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Larissa. The Prefecture of Larissa is part of the Region of Thessaly in Greece. It includes 28 municipalities and 4 communities and It is the second largest prefecture of Greece. The Prefecture of Larissa stretches 5,381 km2 and borders on the Prefectures of Pieria and Kozani in the north, on the Prefectures of Fthiotida and Magnisia in the south and in the east is washed by the Aegean Sea for approximately 70 km. 48% of the terrain of the Prefecture is in a plain, 25% of it is semi-mountainous and 27% of it is mountainous. The plain of Larissa is very new in geological terms. The basin was formed in the Middle Pleistocene Age (about 210,000 or 45,000 years ago) while one half of the plain has been formed in the last 8,000 years. The Prefecture of Larissa offers a wide range of important tourist attractions that impress the visitors and it has a great variety of ecosystems.


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The town of Larissa

The town of Larissa is situated in the center of the Thessalian plain and has been the capital of Thessaly throughout its long history, from ancient Pelasguiotida to this day.It constitutes the economic, administrative and scientific centre of Thessaly. Larissa has important sights and monuments. It has strong business potentialities, too. The vast pedestrianized precinct of Larissa makes the town a pleasant place to take a walk in especially in the business centre. The advantageous geographical position of the town has greatly contributed to its tourist development which is also connected with a number of professional activities.
It is also worth mentioning the cultural infrastructures of the town; there are two ancient theatres, a Municipal Gallery, a Municipal Regional Theater, a Center of Modern Plastic Arts, cinemas, a Folklore Historical Museum, 'G.I.Katsigras Museum etc. Doubtless, the transport infrastructures of the Prefecture of Larissa, its railway network and the national road make the town easy of access and constitute major advantages, too. Likewise, the town economy contributes to the development of its business and congress tourism.

The town of Elassona

Elassona is the seat of the municipality of Elassona. It is situated on the north side of Olympus and is 40 km away from the town of Larissa.Its inhabitants are engaged in trade, agriculture and stock-breeding. Homer refers to the ancient town of Olosson and qualifies it as White Olosson. He also mentions that its leader Policletus took part in the Trojan war. The first inhabitants of the province belonged to the tribe of Lapiths but later on it came to the Perevians and became one of the best known towns in Perevia.

The town of Farsala

Farsala is the seat of the municipality of Farsala and the capital of the homonymous province.In terms of administrative division, Farsala belongs to the Prefecture of Larissa while in terms of ecclesiastical division it belongs to Karditsa (diocese of Thessaly and Fanariofarsala). Nowadays, it is a modern and dynamic small market town of 12,000 inhabitants of the Prefecture of Larissa, on the borderline between Larissa and the Prefecture of Fthiotida. In the northwest, it borders on the municipality of Enippea, in the northeast on the Municipality of Polidamanta and in the east on the Municipality of Narthakio while in the north and in the west it borders on the Prefecture of Fthiotida.

The town of Tirnavos

Tirnavos is a particularly thriving town of 20,000 inhabitants who are mainly farmers. The town has a high standard of living and a high cultural and social standard, as well. It is worth mentioning the carnival of Tirnavos and the custom of Shrove Monday that pulls in thousands of people from all places of Greece. Although Tirnavos isnʼt a trip destination in other times of the year it offers the opportunity of seeing new things not only within the town precincts but also in the surrounding areas. The fountain of Tirnavos is an artificial lake that constitutes a traditional recreation ground for the inhabitants of the surrounding areas and an important biotope of migratory birds. On the hill of the region there can be seen Saint Annʼs chapel and a war monument as a tribute to the memory of the soldiers that were killed in the battle of Meluna and Deleria that took place on April 11, 1897.

The Olympus

According to the Greek mythology the twelve gods that decided upon the Ancient Greeksʼ fate lived on the peaks of mount Olympus. It is the highest mountain in Greece (2,917m). Mount Olympus is divided by the Ziliana stream of the region of Karia into two parts: the main mass and Low Olympus. As mount Olympus rises up on the borderline between Thessaly and Macedonia and in the middle of the mainland of Greece, it is accessible from the national road, the railway network and the provincial roads. It is also visible from the peaks of most Greek mountains.

Mount Olympus was formed approximately 200 million years ago. There have been ancient sanctuaries on its slopes and peaks such as Juppiterʼs sanctuary on Saint Antoniosʼ peak, at Pithio of the Prefecture of Larissa and at Dio which belongs to the Prefecture of Pieria. Mount Olympus is also famous for the important monasteries of Saint Dionysios, of Petra, of Sparmo and of Virgin Mary of Kanala. Its ravines and forests have also been the robbersʼ hide-out.

A part of the mountain was qualified as a National Park in 1938 while Unesco proclaimed mount Olympus “Sediment of Biosphere”. The Nature Conservancy status quo that this National Park is subject to contributes not only to the protection of the flora and fauna but also to its systematic recording. The nucleus of the National Park and slopes at the “Mikra and Megala Kazania” constitute significant biotopes of various species of plants and animals, too. The sublime and rare beauty of mount Olympus as well as the ancient legends associated with the mountain attract thousands of visitors every year.Climbers can find accommodation and food in its five mountain refuges.

In 1913 the Swiss climbers Fr. Boissonnas and D. Baud-Bovy and the guide Christos Kakalos reached the highest peak of mount Olympus. Nowadays, visitors can get to each corner of the mountain and enjoy its beauty keeping to its safe paths.

Kokkinopilos, Karia, Rapsani, Krania and other picturesque villages are perched on its slopes. There are also interesting monuments and high-quality infrastructures such as taverns and hospices available for visitors.

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