Region of Trikala
The region of Trikala lies in Central Greece and makes up one of the four prefectures of Thessaly. It is extended to 3,389 s.m. with a population of approximately 140,000 inhabitants. The capital city is Trikala while Kalabaka, Pyli and Farkadona constitute the area’s main towns. Northerly it borders Grevena, westerly Ioannina and Arta, in the east it borders Larissa and finally, Karditsa in the south.
It is mostly a mountainous area since 66% is covered by mountains, 14% by highlands and the rest 20% constitutes the flat part of it. Also, 42% of its terrain is used as grassland, 30% is covered by virgin forests, 20% serves as an arable land, counting for 670,000 acres, 3.51% represents the urban districts and 4.59% are the rest.
The major mountains are Kakarditsa (2469 m.), Tzoumerka or Athamanika (2429 m.), Lakmos or Peristeri (2295 m.), Trigia (2204 m.), Avgo (2148 m.) and Koziakas (1901 m.) all of which are part of Pindus Mountain Range, as well as Hasia Mountain Range (1564 m.) in the north part. The most prominent rivers are Achelous, and Pineios both springing from Pindus Mountains, while there are many important tributaries, such as Lithaios which crosses the city of Trikala.
Agriculture and Manufacture
Traditionally, Trikala is a rural area, offering a significant amount of qualitative, ISO – certified, agricultural products such as cotton, tobacco, corn, wheat and vegetables. Also, a great quantity of livestock goods is produced here, including red meat, fresh cow, sheep and goat milk as well as a large assortment of diary products and fleece. Additionally, there is an important production of forestry wealth mainly incorporating fir-wood, beech-wood and oak-wood used either as fire-wood or as raw material. Finally, the area is known for its great tradition and expertise in textiles and hand-woven.