Activities In Central Greece

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Acherounes Beach

On the western side of the island, this beach has soft sand and lovely water, attracting a lot of attention. An advantage here is that it is not as windy as other beaches, with food options nearby. Visit the church of Panagia Meglou since you’re here.

Achili Beach

Also known as Ormos Achilis, this once virgin beach was tainted by efforts to turn it into a tourist marina. This project did not succeed and today it is deserted. Some parts are still attractive to visit though.

Agios Fokas, south of Atsitsa

Here is a more secluded pebbly/sandy beach that looks like a lake, set among pine trees. There a small church on the shore and a taverna to eat, offering just a small hint of civilization in this remote corner. You can get here through pine forests from Pefkos village.

Agios Petros Beach

With sand, evergreen pine trees on the surrounding hills and cedar trees nearby make this lesser known beach a wonder to visit. Good for kayaking too. The beach is not far from Atsitsa.

Agios Vasilios Beach

Lush greenery and pine trees surround this wonderful beach which has a lot of fish taverns, as well as opportunities for canoeing.

Antikyra beaches

The whole antikyra region offers great beaches, with the beach of Agios Isidoros being awarded a Blue Flag or its cleanliness. You can also swim near in the area of “Koutrou Port”

Around Desfina

This is the least known part of Fokida. Beaches in the Desfina peninsula are quiet yet difficult to get to. Explore Stenos, then more remote corners like Sikia, Prosakos, Agios Andrias and beyond Agios Nikolas. Settlements are not connected to each other by the coastal road, so some backtracking is required.

Around Galaxidi

Right in Galaxidi there’s Kalafati beach with some locals, close to seafood restaurants. There’s also a beautiful beach near Agios Vassilis, with sandy shores and hidden rocky coves. Closer to Galaxidi though not as beautiful is a quiet beach next to the hotel school at the very edge of town behind the hill.

Around Itea

Itea has two beaches: Trocadero and Miami, once holders of Blue Flags, so quite clean. These gather a lot of Greek tourists, and can be noisy at times although pretty. Other good beaches include Nafsika and Evaggelistria. Not far are the beaches of Kirra including the organized beach of Vrachakia with water sports.

Aspous Beach

An interesting beach with rocks by the water that are great to sit on. You will need an umbrella and sunscreen. It’s not the prettiest beach on the island and a bit shallow, but good if you’re staying nearby or are passing through.

Astakos Beach

Here’s a picturesque and quiet coastal down built on the mountainside, with a wonderful beach below. This is not a busy beach generally, and the town is close enough for a meal, a rest or even a calm, beach-side stay for a couple of days. Remains of Venetian castles, ancient Astakos and Cyclops cave are a plus.

Atsitsa Beach

This is one of the better known beaches on the island, and the seaside tavernas nearby ensure that it remains so. Still, it is not a very crowded beach which makes it a good eco choice. Bring your own umbrella with you.

Chiliadou Beach, near Nafpaktos

Lying 11 km east of Nafpaktos, Chiliadou or Hiliadou is a quaint village with a shore that’s just right for swimming. The beach is too kilometres long and is built up with restaurants and a couple of beach bars.

Church of Ioannis Prodromos, Kirra

In Kirra, there is the small church of Ioannis Prodromos (or John the Baptist) is well known for its thermal spring or ‘Agioneri’ which is said to help alleviate stomach problems.

Distomo Beach

This is an organized beach over 4 kilometers long, starting from the Agios Nikolaos to Antikyra. It is more touristy in the high season (July-August) with nightlife and many restaurants.

East side of Parnassos

Paranssos has been designated as a National Park as far back as 1938, full of rare flora and fauna. Animal species include woodpeckers, jackals, foxes, wild lizards, adders, wolves, badgers and wild boars. The south and east regions of the mountain have been designated as Natura 2000 regions. Wonderfully picturesque paths and summits grace the eastern side of Parnassos, including Liakoura, Mavra Litharia, Koukos, Tzarko and Gerodovrahos to name a few.

