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Thursday, October 8, 2015

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Galaxidi -The naval Town

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Galaxidi: the famous naval town

Through the stunning mountainous landscapes of Fokida one reaches a town with a feel of posh,
 tradition, and naval history: the picturesque pride and joy of the southern coasts of central
Greece, i.e. Galaxidi. Brave seamen used to sail around the Mediterranean Sea to seek refuge
 in the two natural ports of the little town, Agora and Chirolakas. The naval and the folklore
 museums bear witness to the history of Galaxidi.

Captains’ mansions and cobbled narrow streets call for and guarantee a relaxing stroll.
 Traditional architectural elements conjure up narrations of the old times: colourful facades,
 marble arches around the gates, yards with flowers and pebbles, and stone balconies
decorated 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 best preserved old buildings. As for ancient monuments, you will find them
 at the park of the town: the tomb of king Locros and the remnants of the walls of ancient
 Oianthi. Through the five traditional squares, you will get to the highest point in town 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 prominent religious spots of Galaxidi, with the church
of Agia Paraskevi being the other. Visit it to marvel at the sun clock in its yard and the
zodiac circle drawn on its floor of 1911.

On the right side of the port, visit the verdant area of Pera Panta, take in the panorama
of the little town, and blow your camera with photos! Walking in nature will whet your
appetite for seafood. The nearby Oianthi beach is densely inhabited by restaurants.
Among the local specialties, don’t miss ravani, a kind of syrup cake.

The locals urge us to return at Carnival and to experience the traditional Dionysian custom
 of “alevromoutzouromata”, i.e. pelting one another with coloured flour, on Clean Monday.

Keep in mind that one of the greatest assets of the little town is its proximity to the unique
 archaeological site of Delphi.

 Source: Ministry of Culture