AN UNSPOILT PLACE IN THE CENTER OF GREECE
Kardistsa county, located in the heart of mainland Greece, occupies the southwest section of Thessaly and is distinguished by its equally divided mountainous, wetland and level regions. Earth strewn with a variety of vegetation, landscapes backed by verdant mountains reflected in the crystal blue waters of the lake, and the green forests in contrast to the yellow fields nearby, all combine to create a magnificent range of natural beauty admired by all visitors.
The capital of the county in the center of the Great Plain of Thessaly, Karditsa is the administrative financial and cultural center of the region.
The detached houses on the outskirts of town, the uniquely designed pedestrian walkways, the many large squares and the Pafsilipo Park, around which the town is built, are some of the many attractions of Karditsa.
Each year, the town welcomes a number of entertainment festivals. Among them are the choir amateur theater group, the childrenís singing performances in the spring and the Karaiskakia festival, where folk dance groups from countries all over the world present their cultures traditional dances in their countries traditional costumes.
The Metropolitan church of St. Konstantine, the church of Zodohos Pigi, the town Market, Arni hotel, Korona Monastery are all among the many sights worth seeing while in Karditsa.
N. PLASTIRA LAKE AREA
Scattered among green surroundings, just a short distance from the reflective waters of the lake, are the villages of the Agrafa district. Stone built houses with ceramic tiled roofs pleasantly nestled in evergreen forests are the hallmarks of these villages.
Mesenikola, Morfovouni, Pezoula, Neraida and Belokomiti are a few of the villages located near the lake, all of which share itís panoramic view. An ideal nature vacation can be combined with athletic activities, such as taking long walks through the natural forests pedalboating on the lake, or hiking through the mountain ranges, while taking in sights of the surrounding.
VILLAGES OF THE ARGITHEA DISTRICT
Rivers, streams and forests separate the twenty villages situated on the slopes of the Agrafa mountains. All the villages are considered unique for their store built houses, central squares, local churches are traditional fountains.
Huge maple trees can be found in the center of all these villages.
Unlike winter, when there arenít many inhabitants living in the villages, during the summer all the visitors can enjoy the unspoiled scenery and hospitality of the local people.
This village, with a population of 600 inhabitants, is known for its therapeutic springs in Smokovo. The use of these springs started in the 17th century and still continues today. This is the ideal place to combine your holidays in nature with the use of the healing power of the therapeutic springs.
KARDITSA - LAKE N. PLASTIRA
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKE IN GREECE
THE WATERS OF THE LAKE
Here, the serene azure waters connect with the verdure of the mountain range. Fishing in the lake is an unforgettable experience. The warm, motionless water naturally blends into the surrounding landscape. For people who would like to go on more organized expeditions on the lake, facilities are available. A few areas have been cleared for those who yearn for comfort and are afraid of the unknown. Finally itís up to you whether to cross the waters of the lake with a boat. Either way the N. Plastira Lake awaits youÖ
Which ever way choose to indulge in the panoramic view, no one will question you why. Start in the morning. Along or with company, make sure you take the appropriate climbing gear with you and then start climbing the uphill paths. Youíll surely find the spots where you can gaze at the colorful range of tones, savouring a view to remember. You can visit selected places guided by native villagers, but we recommend that you try to discover these points on your own. This adventurous tour is worthwhile, but there is also another exciting way for more daring people to see these sights from a different perspective and thatís PARA PENTE. Hang - gliding is a great way to make you feel the absolute freedom of flying. The feeling is really sensationalÖ
BICYCLE AND HORDE RIDING
An alternative suggestion to view the sights. Let the horses guide you through the trails as your recall the Centaurus of ancient Greek mythology. Otherwise, if you believe that to live nature means feeling energetic, we suggest that you try riding a mountain bike along the paths. If you are a fan of races and prizes, a mountain bike races are often held. Adventure is in your hands.
SKIING ON THE GREEK ALPS
Take discovering nature one step further, and test love of adventure to the limits.
Completely untouched ski slopes, without a chalet or any amenities, are available for those who want to try living on the edge.
METEORA - LAKE N. PLASTIRA
RELIGION MEETS NATURE
N. PLASTIRA LAKE AREA
A distance of 18km separates the capital of Karditsa county from the heart of the N. Plastira Lake area. Itís very simple. Follow the road along the side of the lake through the beech trees, the chestnut trees and the fir trees to discover the places of your selection. All the villages have their own special charm.
The choice is difficult. Some villages are hidden in the green forest, while others near the lake can be spotted in the reflection of the peaceful waters. However, the unspoiled, natural setting offers all modern conveniences. You can spend the whether traveling by car or on foot, set off on an explorative excursion.
Mesenikola, Morfovouni, Pezoula, Neraida, Neohori, Belokomiti, Kastania are a few of the lakeís villages you might come across. Itís a great opportunity to seclude yourself in your own world with nature, away from the hysteria of every day life in the city.
When you feel ready, visit the unique miracle that answers to the name, Meteora.
Just 40km from the lake, the rocks of Meteora come into sight. Nature and man, in complete harmony, unite to praise God.
Hermits of the 11th century fled to these massive bodies of rock. The first monasteries date back to the 14th century. You can visit six of the monasteries that are still occupied and havenít been abandoned.
There are St. Nickolas Anapafsa, the Rousano Monastery, the Varlam Monastery, Metamorfosi, St. Triada, St. Stefano, and Theopetra. The monasteries and their balconies overlook the dark rock stalagmites, molded and reshaped through the years of time as if done on - purposely to welcome the monks.
You can walk through the devout grounds of the monasteries or just gaze at the scenery that unfolds before you.
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