The Region of Thessaly combines uniquely the green of the mountain with the blue of the sea offering the visitors a great chance to enjoy their holidays in Magnesia and Sporades islands, as well as in Trikala, Karditsa and Larisa. Magnesia, www.magnesia-tourism.gr, land of the legendary Argonauts and Centaurs immediately captivates the tourist. Begin your tour from the Olympic city of Volos, a coastal city built on the foot of mountain Pelion. A visit to the Archaeological Museum, the Neolithic settlements of Sesklo and Dimini, the National Gallery, the Folklore Museums, the Giorgio De Kiriko Art Centre, the shops, the traditional taverns and the famous “tsipouradika” will remain unforgettable. In Pelion, the mountain of Centaurs, visit the 24 picturesque villages, the traditional old mansions of exquisite architecture, the ski centre with the astonishing view to the sea, the 19th century steam train, the arvellous beaches embraced by the Aegean Sea and Pagasitikos Gulf: Agios Ioannis, Damouchari, Mylopotamos, Afissos, Kala Nera, Tzasteni, Mourtias…..
The islands of Nothern Sporades, “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 green island of Skopelos with the traditional villages and its 360 churches, 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 Alonnisos with the old town, the quiet beaches, the “desert islands” and of course the National Marine Park, which constitutes the largest protected area of the Mediterranean Sea, an important habitat of the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus Monachus).
At a close distance from Volos lies the city of Trikala Visit the Castle, the Asclipiion, the medieval quarter of Varousi, the Museums and Galleries. Walk along the river bank, enjoy the landscape in Elati and Pertouli and don’t miss the outstanding view of Meteora in Kalambaka, a complex of monasteries built on impressive rocks. Finally, Larissa city is an important commercial centre in the heart of the Thessalian plain with the famous mountain of Olympus being the major tourist attraction. You will be impressed by the ancient theatres, the 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, a modern and dynamic city with big squares, Museums, Galleries, Pafsilipo Park and the Municipal Market will pleasantly surprise you. Don’t forget to visit the picturesque Nikolaos Plastiras lake, the villages on the mountains Agrafa and Pindos, the thermal baths in Smokovo village and explore every corner of the region.
Thessaly is a popular tourist destination for thousands of Greek and foreign visitors. The beauty of landscape, the ideal geographic position, the history and tradition, the civilization, the high quality of services provided, the multiple forms of tourism offered throughout the year (marine, diving, cultural, religious, conference, sports, trekking, cycling, equestrian, mountaineering, ecological, spa, gastronomic) the local products and markets, the hospitality of local people and modern tourist facilities (hotels, rooms to let, traditional settlements, campings etc.) make Thessaly a perfect tourist destination and guarantee a comfortable and safe stay that suits all pockets. Thessaly has an excellent road and railway network. Moreover, the two airports of Volos and Skiathos connect Thessaly with many European countries, while Volos port attracts a large number of cruise ships and links Europe and the Balkans to Asia and North Africa.
In the multiple shops found in Volos, Karditsa, Larisa, Trikala and in smaller towns and villages of the region, you will discover unique shopping opportunities in clothes, shoes, leather items, bags, jewellery, accessories, toys. Don’t forget to buy local products, such as wine, tsipouro drink, liqueur, milk products, cold meats, oil, olives, honey, marmalade and spoon sweets, all of excellent quality. Thessalian land is well-known for the production of apples, chestnuts, cherries, plums, while its herbs and aromatic plants, such as tea, mint, oregano, sage and so many more have been well-known since antiquity.
The numerous events organized all year round such as concerts, theatrical performances, festivals, traditional feasts, the revival of traditional customs and the vivid night life, will fill your free time with a variety of interesting and pleasant activities. The acquaintance with the local traditional cuisine of Thessaly will appeal to the most demanding tourists. Don’t forget to taste dishes with fresh fish and sea-food, such as lobster spaghetti, octopus cooked over charcoal, black and white grouper, cuttlefish with herbs, as well as dishes with excellent meat cooked in a unique way and enjoy them with a bottle of fine local wine or tsipouro.