Efhidas’ historical route

An important hiking event takes place in Viotia yearly, known as ‘the revival of the feat of Efhidas’ where the Greeks where victorious against the Persians. The myth says that Efhidas ran Delphi to bring back purified fire from the sanctuary of Apollo in a mere 24 hours and then died of exhaustion. Today, the 14-hour route is 107.5 kilometers and begins at Plataea, going through Kaparelli, Lefktra, Xironomi, Aghia Anna, Kyriaki, Stiri, Distomo and Arahova to reach Delphi. If you don’t want to try this amazing hike, you can go directly to Delphi and participate in the feast that takes place with dance, music and good local food.

Glifada and Trizonia Island

Visit also the nearby villages of Spilia and Glifada near the sea as well. Across the coast lies the little island of Trizonia which you can also visit, complete with good beaches, restaurants and a little port.

Kalamaki Beach

On the way to Agios Vasilis you will come to a beach with mixed sand and pebbles, offering very clean water and a lovely landscape.

Kalamitsa Beach

Sandy and not too crowded, this beach has some umbrellas and is popular for windsurfing. Visit the nearby church of Agios Mamas and grave of the poet Rupert Brooke by the olive grove overlooking the sea.

Kallithea beaches

Between Eratini and Glifada lie the seaside villages of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Spiridonas. Agios Nikolaos offers a ferry service across to the Peloponnese, reaching Aigio (or Egio).

Kamena Vourla

The coastal town of Kamena Vourla also offers a resort where spring waters that are said to heal a variety of ailments such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, spondylitis, neuritis, lumbago, sciatica and more. The resort is managed by Mitsis Hotels, offering hydrotherapy and balneotherapy, as well as luxury spa facilities in the hotel (+30 22350 22245).

Karachalios Beach

About 35 minutes from Kyriaki, this area offers seven beaches to choose form.

Kareflou Beach

Situated in Atsitsa bay north of Chora, this gorgeous sandy beach and turquoise waters are very attractive for a dip. Have a bite in nearby Magazia or Molos, just five minutes by car from this beach.

Kirtoni

In Kirtoni not far from the tower of Kolaka there is the ancient fountain of Kamini. Nearby in Kaminaki there is a rock with religious significance, with springs that release healing waters.

Marathia Beach

As the village is built close to the sea, Sergoula has a quiet island feel. The beach between Fokiotrypa and Skaloma is great for swimming and has been designated as a Blue Flag beach. This beach is in the prefecture of Fokida, yet is close enough to Aitolo-akarnania and its main city, Nafpaktos.

Molos Beach

Lying north of the main town, this organized beach (i.e. with rented umbrellas) offers many accommodation options and boasts a great sunset. It is one of the more popular beaches, long and sandy in a popular setting.

Monastiraki Beach

The village of Monastiraki on the road to Nafpaktos lies on the hill next to the beach, and the beach is well known for its crisp yet crystal clear waters. The fish restaurants by the port are worth visiting for a meal.

Mount Elikonas

There are numerous hikes that have been outlined around Mount Elikonas and will allow you to get a real feel of the nature and life around this venerable mountain.

Municipality of Efpalio

This municipality has beautiful beaches, including the sandy beaches of Chiliadou. Monastiraki is reputed to have one of the best beaches around the Gulf of Corinth. Sergoula beach with its picturesque windmills and Marathia beach are good to swim in, so is the coast and lovely bays between Fokiotrypa and Skaloma.

Municipality of Tolophon

A charming town by the beach, Eratini is traditional yet popular with Greek tourists, offering very decent beaches to discover. Tolophon beach is simply delightful, if touristy.

Nafpaktia Mountains

The climate and morphology of this area, including soil conditions and abundant water, has given rise to incredible flora. Forests of beech, cedar, chestnut, fir, oak and plane trees dominate these mountains, boasting 190 mushroom species (out of which 70 are edible). Also noteworthy are the beech woods of Mount Saradena, considered the southernmost such forest in Europe. Birds of all kinds are particularly abundant here. As a result, these mountains offer a great opportunity for some serious birdwatching.

