Karpenisi belongs to the region of Evritania, which in part of Central Greece. Evrytania is an area with historical tradition, national supply with historical and archaeological sites, religious shrines and a natural beauty natural wealth. Evrytania has all the necessary elements to meet the requirements of all visitor types, offering serenity and relaxation, action and adventure.
The climate of Karpenisi is Mediterranean, continental mountain with mild winter and cool summer. It is a purely mountainous region, i.e. most of its territory to be located at an altitude of 1000 m., having a large aquatic wealth and vast forest area. A large part of Evrytania stretched over into the mainstream of Pindos. Not enclosed by mountains: Blank, Timfristos, Oxya, Panaitoliko, Xelidona and Kalliakouda. Traversed by rivers: Karpenisioti, Tavropos (Megdova) Agrafioti Krikelopotamo, Trikerioti and Acheloo. Notably, since 1965, the region of Evrytania hosts the artificial lake of Kremaston: the largest natural (geo) dam of Europe.
Ηalf of Evrytania is covered by forest. In the upper reaches of the mountains dominated by firs (christmas tree). Lower of, forests of oak, while below 1000 m., vegetation Mediterranean species such as strawberry trees, olives etc. A mountain valleys formed by the rivers, allow the creation of small, farm lands. Rich is also the fauna. Big mammals, such as bears, deer, wild boars, wolves and other smaller, they find refuge here. Various species of birds of prey and the wild trout of Episkopi lake complement the biodiversity of the place
Karpenisi can be accessed by car/bus using the main road network. Its favorable location in the heart of Greece, offers the festival visitors the opportunity to take a tour in attractive destinations in Greece, including Athens, Thessaloniki, Delphi, Meteora, Aighina Island, and so on, before (or after) the AV Choral Events.
The best way to explore and wonder around in Evrytania, known for its many natural beauties and major attractions, is to have your own transport. It is worth visiting places that the local transport and tours do not reach.
Car/bus: All choirs participating in the AV Choral Events reach Karpenisi using this type of transport. Karpenisi can be reached as follows:
Access from Athens: Use the national highway (E75) to reach to Lamia (220km from Athens). Then, you can use the national road E952 from Lamia to Karpenisi (78km). Total distance between Athens – Karpenisi is 300km and up to 4h road trip.
Access from Thessaloniki: Use the national highway (E75) to reach to Lamia (300km from Thessaloniki). Then, you can use the national road E952 from Lamia to Karpenisi (78km). Total distance between Athens – Karpenisi is 380km and up to 5h road trip.
Access from Aghrinio: You can follow two different routes a) Agrinio, Potamoula, Agios Vlasios, Karamanaiika, Chouni, Episkopi Bridge, East Fragkista, West Fragkista, Kalesmeno, Karpenisi (111 km), or b) Agrinio, Kainourgio, Paravola, Pantanassa, Prousos, Gavros, Karpenisi (81km). The road trip is less than 2.30h.
Indicative distance from major cities of Greece: Athens (290km – 4h), Thesaloniki (380km – 5h), Agrinio (80km – 2.30h), Patra (130km – 3.30h), Lamia (78km – 1.10h).
Public transport: Karpenisi can be reached using public buses (known as KTEL in Greece). Daily bus routes from Athens, Lamia and Agrinio can be booked via telephone (KTEL station for Lamia-Karpenisi: +30 2231051345, KTEL station for Athens-Karpenisi: 2108315991, KTEL station for Karpenisi-Athens/Lamia/Agrinio +30 22370080013, KTEL station for Agrinio-Karpenisi: 2641-54444).
Plane: Karpenisi has no airport facilities. Nonetheless, most of the choirs using plane transport typically reach Karpenisi by bus using the airports of Athens (300km) and Thessaloniki (380km).
The city of Karpenisi has been recently renovated with a long paved pedestrian road that can be used to access the city center. Most of the shops, cafeterias and restaurants in Karpenisi can be found near the central square of Karpenisi located at the city center (Plateia). Besides the city of Karpenisi, many routes in the near area worth visiting, including nearby villages and meeting spots. Most of the local villages have kept their traditional style and are located close to breathtaking natural landscapes of historical monuments.
Greek Orthodox Monastery of Panaghia (Madonna) near ProussosThis monastery is one of the most important pilgrim centers of Orthodoxy as it hosts the miraculous image of the Holy Mother of Prousiotissa, which is said to be painted by Luke the Evangelist himself. Believers flock to worship and receive the blessing from all parts of Greece and around the world. The monastery is located 28km away from Karpenisi (up to 40 minutes) and can be reached through a breathtaking route with cliffs, forests and rocky mountains. Historical evidence prove that the first hermit came to the cave at 7th or 8th century A.D.
Greek Orthodox Monastery of Tatarna
Megalo and Mikro Chorio
Proussos Village and Black CaveThe village, which is very well known for the nearby Monastery and its local products, hosts two incredible towers, one at the entrance of the village and the other at its exit. The towers were built by the national hero of the 1821 Revolution Georgios Karaiskakis. The gorge of Black Cave is about 2 km from the village of Prousos. This is one of the most beautiful and impressive canyons of Evrytania. It takes its name from the famous Black Cave which was a refuge for local residents during the Ottoman period and during the German occupation. What makes the gorge of Black Cave special is the unique via ferrata route starting from the Black Cave. The visitor starts from a graphic stone spring next Prousou bridge and continues with a steep in places but quite passable trail through a forest of firs and as we approach the willow canyon waters will follow trees. The beautiful images follow one another with picturesque wooden bridges and waterfalls that offer swimming and steal the show until we reach the imposing Black Cave and the remaining ruins of the stone shelter.
Lake of Kremaston
Mount Velouchi, Ski Center and Alpine Lake
Near the Mount Velouchi (Tymfristos) you will find a small Alpine-type pond with a diameter of 25 meters. The lake retains almost constant state of all seasons. This is due to the melting of snow that cover the surrounding area which sometimes are kept until June and the existence of groundwater sources. This small pond used by migrant farmers to quench their animals that bring summer to feed on the rich pastures formed after the winter.