with mountains, valleys, rivers, numerous medicinal springs,
woodland, and sandy beaches. There are some excellent beaches
at Kamena Vourla, one of the best-known and most frequented
spas. Skala also has fine bathing beaches and, west of Lamia.
sports enthusiasts should visit the Mount Parnasos Winter
Sports Resort, 27km (17 miles) from Arachova and 17km (11
miles) from Amfiklia. The GNTO installations are located at
Fterolaka and at Kelaria, at an altitude of 1600-2250m
The center is open daily from December to April
between 09.00-16.00. In Gerondovrachos, at an altitude of
1800m (5910ft) on Mount Parnasos,
there is a ski center run by
the Athenian Ski Club.
Other coastal resorts include Agios
Konstantinos, Arkitsa and Livanates.
capital (41,000 inhabits.), is a busy provincial capital and
an important transport junction, so you might have to stay
here if you miss a connection. All buses – including the
service from the train station (6 km out) – arrive in the
southeast quarter of the town, and most of the hotels are
After swinging down from the mountains north of Delphi,
site of Thermopyles on the main highway from Thebes to Lamia.
There is a monument
of Leonidas and further up the mountain is the site where
he made his famous stand against the Persians.