This town, the ancient Trikke, lies 26 miles northwest of Karditsa. For antiquity buffs, the river that flows through out was the Lethe of the ancients, where souls would go to cleanse themselves of all human memory before being purified (hence our term “lethal”). But not to worry these days, as Trikala used to be a headquarters of Asklepios, the healing god, rivalling the better-known one on the island of Kos. The emperors of Serbia had a palace there in the 14th century, and even now the whole area has a heavy Slavic cultural and physical tint.
Trikala is a city in Western Thessaly and the capital of Trikala prefecture.
It took its name from the nymphe Trikki, daughter of Pinios (although she has been referred to as the daughter of Asopos potamos as well). Homer mentions Trikala in his epic poem the Iliad, stating that the city took part in the Trojan War, on the part of the Greeks. The city of Trikala offered thirty manned ships the leaders of which were the doctors Machaon and Podalirius, Asclepius’ sons.
Trikala has been the birthplace of many important personalities, especially in the fields of sports and culture. Some of them are Christos Papanikolaou (pole vaulter), Sofia Sakorafa (javelin thrower), Vassilis Tsitsanis and Apostolos Kaldaras (song writers) and Dimitris Sgouros (pianist).
The Physical Education and Sport Science Department of the University of Thessaly is located in Trikala, as are the Civil Engineering Department and the Building Renovation & Restoration Department, both belonging to the Technological Education Institute of Larissa.
Trikala Municipality also runs a Philharmonic and a very active Cultural Centre offering a variety of cultural choices to the public.
• The city lies on the Western part of Thessaly and is inhabited by more than 70,000 people.
• Litheos river (that actually is a branch of Pinios river) flows through Trikala and is the landmark of the city.
• The city climate is continental, whereas the average yearly temperature is 16o-17o C, with cold winters and hot summers.
• Trikala is connected to Western Greece (and the rest of Greece) through Highway E92, whereas one can also come here from Karditsa (which is connected to Southern Greece through Highway E65).
• The city center has been pedestrianized, so walking through it is extremely pleasant, whereas the whole city can be explored on foot.
• There are lots of big and small hotels in the area, as well as congress halls.
• There are also: the General Hospital, many sports facilities, parks and squares.
• There is connection to other parts of Greece through railway and bus service
• Lots of choices for food and accommodation.
• Entertainment in a variety of clubs, pubs and cafés.
• A great number of museums dedicated to culture, history and Folklore.
• Relaxation enjoying its peaceful way of life.
• Watch the sunset, sitting on the steps of Frourio (Fortress).
• Visit the Asklepeion in ancient Trikki, which, according to Stravon was the most ancient and the most important Asklepeion of Ancient Greece.
• Visit Prophet Elias grove to see the zoo of the city, where you will see tigers, iguanas, ostriches, and many other animals and birds.
• Visit Cursum Mosque, a monument built on the 16th century, protected by the UNESCO.
• Have fun at the pubs in ‘old Manavika’.
• Walk through the old city back streets, in the quarters named Varoussi and Manavika, and feel the aura of the past surrounding you.
• Walk though Asklipiou Street, the main shopping road of the city and a meeting place for both the inhabitants of Trikala and the visitors.
• Feel the freshness of the unique ‘Kliafa’ orangeade in one of the traditional city cafés.
Sources: inthessaly.gr, trikala-tourism.gr, 3kala.gr