Karditsa

City in Thessaly

Attractions, Sights & Things to Do in Karditsa

The interior of the  covered Municipal Market of Karditsa.
photo: taver / CC BY-ND 2.0
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Municipal Market of Karditsa

The covered market of the city made out of concrete, metal, and glass that is a unique example of modern urban architecture.

The front part and the main entrance of the Archaeological Museum of Karditsa.
← W   < 1km

Archaeological Museum of Karditsa

Focusing on the rich history and the past, the museum aims to introduce the basic characteristics of the city to inhabitants and visitors.

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National Festival of Amateur Theatre in Karditsa

Annual theatrical competition that encourages amateur creation, aiming to entertain and educate.

One of the paths in Pafsilipo Park in Karditsa among the trees and the green landscape.
photo: taver / CC BY-ND 2.0
↗ NE   < 1km

Park of Pafsilipo

A green oasis of 50 acres dominates a part of the Karditsa city center and serves as a relaxing spot for locals and visitors.

A picture showing a part of the facilities of the Filonikos Farm outside the city of Karditsa.
photo: filoneikos.gr
↓ S   ≈ 5.2km

Filonikos Farm (Zoo, Horses, Go Kart, Cafe-Bar)

A modern multi-purpose entertainment venture, the ideal destination for families with children.

A picture showing the Castle of Fanari on the top of the hill with some houses of the settlement close to it.
↖ NW   ≈ 16.6km

Castle of Fanari, Karditsa

Located on the peak of the hill where the village of Fanari is built, it is an impressive and well-preserved Byzantine castle.

An overview of the Plastira lake among hills of dense vegetation.
photo: Manu / CC BY 2.0
← W   ≈ 24.1km

Lake Plastiras (Tavropos Reservoir)

Owed its creation to the dam construction, composes a fairy tale mountainous landscape that attracts numerous visitors the whole year-round.

An overview of the Plastiras Lake Dam with a part of the surrounding mountains.
photo: Manu / CC BY 2.0
↙ SW   ≈ 29km

Dam of Plastiras Lake

An 83 meters height and 220 meters long structure that holds the waters of Tavropos River and was constructed between 1955 and 1959.

A stream close to Anthochori village.
photo: stefg74 / CC BY 2.0
← W   ≈ 31.9km

Hiking «Watermill to Waterfalls» in Anthochori

Starting from the watermill of Anthochori leads to the astonishing waterfalls of the Plastira region.

Picture from the yard of the Panagia Pelekiti Monastery showing stone-built facilities and the surrounding vegetation.
↙ SW   ≈ 32.4km

Monastery of Panagia Pelekiti

Hewed in the vertical rock of the mountain, it is an impressive monastery located at an altitude of 1400 meters above the sea level.

The clock of the Trikala Clock Tower and an overview of the city.
↖ NW   ≈ 34.3km

Trikala

The getaway of Meteora, with a pioneering and professional administration that develops it to a contemporary functional town of the new era.

A close up picture of the one-arched stone bridge of Pyli, Trikala.
← W   ≈ 40km

Arched Stone Bridge of Pyli Trikala

The second-largest one-arched bridge of Thessaly region that dates from 1514 with a total length of 65,67 m.and a maximum height of 13 m.

An overview of the village of Rentina of Agrafa among the surrounding mountains and hills.
↓ S   ≈ 47.1km

Rentina Agrafon, Sofades

Well-known for the traditional architecture, the rich history, and its significant role during the national liberation struggles of Greece.

The stone-built arched bridge and the waterfall of Palaiokaria in the background.
photo: Dimitris Karagiorgos
← W   ≈ 48.6km

Bridge & Waterfall of Paleokaria

Impressive synthesis within a stunning natural landscape including the 12 meters waterfall and the stone-built bridge of the 16th century.

Questions & Answers about Karditsa

Why Visit Karditsa?
  • A wide bicycle network and nearly 20.000 bikes, make cycling identical for the city.
  • Located centrally in the Greek mainland combines history, tradition, and nature.
  • Relatively new city founded in the 15th century.
What is Karditsa, Greece?

Almost in the center of the Thessaly region and next to the Pinios river is located the Greek city of Karditsa. It is the capital of the prefecture and a flat city which is famous for the wide use of bicycles by its residents. Karditsa was actually the first Greek city where a network of cycle paths was constructed. Nowadays Karditsa is a green and calm city with a pedestrianized center and offers its visitors all the options of a modern urban center. For a more unique ride in the city, can be made by bike since someone can rent one of the bikes of the municipality and explore Karditsa on two wheels.

What are the most significant points in the history of Karditsa?

The foundation of the city dates back to the 15th century during the Ottoman period. The city's name derives either from the word "karyditsa", or from the Slavic word "gradtitsa", which means town. Its geographical location helped the city to become a major shopping center, which resulted in a population increase. In 1821 the city suffered from the terrible plague that decimated the population, but very soon was resettled. In 1881, Karditsa was liberated from the Ottoman occupation and united with Greece. During the Second World War, it was the first city in Europe that was liberated from the German nazi occupation (12-3-1943) with the assistance of the local resistance militia. In December of 1948, one of the deadliest battles of the Greek Civil War took place in Karditsa, with 50 civilian casualties, while there were 19 dead and 85 wounded by the National Army.