byzantine architectural style that was founded in 1926. The church celebrates in honor of the saint on July 26.

The Church of Panagia Stanas is one of the most imposing monuments of the Agrafa landscape located in the village of Epiniana. It is a cavernous church that was built on a precipitous rock in 1550. The church is cruciform with a dome and an exquisite carved iconostasis. The interior of the church is decorated with beautiful wall paintings. Dedicated to the Birth of the Virgin Mary, the church celebrates in honor of the saint on September 7 and 8.

The Monastery of Agios Leonidis is one of the oldest monasteries of Evrytania located in the village of Klafsi. In 1955, the monastery was discovered accidentally after an intense rainfall that revealed parts of the mosaic floor. Archaeological excavations started two years later that brought to light the huge temple. The monastery was rebuilt according to the inscription of the 5th century AD.

The Monastery of Domiana is one of the most important post-Byzantine monuments of Evrytania located in the village of Domiana. Part It is an exquisite monument that was first built in the 16th century. Part of the monastery is the church of Panagia Domianitissa dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary. The monastery distinguishes for its beautiful Byzantine murals from 1787. The monastery celebrates in honor of the saint on August 15.

The Monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa is the spiritual and pilgrimage center of Evrytania located in the homonymous village. The monastery is built in an impressive steep rocky area overgrown with trees. On the path that leads to the monastery, there are the Patimata Tis Panagias, aka the Footsteps of Virgin Mary, whose traces were left on her way to Prousos. Tradition has it that Virgin Mary choose the location that the monastery would be built in a miraculous way. According to tradition, the monastery was founded from monks Dionisios and Timotheos in 829 who brought the holy icon of Virgin Mary from Asia Minor; other believe that the monastery was established between the 12th and 14th century. The monastery played an important role during the 1821 Greek Revolution as it served as a shelter for civilians and the hero Georgios Karaiskakis. Today, there are guesthouses in the monastery for hosting pilgrims, an interesting ecclesiastical museum and a museum of the Greek Letters of Roumeli. Panagia Prousiotissa Monastery is dedicated to Virgin Mary and celebrates in honor of the saint on August 23.

The Monastery of Panagia Tartana is located in the village of Tripotamos. The monastery has been destroyed and rebuilt four times. Tartana Monastery served as a shelter for the rebels of the 1821 Greek Revolution while it also served as the main base for the military operations of Georgios Karaiskakis. The monastery celebrates in honor of the saint on September 8. Many rare and valuable artifacts have been saved including the beautiful mosaic of the King of Glory (1350), ossuaries, vestments and precious Byzantine icons.

The Monastery of Panagia Vraha is one of the most historical monasteries of Evrytania located two kilometers away from the village of Vraha. It is a monastery of the 16th century that served as a shelter for the freedom fighters of the 1821 Revolution while it also served as a school of letters during the Ottoman occupation. The interior of the monastery is decorated with beautiful murals and valuable relics from the 16th century along with an imposing gilded iconostasis and depictions from the Old and New Testaments.

Monuments

The Bridge of Manolis is located in the river of Agrafiotis close to the village of West Frangista. The bridge is a great sample of folklore architecture that was constructed from Manolis Chrysiotis in 1659 in order to provide safe passage from the prefecture of Evrytania to the prefecture of Etoloakarnania. Manolis bridge is an impressive arched bridge with a height of 22 meters that served as the only passage from Karpenisi to western Greece until the construction of the artificial lake of Kremasta in the 1960s. Since the level of water of Agrafiotis River rose, the bridge became a unique monument that can no longer serve hikers as it is sometimes covered from the water. Nowadays, organized canoeing and kayaking is organized in the village of West Frangista.

The Bridge of Tartana is a single arched bridge located over Aheloos River. The bridge was constructed in order to connect the prefectures of Etoloakarnania with Evrytania. Mardaha Spring, the largest spring of Aheloos, is located right next to the bridge. However, the bridge is currently under the waters of Kremasta Lake as it has been replaced from a modern bridge made from Aristarchus Economou in 1970.

The Bridge of Viniani was built to connect the banks of Tavropos River. It was constructed in the period of the Turkish occupation so that transportation between Karpenisi and Agrafa could be achieved. Manolis, Tartana and Viniani bridges were the sole safe passages in the area.

The Monument of Kefalovriso was erected in honor of the heroic battle that took place in August of 1823 when Markos Botsaris, one of the most important heroes of the 1821 Greek Revolution, decided to check the advance of the Turks that went from Karpenisi to Mesolongi. The glorious victory of the battle was overshadowed by the loss of the great fighter who fell on the battlefield. Arriving there, beautiful sceneries awaits for you with verdurous trees and gurgling streams.

The Monument of the National Resistance of Domnista was erected in honor of the historic village where the armed struggle of the National Resistance against the occupying forces was officially declared from Aris Velouhiotis in 1942. For this reason, the local people celebrate this day with commemorative events every first Sunday of June.

The Hill of Agios Dimitrios is one of the most beautiful spots of Karpenisi that offers spectacular views over the entire area. The hill dominates at the top of Potamia Valley. The beauty of the alpine sceneries will compensate you.

Museums

The Museum of Karpenisi is housed in the conference center of Karpenisi. The museum room is dedicated to Alexandros and Konstantinos Tsatsos by exhibiting a collection of their personal items that have been donated to the museum by the family Tsatsos.

The Ecclesiastical Museum of the Monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa is housed within the premises of the monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa. Exhibits include ecclesiastical relics and personal items of Georgios Karaiskakis, one of the greatest heroes of the 1821 Greek Revolution.

The Folklore Museum of Agia Triada is located in the village of Agia Triada. The museum displays the rich folklore tradition of the area through an extensive collection of traditional costumes, household tools and items from the everyday life of the citizens. In Agia Triada, you will also find an interesting library with 8.000 volumes of books that operates in the house of Chrisostomos Karapiperis, a famous politician of Evrytania.

The Folklore Museum of Granitsa is located in the village of Granitsa. The museum was established in 1970 with the intention of exhibiting an extensive collection of folklore art, textiles, woodcarvings, agricultural and forage tools, traditional clothes and weapons of the 1821 Revolution. The museum has another room dedicated to the personal belongings and portraits of Stefanos Granitsas and Zaharias Papantoniou along with painting of the great local painters Christos Kagaras and Lefteris Theodorou.

The Folklore Museum of Megalo Horio is housed in an old stone mansion in the village of Megalo Horio. The museum exhibits an extensive collection with agricultural tools and utensils from the traditional occupations of the village while two rooms are dedicated to the typical representation of the traditional house of Megalo Horio. In the second level of the ground floor, one will have the opportunity to confront the old clock of the village that used to operate from 1926 until 1988. An interesting fact is that one could distinguish the holes of the tray from the bullets of the Germans during the occupation. The third level of the museum hosts folklore artifacts, traditional costumes and an interesting library collection with more than 5.000 books. It is worth mentioning that the collections of the museum were a courtesy of the residents of Megalo Horio.

The Historical Museum of Viniani is housed in the historical school in the village of Palia Viniani. The urgent need for organization during the German occupation led to the creating of the Committee of National Liberation, else known as the Mountain Government, whose meeting took place at the school of historical Viniani. The museum displays an interesting photography exhibition of that era while there are numerous busts of the members of the Mountain Government in the courtyard.

