Larissa: From Olympus to the outskirts of the Othris & Aegean Sea


Seat of the prefecture: Larissa
The main areas of the prefecture are: Elassona, Larisa, Tempi, Tyrnavos, Farsala.

The prefecture of Larissa is the largest of the 4 prefectures in Thessaly. On the east, the prefecture of Larissa is bathed by Aegean Sea, and, more specifically, by the waters of Thermaikos Gulf.

The highest mountain peak in the prefecture and, as a matter of fact, in entire Greece and the Balkan Peninsula, is the peak Pantheon (2.917 m) of Mount Olympus.

The plain of Larissa occupies the western part of the prefecture and it is one of the most important agricultural regions in Greece. Through the plain flows the river Pinios, a source of irrigation making the plain suitable for growing may types of crops. The prefecture of Larisa is one of the most agriculturally developed in Greece, mainly due to its large and fertile irrigated plain expanses.

Larissa Map

The prefecture of Larissa combines practically everything. From the verdant green mountains, ideal for winter tourism and sports, to the long beaches with the crystal clear waters of Aegean Sea. The Mount Olympus National Forest with its rare endemic flora species is a setting of immense natural beauty and of special interest for climbers and nature lovers.

Larissa Attractions

The city of Larissa, the seat of the prefecture, is built on the banks of Pinios river, and it is one of the most historic areas of Greece. It is a busy city, throbbing with life and strewn with monuments and points of interest.

You can visit the Fortress where the metropolitan church of Saint Achilleus is built, the famous recreation area of Alkazar Park and the monument of Hippocrates where the grave of the “father of Medicine”, a marble statue and the Museum of Medicine can be found.

Larissa also has a Folklore-Historical Museum and a New Archaeological Byzantine Museum where the already existing Archaeological Museum of Larissa will move, of course, with an increased number of exhibits.

You can also visit the town of Ambelakia with the 18th century mansions, the area of Stomio, where the monastery dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, of the 8th century is, as well as the area of Tempi, the well known verdant green valley and the Oria Castle in Lykostomo.

In Tsaritsani, with the 17th and 18th century mansions, the churches of Saint Panteleimon and Saint Nicolas with interesting icons and wood carved decorations are well worth a visit.

In the prefecture of Larissa you can also enjoy the sea and the sun in the great sandy beaches of the Aegean Sea and take on water sports and other related activities.
The city of Larissa with the combination of its natural beauty, the monuments and the intense commercial and entertainment activity, gives the impression of a very promising modern city.

How to get there

By bus: There is frequent daily service with KTEL busses to and from Athens and Thessalonica. There is also bus service to and from the other cities of Thessaly.
By car: You can get to Larissa by car:

The distance from Athens is 359 km
The distance from Thessalonica is 186 km
The distance from Patras is 338 km
By train: Athens and Thessalonica to Larissa service.

Larissa Photos

Larissa Useful Telephone Numbers (Calling code for Greece 0030)

Larissa Municipality
2410 564200
Larissa Bus Station
2410 537737
Larissa General Hospital
2410 230031
Larissa Railway Station
2410 590143
Larissa University Hospital
2410 617000
Larissa Taxi
2410 661414
Larissa Police Station
2410 683137
Larissa Library
2410 531973
Larissa Traffic Police
2410 683169
Larissa Museum
2410 288515
Larissa Tourist Police
2410 683135
Larissa Art Museum
2410 621205