Sprawling across the country’s heart, Central Greece is an enchanting region that remains largely undiscovered by tourists. It’s home to a handful of famous sights, including the archaeological remains of Delphi and the lofty monasteries of Meteora, as well magnificent natural scenery and delicious cuisine.
Things to do in Central Greece
Whether you want to immerse yourself in Ancient Greek history or escape to blissful beaches, Central Greece won’t disappoint.
Explore the archaeological ruins of Delphi. Believed by ancient Greeks to be the centre of the Earth, Delphi is a sacred precinct listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s here that you’ll find the legendary Temple of Apollo, once home to the Oracle, as well as the remains of sanctuaries and an ancient theatre. Artefacts uncovered during excavations are now on display at the impressive Delphi Archaeological Museum.
Visit the monasteries of Meteora. Home to one of the largest complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in the world, Meteora never fails to impress with its huge natural pillars rising above the Plain of Thessaly. Now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its towering rock formations are topped by centuries-old monasteries that are still active places of worship. Hike to the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron and cross the bridge that leads to St. Stephen’s before seeing the funicular that serves Holy Trinity.
Discover the little-visited Pelion Peninsula. Protruding between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean Sea, this rugged peninsula is blanketed in thick forests, olive groves and fruit orchards. Stone paths link its atmospheric hamlets, pebbly coves and sandy beaches that remain blissfully off-the-beaten-tourist-track. Swim in the azure waters of Agios Ioannis, ride the Moutzouris steam train or hit the winter ski slopes of Agriolefkes.
Getting around Central Greece
Athens International Airport is the main aviation gateway to Central Greece and has flights to destinations across the globe. Trains connecting from Athens to Thessaloniki travel through Central Greece while a network of buses serve towns and villages not on the main railway line. Renting a car is the most convenient way of exploring Central Greece.