Tyrnavos is northwest of Larissa, where there is a small airport, LGLR, marked on the map.
Tyrnavos is know for its "Dirty Monday" Phallus Festival held on the first Monday of Lent. The one-day pagan fertility festival is dedicated to Dionysos, god of wine and son of Zeus.
Tyrnavos isn't really a place to hang around if you're not attending the phallus festival, but if you are, you should look for a hotel in Larissa, shown on the map to the southeast. If you're also planning to visit the Meteora Monasteries, you might look for a hotel in Kalambaka.
On the other hand, the tourism board has a few things to say about the town:
There’s a lot to be said also for Týrnavos’ lovely sights to be visited all year round. Feast your eyes on the old traditional houses as well as the marvellous murals and relics to be found in the town’s historic churches. Visit the famous bridge on River Titarísios and the stone-built turkish hamam (bath-house), being the only remaining muslim building in the area. Go on a trip to the nearby lake “Máti Tyrnávou” (Eye of Tyrnavos), Thessaly’s single natural lake that is the centre of a habitat highly diverse in flora and fauna.
There is a bus connection from Larissa to Tyrnavos.
About the Festival
Each year on the first Monday of Lent, the people of the tiny Greek town of Tyrnavos go crazy about penises, singing lewd songs and urging passersby to kiss their model phallusses. The pagan fertility festival is one of the most famous parties in Greece. ~ The Annual Phallus Festival in Greece
First you make spinach soup. Then you gather 'round with much wine or ouzo or tsipouro. And then the fun starts.
Tyrnavos is a municipality in the Thessaly region of Greece. The city holds an annual Phallus festival, a traditional phallophoric event on the first days of Lent. The city holds a famous annual carnival, which has its roots in antiquity. It is at least a century old. The first written records about its celebration date from 1898.
The Tyrnavos festival revolves around the custom of Bourani which takes place on the day of Shrove Monday. This custom has made Tyrnavos famous. Shrove Monday is a day of merry moral freedom or laxity of morals during which the rules of decent behaviour are temporarily violated. ~ Making Bourani at Tyrnavos
Then you eat the soup and drink some more from a ceramic phallic-shaped tumbler.
A lot of men that participated in this ritual as they held phalluses as sceptres in their hands. The phalluses were made of wood or clay or even of bread and constituted the most important ceremonial symbol.
Tyrnavos Travel Toolbox
Tyrnavos is located in the Larissa prefecture and the Thessalia region. To the west are the famous monasteries of Meteora, near Kalambaka.
The Greek Mainland is often overlooked as a tourist destination. In some sense, this is the "real Greece," the place where tourists aren't the only concern. From the Meteora monasteries to the wood carvers of Metsovo, mainland greece is is a fascinating place for those inclined toward slow, cultural travel.
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