Makrakomi (Greek: Μακρακώμη) is a municipality of Phtiotis prefectureqith a population of 7132 (2001)
Makrakomi is linked with the GR-38 (Agrinio - Evrytania - Lamia) and serves roads to the northwestern part and to Spercheiada. Makrakomi is located east of Karpenisi, ENE of Agrinio, south of Karditsa, west of Lamia and the GR-1/E65 and the E75 as well as the GR-3 and WNW of Amfissa.
Built on the southern slopes of Western Othrys at an altitude of 280 m, it prevails from a transportation, administration and financial point of view and affords the visitor aesthetic pleasure as it overlooks the Spercheios and its valley
Division of the municipality
History, Monuments, and Sights
This market town bears the name of the ancient Aenian town "Makra Komi" [Long Town] whose ruins can be seen in Prophet Elias. "MakraKomi" is mentioned by the historian Livius in his description of the destruction of Sperhias by the Aetolians (198 B.C). The hillock of Prophet Elias, the little church of Agia Paraskevi (set in an overgrown site with cypress trees), the Acropolis of Makrakomi (which affords a splendid view over the plain) and the hillock of Lavanitsa are all worth visiting.
Platystomon or Platistomo: A picturesque bath town with natural springs (known to ancient Aenians). The waters of these springs are recommended for stomach and skin ailments. This place is set in lush vegetation where the traveller can find peace and escape everyday reality under the shade of ancient plane trees.
Nea and Palea Gianitsou - Papas: There are traces of two ancient castles in this location.
Makri: It features a particularly beauriful square and the superb plane-tree wood of the River Spercheios. The only station for nursing and protecting animals in Fthiotida is also located in Makri.
Archanion or Arhani: A place where we can wander off down the ravine with its springs and therapeutic waters.
[Asvestion or Asvestis]: It has a vaulted bridge made of stone.
Trilofo: It features a superb religious museum "I Vivlos" ["The Bible"].
Kastrion or Kastri: It has a splendid plane-tree forest on both sides of the Spercheios. The Castle is the most prominent building at the village centre.
Tsoukka or Tsouka: The porch of Western Phthiotis. It features a fountain in the "halkia gourna" ["brass basin"] while there are huge oak trees at Agios Giannis.
Litoselon or Litoselo: There is a Folklore Museum and a settlement called "Afentika" ["The Bosses"].
Rovoliarion or Rovoliari: There are beautiful ancient fir-trees, chestnut-tree woods and oak-tree woods, as well as, a superb Folklore Museum.
Food and Entertainment
Local meat from free range animals and delicious sausages traditionally produced. Wine and raki from the mountainous vineyards of Makrakomi, Tsouka and Platistomo. Famous local produce includes kiwi berries from Kastri and shelled peanuts from Makri.
Try 'Kokoretsi', 'Splinantero', 'Kontosouvli' (Skewered and Grilled Meats) and other local specialities in the many taverns and restaurants in Makrakomi and the surrounding villages.
Cultural and Other Events
Organized events in commemoration of the Battle of Makrakomi; three-day Carnival festivities in Makrakomi. Traditional festivals in Makrakomi (on Agiou Pnevmatos Day [Holy Ghost]) and all the other villages. Music nights, dedicated events, exhibitions and theatricals are also put on in summer.
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