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.
Seat of the prefecture: Larissa
Prefecture population: 297.305 (2001 census)
Distance of the prefecture seat from Athens: 356 km
The main areas of the prefecture are: Elassona, Larisa, Tempi, Tyrnavos, Farsala.
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 Larissa is one of the most agriculturally developed in Greece, mainly due to its large and fertile irrigated plain expanses.
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.
The city of Larisa, 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 you can 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 Thessaloniki to Larissa service.
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
(Calling code for Greece 0030)
Larisa Municipality 2410 564200 Larisa General Hospital 2410 230031 Larisa University Hospital 2410 617000 Larisa Police Station 2410 683137 Larisa Traffic Police 2410 683169 Larisa Tourist Police 2410 683135
Larisa Bus Station 2410 537737 Larisa Railway Station 2410 590143 Larisa Taxi 2410 661414 Larisa Library 2410 531973 Larisa Museum 2410 288515 Larisa Art Museum 2410 621205
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