The prettiest resort along the Gulf of Corinth, little Galaxidi curves around a seafront hillock, with narrow cobblestone streets connecting the well-sheltered harbours to either side. The older harbour was a major shipbuilding centre during the 19th century, a prosperous era when the town acquired its fine crop of stone mansions. It’s known locally as Hirolakas, or 'Widows' Port', remembering the wives who waited in vain for seamen husbands whose ships never came home.
The other harbour, to the south, is lined with bars, cafes and fish restaurants. These look across a narrow channel to a forested headland, opposite the waterfront, that’s fringed by walking paths and pebbled coves popular with swimmers.
Galaxidi makes an excellent – and cooler – alternative to staying in Delphi in summer. That said, its charm and tranquility can be strained when carloads of Athenians descend during peak periods and holiday weekends.