EvrytaniaGreece, Central Greece, Evrytania
Description of Evrytania
The region of Evritania boasts to be the Alpine Greece. The well wooded mountain of Timfristos and the high altitude has formed a unique and rare unspoiled beauty of dense fir forests and traditionally built little villages. The mountainous region of Evrytania has a wide range of hotels and pensions scattered in the villages around the city of Karpenisi and it is rather popular as a winter destination as it has a ski centre on Mount Velouhi and offers numerous outdoor activities like rafting in Karpenissiotis River and horse back riding in the forests. The taverns of the region are famous for serving dishes of local products.
Geography of Evrytania
Evritania is a region situated in the west part of the Central Greece and its neighbouring regions are Aetoloacarnania to the south, Fthiotida to the east and Karditsa to the north. The region spans an area of 1.868 sq. km. and a total population of 34.855 inhabitants. The capital city of the region is Karpenisi. The region is mostly covered with mountains: Mount Timfristos and Panaitoliko. The region has also many rivers: Acheloos, Agrafiotis and Megdovas while the reservoir of Kremasta Lake is to the south.
History of Evrytania
The area of Evritania has been inhabited since antiquity as the fact of their participation in the Trojan War proves. The mountainous region has shaped different culture and tradition to the people as in antiquity it is found that they were speaking their own dialect unintelligible from other Greeks. When the area fell under the Turks, it was given privileges of autonomy and authority. The inaccessible mountains of Haryana became a safe haven for thieves. The north part of the region is called Agrafa, meaning unrecorded, as such difficult was the access of the area that the Turks excluded it from tax collection. The gerion played a significant role in the Greek Revolution in 1821, and the Greek Civil War in the 50’s.
Sightseeing in Evrytania
The untouched natural beauty is haunting and relaxing. The Karpenisi Ski centre on Mt Velouhi operates seven lifts from November to March and attracts visitors from all over Greece. The scenic landscape of the region is also offered for a number of mountainous outdoor activities and sports like trekking, rafting, horse back riding and hiking. Apart from the city of Karpenisi, the picturesque villages of the region are also worth visiting as all of them offer hotels and restaurants. The most visited are: Megalo Horio, Mikro Horio, Agios Nikolaos, Koryshades, Fidakia, Voutiro, Gavros, Gorgianades, Domnista, Kallithea, Klafsi, Krikello and Proussos where the Monastery of Panagia Proussiotissa is located. The Monastery claims to have a miracle working icon of Virgin Mary and pilgrims flock here in August for the Feast of the Assumption.
Useful Phone Numbers in Evrytania
Police of Karpenissi: +30 22370 89150
Hospital of Karpenissi: +30 22370 80680-3
Bus services in Karpenissi: +30 22370 80013
Ski Center in Karpenissi: +30 22370 23506
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GavrosGavros is a small village populated by only 40 residents and is located 13 km far from Karpenisi. The village of Gavros used to be a rest point for the pilgrims who were going on foot to the monastery of Proussos. Nowadays, Gavros is a tourist resort with modern hotels and guesthouses and picturesque...5
GorgianadesThe settlement of Gorgianades is built amphitheatrically and is surrounded by dense fir forests. The houses are old stone built, two-stored with tiles and are restored and renovated. In the sights of Gorgianades is also the little church of Virgin Mary of Mesampelia, a remnant of the homonym monastery...7
KarpenisiKarpenissi is one of the most important winter destinations of mountainous Greece with all kinds of alternative tourism like skiing in the ski centre of Velouchi, rafting, kayak, walking, climbing and horse back riding. Karpenisi offers a wide range of different types of accommodation with traditional...8
KlafsiKlafsi is located 9 km far from the city of Karpenisi. The name of village, meaning “tears”, emanated from the teardrops that were poured by the residents that had probably remained after the terrible destruction, from Galls of Vrenos in 279 BC. Nowadays, Klafsi gives reasons only for smiles and...9
KoryschadesKoryschades is a traditional settlement with lots of old mansions, surrounded by fir trees. The village provides tourist infrastructure with hotels and restaurants of modern building in perfect harmony with the traditional local architecture. The visitors of Koryschades admire the natural beauty of the...10
KrikelloKrikello is 31km far from the city of Karpenisi. The village of Krikelo is surrounded by dense forests of age-long firs, rare aromatic herbs and shady plane trees that are next to the banks of Krikellopotamos River. Krikello keeps the traditional character with old stone built houses with stone tiled...11
Megalo ChorioMegalo Chorio is a village surrounded by nature and trees with numerous visitors in both winter and summer. It has picturesque streets and many taverns and shops with local products. Most of the hotels in Megalo Chorio are restored cottages that offer accommodation with modern facilities in traditional...12
Mikro ChorioMikro Chorio is built 5 km far from the old village after the sliding of part of the land of the mountain in 1962. The surrounding landscapes and the lush vegetation will amaze you. It offers good food in restaurants and taverns and accommodation in beautiful hotels and hostels offering easy access to...14
ProussosThe village of Proussos is 33 km far from Karpenisi and is inextricably linked to the famous monastery of Panagia Proussiotissa. The miraculous image of Our Lady is in a cave on the slope of a steep ravine. The view of the gorge from the village is literally breath taking. The area has been developed...15
VoutiroVoutiro is a well-preserved village with beautiful stone built houses and great view from the church of Aghios Ioannis that is located on the top of a hill. There is also a glorious Byzantine church, the church of Aghia Paraskevi. Voutiro offers accommodation in hotels and the taverns serve local cuisine.
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