The Historical and Folklore Museum of Mikro Horio is housed in the elementary school of Palio Mikro Horio village. The museum exhibits an extensive collection of the daily life of the residents of Mikro Horio and their struggles for independence and democracy in the period of the 1821 Revolution, the Second World War and the National Resistance. Exhibits are classified in historical documents, written testimonies of the residents, photographs, autobiographical texts, the chronicle of the historical battle of Mikro Horio and traces of the printing press of the national Resistance. It is worth mentioning that the collections of the museum were a courtesy of the residents of Mikro Horio.

The National Resistance Museum of Korishades is housed in a declared historical monument located in the village of Korishades. The village played an important role in the modern history of Greece, as the first national assembly of the combatants of the Committee of National Liberation took place at Korishades in May 1944. The museum displays an interesting collection of books and an important exhibition of photographs that portray the process of the National Assembly. It is worth mentioning that the inscriptions on the walls were made from the heroes of the 1821 Revolution for symbolic reasons.

Natural Beauties

The Cave of Katsantonis is one of the remotest caves of Evrytania located in the village of Monastiraki in Agrafa. The cave served as a shelter for Antonis Katsantonis, a hero of the 1821 Greek Revolution, in the period of the Turkish occupation. Katsantonis cave is open along an underground riverbed with small chambers and interesting stalagmite and stalactite decorations. The cave is accessible through a six kilometers dirt road. However, it is very difficult to locate the cave without the proper guidance of an expert. It is highly advisable not to visit the cave without an expert.

The Canyon of Viniani is a small canyon with running crystalline waters running between the villages of Palia Viniani and Nea Viniani. The canyon is covered with shady trees and old watermills along with three small waterfalls. The highest waterfall has a height of 3o meters. Viniani Canyon ends at the riverbanks of Tavropos just before the arched bridge of Viniani. The canyon is an ideal location for lovers of rafting.

The Gorge of Krenti is another gorge of Evrytania located close to Karpenisi. The gorge stands out for its large waterfalls and its verdurous vegetation. The wilderness of the landscape will definitely impress you! The waterfalls are equipped with boards and plugs. Krenti Gorge is accessible from the path that starts from the church of Agia Triada in village of Karitsa ending at the area of Fterolakka.

The Gorge of Mavri Spilia is one of the most impressive gorges of Evrytania located two kilometers away from the village of Prousos. The gorge owes its name to the homonymous cave that served as a shelter for the inhabitants during the Ottoman occupation and the German occupation. The gorge is accessible from the route that starts from a stone source near the bridge of Prousos to Tornos continuing through a fir forest to the water of the gorge. Beautiful sceneries with wooden bridges, refreshing ponds and imposing waterfalls lead to the imposing cave of Mavri Spilia. The gorge is suitable for beginners with 10 technical descents.

The Gorge of Panta Vrehi is one of the most beautiful gorges of Evrytania located in the village of Panta Vrehi. Literally meaning always raining, the gorge owes its name to an area of the gorge with icy waters that come from Krikelopotamos River at Kaliakouda Mountain and find their way out from the sources in the tops of the canyon creating beautiful waterfalls. Panta Vrehi Gorge distinguishes for its idyllic atmosphere, its beautiful colours and its dense vegetation. Running waters and majestic waterfalls decorate the enchanting landscape. The gorge is accessible through a stunning path with the grandeur of nature playing the leading role. If you love extreme sports, Panta Vrehi is the place for river trekking enthusiasts.

The Gorge of Vothonas is an impressive gorge located between the villages of Karpenisi and Prousos. The entire path is covered with verdurous vegetation and beautiful waterfalls. The narrowness and the precipitousness of the gorge along with its tall walls will fascinate you. The gorge is suitable for beginners in canyoning with twelve consecutive descents with ropes. Vothonas Gorge is an ideal place for extreme sports enthusiasts.

The Lake of Kremasta is the largest artificial lake of Greece located on the borders of Etoloakarnania and Evrytania. Its construction was completed in 1965 concentrating waters from the rivers of Aheloos, Agrafiotis, Tavropos and Trikeriotis. The creation of the lake affected the landscape, as two villages, the byzantine church of Episkopi and the bridges of Manolis and Tartana are found beneath the waters of the lake. The lake distinguishes for its biodiversity and its rich flora and fauna, while it also serves as a shelter for migratory bird species. The incomparable beauty of Kremasta Lake with its turquoise waters, its lovely fjords and its scattered isles with captivate you. The lake of Kremasta is one of the cleanest lakes of Europe with the best fish populations of Greece. Kremasta Lake also favors outdoor activities including canoeing and kayaking.

The Mountain of Agrafa is the southernmost part of the mountain range of Pindus located between the regional units of Evrytania and Karditsa. It distinguishes for its densely forested sceneries and its exceptional natural beauty that has managed to remain pristine due to its remoteness. Agrafa literally means unwritten, as the Ottomans were unable to conquer this region and people were free to conduct their business without Ottoman influence. The Valley of Agrafiotis River is one of the most beautiful regions dotted from impassable gorges, majestic waterfalls, stone bridges and the mankind lake of Kremasta. Agrafa Mountain is offered for many outdoor activities including hiking, mountaineering, mountain biking and off road driving. Agrafa, Epiniana, Krenti, Marathos, Monastiraki and Trovato villages are ideal locations for natural exploration to the spectacular landscapes of Agrafa.

The Mountain of Tymfristos, else known as Velouhi, is the third highest mountain of Central Greece located between Evrytania and Fthiotida. The mountain rises sharply in the central part of Roumeli impressing with its lofty peaks, its alpine zone and its dense fir forests. The highest peak is Velouhi located at an altitude of 2.315 meters.

The River of Agrafiotis is one of the rivers of Evrytania that was named after the mountainous region of Agrafa. The river begins from Trovato village, flowing through a valley with forests and farmlands, and empties into the lake of Kremasta. Agrafiotis River is an ideal location for river rafting enthusiasts.

The River of Karpenisiotis is the main river of Evrytania that flows from the western slopes of Tymfristos where it joins Krikelopotamos River forming the Trikeriotis River. The vegetation that dominates in the areas of Karpenisiotis is predominantly plane tress. Karpenisiotis River is an ideal location for river rafting enthusiasts. Mikro Horio and Megalo Horio villages are ideal locations for natural explorations to the spectacular landscapes of Karpenisiotis River.

The River of Tavropos, else known as Megdovas, is one of the rivers of Evrytania that flows from the prefectures of Karditsa and Evrytania. The river springs from the mountains on the western part of Karditsa, passing through the valley of Evrytania and flows into the lake of Kremasta. The river has a length of 78 kilometers. Tavropos is one of most popular choices for beginners in rafting.

The Ski Center of Velouhi is one of the most spectacular ski centers of Greece located at the foothills of Velouhi Mountain. It is found in the area of Diavolotopos at an altitude of 1.840 meters just ten kilometers away from the town of Karpenisi. The ski center consists from 9 ski runs and 3 off piste ski runs of different levels of difficulty with oscillating hypsometric difference from 1.800 meters to 2.040 meters, 1 snowboard park with a natural free flow slope and 7 lifts that can host up to 5.150 people. Velouhi Ski Center has also one chalet with capacity of 100 persons, one ice bar for clubbing at the snow, ski equipment rental store and snowmobiles rental. The shelter Takis Flengas of the Hellenic Alpine Club of Karpenisi is located at the foothills of Velouhi. Velouhi Ski Center provides equipment hire facilities. Karpenisi is the closest town to the ski center. The ski center operates from December until the April.

