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Wandering in the mountains of Evritania

Relaxation, wellness, contact with nature and culinary delights; wintertime in the Greek mountains is magnificent.

Wandering in the mountains of Evritania

Relaxation, wellness, contact with nature and culinary delights; wintertime in the Greek mountains is magnificent.

Wild vegetation, deep ravines, traditional settlements perched on snowy slopes and, above all, a sense of mountainous serenity far from the hustle and bustle of modern life. This is Evritania, one of the most authentic parts of Greece. A welcoming and ideal location for a few days of rest and relaxation. Its heart is Karpenissi, a city of 7,000 inhabitants at an altitude of approximately 1,000 metres. Standing above it are the precipitous peaks of Tymfristos and found within a short distance are beautiful villages like Koryschades, Mikro and Megalo Horio, Fidakia, the tiny Kalesmeno and others. They are all built with stone and hide amongst the fir trees. On a good day, you can visit the Pandavrechi gorge. You can walk on one of the hundreds of mountain trails or you can visit the impressive Prousos Monastery. Also, the Saloon Park near Koryschades is offering various activities you can enjoy (horse riding, climbing, cable chair lifts etc.). Alternatively, you can just snuggle up in a guesthouse or cafe and enjoy a hot beverage while listening to the crackling fireplace.

Spoon sweets at Gavros village.
At the Prousos Monastery. (c) Constantin Pilavios

In the region’s villages, especially in Kalesmeno and Paparousi, an excellent berry is produced, also known as “the nectar of Evritania”. It is an alcoholic drink with a deep taste which they derive it from the blackberry fruits. Evritania is also famous for its katiki and tsalafouri cheeses, mountain herbs, fir honey, spoon sweets, sausages and prosciutto.
> There are several excellent tavernas both in the villages and in Karpenissi which mostly serve local meat based dishes. There is also a variety of high quality lodgings available. One of the best is the Oniropetrahotel just five kilometres from Karpenissi, which can be a starting point for explorations around the entire region.

Riding at the Saloon Park.
Cosy accommodation at Oniropetra hotel.

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