A model city in many ways, Trikala has been on the tourist map in recent years and on the list of interesting destinations in Central Greece. The reason and reason is not only the fact that it is close to interesting sights, such as Meteora or the mountain villages of Elati and Pertouli, but also the city itself and what it offers. With a wide network of pedestrian and cycle paths, with the Lithaios River running through it and with a rich history, it is one of the best options for a short getaway.
The best ride
The old quarter of the city, Varousi, with its Turkish houses, most of which were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Few of them have been restored and renovated, although the entire district has been declared a protected area and everything that is built must adhere to strict urban and architectural rules. Walk along the narrow streets of Varousiou, it is presumed that Vassilis Tsitsanis was referring to these streets when he wrote “In Trikala, in the two streets, they killed Sakaflia…”. Of course, the real story is very different.
The best view
Climb up to the Byzantine Castle of Trikala and the Clock, a trademark of the city. The red roofs of the houses will stretch out in front of you and the horizon will not reach to fit the flat Thessalian plain.
The best way to get around
In Trikala, the straight lines of the plain have favoured the development of the use of bicycles and too many residents use them for their commute. Amsterdam has found its sister city in Greece in terms of bicycle use, and the image of young, young, old, women and men, even with ties, on bicycles is very common. The municipality offers the possibility of renting bicycles for free for 3 hours at the Infopoint in the central square of Heroes Polytechnic. Ride the saddle and get to know the city through the 8 km of cycle paths.
The best meeting point
The Asclepius pedestrian street is the place where everyone congregates for shopping and coffee. The street was carved in late 1887 by engineer Menandros Potessarios and is historically the heart of the city.
The best spot for photography
The main bridge, which connects the northern part of the city with the southern part, is an architectural jewel. It was built in 1886 by French engineers of the “Thessaly Railways” company and is speculated to have been based on designs of the Seine bridges in Paris. Many of its metal elements were transported from France, in 1996 it was declared a historical monument and in 2015 it was renovated and architectural lighting was installed. Under the bridge flows the Lithaios River, a tributary of the Pinios, which runs through the entire city and beautifies the urban landscape.
The best museum
The building of the old prison of Trikala houses the “Research Centre – Museum of Vassilis Tsitsanis” and here, through the exhibits, you will get to know the life and work of the great Greek composer and lyricist. Photographs, musical instruments, sheet music and personal objects will take you on a journey through the fascinating life of Vassilis Tsitsanis.