The central region of Mainland Greece, Thessaly (Thessalia) is a low-lying plain surrounded by dramatic, soaring peaks. Sharing a border with Macedonia, Sterea Ellada and Epirus and the Aegean Sea, Thessaly is a land of contrasts.
The countryside of Thessaly, Greece is quite remarkable. The peaks of four mountain ranges can be found within the region, offering extremely good walking, riding and mountain biking. The many gorges, woodlands and rivers also provide a terrain perfect for outdoor activity, allowing you to try almost any activity from a self catering Thessaly property. The regions 24 Byzantine Monasteries which cling to some of the towering Meteora rocks of the region almost defy belief, and attract many people to the area. The mountain villages, spa centres and churches of the Agrafa Mountains are particularly spectacular and traditional, well worth investigating for a few weeks if you can find the time from your Thessaly villa.
The Meteora Monasteries of Thessaly are a huge attraction. Capping the top of gigantic rock towers in the deep canyons of the Pindus Mountains, the monasteries cannot fail to capture your imagination, beautiful and stately, humble yet defying belief.
During the summer, the beaches of the Aegean coast are filled with relaxed sunbathers. The beaches are wonderfully long, stretching as far as the eye can see in many cases, giving you plenty of space on which to lay your towel. There are some fantastic opportunities for water sports within the region, and the waters of the Aegean are warm enough to swim in for a huge portion of the year.
During the winter months, you can even ski in Thessaly! The ski centres of Agriolefkes and Vryssopoules are very popular during the winter, with some great intermediate level skiing and offering stunning scenery in all directions.
Volos, the capital of the region is ideally located for a first holiday in Thessaly, situated between the beaches of the Pagasitic Gulf and the wooded slopes of Mt Pelion. The town bustles with life, especially around the chic waterfront, which is filled with top class restaurants, fashionable shops and atmospheric cafes.
Trikala has a huge amount to offer those on holiday in Thessaly, Greece. Its most famous site, the Byzantine Fortress that stands above the town, is certainly worth exploration, whilst the nearby spas are perfect for a lazy day of pampering.
The landscape of Thessaly results in some quite large fluctuations in regional climate. However, on the whole, summers are very warm, with average monthly temperatures in July and August hitting about 30°C. In the winter months, temperatures on the low lying plains still average around 10°C, although the higher you go into the mountains, the cooler conditions become.
The Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG) is the best entry point for reaching a self catering Thessaly property, located in the neighbouring county, Macedonia. There are a surprising number of flights to Thessaly direct from the UK, with British Airways and easyJet flying fromLondonand Thomson Airways providing flights from airports including Bristol (BRS), Manchester (MAN) and Newcastle(NCL).