Larissa

  • Larisa

City in Thessaly

Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do in Larissa

A small lake with fountains in the Alkazar park of Larissa.
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Alcazar Park, Larisa

The contemporary urban park of Larissa serving both as a relaxation place as well as a training area for the city inhabitants.

The statue of Hippokrates in Larissa.
↖ NW   < 1km

Hippokrates Monument, Larissa

The memorial of one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine, who spent the last years of his life in the city of Larissa.

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The statue of Bucephalus surrounded by bushes and flowers, having some blocks of flats of Larissa in the background.
↓ S   < 1km

Monument of Bucephalus

A masterpiece statue of the horse of Alexander the Great, that according to historians was originating from the broader region of Thessaly.

The Metropolitan Church of Agios Achillios in Larissa during the night.
↓ S   < 1km

Metropolitan Church of Agios Achillios

Being dedicated to the Patron Saint of the city, it was built in 6th century AD on its grave place.

An overview of the walking path that follows the flow of the Pinios River in Larissa during a winter sunny day.
↓ S   < 1km

Pinios River Path, Larissa

An opportunity for a relaxing promenade in an area where the pristine nature "invades" the urban environment of the city.

The remains of the second ancient theatre of Larissa.
↓ S   < 1km

Β' Ancient Theatre of Larissa

The earlier ancient theater of the city that dates from the 1st century BC, the years of the Roman emperor Octavian Augustus.

Remains on the Frourio (Fortress) area of Larissa and the building of Bezesteni in the background.
↘ SE   < 1km

Bezesteni of Larissa

« Frourio »

Remains of an old Ottoman covered market, used also for military purposes during the 19th century.

Mill of Pappas Cultural Center

The city's old mill, that hosts today a permanent exhibition as well as cultural events, music concerts, and performances.

Remains of the First Ancient Theatre of Larissa.
photo: Fsb2004 at the Q52 project
↘ SE   < 1km

A' Ancient Theatre of Larissa

Being the biggest of the Thessaly region, with a capacity of 10.000 spectators, it was founded in 3rd century BC and was in use for 6 centuries.

A picture of the exterior of the Folklore & Historical Museum of Larissa.
↘ SE   ≈ 3.2km

Folklore & Historical Museum of Larissa

20.000 exhibits from the 15th until the 20th century, depict the region's traditional background.

The front part of the Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa, during a snowy winter day.
↓ S   ≈ 3.8km

Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa

« G.I. Katsigras »

One of the three major and most significant art galleries in Greece that dates from 1983.

The interior of the Diachronic Museum of Larissa.
↙ SW   ≈ 4.7km

Diachronic Museum of Larissa

Inaugurated in 2015, it includes a contemporary exhibition of more than 2.000 artifacts that compose a picture of the region during centuries.

The exterior of the church of Panagia Faneromeni which is the cathedral of Tyrnavos.
↖ NW   ≈ 20.8km

Tyrnavos Town

The small town of Thessaly which is the capital of tsipouro, the traditional strong distilled spirit of the Greek mainland.

Suspension bridge in Tempi Valley, that connects one bank of the Pinios River with the of Shrine of Agia Paraskevi area.
↑ N   ≈ 36.3km

Valley of Tempe

« Tempi »

Narrow natural pass along with the flow of Pinios River, famous for its dense vegetation.

A picture taken from Pinios River depicts the snowy peak of Mount Ossa.
↗ NE   ≈ 40.2km

Mount Ossa

« Kissavos »

Well-known from the Thessalian folklore tradition as a permanent opposition to Mount Olympus.

The front side and the main entrance of the Holy Shrine of Agia Paraskevi in Tempi.
photo: Lemur12 / CC BY 2.0
↗ NE   ≈ 42km

Holy Shrine of Saint Paraskevi, Tempi

Dating from 1910, it's famous for its holy water and the surrounding landscape of great vegetation.

An image that depicts a part of the beach of Stomio in the region of Agia (Evrymenes).
↗ NE   ≈ 52.2km

Stomio Beach, Agia (Evrymenes)

Beach of the settlement that is located south of the Pinios delta and stands for the stream that separates the coast from the mainland.

