Larissa is a city where ancient history and long rural tradition meet the modern way of life. To the north and east, the Kamvounia Mountains, Titaros, Olympus, Ossa (or Kissavos) and Mavrovouni form a natural fortress of mountain tops. Here, the microclimatic conditions create an ideal environment where wildlife is sheltered and able to develop.
When in Larissa you can visit the open-air ancient theater that has a seating capacity of some 10,000 people, near the ancient market town. Nearby is the restored small ancient theater that hosts performances of ancient drama.
At the top of the hill, among the ancient monuments, one can see where the daily life of Larissa develops. Here we meet one of the most charming spots of the city: visitors can enjoy relaxing strolls and discover the traditional flavors of Thessalian cuisine. A wide variety of mezedes (appetizers), wonderful cheeses and the famous tsipouro (alcohol beverage) are offered to you in taverns - not only in the area but throughout the city.
As you leave the hill behind, descend to the shopping center of Larissa, which develops into an extensive network of pedestrian streets. Buy gifts for yourself, your loved ones or your home and discover the beautiful corners of the city even more.
Combine your stroll with a visit to the shops and the Archaeological or Folklore & Historical Museum and see the exhibitions of famous Greek painters or impressive sculpture works at the Municipal Gallery.
A must see is the Alcazar Park with its beautiful trees and ponds and it is also recommended to take a relaxing walk along the city's river Pinios.
Opposite the park, on the road towards Tyrnavos, stands the monument of Hippocrates, which was discovered after a flood in Pinios in 1826.