Galaxidi News and Events
Annual Events in Galaxidi, Central Greece
Tyrnavos Carnival or Dirty Monday (held on the first day of Lent): A forbidden festival. A local “rebellion.” The Tyrnavos Carnival (Týrnavos), which has a hundred-year old history, is considered the biggest and best carnival in Central Greece. It is possibly the only carnival to have come under such strong attack, as some consider it to be an affront to the principles and customs of this particular time of year. But banning the events has never daunted the people of Tyrnavos, who went so far as to celebrate in secret, as the festival is for them an inextricable element of their cultural tradition. As time has passed, the carnival has changed form and renewed itself with new ideas, such as creating different teams of carnival goers to take part in the main parade on the final Sunday of Carnival season.
Clean Monday or Ash Monday: It’s not a very clean Monday for the young people of Galaxídi, on the northern coast of the Corinth Gulf, who revel in the custom of pelting one another with colored flour and dancing around a fire (which the more daring even jump over!).
Galaxidi: the famous naval town
Through the stunning mountainous landscapes of Fokida one reaches a town with a feel of posh, tradition, and naval history: the picturesque pride and joy of the southern coasts of central Greece, i.e. Galaxidi. Brave seamen used to sail around the Mediterranean Sea to seek refuge in the two natural ports of the little town,Agora and Chirolakas. The naval and the folklore museums bear witness to the history of Galaxidi.
Captains’ mansions and cobbled narrow streets call for and guarantee a relaxing stroll. Traditional architectural elements conjure up narrations of the old times: colourful facades, marble arches around the gates, yards with flowers and pebbles, and stone balconies decorated with figureheads. The town hall, housed in the Tsalaggyras mansion, the Folk Art Museum, housed in Aggelis mansion, the Girls’ School, and the Mpourzeiko mansion, are some of the best preserved old buildings. As for ancient monuments, you will find them at the park of the town: the tomb of king Locros and the remnants of the walls of ancient Oianthi. Through the five traditional squares, you will get to the highest point in town to visit the church of Agios Nikolaos with its wood-carved icon screen, its two bell towers and its imposing dome. It is one of the prominent religious spots of Galaxidi, with the church of Agia Paraskevi being the other. Visit it to marvel at the sun clock in its yard and the zodiac circle drawn on its floor of 1911.
On the right side of the port, visit the verdant area of Pera Panta, take in the panorama of the little town, and blow your camera with photos! Walking in nature will whet your appetite for seafood. The nearby Oianthi beach is densely inhabited by restaurants. Among the local specialties, don’t miss ravani, a kind of syrup cake.
The locals urge us to return at Carnival and to experience the traditional Dionysian custom of “alevromoutzouromata”, i.e. pelting one another with coloured flour, on Clean Monday.
Keep in mind that one of the greatest assets of the little town is its proximity to the unique archaeological site of Delphi.