Central Greece is the most populous geographical region of Greece, with a population of more than 4 million people, and covers an area of almost 25,000 km², making it the second largest of the country. It is located to the north of Peloponnese and to the south of Thessaly and Epirus, bordering the Aegean Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea to the west and the Corinthian Gulf to the south. Its climate is temperate along its coastlines, and dry in the interior.
Towns, ancient sites and landscapes to visit in Central Greece
Arachova is a picturesque village built on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. In the midst of nature at an altitude of 950 meters, Arachova is perfect for relaxing on a hiking trip or when visiting the ski centers at Mount Parnassus.
Built in ancient years on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, Delphi is one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Greece. Delphi is set in an amazing natural landscape which emphasizes the historical and mythical significance of the ancient holy place.
Galaxidi is a relaxing summer town, situated on the northern shore of the Corinthian Gulf. It stands out for its beautiful architecture. LIke other Sterea villages, either mountainous or seaside, it offers an alternative destination just a few hours drive from Athens.
Nafpaktos has a medieval charm and a fairytale vibe, and it never cease to charm its visitors. The small Venetian port, the relaxed beaches, and the mountainous green landscape make Nafpaktos a great place to visit.
You will find the National Park of Mount Parnassos in the south-central part of mainland Greece, close to Delphi and Arachova. It covers an area of 36 million m2 and is the second largest national park in Greece, the first being Mt Olympus.
The region is one of the most mountainous in Greece, having some of the highest elevations of which can be mentioned:
- Giona – 2,510 in Phocis
- Vardousia – 2,495 in Phocis
- Parnassos – 2,457 in Phocis
Largest lakes in Greece
Central Greece has also some of the largest lakes in Greece, while amongst the most important is Mornos lake in Phocis, which supplies water around the prefecture, and Athens as well.