Close to Athens (150 km to the North), the hotel nestles in a valley of eucalyptus trees, an ideal starting point for extensive walking and hiking tours, for trips to the nearby ski centre of Parnassos-mountain or for excursions to the Meteora monasteries, Delphi, Thermopiles and many other points of interest.
Kamena Vourla is internationally renowned for its thermal springs.
SIGHTS OF INTEREST
The name, roughly translated means, "hot gateway", named for several natural hot water springs there.
The location is a near-mandatory passage in the main north-south road of Greece between Locris and Thessaly and for this reason has been the site of several battles. It is primarily known for the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC, in which an overmatched Greek force held off advancing Persians under Xerxes, and the term since has been used to reference heroic resistance against a more powerful enemy.
A main highway now splits the pass, with a modern-day monument of Leonidas on the east side of the highway. The hot springs from which the pass derived its name still exist close to the foot of the hill.
Delphi is an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece. In ancient times it was the site of the most important oracle of the god Apollo. Delphi was revered throughout the Greek world as the site of the ομφαλός (omphalos) stone, the centre of the universe, as the site of a major temple to Phoebus Apollo, as well as the Pythian Games and a famous oracle.
Pelion is a mountain at the southeastern part of Thessaly in central Greece, forming a hook-like peninsula between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean Sea.
In Greek mythology, Mountain Pelion (which took its name from the mythical king Peleus, father of Achilles) was the homeland of Chiron the Centaur, tutor of many ancient Greek heroes, such as Jason, Achilles, Theseus and Heracles. Today, Mt. Pelion is part of the prefecture of Magnesia (capital city: Volos) and embraces 24 villages (most significant: Portaria, Makrinitsa, Milies, Tsangarada, Zagora, Argalasti etc.)
The mountains are entirely forested, with beech, oak, maple and chestnut trees. Pelion is a tourist attraction throughout the year: the mountain includes trails and sidewalks for walking within small and large beaches with sand or pebbles.
Meteora is the largest and most important complex of monasteries in all of Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The monasteries are built on spectacular natural sandstone rock pillars at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly, near the Peneios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The Meteora is home to six monasteries and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Although more than 20 monasteries were built, beginning in the 14th century, only six remain today. These six are: Great Meteoron (or Transfiguration), Varlaam, St. Stephen, Holy Trinity, St. Nicholas Anapausas and Rousanou.
A traditional picturesque town located high up on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, Arahova has much to offer its visitors. Only a couple hours away from Athens and next to some of the best skiing in Greece, this old town has become a modern ski resort with the latest winter sports equipment available for sale or rental. Also ideal for a cool summer vacation away from the crowds, it is close to beaches of Itea and mountain hiking trails.
Of course no visitor would want to miss a visit the ancient site and museum of Delphi which is right next door (see above).
Historic Galaxidi has 1,400 inhabitants and is built on the spot of the ancient city Oianthia. It is considered one of Greece’s most picturesque towns, boasting a rich marine tradition. Apart from admiring the numerous sites, including the Church of St Nicholas, with its wooden temple, the Church of Agia Paraskevi, with its solar dial, the captains’ houses, and the folk art and marine museums, visitors can also take a stroll along one of the two main ports: Chirolakka and Pera Panta. Galaxidi is also famous for its tradition ravani, a cake with very rich syrup.