Promenades and Villages

Agia Triada is a mountainous village located on the northern mountain slopes of Velouhi. The charming settlement has a picturesque atmosphere with stone houses and cobblestone alleys drowned in apple, chestnut, fir and plane trees. The most important monuments of the village are the church of Agia Triada for its beautiful wall paintings, the Folklore Museum of Agia Triada for its interesting collection regarding the rich folklore tradition of the village, the Library of Agia Triada that operates in the house of Chrisostomos Karapiperis, a famous politician of Evrytania, and the Monastery of Prophet Elias. It is also worth visiting the neighboring village of Domiana with its monastery that is considered to be one of the most important post-Byzantine monuments of Evrytania. The surrounding areas of Agia Triada and Domiana are offered for hiking explorations in the areas of Aetofolia, Kefalovriso, Kordemata, Neraidorema and Mikros Kataraktis. The Chestnut Festival is held in Agia Triada during second half of every October, as Agia Triada is famous for the best quality and the biggest harvest of chestnuts in Evrytania. Agia Triada is located fourteen kilometers away from Velouhi Ski Center.

Agios Nikolaos, else known as Laspi, is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Velouhi. As the settlement nestles at an altitude of 1.020 meters, snowfalls are frequent in the winter months. Agios Nikolaos is one of the biggest villages of Karpenisi that stands out for its verdurous landscapes full of chestnut and fir trees that create a harmonious contrast with the red tiled roofs of the houses. Idyllic paths are offered for lovers of natural explorations. Some of the most beautiful locations include the chapel of Agia Paraskevi built in an area drowned in fir and oak trees and gurgling waters, the old watermill of the community in the location of Palialona and the running waters of Neraidovouni area. The most important monument of the village is the Church of Agios Nikolaos for its beautiful wall paintings. The village is famous for its rich production of chestnuts and fine beans. The surrounding majestic sceneries will fill you with ultimate moments of relaxation and tranquility.

Anatoliki (East) Frangista is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Velouhi. Hidden behind the lush vegetation, Anatoliki Frangista is one of the most beautiful villages of Evrytania that has managed to preserve its traditional character. The most important monument of the village is the Monastery of Metamorphosis Tou Sotira for its impressive byzantine wall paintings and its wood carved temple. It is also worth visiting the village of Ditiki (West) Frangista, the sister village of Anatoliki Frangista, for its authentic atmosphere and its impressive vistas to the alpine sceneries and the village of Viniani for its picturesqueness and the Lake of Kremasta that holds the reigns of the largest artificial lake of the country. The surrounding area of Anatoliki Frangista is ideal for lovers of extreme sports including canoeing, kayaking, mountaineering and rafting.

Chrisso is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Agrafa. Nestling at an altitude of 720 meters, the charming settlement is dominated from the verdant vegetation of fir trees and fountains with gurgling springs. The natural beauty of Chrisso will give the opportunity to the travellers to explore beautiful verdurous trails and admire the unspoilt natural environment. The main monuments of Chrisso are the church of Agios Seraphim, the patron saint of Chrisso, the church of Panagia with its beautiful wood carved temple at the hill of Pyrgaki, the church of Agia Paraskevi with its rare frescoes and its secret underground arcade, the two stone arched bridges of the 15th century over the river of Chrysiotis, the seven stone fountains and the two windmills of Chrisso. Chrisso is an ideal destination for hiking excursions and mountaineering expeditions.

Dermati is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Helidona. It is one of the remotest villages of Evrytania that distinguishes for its peacefulness and its wild beauty. In fact, travellers will have the opportunity to explore the wild beauty of Evrytania in all its glory in this village adorned with spectacular sceneries of wilderness. Keep in mind that the church of Agia Paraskevi with its impressive belfry offers astonishing vistas to the Evrytanian countryside.

Domiani is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Velouhi. Nestling at an altitude of 600 meters, the beautiful village has been declared as a traditional preserved settlement with its stone houses and its cobblestone alleys. Domiani is an ideal destination for those looking for relaxation and tranquility. It is worth visiting the Monastery of Panagia Domianitissa, one of the most important post-Byzantine monuments of Evrytania, which distinguishes for its beautiful Byzantine murals dating back to 1787. Lovers of natural explorations can also visit the village of Agia Paraskevi for its gurgling springs and its plane trees.

Domnista is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Velouhi. Graced from the beautiful sceneries of the mountains, the charming settlement enjoys the golden colours of the leaves in autumn and the snow-white shades of the winter. Domnista is one of the most beautiful villages of Evrytania, a true jewel of the prefecture, distinguished for its traditional character and its beautiful natural surroundings. The most important monument of the village is the Folklore and Historical Museum of Domnista. As October comes to its end, the local people of Domnista prepare themselves for the two-day Festival of Tsipouro accompanied from traditional music and dance. A visit to Domnista would be incomplete without an excursion to the exquisite landscape of Panta Vrehi Gorge. It is worth noting that the European Path E4, which starts from the Pyrenees and crosses the Alps, runs the whole country through Pindus Mountains up until Peloponnese and Crete. E4 crosses the prefecture of Evrytania from Agrafa towards the village of Domnista, a unique opportunity for hiking lovers.

Fidakia is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Helidona. Nestling at an altitude of 950 meters, Fidakia has been characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Central Greece with panoramic vistas to the lake of Kremasta. Fidakia, together with Domiani and Korishades, have been declared as traditional preserved settlements. The charming settlement has managed to preserve its authentic spirit with its stone houses, its cobblestone alleys and its beautiful square. In the area of Kastri, there are traces of the ancient tombs and the ancient fortress of the village. It is worth mentioning that the sunset from the top of the hill of Fidakia is an amazing spectacle. At the area of Tsagaralona, one will have the opportunity to admire the best view to the lake of Kremasta. Fidakia is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility under the fresh air of the mountain.

Fourna is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Agrafa. Nestling at an altitude of 850 meters, the charming village has been characterized as a traditional and preserved settlement. Hidden in the verdurous vegetation of abundant fir trees, it is certain that you will be impressed from the natural beauty and the magical pathways of Fourna. The most important monuments of the area include the Church of Transfiguration for its heirlooms, the Serafimio Library for its valuable collection of books, the Monastery of Vraha for its impressive Byzantine frescoes and icons and the Chapel of Prophet Elias for its spectacular views. The central square of Fourna is the most picturesque spot of the village filled with traditional taverns under a huge plane tree. One can enjoy panoramic views to the Valley of Fourna River and the fir forest from the square of the village. Fourna is surrounded from one of the largest forests of the country with deep ravines and interesting trails ideal for the lovers of hiking and natural explorations.

Gavros is a mountainous village located on the west bank of Karpenisiotis River. Blessed with verdant vegetation, Gavros is one of the most beautiful villages of Evrytania distinguished for its verdurous sceneries and its panoramic vistas. Gavros is famous for its stone arched bridge that was constructed during the reign of Ali Pasha and the well-preserved watermill of Kardaras. Other villages worth visiting include Mikro Horio and Megalo Horio for their picturesqueness.

Granitsa is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Granitsa. Hidden behind the verdant vegetation, Granitsa is one of the most authentic villages of Evrytania nestling at an altitude of 850 meters. One of the most intriguing parts of the soul of the village is the people of Granitsa who stand out for their kindness and their hospitality. Granitsa is famous for the Festival of Tsipouro that takes place every October. The most important monuments of the village include the Folklore Museum of Granitsa for its interesting collection with folklore art pieces, agricultural tools and weapons of the 1821 Revolution and the Church of Agios Panteleimonas for its beautiful wall paintings. Granitsa offers spectacular vistas to the mountain massif of Agrafa.

