In the prefecture of Phocis lies Galaxidi, a gracious coastal town, built upon two hills, between two ports. Even these days Galaxidi seems to “carry” the glory of past eras, when its two natural harbors, Agora and Chirolakas, constituted the base of the seafarers crossing the Mediterranean!
Colored facades, tile-rooftops, shingle flowery yards and patios which are decorated with ships figureheads, create a magical setting! At the highest point of this sailors-state, stands the magnificent church of Saint Nikolaos, with its unique wooden-carved temple and its impressive dome. Very near to Saint Nikolaos is the church of Saint Paraskevi, which stands out for the sundial and the zodiac-sunflower carved on the floor. During your stay in Galaxidi it is worth visiting the Maritime Museum, which is rightly considered as one of the finest maritime museums in Greece. Also, seek for the Girls Boarding School, built entirely out of stone, the Tsalaggira mansion, which nowadays houses the Town Hall and the Angeli manor, which hosts the collection of the Folklore Museum.
The port of Agora is the most cosmopolitan part of Galaxidi. Here you may find coffee shops and taverns, overlooking the fishing boats and yachts. Do not forget to try the famous ravani (sweet semolina cake) with rice! In the central Mama Square, you will find the famous Spilia (Grotto), a natural, vaulted cave in the rock. Following the coastal road (Oianthis coast), in the north of Agora, you will find the second port of Galaxidi, Chirolaka, a quiet and picturesque sea-captains neighborhood. Here stand proudly the most beautiful houses in town, as well as the statue of the Captain of Galaxidi. Wander among the captains' manors, stand before them and enjoy the dreamy silence of the place! Worth taking the beautiful stroll on the coastal road from Oianthi to the opposite side, at the foot of the green pine hill. At this point the statue of a seaman's wife, that bids farewell (or welcomes) the ships, has been erected. Here, the view of the small town of Galaxidi is breathtaking! Those who love touring around, can walk uphill to the church of St. John and enjoy the magnificent panoramic view! The bay of Galaxidi hosts
a plenty of small islands, such as Apsifia, with its beautiful lighthouse of 1887 and St. George, with its two picturesque chapels. It’s worth a Ride on a local fishing boat to pay them a visit. Galaxidi is a popular destination during the carnival season, due to its famous flour-smudging, a traditional custom deriving from the ancient greek god Dionysos, reviving every year on Clean Monday. It is worth the experience!
Galaxidi, a noble naval town, in the "shadow" of Parnassus, is rightly regarded as one of the most romantic and atmospheric destinations in Greece, ideal for trips all year round!
The beaches are of small extent, usually pebbly and whose main characteristic is the deep and cool waters.
Next to the harbor, lies the organized beach of the Yacht Club, ideal for those wanting to avoid traveling by car. Within walking distance, there is the organized Kalafatis beach. Following the southern end of the waterfront, you will find the pebbly Kentri beach. Only a few miles from town, you will find a sheltered bay, called Anemokambi. In the area of Voidakas, unfolds a complex of small, successive beaches with white pebbles and crystal clear waters. On the road to Erateini, following a short detour, you will find the beach of Agios Vasilios, with the deep blue waters, reminiscent of the Aegean Sea. Those who want to avoid the crowds, shall prefer the neighboring, small Arapis beach.
Travelling by car
To Galaxidi, you can drive from Athens (210 km distance - 2 hours & 40 minutes ride) via the National Highway from Athens to Lamia, taking the exit to Thebes on the 90th Km. Follow the road to Livadia and then to Arachova and Delphi. After passing Delphi, you then reach Itea and Galaxidi is 31 km away from there.
Travelling by car
To Galaxidi, you can drive from Thessaloniki (360 km distance - 4 hours & 20 minutes’ drive) via the National Highway from Thessaloniki to Lamia. After Lamia turn right to Patras and Amphissa. After, approximately, 27 km, turn left to the village of Gravia and drive around the villages of Gravia, Eleonas and Amfissa. Follow the signs to Itea and then to Galaxidi.
Travelling by car
You can drive to Galaxidi crossing the Rion - Antirrion bridge, following the route to Nafpaktos and Galaxidi.
During your stay in Galaxidi, you can be served for health issues:
Community Clinic of Galaxidi, Tel: (+30) 22650 41312,
Health Center of Itea (18 Km) which is located at 7, Papalexandri street, Tel: (+30) 22650 32224
Port Station of Galaxidi: (+30) 22650 41390
Police Station of Galaxidi: (+30) 22650 41222
Community Clinic of Galaxidi: (+30) 22650 41312