Through the stunning mountainous landscapes of Fokida one reaches a town with a feel of posh, tradition, and naval history: the picturesque pride and joy of the southern coasts of central Greece, i.e. Galaxidi. Brave seamen used to sail around the Mediterranean Sea to seek refuge in the two natural ports of the little town, Agora and Chirolakas. The naval and the folklore museums bear witness to the history of Galaxidi.
Captains’ mansions and cobbled narrow streets call for and guarantee a relaxing stroll. Traditional architectural elements conjure up narrations of the old times: colourful facades, marble arches around the gates, yards with flowers and pebbles, and stone balconies decorated with figureheads. The town hall, housed in the Tsalaggyras mansion, the Folk Art Museum, housed in Aggelis mansion, the Girls’ School, and the Mpourzeiko mansion, are some of the best preserved old buildings. As for ancient monuments, you will find them at the park of the town: the tomb of king Locros and the remnants of the walls of ancient Oianthi. Through the five traditional squares, you will get to the highest point in town to visit the church of Agios Nikolaos with its wood-carved icon screen, its two bell towers and its imposing dome. It is one of the prominent religious spots of Galaxidi, with the church of Agia Paraskevi being the other. Visit it to marvel at the sun clock in its yard and the zodiac circle drawn on its floor of 1911.
On the right side of the port, visit the verdant area of Pera Panta, take in the panorama of the little town, and blow your camera with photos! Walking in nature will whet your appetite for seafood. The nearby Oianthi beach is densely inhabited by restaurants. Among the local specialties, don’t miss ravani, a kind of syrup cake.
The locals urge us to return at Carnival and to experience the traditional Dionysian custom of “alevromoutzouromata”, i.e. pelting one another with coloured flour, on Clean Monday.
Keep in mind that one of the greatest assets of the little town is its proximity to the unique archaeological site of Delphi.
The majestic town of Galaxidi, formerly a commercial port with a tradition of maritime activities and, currently, a preserved traditional settlement, is built in a small bay in the place of ancient Oianthi. Galaxidi is a popular destination throughout the year thanks to its exceptional and well-preserved architecture and the neoclassical captain residences forming very picturesque neighborhoods next to the sea. Beautiful beaches surround the settlement. Galaxidi is located 30 km south of Amfissa.
Sights worth visiting
- The Maritime Museum reviving the glorious past of the locals' maritime activities.
- The Folklore Museum, with representations of local captain residences (early 20th century) and objects used in every day life. The Museum is housed at the Aggelis Mansion.
- The Chirolakka neighborhood.
- The old stone-built aqueduct dating back to the 15th century.
- The Tsalaggyras building (today housing the Town Hall) and the Girls’ School.
- The fishing village of Aghioi Pantes (10 km W), full of picturesque little taverns serving fresh fish.
- The village of Penteoria (14 km NW) which is small but of historical importance.
- The village of Vounichora (40 km NW), built at the feet of mount Elatos (700 m of altitude) and birthplace of Vounichoriotis and Vlachothanasis, who played a major role in the fight before the 1821 Uprising.
- Aghios Nikolaos, with a magnificent and unique wooden-carved templon.
- Aghia Paraskevi, with a sundial.
- The Byzantine Monastery of Sotiras (Savior) built in 1250.
Swimming at the beaches of Galaxidi as well as the one of Aghioi Pantes (10 km W).
The traditional local custom of “alevromoutzouromata” (during which people throw flour at each other), related to god Dionysus, which is organized on Ash Monday and attracts a lot of people.
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