Kamaria Agrafon is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Agrafa. Nestling at an altitude of 1470 meters, Kamaria Agrafon is one of the most mountainous villages of Greece offering spectacular vistas to the imposing alpine beauty of Evrytania. The village is an ideal destination for those looking for peacefulness while the surrounding area of Kamaria Agrafon is offered for hiking and mountaineering excursions to the mountains of Agrafa.

Karpenisi is the capital of Evrytania located on the mountain slopes of Tymfristos. Surrounded from chestnut, oak and pine trees, Karpenisi is one of the highest capitals of Greece distinguished for its alpine sceneries, its verdant vegetation and its picturesqueness. Many believe that it is one of the most beautiful towns of the country. The square of Markos Botsaris is the center of Karpenisi that will charm you with its old plane tree and its beautiful fountains. Marble and noble, the square hosts the statue of Markos Botsaris and the cathedral of Agia Triada. The district of Agia Paraskevi is the oldest part of the town that has managed to maintain its traditional character with its stone houses. Agios Dimitrios hill is one of the most beautiful spots of Karpenisi that offers spectacular views over the entire area. The hill dominates at the top of Potamia Valley. The beauty of the alpine sceneries will definitely compensate you. It is worth mentioning that the prefecture of Evrytania is one of the five regions of the world with almost zero pollution according to UNESCO. If you are interested in exploring the wider area of Karpenisi, you can visit the beautiful villages of Agios Nikolaos, Myriki, Korishades, Klafsi and Voutyro. Velouhi Ski Center is located 11 kilometers away from Karpenisi.

Klafsi is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Velouhi. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Evrytania, Klafsi will charm you with its alpine beauty and its picturesqueness. Klafsi is famous for its delicious taverns. It is worth visiting the neighboring village of Voutyro for its traditional character and its panoramic views to the countryside of Evrytania.

Korishades is a mountainous village located on the foothills of Velouhi. Characterized as a traditional preserved settlement, the charming settlement has an authentic character with its stone houses, its verdurous vegetation and its serene atmosphere. The central square of Korishades is the most picturesque spot of the village filled with traditional taverns under a huge plane tree. Korishades is one of the most historical villages of Evrytania that played an important role in the modern history of Greece, as the first national assembly of the combatants of the Committee of National Liberation took place at Korishades in May 1944. The National Resistance Museum of Korishades displays the rich history of the village through an interesting collection of books and photographs. The surrounding area of the village is ideal for natural explorations. It is also worth visiting the villages of Nostimo and Voutyro for their spectacular natural sceneries.

Krikello is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Kaliakouda. After crossing the lovely fir forest, you will be amazed from the beautiful route that leads to this charming village. Nestling at an altitude of 1.120 meters, Krikello is one of the most mountainous villages of Greece that stands out for its alpine beauty. Perched on the craggy hills of Kaliakouda, Krikello has an authentic spirit with traditional houses, cozy cafeterias and cobblestone alleys. The village is famous for the traditional celebration of Virgin Mary that takes place at the central square of Krikello on August 15 creating a unique combination of traditional food, dance and music. The most important monument of the village is the church of Agios Nikolaos, one of most beautiful churches of Evrytania, which stands in the central square of Krikello. The surrounding mountainous scenery of the Krikello is ideal for hiking, mountain biking, off roading, rafting and skiing enthusiasts. Other places worth visiting include the Lake of Kremasta and the Gorge of Panta Vrehi.

Megalo (Grand) Horio is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Kaliakouda. Nestling at an altitude of 720 meters, Megalo Horio is built in a dense fir forest with magnificent sceneries; no wonder why it is considered one of the most beautiful villages of Evrytania. The charming settlement has an authentic atmosphere with traditional stone buildings and quaint houses that have managed to maintain the charm of a bygone era.   The square of Megalo Horio is the most picturesque spot of the village offering spectacular views to the Valley of Karpenisiotis River and the peaks of Mount Helidona. Worth visiting sights include the Historical and Folklore Museum of Megalo Horio for its interesting folklore collection that displays folklore artifacts, traditional costumes and an interesting library collection with more than 5.000 books, all of which were a courtesy of the residents of the village. Other areas of natural beauty worth visiting include the Gorge of Panta Vrehi and the Monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa.

Mikro (Tiny) Horio is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Helidona. Nestling at an altitude of 920 meters, Mikro Horio is built in a dense fir forest with panoramic views towards the village of Megalo Horio. Unfortunately, Mikro Horio was abandoned following the large landslides that occurred in 1963; the inhabitants settled near Karpenisiotis River and created the village of Neo Mikro Horio. The charming settlement has a picturesque character with a tranquil atmosphere ideal for those looking for peacefulness. The most important sights of Mikro Horio include the Historical and Folklore Museum for the extensive collection of the daily life of the residents of Mikro Horio and their struggles for independence and democracy in the period of the 1821 Revolution, the Second World War and the National Resistance, the byzantine Church of Metamorphosis tou Sotiros for its beautiful belfry and the chapel of Agios Ioannis for its spectacular views. Other places worth visiting include the gorge of Panta Vrehi, the cave of Mavri Spilia, the monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa and the village of Megalo Horio.

Nostimo is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Helidona. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Evrytania, Nostimo has managed to maintain its traditional character with its stone houses and its cobblestone alleys blessed with verdant vegetation sceneries. Nostimo is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and peacefulness.

Sigrelo is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Kaliakouda. Nestling at an altitude of 1.230 meters, Sigrelo is the most mountainous village of Evrytania. Hidden behind verdant vegetation, the charming settlement stands out for its serene atmosphere and its traditional character. Sigrelo is famous for its fine agricultural products including its apples and its potatoes. It is worth ascending to the chapel of Agia Paraskevi in order to enjoy the spectacular vistas to the alpine sceneries of Evrytania. The surrounding area of Sigrelo is ideal for hiking excursions and mountaineering trips.

Tornos is a mountainous village located on the northwestern mountain slopes of Evrytania. Nestling at an altitude of 800 meters, the charming settlement has a traditional character with stone houses popping up between vineyards and fir trees. Although production of Tornos wine is small, the village remains famous for the excellent quality of its fine wine. The surrounding area of Tornos gives the opportunity to the travellers to admire the nature following sign-posted paths suitable even for the most demanding hikers. Just below the village, there is an old stone bridge that used to connect the villages of the wider area. From there, one of the most beautiful trails of Evrytania begins that leads to the Gorge Klimis Tsatsaragos.

Tripotamo, else known as Tartana, is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Agrafa. The name of the village denotes the location of Tripotamo between the three rivers of Agrafiotis, Aheloos and Megdovas. The most important monuments of Tripotamo are the Bridge of Tartana, a single arched bridge that was constructed in order to connect the prefectures of Etoloakarnania with Evrytania but now is under the waters of Kremasta Lake, and the Monastery of Panagia Tartana that served as a shelter for the freedom fighters of the 1821 Greek Revolution while it also served as the main base for the military operations of Georgios Karaiskakis. Tripotamo offers spectacular views to the lake of Kremasta.

Viniani is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of northern Evrytania. It is one of the most historical villages of Greece, as the urgent need for organization during the German occupation led to the creation of the Committee of National Liberation, else known as the Mountain Government, whose meeting took place at the school of historical Viniani. Today, the school has been transformed into a museum displaying an interesting photography exhibition of that era while there are numerous busts of the members of the Mountain Government in the courtyard. The most important monuments of Viniani include the Church of Agii Anargyroi for its beautiful iconostasis, the School of Viniani that has been declared as a historical monument, the Church of Agios Georgios for its spectacular views and the Bridge of Viniani that was constructed in the period of the Turkish occupation so that transportation between Karpenisi and Agrafa could be achieved.

