We only spent a day in parts of the Central Greece area, on a day-trip from Athens with just a few specific destinations in mind.
Hosios Loukas Monastery
A few kilometers from the village of Steiri, the monastery of Hosios Loukas ♥♥♥ (Ιερά Μονή Οσίου Λουκά) is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-recognized property. There are wonderful mosaics, beautiful architecture, and a lot of insight into the working of a monastery. Limited hiking on surrounding forest mountain paths is possible as part of the visit. Local products shop and a leafy terrace overlooking the valley below complete the ensemble.
The archaeological site of Delphi ♥♥ (Δελφοί) is among the most important historical sites in Greece recognized by UNESCO. There are several impressive column ensembles, one fully standing temple, a theater, and a lot of ruins, all on successive terraces of a mountain. We gave up climbing to the very top, to the stadium and beyond. The onsite museum undoubtedly has a remarkable collection of artifacts, but our children were too tired of looking at ancient history, so we did not go.
Places to Eat
A random choice in Delphi village, Dionysios ♥ may never have seen American tourists before, all other patrons were seemingly local (although the menu was both in Greek and English). Simple traditional fare is on offer. It took a while to get our food, but all was very tasty, and the proprietors were really nice. Damage: €15 for lunch for 4.
Galaxidi ♥ (Γαλαξίδι) is a nice-looking village on a bay in the Gulf of Corinth. We walked along the marina a bit, and sat in a waterfront café for drinks and ice cream.
Kalafatis beach ♥ at the northern edge of Galaxidi – calm, shallow, warm bay; umbrellas, changing booths, showers, playground, cafe. Slightly more acid water.