Karpenisi

Vivid destination standing for its tradition, history, and good food, this place is a getaway full of exciting day trips and activities in nature.

The central square and the town hall of Karpenisi with other buildings in the background.
photo: Sogal. / CC BY-SA 3.0

Attractions & Things to Do in Karpenisi

Central Square of Karpenisi

Famous for the shadow provided by the plane trees during the summer season as well as for the nice coffee offered by the local cafeterias.

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Church of St. Demetriοs

Situated on a spot that offers a great view of the area. For an even better panoramic view, visit the gazebo which is about 700m further up the hill.

↓ S
≈ 1.6km
The high trees and the dense vegetation of Kefalovriso Park as well as the building of a small taverna.
photo: eyrytixn

Visit Kefalovriso Park Restaurant & Monument

A beautiful recreation area close to Karpenisi with a taverna, but also a place where an important battle took place.

↙ SW
≈ 3.2km
One of the park's riding horses and the main entrance at the cafeteria of Saloon Park in Karpenisi.
photo: Saloon Park

«Saloon Park», Karpenisi

Apart from its incredible cafeteria, it offers a series of exciting activities like riding, aerial railway, climbing as well as archery.

↙ SW
≈ 3.4km

Velouchi Ski Center / Resort

Among the oldest Ski Resorts in Greece, it is well-known for its snow quality and endurance that usually extends the skiing season. Check before you visit.

↑ N
≈ 4.4km

Korischades, Evrytania

Just 10 minutes from Karpenisi, in this traditional village you can get an impression of how the area's mountainous settlements look like.

↙ SW
≈ 4.6km

Mikro Chorio, Evrytania

Picturesque traditional settlements at the foothills of Chelidona mountain in an idyllic landscape with many trekking routes in dense vegetation.

↙ SW
≈ 13.5km

Fish Farm «Frésko», Gavros Karpenisi

Combining a visit to a modern fish farm with gastronomy tasting and buying fresh fish products.

↙ SW
≈ 15km

Megalo Chorio, Evrytania

In the heart of the Eyritania, this traditional settlement has an amazing cuisine, clean mountain air, and an otherworldly beauty when it snows.

↙ SW
≈ 15.1km

«Panta Vrechei» Gorge

In Greece for adventure? This river has cinematic sceneries and a pristine nature. Here you can go canyoning, via ferrata, and rafting.

↓ S
≈ 25.2km

Manolis Bridge in Agrafiotis River

Ruins of an arched stone-bridge that, since the construction of a nearby dam, could be submerged depending on seasonal rains and water levels.

← W
≈ 29.9km

Prousou Monastery

Giving the impression that it hangs from the rock, this monastery hosts hagiography of Virgin Mary painted by Evangelist Luke himself.

↙ SW
≈ 30.7km

Rentina Agrafon, Sofades

Well-known for the traditional architecture, the rich history, and its significant role during the national liberation struggle of Greece.

↗ NE
≈ 32km
A picture of the Kremasta Lake with its small islands  as well as the surrounding mountains.
photo: Agnee / CC BY 2.0

Lake Kremasta

The Kremasta Lake is an artificial one - born by the construction of a hydroelectric dam. It's beauty is still magnificent.

Questions & Answers about Karpenisi

Why Visit Karpenisi?
  • Called "Little Switzerland of Greece" because of its Alpine scenery.
  • Modern facilities and amazing environment evolve it to a lifestyle destination.
  • 1st in Europe and 5th city worldwide in clean atmosphere according to UNESCO.
Why Karpenisi is called the "Little Switzerland of Greece"?

Karpenisi is a Greek city is situated at an altitude of 960 meters (3,150 feet) on the slopes of Mount Tymfistos. It is the capital of the prefecture and the only urban center in the county. Its distance from Athens is 295 km (183 miles), from Thessaloniki 370 km (230 miles), while from Lamia is just 75km (47 miles) away. It's a small town, surrounded by majestic mountains covered with fir. The stunning natural scenery makes it one of the most beautiful towns in the country and often referred to as the "Little Switzerland of Greece" because of the Alpine scenery.

What is the treasure of Karpenisi?

The town's history begins in ancient times and it is assumed that in the region there were many scattered settlements on the outskirts of today's town. One of them hosted the famous "Karpenisi Treasure", which consists of 35 masterpieces of Hellenistic goldsmiths. The findings date from the 4th to the 2nd century BC and included in the exhibition of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. All the artifacts were associated with female adornment.

Who the settlement location has been chosen?

According to local tradition, the first settlers of Karpenisi chose this ideal spot by cutting three pieces of meat and placed them in three different areas. After a few days, they returned and checked on them. One of the three pieces, that was placed in the area that today is the church of Agia Paraskevi was in advanced decay, indicating that the place is sheltered and warm. Thus, according to legend, this way they chose to build their first homes.

How was Karpenisi during the Ottoman Era?

During the Ottoman occupation, it developed economically because of the agricultural and livestock. From 1645 to 1814 the Karpenisi School for higher education founded by the great Teacher Evyenios Giannoulis and evolved into a major teaching center. The inaccessibility of the area favored the presence of gangs and thieves, while uprisings erupted frequently throughout the Ottoman rule until 1821 when under the leadership of Giodaseoi and Vraskas, the city was liberated.

What is Karpenisi today?

Today the Greek city of Karpenissi has established itself as a popular tourist destination, especially in winter. It has a ski center and modern tourist infrastructure that promise quality vacation and relaxation to nature lovers and not only.

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