Table 1400: Athína – Lárisa – Thessaloníki 

PART 1

This week we explore beautiful mainland Greece, on this fantastic journey from Athína to Thessaloníki.

Athína Railway Station also called “Larissa Station” is the main railway station of Athína and the largest station in Greece. It supports long-distance travel to Lárisa, Thessaloníki, Alexandrúpoli and other destinations on the Greek mainland.

Athína is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating back more than 3,000 years. Today Athína is a bustling and modern capital city, with amazing cultural attractions.

The magnificent Acropolis, visible from almost every part of the city, is one of the world’s most breathtaking ancient ruins, and the city’s exceptional archaeology museums display fascinating artifacts uncovered at local sites and is a must see for any visitor.

Other points of interest include the spectacular Panathenaic Stadium, one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Following several transformations over its history, it was the home of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 built entirely out of marble. A short walk away you find The Temple of Olympian Zeus, this once large temple now only comprises of 16 massive marble columns, a sight to truly behold. Syntagma Square, the main square in the city that sits in front of the Greek Parliament with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Ancient Agora with several sights to see, including the Temple of Hephaestus!

Leave time to explore the picturesque Plaka, the old town of Athína with its narrow pedestrian streets and inviting shops and cafes.

PART 2

Continuing this scenic journey we travel from Athína to Lárisa covering a distance of 216 kilometres and a journey time of around 2 hours 57 minutes.

Set in the agricultural plains of Thessaly, east of the Pinios River is Lárisa, the capital and largest city of the Thessaly region. Lárisa is a vibrant, modern city with an abundance of cafes, bars and restaurants, shops galore and many other historical attractions.

Always worth seeing is the Acropolis on St Achilles hill, the remains of a large basilica from the 6th century AD which was built over the tomb of St Achilles. Other sights and attractions include the Diachronic Museum of Lárisa with exquisite artefacts that range from stone arrowheads to ancient Greek tombstones and 19th-century wall paintings, the monument of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, where the tomb of the great scientist was discovered in 1826, and the beautiful Alcazar Park on the banks of the Pinios River and much more.

Just outside Lárisa, you will find many other interesting destinations in the region including Mount Olympus, Mount Kissavos, Meteora, Ambelakia, Lake Plastira, all suitable for day trips.

PART 3

We arrive at our final destination, Thessaloníki station after a 1 hour 35 minute journey and 121 kilometres from Lárisa.

Set on the edge of the Thermaïkos Gulf lies Thessaloníki, Greece’s second largest city in Central Macedonia and a popular tourist destination. Thessaloníki is a modern cultural centre with a long historical background combining the old and new beautifully.

Most sights in Thessaloníki are close to the city centre, so exploring the city is easy. One of the most famous places to visit is the six-storey White Tower set along the waterfront dating back to the 16th century. Also along the promenade you will find the ‘Umbrellas’ sculpture, established in 1997 and one of the most photographed places in the city and the iconic statue of Alexander the Great .

Among the many museums and galleries you will find the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloníki, one of Greece’s most important museum with important artefacts from the local area and wider northern Greece. Also worth a visit is the State Museum of Contemporary Art.

By night, the city comes alive with music and vibrancy. Head to Ladadika and Ano Poli areas, for great dining and superb entertainment.