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Central Greek includes the oriental half of the Hellenic peninsula and includes the island of Evia . In the southern part it borders with the regions of Attica and Peloponnese, on the western part with Western Greece while in the north in borders with the regions of Thessaly and Epirus.
The capital of the region Lamia. Many tourists visit this region each year as there are many archeological sites, thermal springs, beautiful beaches, traditional villages, wonderful landscapes and many historical and cultural remains from the important part of this part of Greece.
What to see in Central Greece
One of the most important monuments is the famous oracle of Delfi located at the base of Parnaso mountain. Delphi is one of the most important archeological sites in the whole of Greece and many important remains have been found here.
Delfi still has a traditional atmosphere and the oldest archeological remains found date back to the Neolithic era. Some of the most popular attractions amongst tourists are the old settlement and cemetery. There are also some archeological sites in Tebe, Thermopilis and Nafpaktos.
Many visitors are also attracted by the thermal springs in the cities of: Aidipsos, Kamena Vourla and Ypati. The region of central Greece, despite its barren landscape covered in mountains it offers a wide variety of beaches with crystal clear waters. It is the ideal destination for families and if you decide to visit it we recommend you also visit the small city of Nafpaktos, a nice small city with venetian architecture and many touristic structures.
Central Greece with its many attractions, rich history, important monuments, archeological sites and famous churches and monastery it is one of the best places in Greece to visit. There is also a wild and lush nature and the diversity in its landscape means that you can also practice different activities outdoor throughout the year.
For example if you love skiing or snowboarding you can go to Parnasso mountain where many tourists go during the winter (In particular you may want to go to the village of Arachoa, considered Greece’s skiing village. Last but not least remember to visit the archeological sites of Orchomenos.
Moving around Central Greece
As for Delphi, transportation in villages around the region is covered by local buses , while a car would be very convenient for road trips in the area. There are no car or bicycle rentals in Delphi, so if you want to drive around the region, you have to rent in another city. Delphi is about 3 hours by bus from Athens.
In Arachova the distances are small and can be covered on foot. A suburban bus connects Arachova and other cities, such as Athens and Thessaloniki, via Levadia, the nearest city. Arachova is also a regular stop for tours in Delphi. After visiting Delphi, there is usually a small stop on foot in this city. There are no car or bicycle rentals.
There are city buses that connect the city of Nafpaktos with the suburbs, but also suburban ones that connect it to more distant villages and in various cities of Greece . Since Nafpaktos is located in the center of Greece, a good option would be to rent a car here. There is only one car rental in Nafpaktos, but there are other rental agencies in Patra , just 20 minutes by bus from Nafpaktos.
How to reach Central Greece
Travelling by plane is the most popular option as it is also the quickest one. The international airport of Athens is one of the most modern airports in the world and it is connected to Athens’ underground and many bus stations where you will find a bus that will take you most parts of Continental Greece and to the ports of Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrion.
The main highways in Greece reach the Balkan countries before reaching the European ones. These roads are in good conditions and make an excellent alternative for people travelling by car, van or with a camper. There also many organized bus trips that will take you to most parts of the region and will give you the chance to see many areas that you wouldn’t see otherwise.
There are many gas stations, restaurants and parking lots where to stop and relax while driving on the highways. The frontiers from where to access some of the counties in the Balkan region are the following: Exoco Drama for Bulgaria, Evzones Kilkis for ERIM, Kakavia in Ioannina for Albania and Kipoi Evrou for Turkey.
If you are a citizen of a European country you use your driving license while if you aren’t from a European country you will have to have a national driving license and an international driving license. Travelling by train is one of the most convenient options as you can find many tickets at reasonable prices and discounts for families, students and young people. The Greek train line is 2500 km long and covers most of the continent.
The trains are divided in intercity trains (express and regular) and regular trains. While travelling by train you will certainly notice the beautiful train stations built at the end of the XIX century that are symbol of the pre-industrial architecture.