Rising over 1000 metres high and popular year-round among adventure sports and nature lovers, Evrytania is lush, scenic and varied, with bubbling streams and snow-clad forests; an ideal destination for hiking, climbing, rafting, trekking and much more.
Soaring above the capital of Karpenisi is Mount Tymfristos (also called Velouchi), with its popular ski centre. Here you’ll find delicious rustic cuisine here, as well as a wide choice of comfy B&Bs where you can cozy up by the fireplace and watch the snowfall. Although, being a mountainous region, much of the cuisine is meat-centred, Evrytania is widely known especially for its delicious river trout.
Top things to do
-Explore the traditional villages – such as picturesque Koryschades, Voutyro, and Mikro and Megalo Horio, and their sites. Don’t miss out on the historic Proussos Monastery – the icon of the Virgin Mary is considered to be miraculous.
-Ski at Velouchi Ski Resort (alt 1,850-2000m) which has 11 slopes and from where you’ll enjoy stunning panoramic views.
-In late autumn and early spring, go rafting in Krikellopotamo and Trikerioti rivers.
Best Places to Eat
-To Spiti Tou Psara (on the provincial road that goes from Karpenissi to Prossou) for delicious grilled or butter-fried trout. Trout is also great at Fresko, where you can also buy it to take away.
-River Art Cafe-Restaurant is a most unusual as well as flavoursome stop for anything from breakfast to full-fledged local feast in a quirkily artsy ambiance.
-For trout as well as local game head to ultra-rustic and cozy Hagiati for homemade stews, pies and hilopites pasta.
Don’t leave Evrytania without trying: Local prosciutto ham (made by Allandika Stremmenou) and cheeses made by Koutroumanou such as creamy, zingy katiki cheese, mild myzythra, graviera and the local star cheese, tsalafouti.
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