Panaghia Kalamiotissa Beaches

Clean seas, calm waters and beautiful shores await you, particularly at Alyki in Tarsus. Local boats can take you to the little islands of Daskalio and Abelos.

Paralia Sergoulas

About 600 meters of crystal clear and very clean waters await you for the ultimate swim near this traditional village that still harbours an old water mill. It lies 24 kilometres out of Nafpaktos on the Itea-Nafpaktos road.

Path No. 22

Linking the mountains of Parnassos and Parnitha, Path No. 22 begins at the village of Agoriani in Parnassos and winds its way through the mountains of Kirfi, Elikonas, Korombili, Kitheronas, and Pastra, continuing on to the Bafi refuge in Parnitha.

Pefkos Beach

In the greener part of the island, 10 km from the main town, this lovely beach has little visitors. Bring your umbrella and food to enjoy, but take away rubbish after you finish. Access by car or motorbike. The surrounding greenery makes it very scenic.

Platystomo

In a verdant area not far from the town of Makrakomi and near the remains of ancient Fthia, the spa and springs at Platystomo are said to help relieve uric acid certain kinds of kidney stones (calcium oxalate, but not calcium phosphate), as well as gallstones and gallbladder problems. They are also good for arthritis, nutritional ailments and digestive problems such as colitis, hyperchloridia and constipation caused by bile deficiency.

Psani and Gribovo beaches, Nafpaktos

These are the beaches of Nafpaktos and are considered quite clean, with plane trees around the shore They are organized beaches with showers, yet luckily are not over-crowded, even in summer. Psani has even won a Blue Flag award.

Saranti and Agios Nikolaos Beach

Some 16 kilometers from Thisvi the beach of Saranti offers good swimming, and if you continue in a northwest direction you will get to the sandy shore of Agios Nikolaos, with a view of the Alkonides islands.

The Alpinists’ call

In the fall of every year the alpine associations of the region and local organizations organize the ‘Alpinists’ Call’ for people to embark on a different hiking path each time. Enquire about it locally if you’re there during the fall.

Thermopyles

Also known as Thermopylae, these historic mineral springs and waterfalls are said to alleviate rheumatoid arthritis, gynaecological disorders, neurological ailments, respiratory problems including bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.

Tourlida beach, Mesolongi

There are a couple of beaches in the area of Mesolongi – one of which is Tourlida – and they usually don’t get crowded. The beaches are also a great spot for birdwatching, thanks to the nearby lake.

Ypati

This town is a health resort in itself and has a spa centre, with guests staying in surrounding hotels. The area is very natural and green, while the spa waters are said to cure coronary ailments, vascular disorders, phlebitis, heart problems, eczema, dermatitis, arthritis, muscle atrophy and more.

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Nafpaktia Mountains

The climate and morphology of this area, including soil conditions and abundant water, has given rise to incredible flora. Forests of beech, cedar, chestnut, fir, oak and plane trees dominate these mountains, boasting 190 mushroom species (out of which 70 are edible). Also noteworthy are the beech woods of Mount Saradena, considered the southernmost such forest in Europe. Birds of all kinds are particularly abundant here. As a result, these mountains offer a great opportunity for some serious birdwatching.

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East side of Parnassos

Paranssos has been designated as a National Park as far back as 1938, full of rare flora and fauna. Animal species include woodpeckers, jackals, foxes, wild lizards, adders, wolves, badgers and wild boars. The south and east regions of the mountain have been designated as Natura 2000 regions. Wonderfully picturesque paths and summits grace the eastern side of Parnassos, including Liakoura, Mavra Litharia, Koukos, Tzarko and Gerodovrahos to name a few.

Efhidas’ historical route

An important hiking event takes place in Viotia yearly, known as ‘the revival of the feat of Efhidas’ where the Greeks where victorious against the Persians. The myth says that Efhidas ran Delphi to bring back purified fire from the sanctuary of Apollo in a mere 24 hours and then died of exhaustion. Today, the 14-hour route is 107.5 kilometers and begins at Plataea, going through Kaparelli, Lefktra, Xironomi, Aghia Anna, Kyriaki, Stiri, Distomo and Arahova to reach Delphi. If you don’t want to try this amazing hike, you can go directly to Delphi and participate in the feast that takes place with dance, music and good local food.

