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A journey to Fokida, a land endowed with the beauty of contrasts, is a pilgrimage to the splendor of Greece. By exploring it, local, as well as foreign visitors and travelers have the opportunity to get acquainted and marvel at a land endowed with all forms of natural beauty in a landscape of varying geomorphology and follow the traces of age-long human presence.
Taking off from the present, visitors will travel into the sphere of myth. Here in Fokida, the “navel” of the Greek land, travelers will be able to trace human presence and experience its original journey through mythology, history, art and culture. They will feel the warmth and hospitality of the locals and become willing ambassadors of the region’s beauty, historic passage and contribution to the world existing beyond its own boundaries.
Fokida has a good tourist infrastructure and opportunities for a pleasant stay year-round. Those who got to know this land while standing amid its high rocky peaks with the horizon widening all the way up to the confines of the Earth and with their feeling of solitude turning into a feeling of faith and serenity; and then sank their glance into the depth of the waters of the Gulf of Corinth that caresses its coast, they hold this land dear to their hearts.
Dear visitor,If you begin your pilgrimage at Sacred Delphi (tel. no. 2265082310), don’t neglect to take the road down to the Monastery of Prophet Elias in Chrysso. Once there, you may hear the 19th century Greek revolutionary fighters proclaiming “Freedom or Death”. From there, take the road to Amphissa (tel.no. 2265028913), the city of many legends and traditions, the city of the olive groves and tanners. Continue on to Itea (tel.no. 2265033581), the bride of the northern coast of the Gulf of Corinth. Then at nearby Desphina (2265051204) you can experience the original Rumeli warmth and hospitality. Then again, if you go to Galaxidi (2265041319) you will be surprised to see a naval town in the heart of Rumeli.
If you get to Gravia (2265091226) go inside the Chani where you will smell the gunpowder of the 19th-century revolutionary Androutsos and his men. From there, take the road to Eptalofo and Polydroso (2234051207) nestled in the shadow of the sacred mountain of Parnassos. Take a break there before you start the climb up to Arahova. If you still have some time and energy for some off-the-beaten-path trekking and original mountain experiences, climb up to Mousounitsa and Athanassios Diakos. It is an unforgettable experience. Then again, if you enter from Efpalio (2634053276) take time to visit the coastal area of Dorida (Monastiraki, Chiliadou, Marathia and Sergoula). Reach all the way to the emerald island of Trizonioi - the only inhabited island in the Gulf of Corinth – to Tolofona and Erateini (2265031100).
Then take the road up to Lake Mornou and visit the villages of the Municipality of Delfon (2265350027) and the Municipality of Doridas (2266022144-2266350100) – Lidoriki, Krokyleio, Pentagiou and Artotina.
If you are a climbing or trekking aficionado, you can trek the European route E4, cross the gorge of Rekkas and secure an overnight stay at the mountain shelter on Parnassos (2265062195) or Giona (2108811520,2108218401) or Vardoussia (2266041244,41451). The climbing grounds of Sykia will give you a great thrill
Take off to every direction of the wind from a multitude of slopes, ideal for paragliding.
Go for winter skiing at the ski centre of Parnassos (2234022693) and enjoy the easy but also its difficult ski runs; the calm waters of the Gulf of Corinth offer plenty of opportunities for water sports.
Experience the magic of the National Park on Mt Parnassos (tel.no. 2265028539) and if you are a mystery buff explore the “Korykeion Andron” of god Apollo and the famous cave of “Eptastomos". Finally, if you are a culinary aficionado, splendid aromas of traditional food and tastes will beckon you to enjoy them at the quaint local taverns.
Dear visitor, wherever you go, wherever you stay, you will be able to see and experience “another Greece”, one of incredible beauty.