City in Thessaly

With an extensive network of bike lanes, this cute town is a gateway to mountainous traditional villages and hiking destinations of stunning beauty.

Karditsa Attractions

Park of Pafsilipo

This green oasis of 50 acres in the Karditsa's city center is a place for relaxation, walks, and sports.

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

Paleokaria Arch Bridge - Waterfall

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

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

Plastiras Lake Dam

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

A close up picture of the one-arched stone bridge of Pyli, Trikala.
distant ≈ 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.

A picture showing the Castle of Fanari on the top of the hill with some houses of the settlement close to it.
hidden gem

Fanari Castle

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

Municipal Market of Karditsa

This covered market made of concrete, metal, and glass is a welcome addition to Karditsa's urban architecture. It gathers many locals in the weekends.

Karditsa Things to Do

A picture showing a part of the facilities of the Filonikos Farm outside the city of Karditsa.
photo: filoneikos.gr

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

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

An overview of the Plastira lake among hills of dense vegetation.
photo: Manu / CC BY 2.0
hidden gem
distant ≈ 22.8km

Lake Plastiras (Tavropos Reservoir)

This artificial lake adds a watery heaven on an otherwise fairytale landscape. It attracts visitors and also wildlife whole year-round.

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

Monastery of Panagia Pelekiti

Hewed in vertical mountain rocks, it is an impressive monastery with imposing hagiography and exceptional views from atop the mountain.

A stream close to Anthochori village.
photo: stefg74 / CC BY 2.0
distant ≈ 31.8km

Hiking «Watermill to Waterfalls», Anthochori

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

Karditsa National Festival of Amateur Theatre

Annual theatre competition that encourages amateur productions and actors aiming at entertaining and educating.

Karditsa Museums

Karditsa Day Trips

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.