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Karpenisi is located in Greece
Location in Greece
Country Greece
Administrative region Central Greece
Regional unit Evrytania
 • Municipality 948.6 km2 (366.3 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit 250.9 km2 (96.9 sq mi)
960 m (3,150 ft)
 • Municipality
 • Municipality density 13.8151/km2 (35.781/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density 34.177/km2 (88.518/sq mi)
 • Population 7,348 (2011)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
361 00
Area code(s) 22370
Vehicle registration ΚΗ

Karpenisi is a town in central Greece. It is the capital of the regional unit of Evrytania. Karpenisi is situated in the valley of the river Karpenisiotis, a tributary of the Megdovas, in the southern part of the Pindus Mountains. Mount Tymfristos (2,315 m elevation) lies directly to the north of the town, and the foothills of mount Kaliakouda are in the south. Karpenisi has a ski resort and is a popular destination, especially during winter. It is called Switzerland of Greece for the resemblance with the mountainous country and its beauty, atypical for a Mediterranean place.

Modern Karpenisi

Velouxi Mountain in Evritania, Greece 03
The Karpenisi's ski center

This in a market town in the middle of Roumeli. The chief attraction, in fact, is the Karpenisi Ski Centre eight miles out of town on Mount Velouhi, perched nearly 6,000 feet above sea level at a spot called Diavolotopos – literally, Devil’s place. This centre has ten pistes, seven ski lifts, a number of restaurants and first aid facilities, and a stunning view of a good part of the central Greek mountain tops that has been compared to the view from near the top of Mont Blanc.

Most of Greece is arid and dry but in Karpenisi there is much greenery and forestation. While far away from the sea and the world renowned islands of the Aegean and Ionian, Karpenisi has become an important ski center and an outdoors person’s play ground. In fact during the summer it is a great place to escape the heat.

Notable people

  • Zacharias Papantoniou (1877–1940), writer
  • Ioannis Theodoropoulos, bronze medal in the pole vault 1896 Summer Olympics
  • Georgios Kondylis (1878–1936), General of the Greek army and Prime Minister of Greece
  • Charalambos Katsimitros (1886–1962), General of the Greek army who distinguished himself during the Greco-Italian War
  • Pavlos Bakoyannis (1935–1989),Greek politician and journalist

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