The region of Karditsa has been comparatively recently added in the list of top tourist destinations in Greece. The mountainous landscapes of Agrafa mountain range and the ecosystem of Lake Plastiras in combination with the development of the tourist facilities of accommodation with numerous newly built hotels, pensions and boutique hotels have brought fame and visitors to the region of Karditsa all year round.
The findings indicate human presence from 6000 BC and the oldest habitation sites have been identified in the lowland areas of the region where there is fertile land with abundant water supplies. In the early 4th century BC Athamanes, the residents of the region were friends of Spartans, while in 395 BC participated in the alliance of Athens, Boeotians, Thessalians and others. Later, in 168 BC Athamanes fought on Perseus’ of Macedon side to the battle of Pydna in a last attempt to resist the Romans. The Greeks lost the battle and Romans engaged in looting and destruction. During the Byzantine period saw successive invasions Karditsa by Slavs, Vlachos and Catalans. The region was taken over by Turks in 1420 and most of the residents withdrew in Agrafa inaccessible slopes, ensuring their freedom. In 1854 and the revolution spread throughout Thessaly and finally was liberated from the Turks in 1881. In the years to follow the struggle for progress resulted in the revolt of Kileler in 1910 with the peasants demanding equitable redistribution of land. The region during the period of Italian and German occupation played a key role with mass participation of the population in the Resistance and the city of Karditsa is the first free city of Europe in 1943.
Karditsa is a region situated in the south part of Thessaly and in the heart of the mainland of Greece. The neighbouring regions are Trikala to the north, Larisa to the east, Fthiotida and Evrytania to the south and Arta to the west. The region spans an area of 2.636 sq. km. and a total population of 130.214 inhabitants. The capital city of the region is Karditsa. The region of Karditsa is rich in water supply with the rivers Megdovas and Pineios and the Plastiras Dam and Lake Plastiras on the foothills of the mountain range of Agrafa.
The main attraction of the region is nature. One of the largest artificial lakes in Greece, Lake Plastiras, lies where the plateau of Nevropolis used to be. The lake is named after General Nikolaos Plastiras who had the vision of creating the water dam and the lake. His vision was completed in 1959, with the dam producing electricity and irrigating the plain of Thessaly. Nowadays, the lake and the villages dotted around it are the main tourist attractions with numerous hotels, restaurants and bars. The most famous of the villages are: Agia Marina, Kalyvia Pezoulas, Kalyvia Filahtis, Kryoneri, Kastania, Lambero, Morfovouni, Neochori, Pezoula, Filahti and Mouzaki. The lake has two beaches where in summer people can enjoy swimming, paddle boats, canoes and kayaking.Police of Karditsa: +30 24410 80220
Hospital of Karditsa: +30 24410 21423
Bus services in Karditsa: +30 24410 21411
Ski Centre in Agrafa: +30 24410 70946
Map for Karditsa2
FilahtiFilahti is a small, charming village near Lake Plastiras. In the center of the village there is a picturesque square, surrounded by shops and cafes, taverns and restaurants under the shadow of a plane tree. The comfortable and pleasant stay is ensured in the traditional guest houses and hotels available...4
Kalivia PezoulasKalivia Pezoulas is a village that is constantly developed in tourist terms with beautiful hotels, traditional inns, taverns, restaurants. Kalyvia Pezoulas is located on the banks of Lake Plastira with the calm waters of the lake spread throughout the villagemake the perfect scenery of a place for relaxation...5
KastaniaThe village of Kastania (meaning chestnut) is the first village of Lake Plastira you meet on your way from the south side of the lake. Kastania is 25 km far from Karditsa and is located at an altitude of 850 m surrounded by fir trees and offers a privileged view of the lake Plastira and the peaks of...6
KrioneriKryoneri is one of the villages with views to Lake Plastira which is built near the banks of the lake. The village of Krioneri offers tourist infrastructure with hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and traditional taverns. Hiking trails wind through the forest of Kryoneri with fir, oak and chestnut trees.7
Lake PlastirasLake Plastira is one of the most beautiful corners of the mountain range of Agrafa, located just 25 km west of the city of Karditsa. The scenery is amazing with the beautiful lake surrounded by lush mountains, which are mirrored in the waters of the lake. Lake Plastira is ideal for both romantic and...8
LamberoLambero or Titai as it was previously named is 25 km far from Karditsa. It is a lakeside village on the shores of Lake Plastira. It has organized beach and perfect views of the lake and is an ideal destination for both summer and winter holidays. There are several hotels and rented rooms for a pleasant...9
MorfovouniMorfovouni is a village located at an altitude of 800 meters with stunning views over the plains of Thessaly. It is the birthplace of Nicolaos Plastiras, the man who inspired the construction of the lake which bears his name. Morphovouni offers good food in restaurants and taverns and accommodation in...10
MouzakiMouzaki is one of the most famous villages of Karditsa. Its strategic location has made it a key point: the short distance from the city of Karditsa and easy access to all the beautiful sites of the area make Mouzaki the best choice of accommodation. The area has been developed with hotels, guesthouses...11
NeohoriThe lakeside village of Neohori is a tourist haven and the best-known of the villages around Lake Plastira. Neochori is built on a mountain slope and offers the best view of the lake. In Neohori is worth visiting the botanical gardens, which house plants making up the ecosystem of the local area. Neohori,...12
PezoulaPezoula is one of the villages on the shores of Lake Plastiras, located just 42 km far from the city of Karditsa. The view of the lake is unique and the scenery comprises of forests of chestnut, fir and oak trees. The village is run through by a water stream and the houses are built along both sides...