Voutyro is a mountainous village located on the mountain slopes of Kaliakouda. Nestling at an altitude of 820 meters, the charming settlement spreads amphitheatrically on a craggy slope full of verdurous vegetation. Voutyro, which literally means butter, is one of the most beautiful villages of Evrytania with an authentic atmosphere adorned from stone houses, an imposing church and an impressive cobblestone square. Agios Ioannis Church offers magnificent panoramic vistas to the alpine sceneries of Evrytania. It is also worth visiting the villages of Klafsi, Korishades, Mikro Horio and Megalo Horio.

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 Delphi will surpass the expectations of your imagination. From the verdurous slopes of Parnassus to the sanctuary of Apollo and the oracle of Pythia, Delphi has been acclaimed as 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. 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 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 atmoshpere of the navel of this earth.

Activities

Bicycling & Mountain Biking: The countryside of Karpenisi is an ideal place for cycling lovers. The forest roads of Evrytania pass through dense fir and chestnut forest creating easily accessible routes highly suitable for mountain and road biking. There are numerous bicycle rentals at the villages of Evrytania where you can rent a bicycle and discover the mysterious beauties of Evrytania.

Canoeing and Kayaking: The opportunity to practice kayak in Evrytania is definitely an unforgettable experience. Krikelopotamos River stands out as one o0f the most isolated rivers of the country with many difficult passages and narrow channels, Karpenisiotis River distinguishes for its for its narrowness, a river just for experienced kayakers, while Kremasta Lake is ideal for the ones looking for serenity. Evrytania is an ideal destination for canoeing and kayaking all year round especially from February to May.

Canyoning: Reserved for the adventurous nature lovers, the gorges of Evrytania are offered for exciting experiences. Mavri Spilia Gorge, Roska/Panta Vrehi Gorge and Vothonas Gorge are the most famous gorges of Evrytania that combine beautiful natural surroundings with alpine sceneries. Vothonas Gorge, one of the most challenging gorges of Greece, stands out for its narrowness and its waterfalls; it has twelve consecutive rope descents, with the longest reaching the 25 meters, which usually lasts five hours. Roska/Panta Vrehi Gorge, one of the most beautiful gorges of Greece, distinguishes for its tropical vegetation and its unique waterfalls whose trek usually lasts four hours. Mavri Spilia Gorge is one of the most impressive gorges of Evrytania that stands out for its beautiful sceneries with its wooden bridges, its refreshing ponds and its imposing waterfalls that lead to the imposing cave of Mavri Spilia. Evrytania is an ideal destination for canyoning lovers of all levels of difficulty.

Hiking: Karpenisi hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. The route that passes through Krikelopotamos River and Panta Vrehi Gorge is one of the most beautiful hiking trails with a moderate degree of difficulty while the route Vragianna to Krikello follows the European Path E4. The route from Palio Mikro Horio to the chapel of Agios Sostis offers spectacular vistas to the massifs of Kaliakouda and Helidona and the Karpenisiotis Gorge; the road continues alongside impressive cliffs towards the Prousos Monastery. Tornos Village also hosts numerous sign-posted routes with beautiful sceneries and gurgling waters while the route that begins and ends at the chapel of Prophet Elias in the village of Anatoliki Frangista is quite interesting. Discover more information from the Official Website of Karpenisi.

Horse Riding: Sports enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy wonderful promenades with horses, as they are many equestrian centers in the area that organize tours for novice and experienced horse riders. Saloon Park is located four kilometers away from Karpenisi.

Mountaineering: The geographical identity of Evrytania holds the reigns of one of the most mountainous regions of Greece, as it is dominated from the mountains of Helidona, and Velouhi. Helidona Mount rises above the village of Palio Mikro Horio at an altitude of 1.974 meters while Mount Velouhi is accessible from the area of Diavolotopos in the Ski Center of Karpenisi.

Off Road: Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of Agrafa, Helidona and Kaliakouda in order to explore the mysterious beauties of Evrytania. Agrafa, one of the most beautiful and unexplored mountains of Greece may offer the most demanding off-road routes in the area. Kaliakouda Mount is the perfect destination if you want to accelerate your adrenaline by driving in verdurous forest roads all the way to the mountain hut at an altitude of 1.450 meters. Reaching the top, the view of Karpenisi is simply breathtaking. Helidona Mount is another ideal destination for off roading offering a challenging dirt road that elevates at an altitude of 1.300 meters. It is certain that the beauty of the alpine beauty of Helidona. However, keep in mind that you should not follow the above itinerary with bad weather. Karpenisi to Panta Vrehi is also a perfect destination for off-roading; starting from the village of Aniada, follow the dirt road towards Kaliakouda and go downhill to the forest road of Doliana. You will be thrilled from the riverside path that leads to the spectacular towering waterfalls of Panta Vrehi. Make sure you always check the maps of Evrytania before you get into your car!

Paragliding: Are you eager to experience the thrill of free flying in the beautiful land of Evrytania? 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 site of Evrytania is the mountain of Velouhi.

River Rafting: Due to the abundant number of rivers in the mainland, Greece is an ideal destination for those looking for a rafting adventure. Rafting in Greece is the best way to discover the most hidden treasures of the country while sailing past steep gorges and verdurous mountain slopes. Tavropos River offers an easy two-hour rafting experience through the Viniani Gorge while Trikeriotis River is an ideal rafting destination for experienced rafters.

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 Velouhi is one of the most spectacular ski centers of Greece located at the foothills of Velouhi Mountain. It is found in the area of Diavolotopos at an altitude of 1.840 meters just ten kilometers away from the town of Karpenisi. The ski center consists from 9 ski runs and 3 off piste ski runs of different levels of difficulty with oscillating hypsometric difference from 1.800 meters to 2.040 meters, 1 snowboard park with a natural free flow slope and 7 lifts that can host up to 5.150 people. Velouhi Ski Center has also one chalet with capacity of 100 persons, one ice bar for clubbing at the snow, ski equipment rental store and snowmobiles rental. The shelter Takis Flengas of the Hellenic Alpine Club of Karpenisi is located at the foothills of Velouhi. Velouhi Ski Center provides equipment hire facilities. Karpenisi is the closest town to the ski center. The ski center operates from December until the April.

Trekking & Climbing: The most spectacular trekking route of Karpenisi starts from the Prousos Monastery towards the Mavri Spilia Gorge. It is an easy sign-posted route that passes through fir tress, traditional bridges and sceneries of immense beauty. At the end of the route, one can accelerate his adrenaline by following the Via Ferrata, the famous equipped climbing trails that pass through steep points with installed devices for the safety of hikers.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktail Inspirations

Coffee Corners 

Amadryades: Pastries, Voutyro

Cinema: Coffee, Karpenisi

Galaktoboureko Tou Karveli: Pastries, Megalo Horio

Glykoplasteio: Pastries, Karpenisi

Kyra Golfo: Coffee, Krikello

Paramythi: Coffee, Megalo Horio

Rakomelo: Coffee, Megalo Horio

River Art: Cafeteria, Voutyro

Gastronomic Delights

Agios Athanasios: Greek Cuisine, Megalo Horio

Agnadio: Greek Cuisine, Gorianades

Antigoni: Greek Cuisine, Krikello

Frideriki: Greek Cuisine, Klafsi

Georgalis: Grill and Meat, Karpenisi

Hani Bagasaki: Greek Cuisine, Fourna

Horiatiko: Grill and Meat, Neo Mikro Horio

Kefalovryso: Greek Cuisine, Karpenisi

Kyra Zoe: Grill and Meat, Karpenisi

Margaritis: Greek Cuisine, Krikello

Metikos: Grill and Meat, Domnista

Nostimo: Greek Cuisine, Nostimo

Oixalia: Greek Cuisine, Fidakia

Panorama: Greek Cuisine, Karpenisi

Spithas: Cuisine, Voutyro

Spiti Tou Psara: Greek Cuisine, Gavros

Steki: Greek Cuisine, Klafsi

To Petalo: Greek Cuisine, Gavros

Cocktail Inspirations

Cinema: Cocktails and Drinks, Karpenisi

Saloon: Cocktails and Drinks, Korishades

Kasmir: Cocktails and Drinks, Karpenisi

Senso: Cocktails and Drinks, Karpenisi

Wild Rose: Cocktails and Drinks, Karpenisi

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the wider area of Evrytania include a wide range of dairy, farming and forest products famous for their quality and taste. These include butter, chestnut, feta cheese, fir honey, goat cheese, homemade pasta, meat, prosciutto, salami, spoon sweets, tea, tsipouro, wine and yogurt.