Mount Elikonas

There are numerous hikes that have been outlined around Mount Elikonas and will allow you to get a real feel of the nature and life around this venerable mountain.

Path No. 22

Linking the mountains of Parnassos and Parnitha, Path No. 22 begins at the village of Agoriani in Parnassos and winds its way through the mountains of Kirfi, Elikonas, Korombili, Kitheronas, and Pastra, continuing on to the Bafi refuge in Parnitha.

The Alpinists’ call

In the fall of every year the alpine associations of the region and local organizations organize the ‘Alpinists’ Call’ for people to embark on a different hiking path each time. Enquire about it locally if you’re there during the fall.

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Church of Ioannis Prodromos, Kirra

In Kirra, there is the small church of Ioannis Prodromos (or John the Baptist) is well known for its thermal spring or ‘Agioneri’ which is said to help alleviate stomach problems.

Kamena Vourla

The coastal town of Kamena Vourla also offers a resort where spring waters that are said to heal a variety of ailments such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, spondylitis, neuritis, lumbago, sciatica and more. The resort is managed by Mitsis Hotels, offering hydrotherapy and balneotherapy, as well as luxury spa facilities in the hotel (+30 22350 22245).

Kirtoni

In Kirtoni not far from the tower of Kolaka there is the ancient fountain of Kamini. Nearby in Kaminaki there is a rock with religious significance, with springs that release healing waters.

Platystomo

In a verdant area not far from the town of Makrakomi and near the remains of ancient Fthia, the spa and springs at Platystomo are said to help relieve uric acid certain kinds of kidney stones (calcium oxalate, but not calcium phosphate), as well as gallstones and gallbladder problems. They are also good for arthritis, nutritional ailments and digestive problems such as colitis, hyperchloridia and constipation caused by bile deficiency.

Thermopyles

Also known as Thermopylae, these historic mineral springs and waterfalls are said to alleviate rheumatoid arthritis, gynaecological disorders, neurological ailments, respiratory problems including bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.

Ypati

This town is a health resort in itself and has a spa centre, with guests staying in surrounding hotels. The area is very natural and green, while the spa waters are said to cure coronary ailments, vascular disorders, phlebitis, heart problems, eczema, dermatitis, arthritis, muscle atrophy and more.

Acherounes Beach

On the western side of the island, this beach has soft sand and lovely water, attracting a lot of attention. An advantage here is that it is not as windy as other beaches, with food options nearby. Visit the church of Panagia Meglou since you’re here.

Achili Beach

Also known as Ormos Achilis, this once virgin beach was tainted by efforts to turn it into a tourist marina. This project did not succeed and today it is deserted. Some parts are still attractive to visit though.

Agios Fokas, south of Atsitsa

Here is a more secluded pebbly/sandy beach that looks like a lake, set among pine trees. There a small church on the shore and a taverna to eat, offering just a small hint of civilization in this remote corner. You can get here through pine forests from Pefkos village.

Agios Petros Beach

With sand, evergreen pine trees on the surrounding hills and cedar trees nearby make this lesser known beach a wonder to visit. Good for kayaking too. The beach is not far from Atsitsa.

Agios Vasilios Beach

Lush greenery and pine trees surround this wonderful beach which has a lot of fish taverns, as well as opportunities for canoeing.

Antikyra beaches

The whole antikyra region offers great beaches, with the beach of Agios Isidoros being awarded a Blue Flag or its cleanliness. You can also swim near in the area of “Koutrou Port”

Around Desfina

This is the least known part of Fokida. Beaches in the Desfina peninsula are quiet yet difficult to get to. Explore Stenos, then more remote corners like Sikia, Prosakos, Agios Andrias and beyond Agios Nikolas. Settlements are not connected to each other by the coastal road, so some backtracking is required.

