Thessaly is a traditional geographic and modern administrative region of Greece, comprising most of the ancient region of the same name. Thessaly lies in central Greece and borders the regions of Macedonia on the north, Epirus on the west, Central Greece on the south and the Aegean Sea on the east. The Thessaly region also includes the Sporades islands.

The region of Thessaly is located on the northern side of Greece, between Macedonia and Sterea. Watered by the Aegean Sea from the eastern side, only few parts of Thessaly are open to tourism. Meteora is the most impressive site of Thessaly Greece, with huge rocks standing in the middle of a valley and monasteries constructed on top of these rocks. Pelion is also a great place for holiday: gorgeous natural beauty, with amazing beaches and lovely villages in the mountains. According to the Greek mythology, Pelion was the homeland of the Centaurs, the mythical creatures half-men half-horses. Nice beaches are also found in the coasts of Larissa, the largest town of Thessaly.

Thessaly is split by a range of hills into a southwestern sector dominated by the town of Tríkala and an eastern sector centring on Larissa. To the southeast the Magnesia Peninsula, a prolongation of the Pelion massif, encloses the Pagasitikos Gulf.

 

Thessaly was first inhabited during the prehistoric years, according to the several Palaeolithic findings. The only works of art that belong to the ancient Neolithic era are some statuettes and ceramic vases, which are regarded as masterpieces of ancient Greek art. During the Geometric period, there is a massive immigration wave moving from Macedonia to Thessaly and Epirus.

Enjoy Thessaly, a region of sheer beauty with mountains, rivers, beaches, the Sporades Islands complex (Skopelos, Skiathos, Alonissos and Skyros), the popular Plastira Lake, Tempi valley, and last but not least the unique Meteora, the most photogenic spiritual site in Greece. Archeological areas, Byzantine monasteries and churches, traditional settlements and ski resorts complete the fascinating natural beauty of Thessaly and make it a popular holiday destination. The eastern coasts of Thessaly in the Aegean Sea form many lovely beaches and places for summer holidays.

 


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