The local specialties of the wider area of Evrytania include baked or grilled river trout, braised goat served with pasta, hasapiko, a dish made with beef, sliced tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices in a clay pot, lamb on the pot, stew boar served with pasta, bean soup, rooster baked with wine, lamb served with oil and oregano, homemade noodles and rabbit pie.

Events & Festivals

Every February, the Ski Festival of Evrytania takes place on the imposing mountains of Helidona and Kaliakouda.

Every July, the Berry Festival takes place in the village of Kalesmeno.

Every August, the En Oresi Music Festival takes place in the Athletic Center of Karpenisi.

Every October, the Chestnut Festival takes place in the village of Agia Triada.

Every October, the Tsipouro Festival takes place in the village of Domnista.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, Evrytania owes its name to king Evrytos who was known for his archery skills. Hercules destroyed the city of Ihalia because Evrytos did not want to give to him as a wife his daughter, Iole, although he promised to give his daughter to the one who would defeat him in an arc race. When Hercules emerged as the winner, Evrytos decided not to give his daughter away because he was afraid that he would kill his children with Iole, as he did with his other wife, Megara. This is the reason that Hercules attacked and killed Evrytos and his sons, plundered the city Ihalia and captured Iole; however, Iole attempted to suicide by jumping off the walls of the castle but they saved her. Nonetheless, Iole refused to marry Hercules. Another myth associated with Evrytania is that Aheloos River owes its name to Aheloos, the patron deity of the river gods and the first son of Gaia and Oceanus.

History

Historical references of Homer testify that the first inhabitants of Evrytania were the Dolopes around 1.100 BC. The capital of Evrytania used to be the city of Ihalia whose position has not been discovered yet. However, the allegedly sites of Ihalia include the villages of Domiani, Fidakia and Klafsi. Apart from the Evrytanians, the area used to be inhabited from other tribes including the Aetolians who maintained remarkable consistency in terms of customs, language, law and religion. The Evrytanians used to worship Dionysus, the god of wine, and Artemis, the goddess of hunting. Of particular value was the worship of Odysseus for the sake of which the Evrytanians built an oracle close to the gorge of Mavri Spilia. During the Roman Empire, Evrytania played an important role following the battle between the Roman and the Aetolian League that resulted in the favor of the former. In the Byzantine period, the mountainous terrain of the area led the central government to grant tax relief to the residents, naming an entire area Agrafa, meaning unwritten as it did not existed in any document of the state. During the Ottoman rule, the inaccessible mountains of Evrytania were the cradles of the liberation struggle that played an important role in the 1821 Revolution War. The Turks granted some autonomy and self-government to the inhabitants that led to the 1821 revolutionary movement against the Turks. One of the most important fights took place at the historical site of Kefalovriso in Karpenisi, where Markos Botsaris was killed from the Turkish army sent from the Sultan to stop the rebellion. However, the freedom fighters managed to win the battle. In the German occupation, the inaccessible areas of Evrytania once again offered protection to the fighters. Despite the Italian governorship that was installed in Karpenisi and other villages, all the villages in the cooperation of the church managed to organize the resistance and the army of liberation in 1943. The urge need for organization led to the establishment of the Committee of National Liberation, else known as the Mountain Government, which became stronghold of the Greek freedom fighters against the Germans in the Second World War. In 1944, the Mountain Government called elections in the entire country of Greece. At that time, the Germans torched Karpenisi for the participation of the inhabitants in the liberation struggle. In the dark period of the civil war, Evrytania was ravaged from titanic battles between the conflicting sides. Today, Karpenisi is the commercial and political center of Evrytania that has been declared as one of the five environmentally cleanest places on planet earth from the 1991 UNESCO global study.

Travel & Transport

By Bus: KTEL Buses operate routes from the Kiffisos Station in the city of Athens to the town of Karpenisi on a daily basis. The journey usually lasts five to five and a half hours.

By Car (288 kilometers): In order to get to Karpenisi, you will have to follow the National Road of Athens to Lamia until you reach the exit to Karpenisi. It is a 75 km journey from Lamia to Karpenisi that leads to the Tymfristos tunnel, the gate entrance to the town of Karpenisi. The journey usually lasts four hours.

By Train: Train routes operate daily from Athens to Lianokladi. From Lianokladi, you can either hire a taxi to get to Lamia and use the local KTEL bus to get to Karpenisi.

Mysterious Greece Tips

4 Seasons

From the verdant valley of Karpenisiotis River up to the peaks of Velouhi Mountain and the Kremasta Lake, Evrytania is the perfect destination in all the four seasons. The Ski Center of Velouhi is the center of escapes in the winter while the Panta Vrehi Gorge offers one-of-a-kind experiences in spring. Kremasta Lake with the golden-forested mountains creates spectacular sceneries in autumn and the hiking scenic routes in the waters of Krikelopotamos River in the summer and the cool waters of Panta Vrehi waterfalls suggest promising experiences. Whether you are an adventure lover aiming to practice rafting at Trikeriotis River or you have an explore-everything spirit intending to visit all the stone villages, Evrytania has it for you all year round!

Above the Clouds

The highest peak of the mountain is visible from the most parts of Evrytania reaching an altitude of 2.315 meters. Lovers of hiking can reach the mountaintops from the area of Diavolotopos, the place where the Ski Center of Velouhi is located. Following the forest road above the chalet of the ski center, you will reach a small plateau… and let the hiking begin! The ascent is not difficult whose duration is one hour. As Velouhi is the highest mountain of Evrytania, the views from the top will fascinate you; so don’t forget you camera!

Adventure Experiences & Eco-Friendly Activities

Beyond culture, history and tradition, Evrytania is a paradise for eco-friendly outdoor activities. It is the perfect destination for those who have an appetite for an adrenaline rush! From off-roading at Agrafa Mountains and Trikeriotis River, mountain biking at the mountains of Evrytania, skiing or snowboarding at Velouhi Ski Center and trekking until the Prousos Monastery to canoeing on the Lake of Kremasta, canyoning at Vothonas and Viniani Gorges, kayaking at Karpenisiotis River, rafting at Tavropos River and river trekking at the waterfalls of Panta Vrehi, it is certain that your adrenaline will accelerate in a few seconds! Find more information from F Zein Active in Karpenisi.

