EVRYTANIA - NATURE OF FOUR SEASONS
The Prefecture of Evritania is one of the most mountainous prefectures of Greece with beautiful picturesque villages that has a rich historical tradition. The prefecture is ideal for religious tourism but also alternative as thanks to its unique natural landscape in recent years has become one of the most popular mountain resorts in Greece between the prefectures of Etoloakarnania, Karditsa and Fthiotida with capital Karpenisi at an altitude of 960 meters. It includes the mountains Panaitoliko, Timfristo (or Velouchi) and Vardousia, the rivers Acheloos, Agrafioti and Megdova, impressive gorges, steep mountain slopes and the artificial lake of Kremasta. It provides the opportunity for mountain and river sports, mountaineering, skiing but also for hiking friends unexplored or organized trails, most importantly the European E4. The prefecture is characterized by important monuments, sights and many important historical sites.
Karpenisi, the capital of the prefecture, a unique urban center and a popular mountain destination with excellent tourist infrastructure at the foot of Velouchi. Participation in the struggle of 1821 was important, while in 1823 Markos Botsaris was killed outside the city in the battle of Kefalovrysso. Lake Kremasta is located between the prefectures of Etoloakanarnia and Evritania and is the largest artificial lake in Greece where the landscape is magnificent. From Mount Timfristos or Velouchi, springs the river Karpenissiotis, which joins the Dipotama of Prousos with Krikelliotis that end together in the artificial lake of Kremasta, the largest in Greece with the bridge of Manolis 22 meters high. It is suitable for a healthy lifestyle with the cleanest air in the country as according to UNESCO research it is the fifth city in the world in clean environment. At 12 km from the city of Karpenisi, is the organized Ski Center of Karpenisi in Velouchi. There are four lifts and six slopes, covering all levels of difficulty. The ski facilities also have modern lifts, which operate to the highest safety standards.
Megalo Chorio is built in a dense fir forest at an altitude of 720 m. On the slopes of Mount Kaliakouda 17 km from Karpenisi. Characteristics are the stone mansions of traditional architecture. The folklore museum of the village contains exhibits that testify to the way of life of the inhabitants. The wooden bridges in the area of Kefalovriso, above the stream, stand out among the dense vegetation. The small village is located at an altitude of 950 meters at the foot of Helidona in which there is the Historical and Folklore Museum, with a projection room of the history of the village and a remarkable library. Voutiro or Voutirou is built amphitheatrically on a slope 9 km from Karpenisi with a well-preserved settlement, stone houses and a cobbled square. The stone church of the prefecture, Agia Paraskevi, stands out, majestic and Byzantine, built in 1926 in a location of endless greenery. Prousos is a traditional village taken from a fairy tale with the monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa standing on the cliff of Prousos. The historical museum of Prousos Monastery has important exhibits, such as icons from the 15th century, handwritten codes and the chariots of Karaiskakis.
Agrafa is the most popular village of Roumeli, the historical area and mountain range of central Greece, which occupy the entire northern part of the prefecture of Evritania and the western part of the prefecture of Karditsa while being divided into Thessalian Agrafa and Evrytanian Agrafa. The mountains of Agrafa with the highest peak is Delidimi with an altitude of 2,163 meters are forested at a high altitude dominated by the fir tree from where the rivers Tavropos and Agrafiotis originate. It is the most inaccessible area of Greece as the numerous very high mountain peaks and ravines make transportation difficult. Typical is the watermill of the village, which operates as a recreation area and tavern. The village of Fidakia is built at an altitude of 960m. and what makes it stand out is Lake Kremasta, the largest artificial lake in Greece. The creation of the artificial lake has resulted in the increase of biodiversity and the area is part of the Natura 2000 program. Sports and action enthusiasts are compensated in the area as they can do canoe kayak rafting and other activities.
Granitsa is a mountain village of the Municipality of Agrafa and the homeland of writers and poets Zacharia Papantoniou and Stefanos Granitsa as well as the birthplace of the Holy New Martyr Michael, the painters Christos Kagaras, Lefteris Theodoros and many other writers. The Folklore Museum exhibits various objects of folk art, textiles, wood carvings, tools, loom, local costumes and weapons of '21 as well as portraits, personal objects of Zacharias Papantoniou and Stefanos Granitsas and paintings of great local folk paintings. Domnitsa is a beautiful mountain village that has been associated with important historical events in the recent history of Greece. An important attraction is the place where Aris Velouchiotis declared on 7/6/1942 the armed struggle against the Germans with the monument of national resistance. Krikello is located 30 km from Karpenisi and 17 km from Rachi Timfristou with the imposing cathedral of Agios Nikolaos dominating the main square. It is located in a privileged position among dense forests of age-old firs, dense fruit trees, rare aromatic plants, shady plane trees and the rich waters of Krikellopotamos.
Evritania is known for its cuisine and tradition which rank it among the top gastronomic destinations. In its mountains grow the most aromatic herbs and decoctions such as honeysuckle and lavender. The area is famous for the mushrooms that grow in the forests. For mushroom lovers, there is the Butter Mushroom Museum, with exhibits of wild mushrooms from Evritania. Raspberries, sour cherries, helmets, wild pears, apple trees, oysters, wild apples, quinces, chickpeas, etc., make wonderful jams, pastries and liqueurs. The area stands out for its fine meats and great cold cuts. Top quality prosciutto. From the dairy Tsalafouti, it is very tasty and belongs to the guru flavors. Yogurt is served with honey or dessert spoon while goat butter is famous for its production like katiki. Traditional pasta such as handmade trachanas and noodles complement the products of Evritania. The area is also known for trout, from the rivers of Evritania and the greek custard pie galaktoboureko of Karvelis. With the secret recipe from 1981 that has become famous throughout Greece that can be found in Megalo Chorio.