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Revision as of 08:43, 17 June 2011

Larisa (Greek Λάρισα) (Population: 126.000 (2001)) is the 4th biggest city in Greece, situated in Thessaly, between Athens (370 km) and Thessaloniki ( km).

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Understand

History

Larissa is one of the oldest settlements in Greece, it's name meaning "stronghold" in ancient Greek. It was also the head of the Thessalian League during the Hellenistic and Roman era. Today, it's a modern city and is considered Thessaly's capital.

Get in

By plane

Volos airport [1] (VOL) is situated in (Nea Anchialos), 75 km SW from the city. Air Berlin [2] operate every Monday and every Friday from May to October (Flights to/from Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Nuremberg, Vienna). Ryanair [3] operates flights from April to October to/from Hahn (Frankfurt), Bergamo (Milan), Rome and Charleroi (Brussels) airport. Belle Air [4] operate to/from Tirana. Lauda Air [5] operate to/from Vienna. Transavia [6] operate to/from Amsterdam.

There are expansion projects of the airport underway, as well as a rail connection from Volos city to the airport, so as to be able to start some commercial routes as well.

There is a bus connecting airport and Volos bus station. Buses are waiting to pick up travelers after a plane lands, the cost form the airport to Volos Bus station is 3 €. Then you have to get another bus or Train from Volos to Larissa.

By regional coach

Interurban coaches ("KTEL" buses) are by far the most convenient way to travel around Greece, as well as for intra-regional travelling. There is frequent bus service from Athens Liossion Station to Larisa about 15 times a day (cost is about €20), as well as from Thessaloniki bus terminal "Macedonia" to Larisa about 10 times a day (about € 13.5).

By train

Trains (OSE) connect Larisa to other cities in Greece. Travelling with ordinary trains can be cheaper, although a little bit slower, whereas choosing a fancy faster Intercity train will cost the same amount of money, or even more than a KTEL bus.

Get around

By bus

There is an efficient public transport system going around the city (ticket price about 1), detailed info in the regional bus terminal (called "Astiko KTEL").

By taxi

Taxi in Larisa, as everywhere in Greece are comparably cheap. You should not pay more than € 4 if you hail a cab (silver colour) on the road to take you anywhere in the city. Note that taxi meters have two rates - rate 1 applies from 5am till midnight, and rate 2, the double rate, from midnight to 5am. Taxi fare fraud is not widespread but it still happens, so make sure the rate is correct. If you feel you have been overcharged, ask for a receipt (they are obliged to give one) and take the plate number, then phone the tourist police to report the driver on 171. Expect to pay € 1 or € 2 extra if you take a taxi from the bus station or the train station, and a surcharge if you call for a taxi service on demand.

See

  • Ancient Greek theater [7], build in 3rd century BC.
  • Archaeological Museum of Larisa [8]
  • Historical & Folklore Museum [9]


Architecture

Do

Cinemas

Films shown in original language with Greek subtitles. Cartoons are often translated to Greek.

Drink

Winter bars, pubs and clubs, usually close down during summer. Most of them have a different facility for the summer.

All year round

Winter

  • Stage. Often live music venue, mostly rock

Summer

Tsipouro, Ouzo or Wine, as in the rest of Greece, are good choices. There are many bars downtown, so the visitor is not expected to have any problem finding a place to enjoy a drink.

Buy

There many shops downtown.

Malls

  • Pantheon Plaza. A big mall with a lot of shops. Among others: Mediamarkt, Fokas.


Eat

The choices for eating are Taverns (Ταβέρνα) where mostly meat dishes are served, Restaurants (Εστιατόριο) where Greek dishes can be found (there are Italian and Chinese restaurants also), Psistaries (Ψησταριά) (Grill houses) where the main dish is grilled meat, Fast Food choices are local Souvlatzidika (Οβελιστήριο or Σουβλατζίδικο) where souvlaki is served, and typical fast food chains such as Goody's and Everest.

People in Greece usually eats late in the evening (21:00 - 24:00), during the day most Taverns, Psistaries and Restaurants are closed. However, Fast Food restaurants are open all day long.

Restaurants (Εστιατόριο) and Taverns (Ταβέρνα)

Budget

  • Kimatothrafstis (Κιματοθραύστης), Kentavron 2 (Κεντάυρων 2), +30 2410 256722. The cheap place to eat. Small plate for 3.5€, big for 6€, soup for 3€.

Mid range

  • Nikodimos (Νικόδημος), Karaiskaki 2 (Καραϊσκάκη 2), +30 2410 535042. Nice old tavern with a nice backyard

Splurge

Psistaries (Ψησταριά) (Grill houses)

Psistaries serve mostly meat, salads and french fries. The meat usually is ordered by weight, and the price is per kilo also. One portion is 330gr of grilled meat.

Sleep

There are many hotels in Larissa. Most are in center. Car parking could be hard to find in the center of Larissa.

Budget

Mid range

Splurge

Get out

The famous Meteora and the Mount Olympos National Park is close to Larissa. Could be reached by train, bus or car.



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