High School of Larissa
Ossa is situated in the north-east of the Prefecture of
Larissa and is separated from Low Olympus by the valley
of Tembi. According to the Greek mythology, giants tried
to place mount Olympus, Ossa and Pelion together in
order to reach the gods.
In her work
entitled “Alexiada” that dates from the 12th century
A.D, Ann the Comninian first uses the name Kissavos in
order to refer to mount Ossa. It is a mountain overgrown
with beeches, chestnuts, arbutuses, firs and oak-trees.
A great extent of the mountain has been qualified as an
aesthetic grove and is protected by the Pan-European
Network Natura 2000. Picturesque villages such as
Ambelakia, Karitsa, Melivia, Megalovriso,
Spilia are perched on the slopes of mount Ossa.
of its main features are its precipices and ravines that
create impressive cascades and ravines which finally
reach the golden jagged coastline of the Aegean Sea.
The road network
of the mountain is vast and accessible all year round
thus offering its visitors the opportunity to enjoy
every corner of it. Its highest peak (Prophet Elijah
1,978 m) is visible from most points of the Prefecture
and is easily recognized because of its conic shape.
It is also
considered to be an ideal destination for the lovers of
nature and adventure seeing that it has
well-traced paths, perfectly organized climbing grounds,
cycling infrastructures (Pan-Hellenic Championship)
while it is also possible to drive through it in 4x4
mount shelter of Larissa on the spot of “Kanalos” (1604
m) has the right infrastructures for visitors especially
in summer period.