FTHIOTIDA - NATURE-LOVING DESTINATION
The prefecture of Fthiotida, with Lamia as its capital, is located in central Central Greece, on the border with Thessaly, which is bathed by the Maliakos and the northern Evian gulf. There was a passage from the south to the north of Greece with the Strait of Thermopylae, a few hundred meters wide, which bordered the straits of Tempi, the south and the north, while due to its location, important historical events occurred. The prefecture presents inexhaustible natural beauties, countless historical monuments, thermal springs and idyllic beaches. Also, important cities are Molos, Kamena Vourla, Agios Konstantinos, Arkitsa, Atalanti, Elatia, Larymna, Amfikleia, Tithorea, Stylida, Ypati, Makrakomi, Sperchiada, Platistomo and Domokos.
Lamia, amphitheatrically built between the hills of Kastro and Agios Loukas has all the characteristics of a modern city while it is a commercial and administrative center. Her presence in the Revolution of 1821 was important,with protagonists Athanasios Diakos and Diovouniotis. The castle, the lord of Roumeli is located at the top of a rocky hill, overlooking the valley of Sperchios to the Gulf of Malia. The Archaeological Museum exhibits remarkable finds from prehistoric to Roman times. Below the castle is the church of Panagia Archontiki, founded in 1762 on the site of the oldest church. It gathers in its center a total of 4 squares, at a very short distance from each other: Park Square, People's Square, Freedom Square and Diakou Square. The hill of Agios Loukas with the picturesque church of the patron saint of the city is one of the most beautiful parts of the city above Diakou Square full of green that has been designated a monument.
One of the most famous places of the prefecture is Thermopylae, especially famous and much talked about for the statue of Leonidas and the historical information building, which is visited by people from all over the world to learn the history. The Hero consists of the statue of Leonidas with a spear and shield, while on the right and left are the marble figures of the personified Taygetus. The imposing bronze statue of Leonidas was created by the Greek sculptor Vassos Falireas. The baths of Thermopylae, 15 km from Lamia, are one of the 700 thermal springs in Greece, known for their healing properties. The Baths of Ypatis are also well known, for the thermal springs whose healing properties have been evaluated since antiquity. The bridge of Gorgopotamos is located in a green location at the foothills of Mount Oiti. It is a bridge that connects the slopes of Oiti and crosses the railway line Athens - Thessaloniki on which was written one of the most glorious pages of modern history.
Kamena Vourla is an important holiday destination in Greece, combining the cosmopolitan atmosphere, the wonderful beaches, the thermal baths and the fascinating mountain walks. At a distance of 4 km from Kamena Vourla, is the beautiful Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour of the 7th century AD, with invaluable relics and view of Kamena Vourla. Due to their location, it is an important stop for many tourist destinations. The thermal springs of Kamena Vourla have been characterized as the most important in Greece and Europe. Their waters are suitable for diseases such as rheumatism, nephritis, skin and gynecological diseases. Swimming is allowed along the entire length of the beach of Kamena Vourla as there are many beaches. Agios Konstantinos the ancient port of Lokra is a modern town and an important port that connects by ferry the northern Sporades, Agios Georgios Lichadas and Volos. The whole city is built on the area of the ancient Thronio of Locris.
Domokos is a town in the prefecture with a really rich historical and folklore tradition. In the picturesque square of Domokos, dominates in a panoramic position, the Medieval Frankish Castle, to the west of which are parts of the Cyclopean walls of the Ancient Castle. The Municipal Fountain has been designated as a historical monument, which is a reference point for the inhabitants of the area. It is worth visiting the traditional watermill, the bell tower of Agios Georgios in Filiadona and the Turkish bath of the most important sights. The "Strongylo Castro", south of the city that was built during the Turkish occupation, is preserved to this day, while the "bell well" is located nearby, which if you toss a coin the echo that is reproduced is hundreds of times. The stone bridge over the river Erymanthos, built in 1870 by the Pournara Brothers from the Monastiraki of Gortynia, has been designated as a protected monument.
Stylida is a coastal city with a rich history that is a commercial port of Fthiotida. It is built on the ruins of the ancient city "Falara", with ruins of the two ancient castles at the sites "Agia Aikaterini" and "Kalogeros". Other great sights are the monasteries of Agios Vlasios, Agios Georgios ton Agioi Taxiarches in Neraida, while the monument of the fighter of 1821 Kasomoulis is also important. The settlement of Agios Ioannis the Theologian is a tourist resort with a short distance from the village of Malesina, built on the site of the port of the ancient city of Alon that merges with the sea into small coves and beaches with clear waters famous for the sunset. The mountainous Fthiotida is an ideal place for nature lovers with enchanting landscapes, forests, rivers, gorges, waterfalls, caves, picturesque villages and routes to the gorge of Asopos, the mountains of Oiti and Othri and the estuary of Sperchios.
The county has a rich agricultural production with main local products, wheat, cotton, olives, oil, honey, nuts, cheeses, butter, and yogurt. The sausages are made from pork with leeks, oranges and herbs as they are an elaborate appetizer. The local cuisine suggests kontosouvli with scales, skewers with spicy taste, lambs and ewes. Ornate appetizers such as kokoretsi and splinandera, gardoumbakia frigadeli kavourmas with sausages and those cooked in the hull stand out in the prefecture. Wild boar, stew, goat with fragrant vegetables or soup, thick meat with tomatoes, noodles or trachana, lamb with fresh lamb kapama, pies with handmade sheets, fresh eggs, local cheeses and fragrant vegetables are some of the dishes that are known. The sweets are famous for the galaktoboureko with almonds, the baklava with fresh butter, almonds or walnuts, the rice pie, the diples and the kourabiedes.