Thessaly & Sporades

The heartland of Greece and islands of green and blue
Unesco has declared Meteora a World Heritage Site
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In the heart of Greece, Thessaly, with its exhilarating nature, and the Sporades, the beautiful lush green islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, will seduce you

Geological marvels (Meteora), majestic mountains and villages (Pelion), famous rivers (the Pineios) and a multitude of gorges, valleys, lakes and beaches… Thessaly and the Sporades islands have it all. From the cities of Volos and Larissa, to the natural wonders of Lake Plastira, Tempi and Elati-Pertouli, and on to the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, prepare for a wonderful journey through the heartland of Greece.

Top attractions in Thessaly and the Sporades

  • MeteoraΤο nature’s masterpieces, people have added their own. The largest, most important monastic community in Greece, after Mount Athos, the Meteora monasteries are built in seemingly impossible locations at the top of the evocative meteoric rocks of Thessaly.
  • VolosVolos’ colourful waterfront is a gourmand’s delight, with its many eateries, including early industrial buildings transformed into multi-purpose centres that offer dozens of dining and entertainment choices. But don’t overlook the city’s museums and the archaeological sites of Dimino and Sesklo.
  • LarissaOne of Greece’s most important cities lies on both banks of the Pineios River, where you will find attractions such as famous ancient theatres and the acropolis on the hill of Agios Achillios.
  • Tempi: At Tempi, the Pineios River carves a narrow gorge between Mt Olympus and Mt Ossa. Nearby Ambelakia is famous for its listed grand houses.
  • PelionA favourite destination in Greece, with its fine traditional architecture, untouched villages, bridges, old fountains, grand houses and the narrow Moutzouris railway. The villages of Makrinitsa, Zagora, Tsagkarada, Mouresi, Kissos, Vyzitsa and Milies stand out.
  • Lake PlastiraA natural wonderland in which to relax and enjoy various sports and outdoor activities.
  • Elati & PertouliAn ideal year-round destination in an area of rare beauty in the southern Pindos mountain range.
  • The Sporades: SkiathosSkopelosAlonissos – three lush green islands with wonderful beaches. Skiathos is home to Koukounaries, one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, and Skopelos is where “Mamma Mia” was filmed. On Alonissos’ hiking trails, you will explore the beauty of unspoiled nature and, around it, the Sporades islands’ famous marine park.

Enjoy the sea and sand, alone or with company

It might be on the mainland, but Pelion boasts a number of popular beaches, with a choice of sand or white pebbles to go with the clear water. Some of the best are Horefto, Ai Ioannis, Papa Nero, Damouhari, Fakistra and from Mylopotamos to Potistika on the southern coastline. In the Sporades, you will find beaches whose reputation precedes them – such as Koukounaries and magical Lalaria on Skiathos, and Kastani, Panormos, Milia, Stafylos and Velanio on evergreen Skopelos, and Agios Dimitrios, the star of Alonissos.

Hiking, canyoning, water sports and snow skiing

Walking along the old stone paths of Pelion, you will explore villages and monasteries, and cross fertile forests and stone bridges. And hiking in the vicinity of Meteora offers once-in-a-lifetime views. Kissavos is the ideal choice for off-road experiences, as well as mountain biking and canyoning (the Kalypsous Gorge and its cascades). Beaches in Agiokampos, Pelion and the Sporades are ideal for all kind of water sports. While the calm waters of the Pagasitic Gulf south of Pelion are suitable for sailing and kayaking. Choose the popular ski resort of Pelion to enjoy incredible views during winter, and Lake Plastira for dozens of exciting activities (horseback-riding, cycling, canoeing, rowing and more). Off-roaders will enjoy the tracks around northern Pelion, Tsagarada and Kissos. One very special experience is crossing the Agrafa next to the river, while the mountain trails above Nafpaktos drawn comparisons with Switzerland.

