History of Evrytania

The area of Evritania has been inhabited since antiquity as the fact of their participation in the Trojan War proves. The mountainous region has shaped different culture and tradition to the people as in antiquity it is found that they were speaking their own dialect unintelligible from other Greeks. When the area fell under the Turks, it was given privileges of autonomy and authority. The inaccessible mountains of Haryana became a safe haven for thieves. The north part of the region is called Agrafa, meaning unrecorded, as such difficult was the access of the area that the Turks excluded it from tax collection. The gerion played a significant role in the Greek Revolution in 1821, and the Greek Civil War in the 50’s.

KARPENISI

Karpenissi is one of the most important winter destinations of mountainous Greece with all kinds of alternative tourism like skiing in the ski centre of Velouchi, rafting, kayak, walking, climbing and horse back riding. Karpenisi offers a wide range of different types of accommodation with traditional guest houses, luxury hotels and family run hostels. Karpenisi has also many restaurants and taverns but also intense night life with modern cafes and bars.

Karpenissi is one of the most important winter destinations of mountainous Greece with all kinds of alternative tourism like skiing in the ski centre of Velouchi, rafting, kayak, walking, climbing and horse back riding. Karpenisi offers a wide range of different types of accommodation with traditional guest houses, luxury hotels and family run hostels. Karpenisi has also many restaurants and taverns but also intense night life with modern cafes and bars.

Sightseeing in Karpenisi


The area around the city of Karpenisi is offered for walk in beautiful forest paths, rafting in the rivers such as Acheloos, Agrafiotis, Megdovas, Trikeriotis, Karpenisiotis and Krikelopotamos, kayak, crossing of gorges, mountain bike or 4X4 jeeps in the enchanting mountains of Timfristos, Agrafa, Chelidona and Kaliakouda. The natural monument of “Pantavrechi” is a gorge of inconceivable natural beauty that you should visit. Another important landmark of Karpenisi is the famous Monastery of Proussos that is visited by numerous tourists and pilgrims every year.

Hidden gems of Karpenisi

The panoramic view from Agios Dimitrios
Agios Dimitrios, with its lovely little chapel built in 1886, is very near Karpenisi. The views of the region from this lush hillside, which stretches as far as Velouhi, are spectacular.

‘Always Raining’ canyon
In Central Greece, just a stone’s throw from Karpenisi, the narrow passage of Krikellopotamou, between two mountains, looks like a canyon. It’s a magical place with lakes, waterfalls, caves, dense vegetation and steep cliffs. It’s located at the base of Kaliakoudas and the Platanaki mountains.

Footprints of the Virgin Mary
On the road from Karpenisi to Prousso, not far from the junction for Karitsa, seven markings of white marble on the dark rock can be seen on the slope and have the shape of human footprints. Believers say that they are traces left by the Virgin Mary, from when she brought her icon to the cave.