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Located in the valley of the Litheos river the city of Trikala was once famous for being the part of Greece where most of the agriculture was practiced, nowadays it has become a city for tourists and visitors from all over Greece and Europe. The most popular vehicle used to move around the city is the bike. Trikala according to Greek mythology is famous for being the place where the god of Medicine (Asclepius) was born.
What to see in Trikala
Trikala will surprise you with its well-kept gardens, beautiful villas and narrow streets full of small shops. When in Trikala we recommend you visit the city fortress and it’s garden from where you can admire a wonderful view of the city. The fortress was restored in the VI century A.C. by the Roman emperor Giustinian. It is located on top of a small hill so for reaching it you will have to walk a little bit.
On the road for getting there you will find the remains of the sanctuary of Asclepio. When inside the city you also mustn’t miss the old neighborhood of Varousi, a world heritage site located east from the fortress. You will also notice narrow streets with old buildings dating back to the XVII century besides from many churches with a very important history like: Agioi Anargiri and the chapel dedicated to Profitis Ilias. Another very imoportant monument in the city is the mosque of Koursoun Tzami, built in the XVI century by the same ingeneer that built the iconic “Blue Mosque” in Istanbul.
Then there are also two famous museums that you can visit: the museum of folklore and the city’s art museum. During the evening the local people of Trikala often enjoy crossing the city’s bridge and reaching the neighborhood of Manavika, a vibrant part of town where live music is palyed every evening and where you can enjoy the many bars, taverns and cocktail bars that serve delicious drinks during the evening.
How to get to Trikala
You can reach Trikala by bus or by train. There are busses that leave from Athens and travel to Trikala on a daily basis. The trip will last about 4 hours, there are about 7 runs per day and the ticket will cost you around 28 euros. From Thessaloniki your trip will last 3 hours and there are 5 busses running every day. Otherwise you can always reach Trikala by train from Kalambaka, Larissa, Athens (intercity, 4 hours, 2 train per day) and Thessaloniki (3 hours, 1 train per day).