Around Galaxidi

Right in Galaxidi there’s Kalafati beach with some locals, close to seafood restaurants. There’s also a beautiful beach near Agios Vassilis, with sandy shores and hidden rocky coves. Closer to Galaxidi though not as beautiful is a quiet beach next to the hotel school at the very edge of town behind the hill.

Around Itea

Itea has two beaches: Trocadero and Miami, once holders of Blue Flags, so quite clean. These gather a lot of Greek tourists, and can be noisy at times although pretty. Other good beaches include Nafsika and Evaggelistria. Not far are the beaches of Kirra including the organized beach of Vrachakia with water sports.

Aspous Beach

An interesting beach with rocks by the water that are great to sit on. You will need an umbrella and sunscreen. It’s not the prettiest beach on the island and a bit shallow, but good if you’re staying nearby or are passing through.

Astakos Beach

Here’s a picturesque and quiet coastal down built on the mountainside, with a wonderful beach below. This is not a busy beach generally, and the town is close enough for a meal, a rest or even a calm, beach-side stay for a couple of days. Remains of Venetian castles, ancient Astakos and Cyclops cave are a plus.

Atsitsa Beach

This is one of the better known beaches on the island, and the seaside tavernas nearby ensure that it remains so. Still, it is not a very crowded beach which makes it a good eco choice. Bring your own umbrella with you.

Chiliadou Beach, near Nafpaktos

Lying 11 km east of Nafpaktos, Chiliadou or Hiliadou is a quaint village with a shore that’s just right for swimming. The beach is too kilometres long and is built up with restaurants and a couple of beach bars.

Distomo Beach

This is an organized beach over 4 kilometers long, starting from the Agios Nikolaos to Antikyra. It is more touristy in the high season (July-August) with nightlife and many restaurants.

Glifada and Trizonia Island

Visit also the nearby villages of Spilia and Glifada near the sea as well. Across the coast lies the little island of Trizonia which you can also visit, complete with good beaches, restaurants and a little port.

Kalamaki Beach

On the way to Agios Vasilis you will come to a beach with mixed sand and pebbles, offering very clean water and a lovely landscape.

Kalamitsa Beach

Sandy and not too crowded, this beach has some umbrellas and is popular for windsurfing. Visit the nearby church of Agios Mamas and grave of the poet Rupert Brooke by the olive grove overlooking the sea.

Kallithea beaches

Between Eratini and Glifada lie the seaside villages of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Spiridonas. Agios Nikolaos offers a ferry service across to the Peloponnese, reaching Aigio (or Egio).

Karachalios Beach

About 35 minutes from Kyriaki, this area offers seven beaches to choose form.

Kareflou Beach

Situated in Atsitsa bay north of Chora, this gorgeous sandy beach and turquoise waters are very attractive for a dip. Have a bite in nearby Magazia or Molos, just five minutes by car from this beach.

Marathia Beach

As the village is built close to the sea, Sergoula has a quiet island feel. The beach between Fokiotrypa and Skaloma is great for swimming and has been designated as a Blue Flag beach. This beach is in the prefecture of Fokida, yet is close enough to Aitolo-akarnania and its main city, Nafpaktos.

Molos Beach

Lying north of the main town, this organized beach (i.e. with rented umbrellas) offers many accommodation options and boasts a great sunset. It is one of the more popular beaches, long and sandy in a popular setting.

Monastiraki Beach

The village of Monastiraki on the road to Nafpaktos lies on the hill next to the beach, and the beach is well known for its crisp yet crystal clear waters. The fish restaurants by the port are worth visiting for a meal.

Municipality of Efpalio

This municipality has beautiful beaches, including the sandy beaches of Chiliadou. Monastiraki is reputed to have one of the best beaches around the Gulf of Corinth. Sergoula beach with its picturesque windmills and Marathia beach are good to swim in, so is the coast and lovely bays between Fokiotrypa and Skaloma.

