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 > Fokida

A mountain climbers’ delight, a pristine area for hikers and skiers alike, Fokida meets with both Central Greece and the Corinthian Gulf. It is the charm of genuine Greek tradition. Almost entirely a mountainous area with Mt. Giona reaching a height of 2,510 meters and the ending of the mountain chain Parnassos to the east, it’s also a place where olive groves and beaches take part in welcoming tourists year-round.

In the largest of Fokida’s valleys stands the capital, the town of Amphissa. This beautiful town, shares its breathtaking views of Mt. Elatos. Here you will also find a Frankish fortress standing tall and precarious on the brink of a rocky cliff, surrounded by olive trees.

The ancient town of Delphi, home to the 2004 Olympic Games, beckons those who want to explore its beauty and history. Thought of by the ancients Greeks as the center of the world, it is the site of the famous Oracle of Apollo and a theater, which were once grand in their splendor. The sanctuary of Athena, the Gymnasium, the Stadium and the sacred springs at Castalia Fountain are just some of the wonders you won‘t want to miss out. Delphi is also home to the European Cultural Center.

Lying at the edge of the Sacred valley of Delphi is Itea. The most important port in the area, it presents many beautiful beaches and majestic views of the green mountains, which meet the pristine waters of the Corinthian Gulf. It takes its name from the many willow trees that used to reach as far as its shore. A seaside market town, Itea is slowly evolving into an important commercial and tourist center. Make sure you don’t pass by Itea’s beach without stopping to take a refreshing dip. "Desmos" Culture Club is a happening place in Itea that you won’t want to miss either.

Situated at the end of a little fjord is the charming fishing village of Galaxidi. Relax on its picturesque harbour, enjoy the regional architecture, characteristic of its old mansions and visit the Nautical Museum where you’ll learn about the area’s boat building traditions of long ago. Watch as self-taught craftsmen make sturdy wooden caiques. Stop in and sample the delicacies of the seafood tavernas. Drink in the fragrance of the geraniums and jasmine, which permeate this village at the quaint little stops along the way.

The seaside settlements of Agios Nikolaos, Spilia and Glifada, as well as the islands of Trizonia, Agios Ioannis and Prassoudi opposite are ideal for bathing and fishing. If you 're seeking peace and quiet, we suggest you visit the mountain villages of Eptalofos or Ano Agoriani, a starting point for the Parnassos ski centre, Lilea, Polidrossos and Gravia surrounded by fir trees and streams.

If you can, stay at the Delphi Beach Hotel Resort - Club, when you come to visit. Situated right on the beach, it has 180 rooms all with balconies. Or, if you enjoy camping, there are three campgrounds Fokida. One is located on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, another is near the picturesque village of Chrisso and the third offers bungalows, with their characteristic overhanging gables, only 100 meters from the beach.

The eating establishments are as unique as Fokida itself. One particular restaurant, with cafeteria and patisserie is situated literally on the blue waters of the Corinthian Gulf and boasts of entertaining Greek and foreign officials. If you’re in the mood for pizza, there is a Greek pizza house here too. Looking for a restaurant, which also offers a place of lodging? Well, you’ll find one with furnished rooms/apartments complete with fireplaces. Fokida also has two taverns as well for your enjoyment.

So come to Fokida today and begin your vacation of pleasure.

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