The agricultural region of Trikala, apart from the lively town of Trikala where flows the River Litheos and the numerous resort villages like Elati and Pertouli, boasts for a unique geological phenomenon with a great cultural and spiritual importance: Meteora. The site of Meteora is a complex of pinnacles of smooth rock with monasteries built on top of them and is listed as a World Heritage Site. The region has a wide range of accommodation facilities with hotels and pensions but also many activities for sport and nature lovers.
The region has been inhabited since ancient times as the Paleolithic findings that were detected in the cave of Theopetra indicate. In 480 BC the area was subjugated to the Persians, in the campaign against the Greeks. In 352 BC joined the state of Philip II of Macedon and in 324 BC followed Alexander the Great against the Persians. With the victory of the Romans in 197 BC the region has witnessed the devastation as it was the last force that resisted stubbornly against the Romans with the last unfortunate battle of Pydna in 167 BC. From the very first century the region is dominated by Christianity and in Byzantine times suffered repeated attacks by Goths, Huns, Slavs, Saracens and Normans and became part of the Despotate of Epirus. The invasion of the Turks in the 14th century caused oppression, heavy taxation and misery as the fertile land passed into the hands of the conquerors. Many residents fled to the inaccessible mountainous areas to survive and enjoy freedom. The region of Trikala was released in 1881, but after the unfortunate war of 1897 went back to the Turks until 1898 when was finally released.
Trikala is a region situated in the north part of Thessaly. The neighbouring regions are Grevena to the north, Larisa to the west, Karditsa to the south, Arta and Ioannina to the east. The region spans an area of 3.384 sq. km. and a total population of 137.723 inhabitants. The capital city of the region is Trikala. Most of the region’s land is mountainous, part of Pindus mountain range of Epirus, while part of it on the south is part of the large Thessalian Plain.The lovely city of Trikala is a modern city with a slow paced life style, surrounded by gardens and the river Litheos flowing across it with a restored Byzantine Fortress. On the other side of town is the Koursoun Tzami, built in the 16th century by Sinan Pasha, the same architect who built the Blue Mosque in İstanbul. Escape in the nature and visit the once-remote mountainous areas of Elati and Pertouli, Pyrra, Kotroni, Raxa, Pyli, Chrisomilia with breathtaking alpine scenery with dense forests and a ski centre. But the main attraction of the region is Meteora overlooking the plain of Kalambaka. The towering outcrops of rocks had become the solitary abodes of hermit monks since the 11th century forming the second important monastic complex in Greece after that of Mount Athos with 24 monasteries built on these rocks. Today, six are active religious sites, occupied by monks or nuns and visited by the pilgrims and tourists alike.
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ChrisomiliaThe village of Chrisomilia lies across the summit of Mount Koziakas located about 25 km far from Kalambaka and within walking distance of a forest of fir, cedar and chestnut trees. Enjoy the crystal clear water running from the water sources of the village and the mountainous scenery. Choose one of the...2
ElatiThe village of Elati is 34 km far from the city of Trikala and is largest of the mountainous villages of the area. Elati is located at an altitude of 950m surrounded by lush fir forest on the southern slopes of Pindos mountain range. Elati attracts numerous tourists all year round and provides remarkable...3
KastrakiThe picturesque village of Kastraki is located among the impressive rocks of Meteora and the plain of Kalambaka. It is a traditional village traditional and along with the area of Meteora has been acknowledged as a monument of world heritage by UNESCO. Kastraki is just 2 km far from Meteora. It offers...5
MeteoraMeteora is a unique geological phenomenon of beauty and an important monument of Orthodox Christianity. It is the largest and most important, after the Mount Athos, monastery complex in Greece. The gigantic rocks of Meteora seem like towers in the plain of Kalambaka between Koziakas and Antichassia mountains....6
PertouliPertouli is a small picturesque village that has seen tourist growth especially in the past few years because of its close proximity to the Ski center of Pertouli and the famous village of Elati. The ski center is surrounded by one of the most beautiful forests of fir trees in Greece and although it...8
PyrraPyrra is a mountainous village located 3 km far from Neraidochori at an altitude of 1250 m. Pyrra has become a tourist destination thanks to the lush nature that surrounds it as it is located in the heart of one of the larger fir tree forests in Greece. Choose to stay in one of the beautiful hotels and...9
RaxaRaxa is a village located 7 km north of the city of Trikala, at an altitude of 130m with outstanding natural beauty. The Plane Tree located in the village square is something unique as the centuries of its life have led to the proclamation of the plane tree as a memorial of nature. Raxa has hotels for...