Ancient Theatre of Larissa, Thessaly
Larissa, the capital of the Prefecture,constitutes a core of life and cultural activity, it has been inhabited since 6.000 B.C. with signs of organised living discovered at the hill of the Citadel (Frouriol, the Acropolis of Ancient Larissa.
Lots of monuments can be found in the city, such as the ruins of the threeaisled early-Christian Basilika, part of the ancient theatre of the 3rd century B.C. as well as part of the small theatre of the city dated from the 1st century B.c., which was used for tuition and musical contests.
Tempi Valley, Pineos River, Larissa, Thessaly
Important archaeological finds were discovered in Elassona, Farsala, and other regions of the Prefecture. The Tempi Valley is crossed by the vivifying river Pinios that floes down the well-known estuary, a protected region with rare flora and fauna.
The beaches constitute of Kastri Loutro, Messaggala, Stomio, Karitsa, Kokkino Nero, Koutsoupia, Paliouria, Velika, Sotiritsa, Agioskampos, Polydendri and Rakopotamos (famous for its waterfall) with their crystal-clear Aegean colour and natural Greek beauty. The canyons, the clear seawater and the infinite organized and natural beaches constitute a point of attraction for many tourists who are offered ample lodging in beautiful hotels with magnificent view as well as plenty of fully-equipped rooms to let.
Psarolakas Beach, Larissa, Thessaly
It is no wonder that many summer residents are situated in the area.
The glory and magnificence of Mount Olympus, unveiled through the ages via the myth of the Twelve Gods, also a source of inspiration of philosophical and everyday quests, attribute the mountain the characteristics of a known symbol of global cultural identity and history.
Kissavos (Ossa), a place of exceptional flora, ends in the Aegean Sea, forming ravishing beaches and natural ports.
Kissavos Mountain, Larissa, Thessaly, by Y.Skoulas, courtesy of GNTO, www.visitgreece.gr
The historical and picturesque Ampelakia, Melivia and beautiful Spilia are some of the mountainous villages of Kissavos.
Numerous cultural events take place in various regions of the Prefecture, such as the well-known Tyrnavos carnival, the wine festival of Ampelonas, the chestnut festival of Karitsa, the cherry festival of Agia etc.
Churches and traditional mansions are scattered all over the Prefecture. Further south lie Agia and Metaxohori, known for the cultivation of silk.
Livadi, Larissa, Thessaly
The combination of mountain and sea makes the prefecture of Larissa one of the most beautiful regions of Greece.
Mounts Olympus and Kissavos, Pinios River with its estuary, the boundless beaches provide the visitor with the opportunity for various activities of alternative tourism in the Prefecture, such as sailing, scubadiving, rafting, canoe, canyoning, trekking, mountain biking, hang gliding. Also, the area boasts controlled hunting regions, signed paths, areas for environmental excursions combined with the tasting of many local products and well-known roots of wine.
Canoying, Canyon of Calypso, Larissa, Thessaly