Local culinary wonders

Thessaly offers a wide range of local delicacies, from homemade trahana soup (sometimes even for breakfast), in the mountain villages during winter to pies of various kinds throughout the year. In Pelion, especially in Zagora and Portaria, women’s cooperatives produce various sweets that you can buy, while in the tavernas you might try the spetsofai (sausage sauteed with peppers) and galotyri, a creamy curd cheese. At the tsipouro joints of Volos, you’ll be initiated into the tsipouro ceremony, which involves downing many little glasses of the fiery liquor, tempered by lots of small plates of mezedes. And in Larissa and Trikala, you will savour delicious cheeses, such as kasseri, kefalograviera and graviera.

Lake Plastira a man-made marvel in Thessaly

Experience the best of Thessaly & Sporades

Walk among the gigantic rock pillars of Meteora to enjoy truly breathtaking views

Meteora’nın doğa yürüyüşü yollarını keşfetmek

Doğanın mucizeleri ve insanoğlunun uğraşları ayağa bir çift yürüyüş ayakkabısı geçirip Meteora’nın güzelliğine karşı yola çıkmaktan başka nasıl daha iyi keşfedilebilir ki?
Lalaria’s unique shiny pebbles and other-worldly setting make for an unforgettable day trip

Skiathos’un uzak ve ıssız Lalaria plajına tekne turu

Skiathos'taki diğer plajlar gibi Lalaria, eşsiz, parlak çakıl taşları ve unutulmaz günü birlik gezileriyle ünlüdür.
In a setting of tranquil green and blue, Panormos is one of the most welcoming beaches in Skopelos

Skopelos’un en iyi sahili Panormos sahilinde bir gün

Sakin yeşil ve mavi bir düzeniyle Panormos, Skopelos'un en misafirperver sahillerinden biridir.
The most popular uphill trail of Pelion mountain is the trail of Centaurs

Pelion'un yürüyüş güzergahlarını keşfedin

Pelion'da sizleri ormanlara, akarsulara, şelalerden oluşan zengin bir manzaraya, dağ ve sahil köylerine götürecek düzinelerce yürüyüş parkuru var
Visit beautiful secluded bays and beaches along the way, Marine Park of Alonissos

Alonissos Deniz Parkı'nda doğanın armağanlarını keşfetmek

Utangaç Akdeniz fokuna ve koruma altındaki yaban hayatına ev sahipliği yapan, güzergâh boyunca tenha ve harikulade plaj ve koyları ile Avrupa'nın en büyük deniz parkını...
You pass along a deep gorge full of nature, admiring extraordinary-coloured water and plane trees

Olağanüstü Meteora'nın gölgesinde rafting

Meteora manastırlarının ve kaya oluşumlarının büyülü manzarası sizi Pinios Nehri'nde rafting deneyimi ile başka bir dünyaya yolculuğa çıkarıyor
  • Monastic eyries, Meteora
  • Tsipouradika, Volos
  • Lake Plastira: a man-made marvel
  • Pelion’s villages
  • Lalaria beach, Skiathos
  • Mamma Mia, Skopelos
Highlights

Bridge of Trikala, nature combined with the urban landscape

Trikala

Teselya'nın kalbinde bir parça "Avrupa"

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Shining the light on stories
Incredible Sarakiniko beach, a trip to the moon in Milos island

Ege’deki popüler yelken rotaları

Ege’yi tekneyle keşfetmekten daya iyi bir yol var mı? Yapmanız gereken tek şey hangi adalarda ineceğinizi ve hangi keşfedilmemiş koylara demir atacağınızı seçmek
An olive grove

Yunanİstan’da tatİller: Rüya gİbİ bİr tatİlİn bİleşenlerİ

200’den fazla büyüleyici ada, dağlık bir kara parçası, eğlenceyi seven şehirler ve bir gurmenin cenneti, hepsi bir arada
Family on a trekking day looking at wild flowers

Yunanİstan’da aİle Tatİllerİ

Güzel sahiller, organize mesireler, sıcak misafirperverlik ile tüm aile için eğlence. Yunanistan, çocuk dostu tatil yerleri açısından en iyi varış yeridir.