Trikala is a city in Thessaly (population 50,000) with a good cafe and nightlife scene. It is an agricultural town that is well placed for those going to Meteora 15 km north or the Pindos Mountains to the west. It lies on the Litheos River that runs through the center of town.
The closest airport is Volos airport  (VOL), situated in (Nea Anchialos), about 130 km W from the city. Volos may be the nearest airfield but only offers service during the warm-weather months.
Air Berlin operate every Monday and every Friday from May to October (Flights to/from Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Nuremberg, Vienna).
Ryanair operates flights from April to October to/from Hahn (Frankfurt), Bergamo (Milan), Rome and Charleroi (Brussels) airport.
Belle Air operate to/from Tirana.
Lauda Air operate to/from Vienna.
Transavia operate to/from Amsterdam.
There is a bus connecting airport and Volos bus station. Buses are waiting to pick up travelers after a plane lands, the cost form the airport to Volos Bus station is 3 €. Then you have to get another bus or Train from Volos to Trikala. The bus station in Volos is about 1 km from the train station.
The nearest airport offering year-round international service is in Thessaloniki (SLK) about 3 hours away.
Interurban coaches ("KTEL" buses) (+30 24310 73131) are by far the most convenient way to travel around Greece, as well as for intra-regional travelling. There is frequent bus service from Athens Liossion Station to Trikala, as well as from Thessaloniki bus terminal "Macedonia" to Trikala. The bus station is at the corner of Othonos and Garivaldi, just across the river from the center part of town.
Trains (OSE) (+30 24310 27214) connect Trikala to other cities in Greece. Travelling with ordinary trains can be cheaper, although a little bit slower, whereas choosing a fancy faster Intercity train will cost the same amount of money, or even more than a KTEL bus. There are direct trains to Athens and Larissa to Thessaloniki.
Koursoun Tzami, (Across the river and 300 m to the east of the city center). This Turkish Mosque dates from the 16th Century. It was built by Sinan Pasha who also designed the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. edit
Fortress of Trikala, (Just west of the city center on top of the hill that overlooks the city). This Byzantine fort has a clock tower that provides an excellent view of the city. There is a cafe and the outdoor summer theatre is located here.edit
Chapel of Profitis Ilias, (200 m north of Turkish Quarter on the hill north of the Fortress). edit
Turkish Quarter (Varousi), (Just west of the city center at the foot of the Fortress). A peaceful area of winding streets and old houses. edit
Ski, Pertouli (50 km west of Trikala in the Koziakis Mountains). edit
Kayaking, Tria Potamia (80 km west of Trikala in the Koziakis Mountains). edit
'Milos ton Xotikon' The Elf Mill, Matsopoulos Mill (South of Trikala on the Pylis Road, just after the train station.), ☎ +30 24310 20000. The old flour mill which is usually home to a museum, cinema and cafe transforms every December into Father Christmas's workshop. With fun, festive activities for all ages, including: ice skating, a fun traditional fair, a chocolate factory, face painting, Sants's bakery, theatrical productions, live shows from Greek artists and a Christmas Bazaar. Open from early December - 7th January annually.Entrance free.. edit
The 'Palia Manavika' (The old market) situated between the Central Square and the old town of Varoussi has a variety of reasonably priced traditional taverns, pizzarias and 'mezedopoleios' to choose from, see listings below.
Diachroniko, Chaztipetrou & Ypsilantou 21, ☎ +30 24310 77522. A traditionl Greek tavern serving all types of dishes and 'mezedes at reasonable prices.edit
Palia Istoria, Yspilandou 3, ☎ +30 24310 77627. 'Mezedopoleio' serving 'mezedes' and other dishes.edit
To Lathofanaro, Yspilantou & Kaniggos, ☎ +30 24310 74610. Describing itself as a "taverneio' it serves a good selection of Greek dishes and 'mezedes'.edit
Katogi, Karaiskaki 58 & Yspilantou, ☎ +03 24310 20150. A large tavern serving a variety of traditonal dishes at reasonable prices.edit
Ta Mezedokamomata, Yspilantou 16-18, ☎ +30 24310 76741, . The first tavern to open in the neighbourhood with seating for up to 200 people. A variety of Greek dishes are served at reasonable prices.edit
Ianthos, Yspilantou 19 (Behind OTE), ☎ +30 24310 73359. Tavera with indoor and outdoor seating Serves a variety of Greek dishes.edit
Mparmpanikolas, Ermoy & Yspilantou (Corner) (Just off Cetral Square), ☎ +30 24310 400423. Tavera & pizzapia with wood burning oven, serving a wide variety of traditional dishes and pizzas.edit
Gustoza, Yspilantou & Nikotsara (Corner), ☎ +30 24310 71606 & 71609. A pizzaria with a wood burning oven and delivery service.edit
Narkissos, Yspilantou & Kanigkos (Corner) (In the Palio Manavika between the Central Square and Varoussi), ☎ +30 24310 78628. A traditional style cafe with a great selection of cakes and pastries as well as board games.edit
Reklama, Yspilantou 10 (North off the central Square in the Palio Manavika), ☎ +30 24310 72692. Traditional Kafeneion with gallery. Uses mainly local produce. edit
Koziakas Mountains - A wide variety of outdoor activities are in the Koziakas Mountains, 20 km west of Trikala. The village of Pyli ("The Gate") stands at the entrance of one of Greece's most beautiful gorges. Right at the entrance of the gorge, 1.5 km past Pyli, is the 13th Century Church of Porto Panayia. The church has impressive mosaics and marble icons. Another 5 km past Pyli is the Mono Agios Vissariou, a 16th Century monastary. The ski area Pertouli is 30 km past Pyli. Tria Potamia offers kayaking in the Aheloos River.