Always Raining Equals Unforgettable Memories

Where it Always Raining, the waterfalls never stop flowing. Sometime impetuous others serene, the cool waters of Krikelopotamos paint wonderful sceneries for the lovers of river trekking revealing the ulterior secrets of the wild beauty of Evrytania. Panta Vrehei Gorge is one of the most beautiful gorges of Evrytania. Literally meaning always raining, the gorge owes its name to an area of the gorge with icy waters that come from Krikelopotamos River at Kaliakouda Mountain and find their way out from the sources in the tops of the canyon creating beautiful waterfalls. Panta Vrehi Gorge distinguishes for its idyllic atmosphere, its beautiful colours and its dense vegetation. Running waters and majestic waterfalls decorate the enchanting landscape. The gorge is accessible through a stunning path with the grandeur of nature playing the leading role. If you love extreme sports, Panta Vrehi is the place for river trekking enthusiasts.

An Excursion to Plastira Lake

Keen on discovering new places? Plastira Lake is connected with Agrafa Mountain through Vragianna village. It is an adventurous route with endless turns, muddy tracks and snowish trees. Nevertheless, those who will dare to cover these 40 kilometers will be compensated from the alpine beauty of Plastira Lake!

Canoeing at the Lake of Kremasta

The incomparable beauty of the lake of Kremasta with its turquoise waters and its fjords created from the small islands scattered will truly captivate you. Sports enthusiasts will have the opportunity to practice canoeing and kayaking.

Canyoning Experiences With Odysseus & Oedipus

Say yes to the relaxed hiking route to Mavri Spilia. Legend has it that the oracle of Odysseys used to be there while the myth says that tragic Oedipus found shelter in this huge dark hole. Truth is that the scenery is breathtaking and the waterfalls of the canyon will trickle relaxing in your mind for quite a long time after. Mavri Spilia Canyon is one of the most impressive gorges of Evrytania located two kilometers away from the village of Prousos. The gorge owes its name to the homonymous cave that served as a shelter for the inhabitants during the Ottoman occupation and the German occupation. The gorge is accessible from the route that starts from a stone source near the bridge of Prousos to Tornos continuing through a fir forest to the water of the gorge. Beautiful sceneries with wooden bridges, refreshing ponds and imposing waterfalls lead to the imposing cave of Mavri Spilia. The gorge is suitable for beginners with 10 technical descents.

Clubbing Experience on the Snowy Slopes

In Ice Bar you will experience the most unprecedented clubbing experience on the snowy slope; loud music, cocktails and a unique sense of pleasure in the largest illuminated ski piste throughout Greece.

Driving in the Evrytanian Countryside

The Evrytanian countryside is an ideal place for driving explorations. Blessed with spectacular sceneries of mother nature, your eyes will be captivated from the beauty of its mysteries. First Time in Evrytania: If this is your first visit, the route you ought to drive is Karpenisi-Korishades-Voutyro- Mikro Horio-Megalo Horio- Prousos. The total distance is 29 kilometers Above the Clouds in Krikello and Domnista: Nestling at an altitude of 1.120 meters, Krikello is one of the most beautiful villages of Evrytania located 31 kilometers away from Karpenisi. It offers a fantastic driving route with imposing sceneries. One can follow the road that leads to Domnista, a true jewel that stands out for its stunning landscapes. Back to Karpenisi: From Krikello, follow the road that leads to Karpenisi through the villages of Sigrelos, Aniada, Mouzilo, Klafsi, Voutyro and Korishades. Fir and plane trees will brighten up your journey with all the shades of green, so make sure your slow down the speed to observe the landscapes. Wild Sceneries at Dermati: One of the remotest villages of Evrytania challenge you to explore it wild beauty and dare you to go up the vertical uphills that lead therein. Hide & Seek with the Firs in Fourna: Following the road towards Lamia, you will find the village of Agios Georgios where you will turn right as indicated from the signs that lead to Paleokastro – Fourna. Although the road has successive turns, you will be amazed from the imposing mountains, the dense fir trees, the fresh air and the snowy ridges. After you bypass by Paleokastro, you will get to Fourna after sixteen kilometers where the route becomes even more interesting. From Fourna, one can continue to Plastira Lake, Agrafa Mount and Agia Triada Village. At the Tops of Fidakia: Even though Fidakia is located twenty-five kilometers away from Karpenisi, one would think that the village experiences its own authentic lifestyle. Every kilometer will introduce you the pure mountain nature. From Karpenisi, you will follow the road towards Agrinio. After eight kilometers, you will take a left towards Fidakia at the location of Bagasaki until you reach the village. Meet Historical Palia Viniani: Although the route from Karpenisi to Viniani might be quite difficult with successive turns and steep slopes, it is certain that you will be amazed from the sceneries when you bypass the narrow military-style bridge of Tavropos River. Palia Viniani, the capital of the Mountain Government, is the joy of the amateur photographer. En Route to Aheloos: As you cross Kerasohori and Krenti villages, Agrafiotis River challenges you to cross it in order to discover the wonderful village of Granitsa and the magnificent village of Raptopoulo. Evrytania distinguishes for its mountainous scenery where the concept of the mountain roads deifies. Driving to the western limits of Evrytania will give you the opportunity to forget about time through its stunning sceneries. Endless turns and altitude changes will accompany you through the entire route. It is certain that you will make at least one stop to capture those spectacular landscapes on your memory card. Follow the Ski Slopes: Weather permitting, the mountainous route that will take you from the ski slopes directly from Karpenisi in the village of Agia Triada (14kilometers) is extremely interesting.

Easter Celebrations of Karpenisi

One of the most distinctive customs of Karpenisi is the Roumeliotiko Easter. The custom has been maintained since the last century and it comes alive year after year since the younger generation get involved with great enthusiasm and imagination for the custom of Lakkos and the Easter Feast. In the dawn of Easter Sunday, the city is literally blanketed by smoke from the dozens pits of the neighborhoods of Karpenisi, where the residents burn arbors and vines. Next to the pits, they put the sprits for roasting the lambs with plenty of food, drink and dance until the night. The custom of Lakkos is revived every year on Easter Sunday.

Exclusively for Photographers

The natural diversity and the hidden hinterland of Evrytania 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! Two of the most beautiful spots for photography are the hill of Agios Dimitrios in Karpenisi and the Gorge of Klidi in the route towards Prousos.

Explore the Unexplored: Mysterious Evrytania

Unknown Velouhi: For the travellers that desire to explore the unexplored side of Velouhi, he can follow the asphalt road that runs at an altitude of 900 – 1200 meters around the mountain. It is an adventurous route, mainly due to its successive turns and landslides, with great environmental value where tiny villages nestle under the imposing cone. Starting from Karpenisi, the mountainous route will pass from the villages of Stenoma, Pavlopoulo, Papadia, Domiani, Agia Paraskevi and agia Triada. Wonderful sceneries drowned in verdant vegetation and alpine landscapes of unimaginable beauty will travel you to the pure beauty of the mountains of Evrytania. For you return, you can use the new tunnel of Tymfristos and continue through Krikello and Domnista villages. Beyond the Wild Sceneries of Helidona: The route to the village of Fidakia will introduce you to the mysteries of the Evrytanian nature. At the area of Tsagaralona, the road straddles the steep slopes of Helidona highlighting the wild beauty of the mountain. The descent is quite spectacular. You will bypass the deserted villages of Agia Vlaherna, Vamvakies and Ampelia until you reach the iron bridge that will let you pass the river of Trikeriotis. From there, you can either continue south to the Monastery of Prousos or you can follow the northern direction to get to the lake of Kremasta. To the Unwritten Agrafa: Agrafa is one of the most inaccessible and unexplored mountains of Greece that stands out for its pure mountainous scenery. On the road to Agrinio and after the iron bridge of Tavropos, make a right at the intersection of Kerasohori. Leaving behind historical Viniani, you will arrive at another intersection where you will make a right towards Dafni village. A few kilometers after, you will make a left towards Chrisso village, one of the most beautiful villages of Agrafa. Following the road back to Kerasohori, you will bypass the Bridge of Agrafiotis River in order to visit the spectacular villages of Agrafa namely Limeri, Granitsa, Lithohori, Raptopoulo, Vragianna, Trovato, Tridentro and Epiniana. If you want really to explore the region of Agrafa, make sure you stay overnight in one of the villages.

