The city of Larissa, which is one of the biggest cities of Greece and the capital of the prefecture of Larissa, lies in the center of the eastern part of Thessaly and has the face of a contemporary and modern city, in which there is a plethora of big squares, beautiful parks, historical and archeological monuments, as well as other cultural spots. It is a commercial, industrial, military and transportation center.
Its name is pre-Hellenic, of a Pelasgian origin, and means a “powerfully fortified hill” or “stronghold”. According to mythology Larissos, son of Pelasgos, built the city in the Pelasgian era. The city has been inhabited for almost 4,000 years and its history is really admirable.
Point of departure will be the acropolis on the hill of Saint Achilles, the patron saint of the city, a location which has been continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period. During the Classical period it constituted the citadel of Larissa. A fortress was also built here by the Byzantines during the early years of their empire. Today, only the 15th century Turkish market survives, constructed with the remains of older structures. On the southern slope of the hill we can visit the ruins of the ancient theatre. In close proximity to this theatre, was recently discovered a smaller one, which is also of great archaeological importance.
On the top of this hill, amongst the old monuments, Larisians build their day-to-day life. Walk all the way to Larissa’s busy commercial centre, which is developed in an extensive network of pedestrianized streets. Combine your shopping experience with a visit to the Archaeological museum, or the Historical & Folk Art museum and the Municipal Library, or attend painting and sculpture exhibitions at the Municipal Art Gallery.