Lidoriki

Lidoriki is the seat of the municipality of Dorida. Lidoriki provides basic goods and services for both its inhabitants and for the inhabitants of 56 nearby villages, including villages of mount Vardoussia, Efpalion, and Tolofona. 

Lidoriki is a picturesque agricultural town, located in the heart of mountainous Dorida. It is built on the western slopes of mount Giona, at a height of 560 m. above sea level. Visitors can admire the wilderness of mount Vardoussia and observe the vastness of the beautiful artificial lake of Mornos. 

Here, the internationally-known “Lidoriki feta cheese” is produced, made with milk from local farms. Other local products include sheep milk yoghurt, which has a unique taste, and delicious meats.

Visitors can enjoy peaceful moments relaxing in Lidoriki any time of the year. A popular stop to rest is the “Vathia” square, with its sycamore trees. Lidoriki’s Folk Art Museum, housed in a beautiful stone building, as well as the church of Zoodochos Pege (Life-giving Spring), with its imposing bell tower, are definitely worth a visit. More importantly, the route around the lake and the spectacular scenery will definitely satisfy the most demanding visitor.

Four km from Lidoriki was the ancient town of Kallipolis. During the Celtic Invasion of Central Greece in 279 BCE, Brennus ordered the destruction of Kallipolis and the killing of its inhabitants, as a means to force the Aetolians not to defend Thermopylae. Kallipolis had about 70.000 inhabitants and its destruction was characterised by Thucydides as one of the greatest crimes in ancient history.

The contribution of Lidoriki to the fight for national liberation was significant. The first revolutionary movement in Dorida occurred in 1571, but failed due to treason.

During the Greek Revolution of 1821, Lidoriki was a centre where klephts operated. The highest point of the revolution in the region was the battle of Lidoriki, in March 28, 1821.

Lidoriki was burned to the ground by Nazi forces in 1944, in retaliation for the huge defeat they had suffered by ELAS guerillas at the deadly battle of Karoutes, in August 5, 1944.