Central Greece outside Athens Attractions Stereá Elláda
Top Tourist Attractions in Central Greece outside Athens
Central Greece, bounded on the south by the long arm of the sea consisting of the Gulf of Patras and the Gulf of Corinth, takes in the Aetolian/Acarnanian coastal region, the mountain barrier formed by Mts Giona, Parnassus and Parnis, the Boeotian basin and the peninsula of Attica, with the national capital, Athens, the country's largest port, Piraeus, and the Attic coastal plain, together with the island of Euboea to the north-east.In recent events, some areas of Central Greece were greatly affected by forest fires during the summer of 2007.
Thermopylai ("Warm Gates") takes its name from the hot sulfurous springs around which a small spa has grown up. Here the mountains approach so close to the sea that in ancient times there was only the breadth of a single wagon at the narrowest point in the pass. The extension of the land area by alluvial deposition has completely altered its character, and the modern highway now approximately follows the ancient coastline. In the little museum on the east side of the hill is a model showing the lie of the land in antiquity.Here Leonidas and his 300 Spartans sacrificed themselves in 480 B.C. in order to cover the retreat of the Greek army after the treachery of Ephialtes had revealed to the Persians the alternative route by a mountain track called the Anopaia. There is a modern monument on the hill on which the Spartans made their last stand, and also a tablet with the famous epitaph by Simonides, "Go tell the Spartans, thou who passest by,/ That here, obedient to their laws, we lie".
The Saronic Gulf, on the east side of the Isthmus of Corinth, separates Attica from the Peloponnese. It is named after Saron, an otherwise unknown king of Troizen, who was drowned in these waters. Round the coasts of the gulf are a series of tourist resorts - Méthana, Palaiá and Néa Epídavros on the south side of the gulf, Loutró Elénis and Isthmía at its west end, and the resorts on the Attic Riviera on its northeast side.
The Methána Spa is recommended for rheumatism, arthritis, gynecological disorders, skin diseases. The method of treatment is bathing.
Evritania is a beautiful area of Central Greece. The landscape is comprised of woodlands and mountains. The capital of this region is the city of Karpenissi, but there are also numerous interesting small towns, loaded with culture and tradition, that area worth visiting in Evritania.
Karpeníssi is found in the foothilss of Mt Timfristos. The town is known in particular for its artisans that produce hand made animal bells, as well as hand-woven fabrics, and wood carvings. Also of interest in the local area is the church of Ayía Tríada.
Korishádes, five km from Karpeníssi, is a village of well-preserved stone mansions. Here the GNTO has recently renovated and opened several traditional homes as guest houses. Not far away there are traces of ancient ruins, which have not yet been studied. Many scholars say this was the ancient capital of Evritánia, Oichalia.
Black Cave, Proussos
The village of Proussos, 800 m above sea level is very picturesque. It also has an interesting cave, the Black Cave or "Apókleistra" as it is also called. Believed to have been the site of an oracle, the cave has two entrances, one in the village and the other some distance away.
Virgin Proussiotissa Monastery
At Klidi visitors will find the church of Áyios Athanássios and not far away is the Monastery of the Virgin Proussiotissa. This monastery is known for being a pilgrimage site and attracts large numbers between August 15 and 23.
Oeti (Iti National Park)
The prefecture of Phthiotis is rich in natural beauty, with mountains and forests.Visitors can wander through mountain villages surrounded by plane and oak trees, enjoy winter sports in modern ski resorts or relax at the several thermal springs.