Overlooking a sparkling bay on the Gulf of Corinth, Antikyra is a small port town on the mountainous Desfina Peninsula. It has been inhabited since the Classical Greek period and was once an important centre for the growth of hellebores and a significant port in the ancient region of Phocis.
Things to do in Antikyra
In the heart of Antikyra is the Church of Agios Nikolaos, a blue-and-white church that features a series of arched entrances and an illuminated bell tower. A short walk away are the beautifully preserved mosaics of Pentakliti Vasiliki, a ruined five-nave basilica believed to date from the proto-Orthodox Christian period.
Perched on a hill overlooking Antikyra is the Prophet Elias Church, which offers wonderful views across the Bay of Antikyra. Nestled at the base of the church is the ruined Temple of Athena and the Allotropia Museum. Ethnographic, folkloric and geographic exhibits are housed within its gallery spaces, alongside regional artwork.
A short drive from Antikyra is the small town of Distomo, which is synonymous with a Nazi massacre that took place here during World War II. To learn more, be sure to visit the stone-built Distomo Museum of the Nazi Victims. In addition to displaying old photographs and personal artefacts, the museum exhibits artwork inspired by the tragic events of June 10th, 1944. Nearby is the Distomo Archaeological Collection, which features pottery dating back to the 8th century BC.
Getting around Antikyra
Antikyra is around two hours’ drive from Athens and 2.5 hours from Athens International Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting to Antikyra and the town is compact enough to explore on foot.