Lamia

Close to the legendary battlefield of the 300 Spartans, Lamia and its broader region are home to many historical monuments from all historical eras.

Attractions & Things to Do in Lamia

An overview of the Parkou Square in Lamia with the acropolis and the castle of the city in the background.
photo: Agnee / CC BY 2.0

Parkou Square

The largest among the four central squares of Lamia composes the ideal place for a coffee or refreshment break for locals and visitors.

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A close up photo of a dish that includes tzatziki, gyros meat and french fries.
photo: Public Domain

Lamia Traditional Greek Restaurants

«Tavernes»

Famous gastronomic destination where the roasted meat and other original Greek dishes are highlights.

An overview of Eleftherias Square in Lamia that includes the Cathedral of the city.
photo: Μιχαήλ Νικολάου

Eleftherias Square

Eleftherias Square can actually be described as the large yard of the city cathedral that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

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A close up picture of a part of the walls of the Castle of Lamia.
photo: Pedro / CC BY 2.0

Castle of the Lamia Acropolis

Well-preserved fortification of the city acropolis that involves a historical continuity from the 5th century BC until the Second World War.

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The the main entrance of the Archaeological Museum of Lamia among trees and green vegetation.
photo: Agnee / CC BY 2.0

Archaeological Museum of Lamia

It is housed in the building on the top of the Lamia Acropolis that served as a military shelter and dates from the period of King Otto.

↑ N
< 1km

Agiou Louka Hill & Church

Area close to Lamia center that stands for its dense vegetation and gets its name from the chapel that is located here and dates from 1910.

↖ NW
< 1km

Bridge of Gorgopotamos

Area synonymous with a successful war sabotage and the cooperation of different political resistance forces against Nazism during World War ll.

↙ SW
≈ 12km

Athanasios Diakos Monument, Alamana

A battle memorial dedicated to a great hero of the Greek Struggle for Independence against the Turks.

↘ SE
≈ 15.7km

Hot Springs of Thermopylae

«Loutra Thermopilon»

Unexploited open-air treasure that misses infrastructure, but is definitely worth visiting.

↘ SE
≈ 20.2km

Memorial of Leonidas and Sparta 300, Thermopylae

Modern monument in the actual spot of one of the most well-known battles in worldwide history.

↘ SE
≈ 20.3km

Historical Information Centre of Thermopylae

Depicting the Thermopylae Battle historical events, through 3D projections and other modern means.

↘ SE
≈ 20.3km

Acropolis (Medieval Castle) of Ypati Phthiotis

Even if today there are only a few remains of the castle, the view from the acropolis is breathtaking.

← W
≈ 23.8km

Byzantine Museum of Fthiotida, Ypati

Its exhibitions shed light on the «Greek Medieval Years» that corresponds to the Byzantine Period.

← W
≈ 24.2km

Agathonos Monastery

A place with great religious significance, but also a spot that hosts a Natural Museum and has deep ties to the surrounding environment.

← W
≈ 28.2km

Oiti Natural History Museum

20 kilometers from Oiti National Park, hosted in Agathonos Monastery, is located the museum that informs about this gorgeous protected area.

← W
≈ 28.3km

Questions & Answers about Lamia

Why Visit Lamia?
  • In the middle of the distance on a trip from the central to the northern mainland.
  • Close to historical battle points like Thermopylae, Alamana, Gorgopotamos.
  • A modern city that respects tradition, and famous for the nice food.
What is Lamia, Greece?

The capital of the county of Fthiotida and an important town of central Greece which hosts more than 50,000 inhabitans. Today it is a dynamically developing urban center, with many neoclassical buildings in the center to remind the glorious past. The town was founded in ancient times and was being built at a strategic geographical location and close to the world-famous historical sites of Thermopylae, Alamana and Gorgopotamos, etc.

What is the history of Lamia?

Archaeological research revealed settlements from the Middle and Late Neolithic era, demonstrating life existence in the Sperchios river valley since the 5th millennium BC. With the invasion of Hindu-European tribes in 2000 BC, there was the creation of Fthia, which is mentioned by Homer as the city and home of the mythical Achilles, who was its king. In 480 BC, the famous "Battle of Thermopylae" with the famous Leonidas and 300 Spartans took place. It was between the Greek cities and the Persian Imperial Army. During the Byzantine era, the region is mentioned as highly affected by the earthquake of 551 AD. Additionally, in 995AD took place the "Battle of Sperchios" where the general Nikiphoros Ouranos and the Emperor Vasilios II Voulgaroktonos, crushed the Bulgarian army.

What was the role of Lamia during the revolution against the Turks?

During the Ottoman era, the city was known as "Zitouni" and served as an army base. In the revolution of 1821, the city and the surrounding area played a very important role. All this due to the hero Athanasios Diakos who led the Greeks to the fight of "Alamana" on April 22, 1821. The 1,500 men of Diakos defeated by the army of Omer Vryonis which numbered about 8,000 soldiers. Eventually, the area was officially liberated from the Ottoman occupation on 28 March 1833 and the town was renamed Lamia serving at that time as the northern border of the newly established Greek state.

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