With all the beautiful, lushly forested mountains around Trikala, hikers will be inundated with interesting stunning trails to follow. In the spring and summer, hiking is a perfect sport for anyone who wants to explore the area, including unique monasteries and churches, while really immersing themselves in the pristine natural landscape. Trikala is a veritable once-in-a-lifetime experience when it comes to admiring nature in a pristine state. So take advantage of all the incredible sights you’ll be treated to with the region’s mountains, meadows, rivers and waterfalls as you plan your hiking route. Don’t forget to ask the locals in the villages you’ll no doubt stop in for any little-known sights in the area.
Area around Elati Village: This village sits atop Koziakas Mountain, which is one of the largest and most beautiful mountains in Greece. Summer is the perfect season for hiking through the area, where you’ll no doubt be mesmerized by the seemingly endless lush fir forest – it’s the largest in Greece.
Area around Neraidohori village: If you love exploring mountains, begin in Neraidohori, located at an altitude of 1140m. Hikers will enjoy trekking through the mountain to find the many springs that appear between thickets of fir forest. From here you can hike to the Peak of Avgo Mountain, as well as the top of Marosa and Neraida Mountains.
Area around Paliokaria Village: Paliokaria is immersed in a sea of thick plane trees that surround a gushing river and waterfall. If you’re an amateur hiker, this is a great place to start. Pathways and stone bridges lead you through the area as you admire the serenity of hearing the flow of water. Admire the Portas Bridge that dates to 1517 and stop by the 200 year-old watermill. Take a picnic lunch.
Area around Pili town: Located at the beginning of a canyon, you’ll be stunned by the beautiful mountains and rivers in the area. Hike through the landscape and admire the Monastery of St. Vissarion, the Bridge of Porta that dates to 1514 and was built by St. Vissarion.
Koziakas Mountain: This mountain is a haven for hikers, as it’s part of the Natura network. The E4 European Trail is an important part of the mountain which is perfect for a stunning route through the mountain’s natural beauty. Some not-to-be-missed sights you’ll encounter as you hike through the mountain include Kontina Waterfall, Kokkino Vraho rock, rivers, canyons drowning in elm, oak, fir and beech trees, refreshing springs perfect for a respite during your trek along the eastern slope, and the villages of Haliki and Lepenitsa. You can also follow a number of unmarked trails that will take you through stunning vistas and end at the peaks of all the nearby mountains. The trails include the route from Pirra to Avgo Mountain, the route from Neraidohori to Marosa Mountain, the route from Pertouliotika Livadia to Astrapi – the peak of Koziakas Mountain, the route from Klino to Trissia, the route from Pertouli to Neraida Mountain, and the route from Haliki to Peristeri.
Meteora (near Kalambaka): The hiking around this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site will bestow you with a unique appreciation of the monastery-topped rock pillars. You can even reach some of the monasteries by following paths through lush plane forests and refreshing streams that surround the 1000-strong network of boulders.
Pertouli Ski Resort (Pertouli Town): You’ll find a veritable treasure along the slopes of Koziakas Mountain if you’re a hiker or trekker. Pertouli ski resort is one of the most beautiful in the country as you’ll find yourself hugged by Greece’s biggest and most beautiful and pristine fir forest. There are 3 slopes and 3 cross-country ski routes that are perfect for hiking in the summer. Don’t miss this ski resort in the spring and summer, as you’ll feel like you’re hiking amidst oceans of huge fir trees.