• See the unique geological phenomenon of the gigantic rocks of Meteora and its monastic polity that has been characterised as a World Natural and Cultural Heritage Monument by UNESCO
• Visit the area of Pyli, the three-aisled Byzantine church of Porta Panagia and the one-arcaded stone bridge that extends above the river of Portaikos
• The mountain area of Elati and Pertouli with their meadows offers the possibility for many outdoor activities
• It’s worth visiting the mountain range of Koziakas and the area of Aspropotamos where one will come across places of great natural beauty, untouched by the human hand. Some of these areas are included in the NATURA 2000 network
• In Trikala, one of the most beautiful Greek cities, the river of Litheos is the local landmark. Visit Varoussi, the oldest quarter of the city and walk up the castle with the characteristic clock
Perfecture of TRIKALA
Region of Thessaly Capital town: Trikala Area: Population:
The Prefecture is host to the -unique on a global scale- natural and human monument: the monastic polity of Meteora. The visitor is invited to wander around Trikala. On Meteora there are six monasteries that are protected by UNESCO and constitute an invaluable heritage.
On the bottom of the gigantic rocks of Meteora stretches the town of Kalampaka with its historical temple Koimisi Theotokou (11th century AD) and the town of Kastraki. The capital city of the Prefecture, Trikala, is known as the “Paris of Greece” as it is traversed by the river of Litheos.
The third important pole of the Prefecture is the route up Mount Pindos, offering panoramic views, that leads to the settlements of Pyli, Elati, Pertouli and Aspropotamos. This land has been blessed with priceless monuments such as Porta Panagia, the arcaded bridge of Pyli, etc.
At the locality of Trikala, the earliest traces of life have been found in the Cave of Theopetra and date back to the Middle Palaeolithic Age. Settlements of the Neolithic Age, Mycenaean and progeometric tombs prove the historical continuity of the area.
In 353 BC, the area was conquered by King Philip the 2nd and in 168 BC by the Romans. In the early 14th century, the Catalans rummaged the Prefecture. The Ottoman Rule began in the late 14th century and ended in 1881. During World War II, the area resisted hard and suffered greatly.
• Tourist Promotion Committee of Trikala Prefecture: 2431035106