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Welcome to Larissa!

ATTRACTIONS

- Acropolis and the Old Town. It’s located on the hill of Agios Achilleios. It has been continuously inhabited since the Neolithic era. Today the area is called a “fort”. Only Mpezesteni (the market) is preserved, which was built during the Turkish rule (15th century). It its walls you will notice parts of older constructions, which were used as material. Part of the old market between the Fort, Laos Square (the city’s main square) and Pineios River is still preserved, with neoclassical buildings of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, as well as the quarter of Tambakika with old houses.
- The “first” and the “second” Ancient Theater. In the southern slope of the hill of Frourio, there is an ancient theater of the 4th century BC, with a capacity for 10.000 people, which was restored and amended during the Roman era. The excavation is in slow and continuous progress. It’s called “first”, so it can be separated from the “second”, which is in the intersection of the Er. Protomagias and T. Velissariou Streets and has been restored.
- The Alcazar park. Northwest of the city, visitors will see the Alcazar park, ashore Pineios River, with a small artificial lake, an open theater with 2.500 seats, playgrounds, a bike trail, a café, miniature golf, many trees and a monument dedicated to the National Resistance, by the sculptor Tloupa.
- Aesthetic Park. A nice evergreen park for leisure, sports and walking, with a café and a small open theater, on the right of the Larisa-Kozani national highway.
- Hippocrates’ monument. Next to the Alcazar Park there is another monument with a marble statue of the father of Medicine, Hippocrates (460 – 377 BC) and a cenotaph in the place where in 1826 his tomb was accidentally revealed after a massive flood. The cenotaph also hosts a small Medicine Museum.

ROUTES

Larisa, due to its geographical position in the center of Greece, close enough to Mounts Olympus and Pelion, is a city with numerous destination options. Besides Mount Olympus (Litohoro 65 km) and the nearby Pelion with the renowned villages (a more detailed description in the section that refers to Volos), Larisa can be the starting point for the following places: Meteora (Kalambaka 69 km), South Pindos (Elati Trikalon 89 km), Lake Plastira Agrafon (78 km), Valley of Tempi (25 km), Platamonas Castle (48 km) and Thessaloniki (153 km).

Additionally, by covering less than 200 kilometers from Larisa via the national highways, you can reach Veroia, Naousa and Elatohori Pierias, towards the north, Lamia and the mountains of Sterea Ellada, Oiti, Vardousia, Giona and Parnassos towards the south. Finally, the beautiful city of Ioannina is only 209 kilometers away. This means that since Larisa is situated in the center of Greece, you can easily cover 2/3s of the continental part of the country.

ROAD TIPS 

• The two biggest downtown parking lots –in the Prefectural Building Square and in Agios Velissarios Square- facilitate visitors.
• There are many pedestrian streets in the center of the city. Thus, you can leave your car and walk towards the Post Office Square, the ancient theater, the old town and the fort hill.
• Attention needs to be paid in the valley of Tempi, up to Leptokarya, since there is an ongoing construction for the new national highway. 

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