From Evrytania With Love

Fragrant fir honey, delicious goat cheese, tasty prosciutto, brownish chestnuts, herbal mountain tea, delightful sweet spoons, country sausages and tsipouro drink will fill your suitcase before you leave from Karpenisi!

Ghosts & Spirits: The Abandoned Village of Palia Viniani

Wedged on the slopes of a verdant forest, Palia Viniani is a spectacular monument untouched from the passage of time. It is a must to have a promenade through the ruined alleys of mysterious Palia Viniani. The village was abandoned from its inhabitants after the devastating earthquake of 1966. The sole declared monument of Viniani is the historical school of Viniani where the Mountain Government, the first national committee to organize the administration of free Greece, was established in 1944. Today, the school serves as a museum. A promenade through the ruined alleys of mysterious Palia Viniani that was abandoned in 1966 due to landslides is a must.

Helidona 4×4 Route: Breathtaking and Impressive

Let the adventure begin! Drive to Palio Mikro Horio village and ask for directions from the locals to get to Rahi Helidonas, one of the most spectacular sceneries of Evrytania. Rahi is located at the center of Dermati village; it is an area on the steep slope of Helidona Mount at an altitude of 1.973 meters where you will find the church of Agia Paraskevi with its unique belfry.

It’s Sunset Time

There are some places where you would want to stay forever just for one single thing; to admire the endless horizon. Undoubtedly, this would be the area Tsagaralona nestling at an altitude of 1.050 meters between the village of Fidakia and the Valley of Trikeriotis River.

Just For Off Road Lovers

Evrytania is an ideal destination for millions of routes that can combine more than one forms of alternative tourism. One of the most challenging off-road routes is the tour of Kaliakouda Mount. The beginning of the route starts from Megalo Horio village passing through the dense vegetation of fir trees creating magical sceneries while the route ends at the Monastery of Prousos. Prodromos village, one of the most beautiful villages of Evrytania, offers beautiful trails for off-roading enthusiasts; steep slopes literally collapse into Krikelopotamos River that craws between the endless mountains. Domnista, Fourna and Ktimenia villages are also offered for 4×4 experiences. From Voutyro village, there is a challenging dirt track (3.5km) that leads to Nostimo village. Although this route is quite inaccessible in the winter due to the snowfalls, it is worth following it if you happen to be there in the spring months. Agia Triada to Mavrilo is also a wonderful route; from the village of Agios Charalambos, pass by the intersection to Fourna and continue towards Neohori and Mavrilo villages.

Just for the Snowboard Lovers

The organized snowboard piste of Velouhi snowboard park offers intense moments to sport lovers. As for the more adventurous and daring of you, you can find more action in the five off-pistes!

Karpenisi To Prousos: A Fairytale Ride

Evrytania is fortunate enough to be covered from the finest of nature like of which can be found only in fairytales. Imperious mountains and challenging canyons, flowing rivers and waterfalls and lush vegetation compoze a puzzle of outstanding beauty. Follow the route from Kaprenisi to Prouso to let you eyes be dazzled!

Observing Like An Olympian God

Wondering where you will enjoy the most spectacular views of Evrytania? Grab a paper and start writing! The church of Agios Dimitrios in Karpenisi, the National Resistance Monument in Domnista village, the peak Tsouka in Raptopoulo village, Epiniana village with imposing views to Agrafiotis gorge, the area of Diavolotopos at the Ski Center of Velouhi, the area of Tsagaralona near Fidakia village, Kamaria Agrafon, Kallithea and Paparousi villages and the church of Agios Ioannis at Mikro Horio village.

Pass through the Narrow Passage of Klidi

Klidi is a narrow passage where cars almost touch the steep cliff; it is undoubtedly an imposing natural monument you should not miss! Klidi is situated on your way from Karpenisi to Prousos.

Prosciutto di Prousso

You think you have tasted the finest prosciutto? Yet, you have not tasted the Prosciutto di Prouso! Unique monument of the village is the charcuterie of Stremennos that produces meat products of physical maturation. The high quality manufactured products include ham cooked with wine, prosciutto, pork tenderloin, salami, sausage and smoked bacon. The prosciutto of Stremennos is the sole Greek production prosciutto that has been awarded with the second prized in the international gastronomic competition in Sicily.

Stay For One Night

It would be a unique experience to stay for one night in the shelter of Velouhi Ski Center! The shelter ‘Athanasios Lefkaditis’ is located at an altitude of 1875 meters just eleven kilometers from Karpenisi. Find more information from Klaoudatos Ski Company.

Swimming Under the Waterfalls of Pantavrehi

Wear your swimming costume in order to swim under the waterfalls of Panta Vrehi Gorge!

Taste the Finest Tsipouro

Every year, Domnista invites you to the special three-day celebration of tsipouro in the last weekend of October. At the central square of local community you will find hot chestnuts, traditional meals and cauldrons with tsipouro boiling! It is certain that you cannot appreciate the rich tradition of Domnista in tsipouro making if you do not live this at least once in your lifetime!

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Agia Triada Village: Tselos Elias by Panoramio

Agrafa Mountain: John Buburis by Trekeart.com

Aheloos River: Babis Kopanos by Flickr

Ditiki Frangista Village: 2 – Vangelis Doutsios by Panoramio

Domiani Village: Dimitris Dimitris by Trekearth

Evrytanian Mountains: Environmental Education Center of Karpenisi

Fidakia Village: Christos Kontokostas by Panoramio

Gavros Village: Katia1960 by Panoramio

Granitsa Village: Kleanthis Koutsokostas by Panoramio

Kamaria Agrafon Village: Rizos@oichalia.com by Panoramio

Karpenisiotis River: Vassilis L. by Panoramio

Klafsi Village: Tselos Elias by Panoramio

Korishades Village: Christos Kontokostas by Panoramio

Landscape in Viniani Village: Grigoris Antoniou by Panoramio

Landscape near Domnista village: Karolos Trivizas by Panoramio

Manolis Bridge: Agrinio Culture by Flickr

Megalo Horio Village: Savas Magoulas by Panoramio

Palio Mikro Horio: Mikro Horio Official Website

Panta Vrehi GorgeCanyoning – Caving by Panoramio

Panta Vrehi Gorge: Canyoning.Caving.Blogspot.Gr

Rafting at Agrafiotis River: Charlie Bravo by Panoramio

Road to Mikro Horio Village: Christos Kontokostas by Panoramio

Sarakatsanikes Huts at Velouhi: Tselos Elias by Panoramio

Trail To Mavri Spilia Gorge: ApodrasiStinEllada.Blogspot.Gr

Tornos Waterfalls: George Spanoudakiss by Flickr

Tsagaralona Spot at Fidakia Village: Eyrytixn.blogspot.gr

Velouhi Mountain: Velouxi Official Website

Velouhi Ski Center: Velouxi Official Website

View from Helidona Mountain: Nikos Antonopoulos by Nikow.Ant.Blogspot.Gr

View to Velouhi Mountain: Christos Kontokostas by Panoramio