The word “admire” in ancient Greek has also the meaning of surprise. Karpenisi will allow you to “admire”, in both the ancient and the modern definition of the word.
You will be able to admire the inexhaustible beauty of the nature and at the same time you will be surprised of how a place can compile such wonderful contrasts in a unique combination.
A landscape imposing, but also friendly to the visitor! A tranquil haven, but also a destination which becomes the kingdom of adventure, shooting the adrenaline to the pick! A tree- shaded mountain and a charming pond! The top choice either for lovers of winter sports or those who prefer an intense nightlife!
In the winter or in the summer, Karpenisi, the wider area and also the locals, will welcome you with the most hospitable mood that you can ever imagine and will offer you generously the most beautiful and the most prestigious things that this blessed place produces!
Your getaway will begin just from the moment you will get away from the rigorous urban landscape.
The 293 km journey from Athens to Karpenisi offers many sightseeing to admire and soothe your eyes with beautiful and different images!
Your route will have a grand variety of lowland and mountainous images as you follow your way along the river Spercheios and then as you ascend on mountain Timfristos.
Arriving at the center of Sterea Hellas, you are able to greet a landscape, lushly, full of firs. You have reached your destination, Evritania!
It is worth mentioning that according to investigations by UNESCO, this area is the fifth worldwide and the first in Europe in environmental purity!
Moving on a bit further, you are in Karpenisi, the capital of Evritania! A town which perches on an altitude of 960 meters at the foothills of mountain Timfristos (Velouxi).
The History has left at its path many monuments, but also has marked the architecture style of this area!
Stroll around the villages, admire the traditional architecture and take a trip through time
At the well-preserved villages of Koryshades and Fidakion you will find outstanding examples of local architecture.
Renovated mansions, Byzantine churches, schools that have been converted in museums, and arched bridges compound this image of the traditional architecture of the area.
Amusement and nightlife
The area of Karpenisi provides generously a variety of spectacles to the seekers of entertainment.
It’s better than worse to begin your amusement in a gastronomic tour among the traditional restaurants of our area. Like any mountainous area that respects its reputation, you will be offered fine quality grilled meats and succulent sausages.
You should definitely try the traditional pies and the eminent cheese which you can find not only in restaurants and taverns, but also in the quaint grocery stores of Karpenisi. Then, you could heighten the evening in many bars and clubs that offer non-stopping dance and fun until the morning. Alternatively, if you are in a more lounge mood, you will easily discover elegant hangouts with flavored tea or fine drinks.
Here is the right place for the adventurous. For those who seek adventure and like to tame the elements of nature, in Karpenisi will find a large field of interests.
Rafting at Acheloos, Tavropos and Trikeriotis rivers.
Kayak – ideal spots at Agrafioti, Karpenisioti and Tavropos
Canyoning -if you are bold in the heart, try the areas Viniani, Vothonas, Trikelopotamos in the region of Pantavrechi.
Rappelling and aerial crossings
Riding in Saloon Park (www.saloonpark.gr)
Moreover, Evritania is ideal for mountaineering, trekking, mountain bike and 4×4 jeep safaris!
And of course, the Ski Resort Velouxi includes all the difficult ski runs for skilled skiers that will make this experience unforgettable.
Browse the outstanding nature of Evritania and discover:
The canyons of Choteika and Tripa of Agrafiotis, near the village Agrafa, included in the Natura 2000 program.
The canyon Asprorema, with the unique flora and fauna of Epinania
An overcentenarian cypress in Prasia with height of 35 m and a circumference of 7 m, which is a preserved nature monument.
The plane forest close to Platanias
A cave in Mesokomi with breathtaking stalagmites and stalactites
The well-known canyon Pantavrechei with the towering waterfalls
The Templa bridge, dating from 1904.
You can also admire the canyon of Kedron famous for the rich and wild beauty, the canyon of Mavri Spilia in Prousos, the canyon of Dekatia in Prodromo, of Psilo Gefiri in Torno and the canyon of Acheloos between the Raptopoulos and Vrouviani.
Definitely, you should not miss visiting the crossroad of River Acheloos with his tributaries, Agrafiotis and Megdovas. There lies the renowned pond of Kremasta, which was formed in 1965 and is the biggest earth-dam of Europe.
The capacity of the lake is 4.700.000.000 cubic meters, ie 11 times more than the lake of Marathon.
