Galaxidi: the well-known naval town
Through the stunning mountainous landscapes of Fokida one reaches a city with a feel of posh, tradition, and naval history: the picturesque delight and joy of the southern coasts of central Greece, i.e. Galaxidi. Brave seamen used to sail round the Mediterranean Sea to seek refuge in the two herbal ports of the little town, Agora and Chirolakas. The naval and the folklore museums bear witness to the records of Galaxidi.
Captains’ mansions and cobbled narrow streets name for and guarantee a enjoyable stroll. Traditional architectural elements conjure up narrations of the historical times: colourful facades, marble arches round the gates, yards with flowers and pebbles, and stone balconies adorned with figureheads. The town hall, housed in the Tsalaggyras mansion, the Folk Art Museum, housed in Aggelis mansion, the Girls’ School, and the Mpourzeiko mansion, are some of the pleasant preserved old buildings. As for historical monuments, you will find them at the park of the town: the tomb of king Locros and the remnants of the partitions of ancient Oianthi. Through the 5 traditional squares, you will get to the best possible point in city to visit the church of Agios Nikolaos with its wood-carved icon screen, its two bell towers and its imposing dome. It is one of the outstanding religious spots of Galaxidi, with the church of Agia Paraskevi being the other. Visit it to surprise at the sun clock in its yard and the zodiac circle drawn on its ground of 1911.
On the right aspect of the port, visit the verdant vicinity of Pera Panta, take in the panorama of the little town, and blow your camera with photos! Walking in nature will whet your urge for food for seafood. The nearby Oianthi seashore is densely inhabited by restaurants. Among the neighborhood specialties, don’t miss ravani, a form of syrup cake.
The locals urge us to return at Carnival and to experience the common Dionysian custom of “alevromoutzouromata”, i.e. pelting one every other with coloured flour, on Clean Monday.
Keep in thought that one of the greatest belongings of the little town is its proximity to the special archaeological site of Delphi.
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