Attractions, Sights & Things to Do in 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.
The hometown of the ancient Greek God of medicine with a prominent status in the antiquity.
Famous for the narrow streets and the mansions that gives to the visitor an image of the past.
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.
Vassilis Tsitsanis Museum (Old Prison)
Contemporary cultural and research center, dedicated to a great Greek composer and lyricist.
Housed since 2003 in the old Kliafa factory offers an image of the company's and the city's history.
Built on the acropolis, at the northeast part of the city, it's a trademark with long history and fame.
A prominent monument, widely called Koursoum (literally means lead) due to its lead-covered dome.
Cultural center that since 2011, is transformed into the absolute Christmas destination.
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.
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.
Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it combines breathtaking natural landscape, history, and Orthodox religious significance.
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.
Hiking «Watermill to Waterfalls» in Anthochori
Starting from the watermill of Anthochori leads to the astonishing waterfalls of the Plastira region.
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.
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.
Distinctive reunion dominated by a folklore notion of the customs, and the culture of Sarakatsani.
Traditional settlement and one of the most beautiful villages of the Trikala region, famous for its dense forests and its alpine landscape.
Owed its creation to the dam construction, composes a fairy tale mountainous landscape that attracts numerous visitors the whole year-round.
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.