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Make a holiday rental property or villa in Thessaly, Greece your home away from home

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.

Things to do on holiday to Thessaly, Greece

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.

Places to visit on holiday to Thessaly, Greece

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.

Weather in Thessaly, Greece

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.

Travel to Thessaly, Greece

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).

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                                                                                                      Very well appointed villa in quiet, fairly remote location with fabulous views towards Panormas

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Villa Idealia is a newly built villa located just below the owners property. On arrival, friendly Giannis of the owners family was on hand to offer a warm welcome and provided fresh figs on a couple of occasions that he had collected from his own garden. The villa itself is reached via a 10 minute drive along a track and hire of a 4x4 is certainly recommended. A car is needed to travel anywhere, though that is no hardship and a normal arrangement for many villa locations on Skopelos. Villa idealia is extremely well appointed whether eating or just relaxing in or out and there are lovely views towards the coast at Panormas. It is possible to walk to Panormas, about a 20 min hike downhill, but the high temperatures in August put us off, so we didn't try. In any event, the walk back uphill is very steep and probably not so much fun in the dark. We enjoyed a couple of days by spent by the pool but also spent a lot of time getting about the island, there is lots to see and places to explore. We enjoyed the nearby beaches at Panormos and Milia, but were quite disappointed with other beaches at Kastani, Limonari and Stafylos so didn't stay put at any of these. They are all beautiful locations but annoyingly busy and in the case of Kastani and Limonari, over developed, loud music etc! Not what we had hoped for, and probably not why people go to Skopelos in the first place. I hope those in a postion to influence development in Skopelos heed the learnings of other beautifully located holiday destinations in Majorca, Corfu, Cyprus, Turkey etc that are now regretting the greed they tolerated and which has caused blight they are now trying to undo. Probably too late. But as a whole, Skopelos is definitely not over developed and there is probably something for everyone. It is a beautiful island and if you are prepared to travel, a number of quieter beaches to explore. For example, Perivoliou on the north-east of the island was lovely. We ate out most evenings and found plenty of great restaurants in Panormos, Agnondas, Glossa and Skopelos Town. And having been out, it was always a joy to return to Villa Idealia and sit out on the terrace for the rest of the evening talking about the day past or planning the next. The villa, and the island of Skopelos was enjoyed by all five adult members of our family and we are very likely to return, we have no hesitation in recommending Idealia as a wonderful place to stay. Highly recommended.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2017

                                                                                                      Lovely pretty little villa

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A lovely traditional villa, clean and room enough for 3 -5 people but it may be a squash with 5 (all depends on your group). One bathroom but 2 toilets. The pool and views were excellent , pool and beach towels were provided also some beach gear and cool bags so very well provided for. No cleaner in the week or change of towels but not a problem for one week. In all we had a wonderful holiday in a very pretty villa, Karen was there to meet us and would have helped out if we needed anything but left us to ourselves all week, which as a family we like. You really need a car but can catch a bus all around the island , roads are a little tight so walking with small children may be a bit tricky and quite a distance to any where. There are lots of places to eat but not in walking distance all open late so eating around 10. 0 clock was not a problem . Great holiday , great little villa ..
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2017