All beauties of Greece gathered in Thessaly
The Region of Thessaly
Thessaly is a popular tourist destination for thousands of Greek and foreign visitors. The incomparable natural beauty, the ideal geographical location, the history, the tradition, the culture, the high quality services, the various forms of tourism offered throughout the year (marine, diving, cultural, religious, conference, sports, walking, cycling, equestrian, mountain, eco, spa and gastronomy tourism), the local products and markets, the warm hospitality and modern tourist facilities (hotels, apartments, traditional settlements, campings, etc), make Thessaly a perfect tourist destination and guarantee a comfortable and safe stay for all budgets.
The Region of Thessaly has excellent road and rail network. Moreover, the two airports in Volos and Skiathos connect Thessaly to many European cities, while the port of Volos, a pole of attraction for many cruise ships, links Europe and the Balkans with Asia and North Africa.
Volos - Pelion
The Region of Thessaly, a unique combination of green mountain and blue sea gives tourists the opportunity to enjoy their holidays in Magnesia and Sporades islands, as well as Trikala, Karditsa and Larisa.
Magnesia, www.magnesia-tourism.gr, land of the mythical Centaurs and Argonauts immediately captivates the tourist. Begin your tour from the Olympic city of Volos, a seaside city built on the foot of Mount Pelion. A visit to the Archaeological Museum, the Neolithic settlements of Sesklo and Dimini, the Municipal Art Gallery, the Folklore Museums, the Giorgio de Chirico Art Centre, the shops, the traditional taverns and the famous "tsipouradika" will be unforgettable. In Pelion, the Mountain of Centaurs, visit the 24 picturesque villages, the traditional old mansions of exquisite architecture, the ski centre with magnificent views of the sea, the 19th century steam train, the marvelous beaches hugging the Aegean Sea and the Gulf of Pagasitikos: Agios Ioannis, Damouchari, Mylopotamos, Afissos, Kala Nera, Tzasteni, Mourtias ....
Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos, Sporades islands
Sporades islands, "cosmopolitan" Skiathos with its idyllic beaches, "traditional" Skopelos and Alonnisos the "ecological island" will satisfy the most demanding tourist. In Skiathos, you must visit Bourtzi, the Monastery of Kechria and the Monastery of the Annunciation, the Castle, the Church of Christ, the Church of the Three Hierarchs, the Folklore Museum, the famous beaches of Lalaria and Koukounaries. At the verdant island of Skopelos, with its 360 churches and traditional villages, visit the Venetian Castle, the Museums, the Chapel of Ai-Giannis and enjoy your swim in the crystal clear waters of Panormos, Stafylos, Milies and Kastani. Finally, don't forget to visit Alonissos with the old Town, the quiet beaches, the "desert islands" and of course the National Marine Park which is the largest protected area of the Mediterranean Sea, an important habitat of the Mediterranean monk seal Monachus-Monachus.
Trikala, Larisa, Karditsa
At a close distance from Volos lies the city of Trikala (www.trikala.gr). Visit the Castle, the Asklipiion, the medieval quarter of Varousi, the Museums and Art Galleries. Walk along the river bank, enjoy the landscape in Elati and Pertouli and don't miss the outstanding view of Meteora in Kalambaka, the impressive rocks with the monasteries on top. Larisa (www.tourismlarissa.gr) is an important commercial center in the heart of the Thessaly plain, with the famous Mount Olympus being the major tourist attraction. You will be impressed by the ancient theaters, the Art Gallery, the Modern Art Centre, the villages on mountains Kissavos and Olympus, the boat tour along Pinios River, the beaches of Agiokampos, Velika, Kokkino Nero, Paliouria.
Karditsa (www.karditsa.gr), a modern and dynamic city with large squares, museums, galleries, Pafsilipo Park and the Municipal Market, will pleasantly surprise you. Do not miss the scenic Nikolaos Plastiras lake, the villages on the mountains Agrafa and Pindos, the thermal baths in Smokovo village and explore every corner of the region.
Shopping - Products
In the numerous shops in Volos, Karditsa, Larisa, Trikala and in smaller towns and villages of the region you will discover great bargains on clothing, footwear, leather goods, handbags, jewelry, accessories, toys.
Do not forget to buy local products, such as high-quality wines, ouzo, liqueurs, cheeses, meats, olives, olive oil, honey, jams, sweets etc.
The Thessalian land is famous for its production of apples, chestnuts, cherries, plums, while its herbs and aromatics plants, such as tea, mint, oregano, sage and many more were known from antiquity.
Events - Nightlife - Food and drink
The various events organized throughout the year such as concerts, theater, festivals, popular celebrations, the revival of traditional customs and the vivid nightlife promise to fill your time with a variety of interesting activities.
Local traditional cuisine will impress the most demanding tourists. Do not miss the fresh fish and seafood such as lobster, grilled octopus, blackfish and grouper, cuttlefish with vegetables and famous meat dishes cooked in a special way and enjoy a fine wine or traditional tsipouro.