Description of Fokida
The region of Fokida is named after ancient city of Phocis and is one of the most visited places in Greece because of the worldwide famous archaeological site and museum of Delphi. The site has been declared as a World Heritage Site of UNESCO and has been considered to be the centre of the ancient world. The hotels and the restaurants are dotted around the site while you can also stay at the maritime traditional port of Galaxidi.
Geography of Fokida
Fokida or Phocida is a region situated in the centre of the Central Greece and its neighbouring regions are Boeotia or Viotia to the east, Fthiotida to the north and Aetoloacarnania to the west and is overlooking to the Corinthian Gulf of Peloponnese to the south. The region of Fokida spans an area of 2.120 sq. km. and a total population of 49.576 inhabitants. The capital city of the region is Amfissa and Mount Parnassus covers most of the region while on the south there are valleys and ports like Itea and Galaxidi.
History of Fokida
The ancient oracle of Delphi was considered to be the centre of the world and its significant role in political and economic life was not diminished till the late times of Roman Empire. The contribution to the struggles of Greek people for their survival is inestimable as Fokida is the birthplace of many heroes who played a crucial role in the Greek War of Independence in 1821.
Sightseeing in Fokida
The site of Delphi is the dominant site on the list in the region of Fokida but apart from paying a visit to this magnificent archaeological site the surrounding areas are ideal for outdoor sport activities like mountain biking, trekking and climbing as Mount Parnassus has a network of paths of astonishing beauty. The town of Galaxidi to the south is an important port and marina for yachts and you can enjoy fresh fish and seafood. Galaxidi has a long maritime tradition and its wealth can be seen in the delicate architecture of the houses.
Useful Phone Numbers in Fokida
Tourist police in Amfissa: +30 22650 33333
Police in Amfissa: +30 22650 28222
Hospital in Amfissa: +30 22650 22222
Bus services of Phocida region: +30 22650 32336
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