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Thessaly: The mythical residence of the gods

Thessaly


Thessaly is a geographical region in the central part of continental Greece. It’s land is basically a large plain surrounded by high mountains. It borders to the north with the periphery of Macedonia, to the south with Sterea Ellada and to the west with Epirus, while on the east it is bathed by the Aegean Sea. It comprises 4 prefectures: Karditsa, Larissa, Magnesia and Trikala.

The main resource of Thessaly is agriculture. The growth of agricultural economy is mainly due to the large and fertile plains of the region. The plains of Thessaly are traversed by the Pinios river, the third biggest river of Greece.

 

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Thessaly is a blessed place. Let’s not forget that mountain Olympus is in it, the tallest mountain in Greece, where according to Greek Mythology, the 12 Gods used to live. The verdant green plains, the majestic mountains, the magnificent forests and the crystal clear waters of Aegean Sea, introduce the visitor to a region of unique and unspoiled nature.

The periphery of Thessaly is very important from a tourism point of view. The prefecture of Magnesia is a famous centre of both winter and summer tourism, due to the picturesque villages of Pelion with the characteristic architectural style of their buildings and also due to the islands of North Sporades with their natural beauty.

The rocks formations of Meteora, in the prefecture of Trikala, attract a large number of foreign and Greek visitors, due to their unique nature.
There are many sites of archaeological importance all over Thessaly. One example is the site of Sesklo, where a Neolithic settlement has been discovered.

The valley of Tempi, formed between the mountains of Olympus and Ossa (Kissavos), with its verdant vegetation consisting mostly of water-loving trees, is one of the most picturesque areas of Greece. According to the Greek mythology, Dafni and the goddesses Artemis and Aphrodite used to bathe in the sources of the area.

In this prefecture you can tour the archaeological sites, see unique prehistoric and historical findings, monuments, churches and monasteries, landmarks of the history of the area. In Thessaly you can select the discreet tranquillity and seek inspiration in the diversity of the landscape.

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