A forgotten seaside jewel in the heart of Greece
Not well known by foreign visitors but popular with Greeks from the city, Galaxidi is a jewel of a town that has a favorable position on the Gulf of Corinth. The town once flourished as a maritime trade center, which saw local captains building gorgeous stone mansions around its port. Today the town offers a quiet escape from more touristic seaside spots, as well as an authentic feel not found in more modern seaside summer towns such as nearby Itea. There are several gorgeous guesthouses, often with a sumptuous breakfast, that will contribute to making the town an all-time Greek favorite.
Right in town next to the main creek there’s a beach bar and access to a relatively clean sea via some ladders, while a few minutes outside town there’s a crystal sandy beach. Do watch out for sea urchins in some of these spots, easily visible if you have a keen eye. The little port offers a host of eateries and fish taverns that are especially popular with summer visitors. You can reach Galaxidi by driving just over half an hour by car from Delphi, or one hour by car from the town of Nafpaktos. Beyond the coastal towns and villages nearby, you can also explore different inland attractions such as Mornos Lake and the region’s capital, Amfissa, with remains of its castle overlooking the town. Another must-visit is the Monastery of Osios Loukas, which is one hour away by car but in one of the most peaceful spots in Central Greece. There are some hiking opportunities around all these areas for some true ecotourism, but best to have a good map or find a qualified guide as they paths are really off the beaten track. Highly recommended are the paths around Lake Mornos. In short, if you really want an untouched part of Greece that’s not known to mass tourism, hire a car and drive to this gorgeous part of Central Greece. You won’t be disappointed.