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  • Athina Ntoka

Galaxidi: an island illusion


Wherever you go in this planet, the vacation days aren't enough. This happens with Galaxidi. The feeling that you are in an island, comes from the moment you reach it and from the moment you leave it. The exceptional old captains’ mansions that some of them stand alone for years without any owner or visitors, picturesque ports and the charm of a non-commercialized town, are some of the reasons why you should visit. Wherever you look, the history of this calm and seductive area jumps out; in front of your eyes.

Stroll about the town’s first port, feed the ducks and head up the cobbled alleys. Visit Aghios Nikolaos church with the wood-sculptured altarpiece, ornamented with unique details, as well as Aghia Paraskevi church, featuring a zodiac cycle on its floor surface, and a sundial outside. Head on to Hirolakas, the second port, and after having taken a good look around, carry on for the small and detached coves for swimming. Observe the ancient walls on which the foundations of the Sidiropouleiko, one of many seafront mansions, are based.

Don't miss to visit the Nautical Historical Museum of Galaxidi. The history of this area, has been "locked" in this elegant museum. The authentic ship's figureheads will awe you from the very first glance.

Ideal for a short getaway, as well as for quiet family vacations, Galaxidi may also serve as a launching pad for visits to Delphi, a 20-minute drive away, Amfissa, and the northern coastline of Corinthian Gulf. Though Galaxidi is certainly not a commercialized destination, some shops selling souvenirs, homemade marmalade and other local products may be found.

Don't leave without buying the famous ravani at Konaki pastry shop.

Galaxidi is not a spot for major nightlife activity. Of course, you may enjoy drinks at one of the small bars. The place livens up during festive periods, such as carnival season, but, overall, serenity prevails. For lunch or dinner, the famous Maritsa restaurant is a good choice. Zygos and Porto restaurants serve tasty food. For coffe and drinks a good choice is Aiolida. The view from there is really stunning.

Where to stay? Ganimede Hotel is a very good choice as well as Filoxenia Studios. Of course, there is an airbnb option, for those who want to stay in a real captain's mansion.

Enjoy....

*All photos featured are taken by me

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