Karpenisi: The “little Switzerland” of Greece

Greece, with the variety of its landscape, hides small paradises that are often neglected by the public. One such hidden jewel is Karpenisi, which with its well-kept character and external beauty has acquired the characteristic nickname of the “Little Switzerland” of Greece.
It is built at the foothills of Tymfristos, one of the highest mountains in Greece, at an altitude of 960 meters. The town is surrounded by lush forests and imposing mountains. The landscape is enchanting, with picturesque villages, traditional houses, abundant running waters and waterfalls.

There are several versions of the origin of its name. The most prevalent is from the Turkish words ‘kar’ (snow) and ‘benis’ (blanket) and testifies to the harsh climate of the place, characterized by heavy snowfalls in winter. However, Karpenisi is also known for the beauty of its natural landscape, which looks like a dream.

The city is surrounded by lush forests, with fir, beech and chestnut trees, creating an enchanting landscape. Nearby stand imposing mountains, such as Chelidona and Kaliakouda. These mountains offer many opportunities for nature activities and are a target for mountaineers and entire mountaineering clubs.

A destination for all seasons

Karpenisi is a popular destination for all seasons of the year. In summer, visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the area by hiking, cycling, rafting or simply relaxing in one of the many lakes and streams in the area. One lake in the area that is worth visiting, as it is the largest artificial lake in the country, is Lake Kremasta. The area is included in the Natura 2000 programme. Its shores are home to rare and endangered species such as the wolf, the golden eagle, the otter, etc.
Artificial Lake Kremasta
In winter, it becomes one of the most popular winter destinations in Greece, as it has one of the largest and most modern ski resorts in the country. The Mountain Museum, the first museum in Greece dedicated to the mountains, offers visitors an iconic experience of exploring the history of mountaineering and skiing. About 3.5 km outside Karpenisi, you will find the Saloon Park, an area of unparalleled beauty for young and old, which will give you the option to enjoy your visit through various activities.

Winter in Karpenisi

Winter in Karpenisi
Karpenisi stands out as one of the top destinations for a winter getaway, as it offers several reasons to visit.
Local restaurants and taverns in Karpenisi welcome you with their traditional Greek gastronomy. Try local delicacies and traditional dishes that will take you on a journey with their taste. The local cuisine is another incentive to visit this picturesque destination, as the local flavours will also be part of your trip. The taverns and restaurants offer traditional dishes based on local produce and traditional cuisine. Don’t forget to try pork with sizzling greens, lamb in a casserole or oil-grilled, and braised sheep. Discover the authentic Karpenisi hospitality and the warmth of winter in the traditional tavern Panorama where you will enjoy excellent local dishes. For your coffee or snack, the Eíthistai Café awaits you at Markos Botsaris square.
The Velouchi ski resort, one of the oldest and most picturesque in the country, is located at an altitude of 1,840 meters and offers 5 lifts and 18 pistes.
Velouchi ski resort

The city has all modern amenities. Find yourself in a paradise of natural beauty and tranquility at Drymos Guesthouse, a real hidden treasure waiting to be discovered! For another welcoming ”shelter”, a base for your excursion, we also recommend the Guesthouse ”Sta Tzakia”, an ideal accommodation for your winter escape. If you are traveling with your family, a few kilometers outside the town of Karpenisi, you will find Ninemia stay & play, a destination that combines the ultimate relaxation with unforgettable entertainment. Cottages with absolute finesse and grace for quality family moments!

Karpenisi is an exceptional destination that combines natural beauty with culture, offering a unique experience. It is a destination that has something to offer to everyone, making it ideal for those seeking an unforgettable experience in nature, history and tradition.