Atalanti is the second largest town in Phthiotis, Greece. It is located southeast of Lamia, north of Livadeia and northwest of Chalcis. In 2011, it was incorporated into the municipality of Lokroi, a government seat and municipal unit.
The town can be accessed via the Greek National Road 1 (Athens – Lamia – Thessaloniki). It is situated in central Greece, surrounded by Mt. Knimida to the north, Mt. Chlomo to the south, Mt. Parnassus to the west, and the northern Eubean Gulf to the east. The area is characterized by high concentrations of magnesium and iron in the soil.
Among the points of interest in the region are:
The catacomb of St. Athanasius or Chamaithanasis in the center of town is a Roman crypt. It is said that during the Ottoman occupation it was used as a secret school (Krifo scholio). Behind the catacomb is St. Athanasius Church. The church of St. Seraphim is located in the forest above the town of Atalanti. The monastery of St. Anargiri, built in the 17th century, is located on the main road from Atalanti to Kirtoni. The chapel of St. John the Roda, is built on top of Roda mountain.
Exhibits in Atalanti’s museum
The archaeological museum of Atalanti was inaugurated in the summer of 1998 by the City of Atalanti. The 14th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities was built by the municipality of Atalanti, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture with financial assistance from donors. It is a relatively small but very important neoclassical building which used to be the area’s old high school. The exhibits come from the region of Locris. They are divided into chronological and thematic sections and cover the prehistoric and historic periods up until Roman times. In the museum, and at the museum’s courtyard, visitors can see tombstones, pottery for everyday use, tools, jewelry, idols, etc.
Just 6 km (3.7 mi) from Atalanti is the port of Skala Atalanti, with many fish restaurants, cafes and bars. Skala is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Locris. It is Ataanti’s main beach. It is relatively long and wide and well organized and has many restaurants. Also along the beach there are playgrounds and a Beach volleyball and a tennis court. The beach also has water sports. It has been a Blue Flag beach since the 1980s. The port authority is located in Skala.
In the area there are the churches of Analipsi and of Panagia.
The Atalanti Lagoon is located south of the bay of Atalanti. It is a shallow coastal lagoon with a narrow opening to the sea that is separated from it by a strip of land connected.
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PGI Valley of Atalanti
The Atalanti Valley, in an east/west direction, is delimited by the mountains of Knimida to the north and Rahes Galanou to the south. It offers an alternative and scenic route to Mount Parnassos, Arahova and Delphi via Elatia and Tithorea. The PGI Valley of Atalanti zone partially overlap with those in the PGI Slopes of Knimida and PGI Opountia Lokridos. There are two wineries within the PGI Valley of Atalanti zone.