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Thessaly - Greek Mainland (Greece)

Thessaly. Thessaly is a Geographical region in Greece. In ancient times, Thessaly was known as Aeolia. It consists of the prefectures of Larissa, Magnesia, Trikala and Karditsa. The total area of Thessaly is 14 000 sq. kilometers. It borders on the north with the region of Macedonia, on the south with the region of Central Greece, on the west with Epirus, while on the east with the Aegean Sea. Administratively to the Thessaly region belong also the Sporades islands.

In Thessaly there is a large fertile plain mainly surrounded by mountains and bordered to the east by the Aegean Sea. The area has a continental climate, with large differences in temperature, in the summer it is very hot and in the winter it can freeze. The main river of Thessaly is the Pinios river, which flows to the sea through the wonderful Tempi valley.

Capital of the region is Larissa. Larissa and Volos are the two largest cities. Thessaly is bordered all around by high mountains: The Olympus mountain in the north (border prefecture Macedonia), in the west there is the Pindos mountain that forms a border with Epirus, in the south Parnassos mountain (border Central Greece) and in the east, there is mountain Ossa and mountain Pelion which form a natural barrier against the sea.

In Thessaly many prehistoric finds have been made in Sesklo and Dimini. The main cities were in the ancient Trikke (now Trikala) Pharsalus (now Farsala), Larissa and Pherai (now Velestino). The geographical isolation and the rivalry between the ruling families were the main reasons for the low impact of the Thessalians on Greek history. Thessaly is traditionally one of the most important agricultural areas of Greece, with for cultivation of corn, rice, tobacco, olives, vegetables and (citrus) fruit. There is enough space left for cattle and, since ancient times, horse breeding. The industry is concentrated mainly around Volos (Port) and Larissa.

Photo Gallery Thessaly - Photos of Thessaly


Platania Pilion - Griekenland - De Griekse Gids 001 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Volos Magnisia - Griekenland - foto 15 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Lafkos Pilion - Griekenland - De Griekse Gids 001 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Tzasteni Pilion - Griekenland -foto 9 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Platania Pilion - Griekenland - De Griekse Gids 007 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Meteora Griekenland - Foto Griekse Gids 026 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Milies Pilion - Griekenland - foto 4 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Uitzicht vanuit Sarantaporo, Thessalie - Foto van anna Tzasteni Pilion - Griekenland -foto 11 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Makrinitsa Pilion - Griekenland - foto 24 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Milina Pilion - Griekenland - foto 1 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Meteoraklooster - Foto van sportverzorger Bergen Larissa Thessalie - Foto 1 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Meteora Griekenland - Foto Griekse Gids 021 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Agia Kyriaki Pilion - Griekenland - foto 17 - Foto van De Griekse Gids


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Trips around Thessaly

Karditsa:
- Karditsa town where the Pafsilipos Park is located. Visit the central square of the town and have a look at the Neoclassical Pallas-building there. Visit also the impressive building of the municipal market.
- The Plastiras lake, 25 kilometres west of Karditsa town.
- The mountainous resort of Mouzaki
- The Acheloos river
- The mountain range of Agrafa and Smokovo

Trikala:
- Trikala town, the beautiful capital of the prefecture, built on the ancient Trikke.
- The asclepeion of ancient Triki, the oldest and most important of Greece according to Strabo
- The traditional preserved Varousi neighborhood
- The Justinianus fort north of the town
- The grove of Profitis Ilias
- The impressive monasteries of Meteora

Larissa:
- Larissa city and the park of Alcazar
- The many important monuments of ancient, Byzantine and Ottoman period. Most are located on the hill of the Fortress
- The Hippocrates tomb
- The Pinios river
- The mounatins Olympos and Ossa

Magnesia:
- The city of Volos
- The villages on Pilion mountain
- The beautiful beaches
- The traditional fishing villages in the Pagasetic Gulf
- The ski resorts of Pilion


Average temperature Thessaly
January
5.2°C
February
6.8°C
March
9.4°C
April
13.8°C
May
19.7°C
June
25.0°C
July
27.2°C
August
26.2°C
September
21.8°C
October
16.2°C
November
10.8°C
December
6.6°C

The Map of Thessaly

De kaart van Thessalie - The map of Thessaly Prefecture larissa Prefecture Trikala Thessaly Prefecture Karditsa Thessaly Prefecture Magnesia Thessaly Macedonia greece Epirus Greece Central Greece Euboea - Evia
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Photos Thessaly - Thessaly pictures


Meteora Griekenland - Foto Griekse Gids 030 - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Afissos Pilion - Griekenland -  foto 8 - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Milies Pilion - Griekenland - foto 21 - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Kala Nera Pilion - Griekenland  - foto 1 - Foto van De Griekse Gids

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