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A region of sheer beauty with mountains, rivers, beaches, the popular Plastira Lake, Tempi valley, and last but not least the unique Meteora, the most photogenic spiritual site in Greece. Archeological areas, Byzantine monasteries and churches, traditional settlements and ski resorts complete the fascinating natural beauty of Thessaly and make it a popular holiday destination.

Thessaly has some of the biggest mountains in the country, Olympus, Kissavos and Pelion, and several smaller ones all over its region. There is a quite long river, the third longest one in Greece, Pinios River crossing the Tempi Valley. Thessaly’s coastline has a lot of beautiful beaches and landscapes and it is very attractive to tourists.

Must visit:

Volos, the city of the Argonauts, where you will definitely pass by a tsipouro taverna (tsipouradika) as they are dispersed in every nook and cranny: almost 600 (!) of them bear the gastronomic stamp of the city and provide people with a favourite meeting point; that is the unrivalled landmark of Volos.

Pilio: the mountain of the Centaurs near Volos, with the small traditional villages of Makrinitsa, Portaria, Milies, Vizitsa, Tsagarada and Zagora, full of magnificent large old stone houses with wall decorations and slate roofs.

Plastiras Lake: a human intervention managed to unite the artificial with the natural element. A magical place with forests, in which Fairies and the Sleeping Beauty found their shelter. A place for visitors who seek peace and serenity, but also for those who look for adventure, combining mountain and lake activities.

Meteora: twenty-four Byzantine monasteries have been clinging to the tops of the tall grey rock pillars for over six hundred years, challenging and inviting pilgrims and visitors from all over Greece to this centre of Christianity.

Olympus mountain: the home of the 12 gods of Greek mythology, of the Pierian Mowlams of The 9 Muses, of Dion, Pydna, of the Byzantine Castle of Platamonas, of archeological ales and Byzantine monuments, of traditional villages, of traditional tastes and pleasure, of water landscapes and 70 km of wonderful coastline ideal choice for alternative tourism.