Municipality of Tolophon

A charming town by the beach, Eratini is traditional yet popular with Greek tourists, offering very decent beaches to discover. Tolophon beach is simply delightful, if touristy.

Panaghia Kalamiotissa Beaches

Clean seas, calm waters and beautiful shores await you, particularly at Alyki in Tarsus. Local boats can take you to the little islands of Daskalio and Abelos.

Paralia Sergoulas

About 600 meters of crystal clear and very clean waters await you for the ultimate swim near this traditional village that still harbours an old water mill. It lies 24 kilometres out of Nafpaktos on the Itea-Nafpaktos road.

Pefkos Beach

In the greener part of the island, 10 km from the main town, this lovely beach has little visitors. Bring your umbrella and food to enjoy, but take away rubbish after you finish. Access by car or motorbike. The surrounding greenery makes it very scenic.

Psani and Gribovo beaches, Nafpaktos

These are the beaches of Nafpaktos and are considered quite clean, with plane trees around the shore They are organized beaches with showers, yet luckily are not over-crowded, even in summer. Psani has even won a Blue Flag award.

Saranti and Agios Nikolaos Beach

Some 16 kilometers from Thisvi the beach of Saranti offers good swimming, and if you continue in a northwest direction you will get to the sandy shore of Agios Nikolaos, with a view of the Alkonides islands.

Tourlida beach, Mesolongi

There are a couple of beaches in the area of Mesolongi – one of which is Tourlida – and they usually don’t get crowded. The beaches are also a great spot for birdwatching, thanks to the nearby lake.

Atsitsa Beach

This is one of the better known beaches on the island, and the seaside tavernas nearby ensure that it remains so. Still, it is not a very crowded beach which makes it a good eco choice. Bring your own umbrella with you.

Kallithea beaches

Between Eratini and Glifada lie the seaside villages of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Spiridonas. Agios Nikolaos offers a ferry service across to the Peloponnese, reaching Aigio (or Egio).

Kamena Vourla

The coastal town of Kamena Vourla also offers a resort where spring waters that are said to heal a variety of ailments such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, spondylitis, neuritis, lumbago, sciatica and more. The resort is managed by Mitsis Hotels, offering hydrotherapy and balneotherapy, as well as luxury spa facilities in the hotel (+30 22350 22245).

Molos Beach

Lying north of the main town, this organized beach (i.e. with rented umbrellas) offers many accommodation options and boasts a great sunset. It is one of the more popular beaches, long and sandy in a popular setting.

Mount Elikonas

There are numerous hikes that have been outlined around Mount Elikonas and will allow you to get a real feel of the nature and life around this venerable mountain.

Nafpaktia Mountains

The climate and morphology of this area, including soil conditions and abundant water, has given rise to incredible flora. Forests of beech, cedar, chestnut, fir, oak and plane trees dominate these mountains, boasting 190 mushroom species (out of which 70 are edible). Also noteworthy are the beech woods of Mount Saradena, considered the southernmost such forest in Europe. Birds of all kinds are particularly abundant here. As a result, these mountains offer a great opportunity for some serious birdwatching.

Path No. 22

Linking the mountains of Parnassos and Parnitha, Path No. 22 begins at the village of Agoriani in Parnassos and winds its way through the mountains of Kirfi, Elikonas, Korombili, Kitheronas, and Pastra, continuing on to the Bafi refuge in Parnitha.

Pefkos Beach

In the greener part of the island, 10 km from the main town, this lovely beach has little visitors. Bring your umbrella and food to enjoy, but take away rubbish after you finish. Access by car or motorbike. The surrounding greenery makes it very scenic.

Thermopyles

Also known as Thermopylae, these historic mineral springs and waterfalls are said to alleviate rheumatoid arthritis, gynaecological disorders, neurological ailments, respiratory problems including bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.

Ypati

This town is a health resort in itself and has a spa centre, with guests staying in surrounding hotels. The area is very natural and green, while the spa waters are said to cure coronary ailments, vascular disorders, phlebitis, heart problems, eczema, dermatitis, arthritis, muscle atrophy and more.

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