Trikala

  • Tríkala
  • Trikka BC

City in Thessaly

Attractions, Sights & Things to Do in Trikala

The pedestrian metal-made central bridge of Trikala, as it is illuminated during the night.
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Central Bridge of Trikala

Out of the city 10 bridges, half of which are pedestrians the central one restructured in 1996, and since 2015 is one of the city attractions.

An overview of the Archeological Site of Ancient Trikki in Trikala.
↖ NW   < 1km

Archeological Site of Ancient Trikki

« Asklipieío »

The hometown of the ancient Greek God of medicine with a prominent status in the antiquity.

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An overview of the old city of Trikala including a church and numerous old mansions.
↖ NW   < 1km

Old Town of Trikala

« Varousi / Manavika »

Famous for the narrow streets and the mansions that gives to the visitor an image of the past.

The Clock Tower of Trikala during a winter sunny day.
↖ NW   < 1km

Clock Tower of Trikala

A 26,6 m. high city trademark erected in 1936 on the spot of an older Ottoman clock tower, while it is visitable and offers a panoramic view.

The enlightened exterior of Vassilis Tsitsanis Museum (Old Prison) during the night.
↘ SE   < 1km

Vassilis Tsitsanis Museum (Old Prison)

Contemporary cultural and research center, dedicated to a great Greek composer and lyricist.

On of the rooms of the «Kliafa Company» Centre of History & Culture with numerous exhibits in the displays.
↓ S   < 1km

«Kliafa Company» Centre of History & Culture

Housed since 2003 in the old Kliafa factory offers an image of the company's and the city's history.

A picture showing the walls of the castle among the lush vegetation of the acropolis of Trikala city.
photo: Pedro / CC BY 2.0
↖ NW   < 1km

Trikala Fortress

« Frourio »

Built on the acropolis, at the northeast part of the city, it's a trademark with long history and fame.

Osman Sah Mosque

« Kοursοum Tzami »

A prominent monument, widely called Koursoum (literally means lead) due to its lead-covered dome.

The exterior and the yard of the Matsopoulos Mill in Trikala transformed into The Mill of Elves during Christmas.
↙ SW   ≈ 1.8km

The Mill of Elves

« Matsopoulos »

Cultural center that since 2011, is transformed into the absolute Christmas destination.

A picture showing the Castle of Fanari on the top of the hill with some houses of the settlement close to it.
↓ S   ≈ 22.1km

Castle of Fanari, Karditsa

Located on the peak of the hill where the village of Fanari is built, it is an impressive and well-preserved Byzantine castle.

A close up picture of the one-arched stone bridge of Pyli, Trikala.
↙ SW   ≈ 23.9km

Arched Stone Bridge of Pyli Trikala

The second-largest one-arched bridge of Thessaly region that dates from 1514 with a total length of 65,67 m.and a maximum height of 13 m.

An image showing the rocks of Meteora, where on the top of one of them there is a monastery.
↖ NW   ≈ 30.5km

Meteora, Kalabaka

Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it combines breathtaking natural landscape, history, and Orthodox religious significance.

A snowy landscape of the area Pertouli Meadows where Pertouli Ski Center is located.
← W   ≈ 31.5km

Pertouli Ski Center

Located in an area called "Pertouli Meadows" it has 5 slopes at an altitude between 1170 m.-1370 m., while it is famous for the snow quality.

A stream close to Anthochori village.
photo: stefg74 / CC BY 2.0
↓ S   ≈ 34.2km

Hiking «Watermill to Waterfalls» in Anthochori

Starting from the watermill of Anthochori leads to the astonishing waterfalls of the Plastira region.

The stone-built arched bridge and the waterfall of Palaiokaria in the background.
photo: Dimitris Karagiorgos
↙ SW   ≈ 34.7km

Bridge & Waterfall of Paleokaria

Impressive synthesis within a stunning natural landscape including the 12 meters waterfall and the stone-built bridge of the 16th century.

The exterior of the impressive neoclassical building that hosts Arni Hotel in Karditsa.
↘ SE   ≈ 34.8km

Karditsa

With an extensive bike-use that makes it to be called "the Amsterdam of Greece", is also a gateway to destinations with stunning natural beauty.

Folk dances of Sarakatsani during the annual meeting at Pertouli Meadows.
← W   ≈ 36km

Sarakatsani Annual Meeting of Pertouli

« Antamoma »

Distinctive reunion dominated by a folklore notion of the customs, and the culture of Sarakatsani.

The exterior of the Church of Panagitsa in Pertouli village with the forest in the background.
← W   ≈ 36.3km

Pertouli, Pyli Trikala

Traditional settlement and one of the most beautiful villages of the Trikala region, famous for its dense forests and its alpine landscape.

An overview of the Plastira lake among hills of dense vegetation.
photo: Manu / CC BY 2.0
↓ S   ≈ 38.5km

Lake Plastiras (Tavropos Reservoir)

Owed its creation to the dam construction, composes a fairy tale mountainous landscape that attracts numerous visitors the whole year-round.

Picture from the yard of the Panagia Pelekiti Monastery showing stone-built facilities and the surrounding vegetation.
↓ S   ≈ 47km

Monastery of Panagia Pelekiti

Hewed in the vertical rock of the mountain, it is an impressive monastery located at an altitude of 1400 meters above the sea level.

Questions & Answers about Trikala

Why Visit Trikala?
  • Birthplace of the God of Medicine in the ancient Greek religion & mythology.
  • Providing free Wi-Fi and being one of the first cities to install 5G network.
  • Pioneering city, the first in the world having busses without a bus driver.
What is Trikala, Greece?

The beautiful city of Trikala is located in the center of the Greek mainland, in the northwestern part of the plain of Thessaly. It is 330 km (205 miles) away from Athens and 214km (133 miles) away from Thessaloniki. The city is famous for the flat landscape that makes it ideal for cycling. Within the city flows the river Litheos, a branch of the river Pinios. Trikala is a city that combines natural beauty with the amenities of a modern city, offering high-end services to residents and visitors.

How was Trikala in antiquity?

Archaeological excavations in the city of Trikala revealed traces of life dating back to the 3rd millennium BC. In ancient times the city was named "Triki" or "Trika" and named after the nymph Triki, daughter of Pinios or Assopos river. Triki was a very important city in the ancient world and it was the place where the famous physician Asclepius lived. The city is also mentioned by Homer since it participated in the Trojan War with 30 ships. According to the geographer Strabo, during the Mycenaean era, Triki (located in the same area as the modern city) was the capital of the state "Estaiotidas". It was occupied by Persians in 480 BC and in 352 BC, it was united with Macedonia. After a battle between Macedonians and Romans, the latter occupied it in 168 BC. During the first Christian centuries, the city was ruled successively by Goths, Huns, Slavs, Bulgarians, Normans, Catalans, and Franks. Then it returned for a short period to the Byzantine Empire and finally conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1393. This incident marked its return also to development, after centuries of decline.

What were the important facts in the newer history of Trikala?

During the Ottoman period, Trikala was an important economic and cultural center. With the Treaty of Constantinople (1881), the city became part of the Greek State, along with the rest of Thessaly and Epirus, and will be passed again for one year in Turkish rule (1897), until the final union with Greece in 1898. In the years that followed, Trikala played an important role in the struggles of the peasants against the landlords and was the first city where an agricultural cooperative founded in 1906. During the Second World War, Trikala was an operational place of the Resistance troops and the hometown of the resistance commander, Stefanos Saraphis. The city was liberated from Nazi occupation on October 18, 1944.