TrikalaThessaly with a good cafe and nightlife scene. It is an agricultural town that is well placed for those going to Meteora 15 km north or the Pindos Mountains to the west. It lies on the Litheos River that runs through the center of town.
Homer mentioned the city as Trikala and is supposed to be the birthplace of the god of healing, Asclepius.
The closest airport is Volos airport (VOL), situated in (Nea Anchialos), about 130 km W from the city. Volos may be the nearest airfield but only offers service during the warm-weather months.
Ryanair operates flights from April to October to/from Hahn (Frankfurt), Bergamo (Milan), Rome and Charleroi (Brussels) airport.
Belle Air operate to/from Tirana.
Transavia operate to/from Amsterdam.
There is a bus connecting airport and Volos bus station. Buses are waiting to pick up travelers after a plane lands, the cost form the airport to Volos Bus station is €3. Then you have to get another bus or Train from Volos to Trikala. The bus station in Volos is about 1 km from the train station.
The nearest airport offering year-round international service is in Thessaloniki (SLG) about 3 hours away.
By regional coach
Interurban coaches ("KTEL" buses) (+30 24310 73131) are by far the most convenient way to travel around Greece, as well as for intra-regional travelling. There is frequent bus service from Athens Liossion Station to Trikala, as well as from Thessaloniki bus terminal "Macedonia" to Trikala. There are several KTEL bus stops in the city. The main bus station is about 4 km out of town.
Trains (OSE) (+30 24310 27214) connect Trikala to other cities in Greece. Travelling with ordinary trains can be cheaper, although a little bit slower, whereas choosing a fancy faster Intercity train will cost the same amount of money, or even more than a KTEL bus. There are direct trains to Athens and Larissa to Thessaloniki.
Koursoun TzamiThis Turkish mosque dates from the 16th century. It was built by Sinan Pasha who also designed the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
Fortress of TrikalaThis Byzantine fort has a clock tower that provides an excellent view of the city as well as a small photo exhibition showing the history of Trikala.
Chapel of Profitis Ilias
Turkish QuarterA peaceful area of winding streets and old houses.
address: Klinou 10Old flour mill and pasta factory turned industrial museum and park.
Kayakingaddress: Tria Potamia
phone: +30 2431027751address: Kondili 50Budget supermarket for groceries, with a large selection of non-food items on the second floor.
Street Marketaddress: 28 Oktober StreetFresh local produce from small sellers, for lower prices than the shops.
address: Asklipiou 21Modern gastropub with a daily menu. Greek and international cuisine, nice big portions.
phone: +30 2431077522address: Ypsilantou 21Traditional Greek restaurant with good fare, dinner is served until long after midnight. Try the Lathos, pork smothered in wine and apple sauce.
phone: +30 2431030302address: 25is Martiou 3A well-known spot for souflaki and gyros, right in the entertainment quarter. Big portions for around €2. Plates are available too but it's mostly a takeaway place.
address: Asklipiou 46Cozy bar with drinks and food at reasonable prices. Locals come here to enjoy the traditional Greek rebetiko music.
address: Vasolissis Olgas 3Get your morning brew here.
(1 and 2 stars)
Palladion Hotelphone: +30 24310 28091address: Vyronos 4Just across river from city center
address: Tiouson 51
(3 and 4 stars)
Achillion Hotelphone: +30 24310-21893address: 2 Asklipiou & Kanouta StsJust across river from city center.
phone: +30 24310 63130address: 16 Nearchou & Klidonopoulou Sts2.5 km northwest of city center.
Hotel Lithaeonphone: +30 24310 20690address: 16 Othonos & Garivaldi StsCentrally located on the river, and close to a KTEL Bus Stop.
phone: +30 24310 73545address: 2 Vass. Olgas StHistoric hotel in city center at Rigas Ferroes Square.
phone: +30 24310 63950address: Loggaki TrikalonOn the top of a hill, 2 km away from the city center, with panoramic view that embraces the plain of Thessaly.
phone: +30 24323 00400address: ChrisomiliaB&B.
Papanastassiou Hotelphone: +30 24340 71820address: Elati2-star hotel.
Free World Guesthouseaddress: KoriHostel.
Tourist Information OfficeKiosk with information as well as free bicycle rental. Just leave your ID and you can take a bike for free for 3 hours.
Meteora - The famous monasteries are 25 km northwest near the town of Kalampaka
Koziakas Mountains - A wide variety of outdoor activities are in the Koziakas Mountains, 20 km west of Trikala. The village of Pyli ("The Gate") stands at the entrance of one of Greece's most beautiful gorges. Right at the entrance of the gorge, 1.5 km past Pyli, is the 13th Century Church of Porto Panayia. The church has impressive mosaics and marble icons. Another 5 km past Pyli is the Mono Agios Vissariou, a 16th Century monastery. The ski area Pertouli is 30 km past Pyli. Tria Potamia offers kayaking in the Aheloos River.
Plastira Lake - 30 km southwest of Trikala.