History and Religion
History and Religion have such an unbreakable bond that almost every church or monastery in the area of Evritania is an important historical monument. Motivated either by religious reverence or by historical interest, you should visit the churches and the monasteries of Evritania with their lavishing treasures and you will for sure feel reverent and emotional.
The Cathedral of Kaprenisi
Dedicated to the Holy Trinity, it constitutes a prime example of a Byzantine church.
The Church of St. Dimitrios
It is located in the city of Karpenisi, on the picturesque homonymous hill.
The Monastery of Prousos
Tradition connects the monastery with the disclosure, in the cave of Evritania, of the Holy Image of the Virgin Mary from Prousos in Asia Minor. Its foundation is dated back to 829-842 AD.
In the monastery you will also admire, except from the Holy Image, the Clock and the church of All Saints which was built in 1754 as well as the preserved till today “School of Greek Literature”.
There also operates a museum with many exhibits, such as vintage vestments, manuscripts, old books and a unique sword of 1821 that it is considered to belong to G. Karaiskakis!
The Monastery of Tatarna
It has been destroyed and rebuilt four times. However, many rare and valuable remnants were managed to were saved, like the famous mosaic image “The King of Glory” (1350). In the Monastery’s library you would be able to marvel documents dating in 1544 and had been published in Vienna, Venice and other European cities.
The Monastery of Domnianon – Assumption of Virgin Mary
The temple of the Monastery is considered to have been built in the 16th century. Somewhere in the temple something extraordinary happens. On the eve of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and for two days a small amount of Holy Water springs.
This Monastery is one the most important post-Byzantine monuments.
The Church of St. Leonidas in Klafsi
Dated around the 5th century! Admire the massive mosaic floor (length 28m and width 18m) with wonderful representations and colors as well as the preserved throne and the Holy Altar.
The Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior in Vracha
It was built around 1700. Worthseeing indeed are the excellent examples of Byzantine art, such as wall paintings and images.
The Church of St Nicolas the Young from Vounenis in Kleisto
Here is exposed in a silver case, kept for almost seven centuries, the hand of Saint Lukas the Evangelist, an important relic of Orthodoxy.
The Church of St. Paraskevi in Vraggiana
Dated in 1605. It was known as the Ellinomuseio of Agrafa- School of Gouva. It was the University of the era where Kosmas of Aetolia was among the tutors.
Historic monuments and museums of Evritania
The first recording for Evritania was in Homers’ testimony. From then till nowadays, History has left its marks on this unique site. Visit the historical monuments and the museums, travel through time and experience the history of Evritania… like a lovely traditional tale!
Museum of National Resistance
In May 1944, the first National Council, after the first Elections in the Independent Greece, took place in the school of village Koryschades. In honor of the first democratic expression after the war, the school was designated a protected monument and nowadays hosts a photographic exhibition.
Koryschades: 6km from Karpenisi
Folklore Museum of Megalo Chorio
Here you could admire exquisite traditional costumes, household items and several pieces of art.
Megalo Chorio 14km from Karpenisi
Museum of Palaio Mikro Chorio
The chronicle of demolition due to rocks of Palaio Mikro Chorio, which happened in 1963, is imprinted on rare photographic material exposed in the museum of the village.
You can see exhibits on the National Resistance and parts of a printing press of that era! Moreover in the Museum there are traditional costumes, ancient artifacts, pottery and a valuable library.
Palaio Mikro Chorio: 16 km from Karpenisi
Folklore Museum of Holy Trinity and House of Chr. Karapiperis
In this museum there are traditional costumes, objects and tools.
Another interesting visit in the same village is a library with 8.000 books, operating in the house of Chr. Karapiperis, a very important and well-known politician of the area.
Holy Trinity: 35 km from Karpenisi
Museum of Viniani
The village Viniani was once the capital of Independent Greece. In the Old Viniani was established the “Government of the Mountain”, the first Government of the Independent Greece, on 10 March 1944. This event took place in the local school which has since then been declared a historic monument.
There you will find photographs and exhibits about the National Resistance.
Viniani 38 km from Karpenisi
Folklore and History Museum of Domnitsa
Antiquities and archival photographs would give you the opportunity to travel through tradition, to one of the most beautiful villages in Evritania.
Domnista: 41 km from Karpenisi
Folklore Museum of Granitsa
The museum was inaugurated in 1970 and allocates a significant number of folk art exhibits. Do not skip the visitation of the library with a collection of personal belongings of our known and beloved writers Zacharias Papantoniou and Stefanos Granitsas.
Granitsa: 83 km from Karpenisi