The picturesque village of Skiti is built on the side of Mt. Mavrovouni, at approximately 310m above the level of the sea. It takes no more than only 10 minutes to reach the long coastline and swim in the blue green waters of Aegean Sea, at the organized beaches of Agiokampos and Velika.
Skiti is an old village with an intriguing story. It was the 1st settlement on the Mt. Mavrovouni and the name of village comes after the numerous cloisters of the monks that have been discovered 2 kms out of the village. Actually, the name Skiti in greek language means cloister.
Skiti holds a population of 160 habitants, while this number is rising up to 1.400 – 1.500 during the summer months.
With its traditional tavern and the wonderful tiny square in the center of the village, Skiti is an authentic destination for every guest who would like to take a taste of real Greece! Not to forget that the view to Aegean Sea from the alleys of Skiti is unforgettable.
Larissa is the capital city of the region of Thessaly, located in the very heart of central Greece.With a population of 200.000 people, Larissa is ranked as the 4th biggest city of Greece. A very youthfully and live city, with numerous cafes, bars, tavernas, parks and squares. And all of them situated in the most beautiful part, in the pedestrian center. Everything in a walking distance!
The most amazing part is that Larissa holds a history of 4.000 years and it is of the very few cities world widely that has kept the same name ‘’Λάρισα’’ , during the last 4 milleniums.
The visitor will have the chance to visit the Diachronic Museum of Larissa and the Archaelogical Theater of Larissa, which is the 2nd bigger ancient theater in size and the only one located in the center of the city.
The river Pinios runs through the north part of the city and it is a meeting point for people who enjoy nature, walking, hiking or biking.
The city of Larissa is in close proximity (20 minutes – 1hr) of many interesting destinations, like Mt. Olympus, Meteora, Mt. Kissavos, coastline of Agiokampos, Valley of Tempi.
Valley Of Tempi
Tempi Valley is the most famous valley in Greece and is located in the Larissa prefecture. It was created by the mountains of Olympus and Kissavos as the river Pinios passes through it, which then flows into the Aegean Sea. It is a valley of incredible natural beauty, with a length of 10km. Created millions of years ago, at a time when the whole of Thessaly was a huge lake, when finally the waters of the lake, through the opening which was created, flowed into the Aegean Sea. Geographically, it is located in the center of the Greek mainland, and it is both now and especially in ancient times, the only passage from Thessaly to the region of Macedonia.
It is just 26km from the city of Larissa. In the middle of the valley there is the suspension bridge of Tempi, which provides transition to the opposite bank of the river Pinios. There, we find the church of Agia Paraskevi.
The name Tempi exists since ancient times. It changed during the Ottoman occupation, which was then called Baba for a long time, but after the end of the Ottoman rule it continued to be called Tempi. Also, the valley of Tempi was a powerful weapon during the 2nd World War, due to the lack of space for the armies in this topography. The Resistance was able several times to make crucial attacks to the German and Italian passages moving from Thessaloniki to Larissa. There is a really exciting ancient myth about how the Valley of Tempi was created. Don’t miss to ask your guide!
Ampelakia is a symbolic village for Thessaly region. It is located 35 minutes from Larissa, at an altitude of 388m of Mt. Kissavos. It is a very traditional village with great history, as the settlement seems to exist since 1394. The first settlement was created, as several villagers of the plains came up to that point, to protect themselves from the Ottoman Turks, when they conquered the plain of Larissa. The name originates from the fact that every household at that time, had a small vineyard and consequently they produced their own wine.
Throughout the period of Ottoman rule, the population of Ampelakia was able to develop various agricultural and craft activities, since the Turkish commander of the area, did not sent sentry to live in the village, but only a man to collect taxes and supervise, at sparse intervals. So, we can characterize Ampelakia as the ‘lucky’ village during the Turkish occupation. For this reason, some years later, the village flourished, creating the first cooperative, dyeing red yarn, and sending it worldwide, something that made the village famous throughout Europe in the 18th century. It experienced a great economic boom at the time, when several large and rich mansions were built. Few of them, with renovations, are still standing today.
The president of the Ambelakia cooperative of dyeing red yarn, at the time of the great development, was a resident of Ambelakia, called George Mavros. George exported yarn to Germany and Austria, and his German and Austrian colleagues called him Schwartz (black in German, Mavros meaning black in Greek). So his house, is called the Swartz Mansion. His house was the most impressive of all the mansions, of the golden era of Ampelakia. It consists of 3 floors and is full of frescoes and impressive woodwork. Today it has been purchased by the Greek state. It has been preserved and turned into a museum which can be visited.
There is a huge geological, naturalist, religious, photography interest that accompanies each guest visiting Meteora. Geographically, this unique natural wonder, is located in central Greece, 1,5hr far from Larissa. Two small towns located at the base of the rocks of Meteora, Kalambaka and Kastraki.
Meteora is a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO since 1988. It consists of huge and dark skinned smaller rocks, over 700 in number, that were created before 10 million years. They are full of fossilized shells, a clue that actually tells us what was in it and how through geological changes before the creation, lasting 15 million years finally came the amazing phenomenon of Meteora that we admire today. Occasionally, many theories were developed about the creation of Meteora.
The phenomenon, however, of Meteora is not only geological. It has also a religious interest. From 1.350 AC up to 1.500 AC, they have built 24 monasteries on the tops of the rocks of Meteora, of which, unfortunately, today not all are saved. The Christians of that time seeking the isolation and tranquility chose this place as a refuge and it was there they built these monasteries. Saint Athanasius the Meteorite is the one who named the place ‘’the Meteora’’ (1.344 AC) when he firstly got on these rocks.
Meteora gives us naturalist and parallel photographic capabilities, as there is a multitude of hiking paths and trails through pristine, green nature and many of these trails lead to places with incomparable views. The view Meteora offers us is not only the joy of professional or amateur photographer, but it is an unforgettable experience for every human eye that reaches those points.
Coastline of Larissa (Agiokampos beach / Velika beach)
A beautiful coastal resort, next to the village of Skiti, around 40minutes from Larissa. Here, you will enjoy the sandy beach, which is the most popular beach in the area of Larissa and the ideal place to head to for swimming or relaxation.
The beach of Agiokampos and Velika consist the 2nd longest beach in Greece, with a non-stop length of 13 kms.
These 2 small seaside villages, have no more than 30 habitants (Agiokampos) and 100 habitants (Velika).
Of course, during summer time, you completely forget those numbers and you expect something between 6.000 – 8.000 visitors. In a very close distance you can reach a few more beaches, quite isolated which could be easily characterized as the real hidden gems of the area and they can offer you real privacy. If you ask us, as locals, what we recommend, the answer is simple: You visit both! Take a nice taste of the beach of Agiokampos and Velika with more than 14 beach bars and 30 cafes, while on an other day lose yourself in the clear waters of the nearby beaches, far from the crowds.
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