The beaches of the prefecture of Larissa is a summer destination especially well known to the inhabitants of Thessaly. Visitors can expect to find clean shores and Aegean waters and organized beaches with beach bars, taverns, tennis and basket courts. There are many accommodations (mainly rooms to let) where most if not all are located at a distance of no more than 100 meters from the sea and overlook the Aegean Sea.
The most famous beaches are Agiokampos, Sotiritsa and Velika. They are located 40 minutes away from Larissa by car while the bus is just above. The road is very good and rarely has traffic except on summer Sundays. These three beaches have a total coastline of 11.5 km and are connected by a coastal road. This road starts from the port of Agiokampos and ends shortly after the rocks of Velika, in the middle of the route is Sotiritsa. On this coastline you will find many fish taverns, beach bar with sunbeds, a few hotels but more rooms for rent. See also the available hotels and rooms on the Agiokampos-Sotiritsa-Velika coastline. In Agiokampos there are 2 campings very close to the beach. Also just 7 minutes from Agiokampos is the village of Skiti, which offers views of the waters of Agiokampos. Details about the Skiti, accommodation options, attractions and trails are mentioned here.
But it is not only these beaches that one can visit. The beaches of the prefecture of Larissa start from the coast of Mylos Glymeni located in the south and end in Kastri which borders the prefecture of Pieria and the beach Neoi Poroi. South and close to Agiokampos (about 5 to 10 minutes by car) are the beaches of Polydendri and Akti Papakosta and a few kilometers after Rakopotamos which gathers many visitors at the weekend while the weekdays are quieter. In the fish tavern that exists at the entrance of the settlement of Rakopotamos you can taste fresh seafood. The road from Rakopotamos continues to the beach Mylos Glymmeni, here the road is difficult and you will need a tall car or better a Jeep.
On the north coast of the prefecture of Larissa from Velika onwards. Continuing the road from Velika are the Rocks of Velika, also a hangout of the youth on weekends, followed by the much quieter beaches Paliouria, Koutsoupia and Kokkino Nero. In Koutsoupia in recent years in the two beach bars that exist are also gathered many young people as well as in Platia Ammos beach which is next to Kokkino Nero. Both Koutsoupia and Platia Ammos are two organized sandy beaches and a beach bar. In Kokkino Nero the beach in relation to the previous beaches is pebbled. In Kokkino Nero, which is known for the healing properties of the water, there are taverns by the sea. Book here the available hotels and rooms in Kokkino Nero. Next are the also pebble beaches Panagia, Tsiligiorgos, Pigadi with visitors who go snorkeling and those who want the ultimate relaxation since these are unorganized and quiet beaches chosen by few visitors, of course in recent years their traffic has increased.
The beaches that you will find after Kokkino Nero moving from North to South:
Tsiligiorgos: unorganized sandy beach, access via passable dirt road, ideal for those seeking tranquility and relaxation.
Platia Ammos: Organized, read more in our article about Platia Ammos.
Kalyvi: Unorganized beach, it is a small cove with pebbles.
Pigadi: Unorganized beach with sand and pebbles of about 100 meters and natural shade from the trees.
Psarolakkas: Organized beach with pebbles and a canteen for your coffee and drink, is the largest in area of the above.
Continuing north we find the beaches of Stomio, Alexandrini, Kouloura, Kastri and Mesangala. If you choose to visit them and you are in Larissa or in another city of Thessaly you head to the National Road and after the valley of Tempi turn right if you choose to go to Stomio and Alexandrini. In Stomio there is also a port and camping. For hotels and rooms in Stomio see them here.
Next are the beaches of Mesangala, Kastri, Kouloura and Alexandrini. All the separate beaches for the combination of fresh and salt water since they are located next to the Delta of Pinios. Mesangala is a seaside settlement with several houses by the sea and a beach with rich sand. In Mesangala you will find a beach bar and plenty of free space if you want to spread your towel and taverns with delicious food. Many visitors also choose Mesangala for sand baths due to the temperature that help heal the joints. Nearby from Messangala are Platamonas (north) and Stomio (south).
If you move north from Mesangala you will find Kastri beach. Kastri is also an organized beach with a beach bar and fine sand along the entire length of the beach. In Kastri – Loutro you will find hotels, rooms to let, taverns and cafes. North of Kastri is the well-known beach Neoi Poroi (where OSE also has a stop).
Kouloura is located if you move south from Mesangala to the Delta of Pinios river. Kouloura is a small settlement, quieter than the two mentioned above where you will find a beautiful unorganized sandy beach that is mainly preferred by the residents who have their homes there.
Alexandrini. Like Kouloura, Alexandrini is a small and quiet settlement with few houses very close to the Delta of Pinios since it is located between Kouloura and Stomio. Alexandrini is a quiet unorganized beach where the combination of fresh and salt water dominates and you can enjoy your swim overlooking Mount Olympus in the background.
To be on these beaches head from the National Road to the Valley of Tempi where immediately after its end these beaches begin.