Named after the mythological daughter of Poseidon, Lamia is an ancient city often mistakenly passed over by travellers. It is the capital of Fthiotida, a central prefecture of Greece and home to the captivating Iti National Park. Full of quiet squares and rambling streets, Laima is lined with cafes and local landmarks, all watched over by a dominant fortress.
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The Castle of Lima is one of the most important monuments in the area and stands proudly on a rocky hill above the city. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the acropolis offers amazing views over Lamia and is illuminated at night to create a picture-perfect scene.
History fans can also explore small museums and archaeological displays scattered around the city. Everyone can enjoy the Lamia’s welcoming vibes, which are best experienced by simply wandering the streets. Many cafes offer regional dining experiences, from traditional almond shortcake to lamb’s intestines.
Lamia is also saturated in natural beauty. You can appreciate the surrounding mountains from an open town square or you can dive into it by following gateway trails into Iti National Park. Hot springs have created wonderful natural spas, while luxurious spa treatments in Lamia offer a relaxing travel treat.
Most tourists arrive into Lamia by bus, which has connections throughout Greece. Arriving at the KTEL bus station, you can take a short taxi ride into the centre, about 2.5 kilometres away. Within Lamia, it’s easy to explore on foot as the city is small and easy to get around.
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