Attractions

Blessed by nature and favored by its geographical location, Kamena Vourla is not a destination that you can easily write off the list of your summer and winter holidays. Kamena Vourla is situated at the foot of Knimis Mountain, on an elongated shelf of land bordering the North Evian Gulf, just 180 km from Athens. The opportunities for exploration are truly endless as the distance between the mountain and the sea is almost non-existent. This convenient location allows for a variety of interesting excursions off the beaten track, without having to travel more than 50-60 km (30-35 miles).

Thermopylae Museum

Guests at the Centre of Historical Information of Thermopylae have the opportunity to learn everything about the historical events surrounding the battle of Thermopylae, through navigation of digital information ‘tables’ and by watching 3D videos. Initially, the visitor views a three-minute introductory film in the preliminary briefing room. Then he/she enters a room featuring interactive applications where eight digital tables dynamically present, through multimedia applications, the historical background of the battle and the appeal it has to this day. There the visitor gathers knowledge of the battle of Thermopylae by interacting with the applications. Below is the Virtual Reality room, where you can view a 3D digital movie about the military equipment of the Greeks and Persians, wearing glasses using circular polarization technology.

 

The tour ends with a trip through time. In the Virtual Reality application on the Battle of Thermopylae, the visitor is transported to the battlefield and participates actively in the preparation of the soldiers before the battle. A museum educator acts as a navigator, directing the visitors using wireless remote controls.

 

Open:
Winter: Daily (Mon-Fri): 8: 00 – 17: 00 and Sat/Sun: 9: 00 – 17: 00
Summer: Daily (Mon-Fri): 8: 00 – 19: 00 and Sat/Sun: 10: 00 – 18: 00
General information: Call: 22310- 93 054

Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Lord

A truly unique spot to enjoy the scenery, as well as an astonishing natural landmark with which to orient yourself within the topography of eastern Central Greece, 4 kilometers from the edge of the city, lies the monastery of the Transfiguration. It is located at a height of 400 meters and offers truly breathtaking views of a naturally diverse coastline. You can easily reach it by following the signs after exiting the city towards Lamia.

 

The small trek on the green slopes of Knimis Mountain begins with a few sharp turns that swiftly takes you up into a vivid coalescence of oaks and cypresses, among which the monastery is located. The temple was rebuilt in the 16th century AD after a natural disaster, and soon reached its final form; the frescoes within date back to the 18th century. From the courtyard of the chapel you can enjoy a most beautiful view of the Evian Gulf, of Kamena Vourla, and the New National Highway. If you climb a little higher, you can set your eyes on the horizon reaching out to the Thermopylae Pass, the Delta of Sperchios, and the entire Maliakos Gulf, a large part of the Lamian plain and a vast section of Central-Eastern Greece.

Karya

After the monastery, the well-preserved road continues onward through the mountains reaching the village of Karya (5 km.) Resting on the southern outskirts of Knimis Mountain, at a height of 800 meters, it is a quiet village with cool springs and a magnificent view of the Boeotian Cephissus valley and Parnassos. Karya is considered to be the “ancestor” of the spa town of Kamena Vourla as the first inhabitants who came down to the beach and created the initial residential cores which over time combined to form a modern city, came from here.

Refreshing Escapes (Rengini - Kalidromo - Mendenitsa - Parnassus)

A beautiful excursion, fresh with cool, mountain air that will initiate you into the physiographic wonders of the region, starts from Kainourgio and continues towards the village Regina, just 8 km from Kamena Vourla. On the outskirts of the village flows the river Voagrios, whose name dates back to Homeric times.

From Regina you will approach Kallidromo village and will continue on a mountain road that runs through the verdant slopes of Mendenitsa, one of the most beautiful and well preserved mountain villages of Fthiotida. In the center stands the church of Saint George with a single flourishing pine adorning the courtyard. On the opposite hilltop stands a legendary medieval castle, a distant and silent witness to centuries gone by.

Castle Bodonitsa belongs to the era of the Franks and was built by the knights of the Fourth Crusade, immediately after the first fall of Constantinople, in 1204. Mendenitsa, as well as the other villages nestled in the foothills of Kallidromon, are perfectly suited as a starting point for pleasant short walks on the fir-covered mountain.

Finally, for lovers of mountain skiing, just 60 km from Kamena Vourla, stands Parnassus. A getaway that you should surely make during your winter holiday.

Beaches

South of Kamena Vourla – via the old national highway- you can easily reach the best beach of the region, “Asproneri”. It is covered with pale sand, pebbles and waters that swiftly deepen. The entire coastline, up to Agios Konstantinos, is covered in pine trees and is ideal for swimming. The quiet Kainourgio beach is located just 150 meters from SERENITY VILLAGE and is an ideal for swimming and relaxation.