Location

Stylida

DSCF0021Stylis is amphitheatrically built at the ruins of the ancient town of Falara and overlooks the naturally formed bay of Maliakos. It has the biggest sea port of Fthiotis and it is busy in commercial, industrial, agricultural products and timber.

In the central square of Stylis – where The Hanna Centre is located – there are offices, restaurants, taverns, cafeterias and bars, which in the evenings are very busy. Worshippers can enjoy the monastery of great historical and religious interests of St. Vlasios (17th Century), Agios Georgios and Taxiarchon monastery.

The Region

DSCF0022One of the most mountainous districts of the country, Central Greece lies in the heart of the mainland. It acquired its name – Sterea Ellada – (firm) after 1821 since it constituted the only clearly continental portion of the newly liberated Greek state.

Its geographical position accounts for the great variety in the region’s climate, which is dry and mountainous inland and mild on the coast. The contours of its landscape, too, are very diverse: thickly wooded green slopes, hills with pines, oaks, poplars and fast-moving streams separated by flat lands, plateaus and lakes, alternating harmoniously with the countless bays, intricate network of coves – some peaceful, some sheer and rugged – and picturesque islands that decorate the south-west coast.

Inhabited since the distant past, Central Greece is a place with a rich and distinctive history.

Nearby Attractions

DSCF0050Here one has the legendary city of Thebes, where the agony of its heroes still lives on thanks to the works of Greece’s great tragic poets, Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides, among the finest playwrights ever known; Mt. Elikonas, home of the Muses; as well as Delphi, antiquity’s most important centre of worship and a pole of attraction for thousands of tourists.

The region is also famous for the great battles fought here, some of which affected the course of history (Plataiai, Chaironia), some of unsurpassed symbolic significance (Thermopylae) as well as for such personalities as Hesiodos, Pindar, Epaminondas, Pelopidas and Plutarch, all sons of this Land.

Visitors today, whose main aim is a pilgrimage to Delphi, should nonetheless not restrict themselves to the inexhaustible historical reference points. Contemporary Central Greece also has much to offer: abundant natural beauty, magnificently varied scenery, as well as highly evolved tourist facilities, all of which provide in- finite opportunities for a most pleasant stay both winter and summer.