Thessaly is a region of Greece on the Central East Coast, next to The Agean Sea. It is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and diversity with mountains, rivers, beaches, islands (the Sporades) and fascinating geology (the Meteora).
The area is clearly defined by topographical boundaries – The Chasia and Kamvounia mountains lie to the north, the Mt. Olympus massif to the northeast. To the west lies the Pindus mountain range, to the southeast the coastal mountains of Óssa and Pelion.
The area boast the remains of Neolithic settlements dating back to appx 2500 bc and has a rich Byzantine history that can be seen in its rich architectural traits, monasteries, churches and surviving Orthadox traditions.
In Greek mythology the ancient name for Thessaly was the kingdom of Aeolus, and the The Plain of Thessaly was the site of the battle between the Titans and the Olympians.
According to legend, Jason and the Argonauts launched their search for the Golden Fleece from Magnesia (an area of Thessaly surrounding the Pagasetic Gulf which is a bay of the Aegean Sea) and the Magnesia Peninsula – now known as The Pelion Peninsula – is the home of the Centaurs.
Thessaly is a vital agricultural area, particularly for the production of grain, cattle, and sheep however there has been a rise in the cultivation of dried nuts such as almonds, pistachios, and walnuts and tomatoes, cotton, wheat, olives, olive oil and cheeses are also plentiful and featured regularly in local cuisine.
Thessaly has two types of cuisines, the Mediterranean in the east and the mountainous one, where meat predominates.
To the east there is the Pelion olive groves, seafood and naturally the Volos tsipouradika that should be a must to anyone visiting Greece who is interested in its food culture.
This part of Greece is also known for its sausages, usually spicy and a speciality of Pelion. Traditionally they are thin and made from sheep’s meat they are flavoured with cumin, paprika and/or black pepper.
Due to its geography, history and culture, Thessaly has something to offer tourists in all seasons – from soaking up the hot Greek sun in Summer to skiing in deep snow on the Pelion mountain range looking over splendid views of the Aegean sea and the three peninsulas of Halkidiki in Winter.
For more information on Thessaly – see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thessaly
For more information on Magnesia and Pelion – see http://www.ecotourism-greece.com/tourism/destinations/magnesia