Karditsa

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.

Attractions & Things to Do in Karditsa

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.

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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.

← W
< 1km

National Festival of Amateur Theatre in Karditsa

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

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.

↗ NE
< 1km
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.

↓ S
≈ 5.2km

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.

↖ NW
≈ 16.6km
An overview of the Plastira lake among hills of dense vegetation.
photo: Manu / CC BY 2.0

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

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.

↙ SW
≈ 29km
A stream close to Anthochori village.
photo: stefg74 / CC BY 2.0

Hiking «Watermill to Waterfalls» in Anthochori

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

← W
≈ 31.9km

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.

↙ SW
≈ 32.4km

Trikala

In Trikala, you can take a long walk in the streets of the old town and visit museums, the fortress, the Ottoman mosque, and other points of interest.

↖ NW
≈ 34.3km

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.

← W
≈ 40km

Rentina Agrafon, Sofades

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

↓ S
≈ 47.1km
The stone-built arched bridge and the waterfall of Palaiokaria in the background.
photo: Dimitris Karagiorgos

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.

← W
≈ 48.6km

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.

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