An image of the Kokkino Nero Beach in the area of Agia (Evrymenes).
↗ NE   ≈ 54.6km

Kokkino Nero Beach, Agia (Evrymenes)

Beach separated in one pebble and one sandy part and is named after the local thermal springs.

A picture of the exterior of the Kanalon monastery surrounded by the dense vegetation of the area.
photo: Hermann Hammer
↑ N   ≈ 56.1km

Kanalon Monastery, Karya

An old and historical worth-visiting monastery hidden in the dense vegetation of the southern part of Mount Olympus.

An aerial photo showing the long beach of Velika in the area of Agia (Melivoia).
→ E   ≈ 56.4km

Velika Beach, Agia (Melivoia)

Long stretched and organized beach with many tavernas and beach bars. A vacation destination that hosts also numerous accommodation options.

A photo showing many people under umbrellas and others who are sunbathing at the Agiokampos Beach of Agia (Melivoia).
→ E   ≈ 56.7km

Agiokampos Beach, Agia (Melivoia)

Long sandy and organized beach of the coastal settlement that is among the most famous summer destinations of the Thessaly county.

The long beach of Nei (Neoi) Pori with a lifeguard tower close to the sea and the Mount Olympos in the background.
photo: BANÁR / CC BY 3.0
↗ NE   ≈ 59.3km

Nei (Neoi) Pori Beach, East Olympos

Wide & long blue-flag beach of 5 km takes advantage of the amenities offered by the hotels, bars, and restaurants of the local settlement.

A photo showing many umbrellas and sunbeds at the beach of Nea Mesangala at Tempi (Kato Olympos).
↗ NE   ≈ 59.7km

Nea Mesangala Beach, Tempi (Kato Olympos)

Organised beach located close to Pinios river delta, offers many amenities and accommodation options.

Some steps leading to a part of Platamon beach among the dense vegetation.
↗ NE   ≈ 59.9km

Platamonas Beach, East Olympos

Combining the green of the trees with the blue of the sea, while being next to a medieval castle and having Mount Olympus in the background.

The walls of the castle of Platamonas among the dense vegetation and the blue sky in the background.
↑ N   ≈ 60.5km

Platamon Castle, East Olympos

Medieval fortress that dominates the landscape of Platamonas and has a great history during the centuries.

A photo of the beach of Panteleimonas with the castle of Platamon in the background.
↑ N   ≈ 61.6km

Panteleimonas Beach, East Olympos

Organized sand & small pebble beach where tall trees are reaching the coast and the nearby castle of Platamon offers a great view.

Questions & Answers about Larissa

Why Visit Larissa?
  • 5th largest city in Greece.
  • Its great plain has the reputation of being one of Greece's food providers.
  • The capital of coffee, since it has the greatest number of cafeterias per capita.
What is Larissa, Greece?

The Greek city of Larissa has a population of nearly 160.000 inhabitants. It is the capital of the prefecture of Larissa and it's the 5th largest city in the country. Today it's a bustling urban center with huge economic growth, a university, and several colleges. A recent very active urban reconstruction transformed Larissa into a modern European city. It is worth visiting the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of History and Folklore Arts of the city. Have a tour of the Valley of Tempi and try the amazing local products of the region. Among them, the distilled spirit tsipouro or raki (grappa made from grapes), which is considered one of the best in the country. Larissa can be reached by car via the National Road, and railway, from Athens and Thessaloniki.

What are some important historical facts about the city of Larissa, Greece?

Larissa is a city of unparalleled beauty and remarkable history since according to excavations it hosted some of the earliest settlements in Greece dating back nearly 4000 years. During history, and until the era of the Byzantine Empire, it was a thriving city. In the 13th century, Larissa passed into the hands of the Franks to follow the Serbs, while in1392 was conquered by the Turks. It got its freedom from the Turks in 1881 and incorporated in the Greek state with its largest part.