The city of Lamia is located on the slopes of mount Othris, near Sperchios river. Motorway 1 (A1), connecting Athens to Thessaloniki, passes through Lamia.
After the “Kallikratis” administrative reform of 2010, Lamia remained the seat of the new, larger Lamia Municipality.
In Greek mythology, the city of Lamia was built by Lamos, the son of Hercules and Omphalis. According to a different version, the city was named after Lamia, the daughter of Poseidon and queen of the Trachineans.
Etymologically, the word “lamia” is associated with “lemos” or “lamos” (i.e. gap, chasm or voracious, insatiable). It is known that, on the northeastern part of Platia Laou (People’s Square), a deep gully ran through the city. The sycamores found in that part of the city are a testament to that. It is thus likely that the city took its name by that gully and the large population of weaver beetles (in Greek; “lamies”) living in the thick vegetation around it.
Today, Lamia has many important landmarks and attractions, which connect the city with its past. Places to visit are the Archaeological Museum of Phthiotis, the Folk Art Museum of Phthiotis, the National Resistance Museum, the Municipal Art Gallery, the Statue of Athanasios Diakos in the square of the same name, the Athanasios Diakos cenotaph, the church of Panagia Archontiki, and many more.
The hospitality offered by the locals and the local high quality cuisine truly make visiting Lamia an experience to remember.