High School of Larissa
Peneus - Larissa
river is named after the god Peneus and was known
for most of the 1000s as the Salambria. It rises in the Pindus
Mountains and flows about 125 mi (200 km) southeast and
northeast through the plain of Thessaly and the Vale of
Tempe into the Gulf of Salonika.
Meteora region and the cities of Trikala and Larissa lie
along the Peneus. In the 1960s, a freeway connecting
Athens and Thessaloniki was constructed in much of the
river flows through the Prefecture of Larissa. The
straits of Kalamaki, of Rodia and of Tembi have been
formed as a result of the fact that the plain of Larissa
began to decline (at a rate of 1.5 m every 1000 years)
river was banking up around its bed. This is how the
river kept its exit to the Aegean Sea while its southern
draining network was canalized into the Karla lake until
it was drained.
the Asmaki stream is used for this purpose. During its
course through the Prefecture, the tributaries
Titarissio, Paliomantano, Voulgara, Sarantaporo,
Elassonitiko, Xenia, Smoliotiko and Enipeas empty into Peneus river.
Peneus - Tempe
In prehistoric times it
formed a great lake before it broke through the Vale of
Tempe. It is navigable in its lower course.
The visitor will run into terrific landscape in
the aquatic cluster in the month of the Peneus
Delta.The vegetation is rich and unique. A lot of small
boats move from the river heading for the Aegean Sea or
come back to anchor in the mooring place of the banks of
thousands of birds of all species, both rare ones or
not, sometimes rushing for food, other times swaying in
magical movements in the air or nestling and resting in
The lush vegetation of the area creates ideal conditions
for the fowl fiona while in the area a lot of bird
species under extinction find a safe shelter during
Delta is considered to be one of the
most important aquatic clusters in Greece, that's
why the region appears in the scientific list of the
protected areas so as to be finally placed in the
European Ecological Web of Natura 2000.
In Greek mythology, Peneus
was a river god, one of the three-thousand Oceanids, a
child of Oceanus and Tethys.
Apollo chased the nymph Daphne, daughter of Peneus , who had
scorned him. His infatuation was caused by an arrow from
Eros, who was jealous because Apollo had made fun of his
archery skills. Eros also claimed to be irritated by
Apollo's singing. Daphne prayed to the river god Peneus
to help her and he changed her into a laurel tree, which
became sacred to Apollo.
The Peneus River
flows just south of Mount Olympus.
Daphne Apollo and Peneus