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Thinking of a Greek smart city? Think of Trikala!

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Key smart sectors include: Transport, Energy, Health Care, culture, tourism and e-government

Built in the Thessalian plain in the middle of Greece, the medium-sized provincial city of Trikala is a unique destination for those who want to visit a city known not only for its natural and manmade beauty but also for being the first smart city in Greece! Trikala was given a smart city award in 2004, and since then the cityhas a highly planned strategic orientation towards the future using digital technologies or information and communication technologies to enhance quality and performance of urban services, health services, government services and mobility providing added value to the city.

City Profile

Trikala is the homonymous Prefecture's capital and was built on the location of ancient Trikki. Asklipios, the most eminent doctor of antiquity, originated and practiced medicine here. The Lithaios River (the river of Lithi = “forgetfulness” in mythology) flows through the city of Trikala. Its Central Bridge was manufactured in 1886 in France by French engineers and is made of metal. The banks of Lithaios have been shaped and embellished with very tall plane trees and wild chestnuts creating unique green scenery in the heart of the city. The centre of the city is distinguished by historical byzantine and ottoman monuments, excellent urban planning, spacious squares, parks, pedestrian streets and museums, such as the Tsitsanis Museum, dedicated to Vasilis Tsitsanis, one of Greece's most prominent composers and songwriters, who hailed from Trikala and was particularly influential in the field of ‘Rebetika‘ (urban blues).

This beautiful city is located at a distance of 331 km NW of Athens and 215 km SW of Thessaloniki. At a stone’s throw, there is also the world famous breathtaking site of Meteora, a unique geological phenomenon.Unlike many towns and villages in Greece, Trikala is quite flat – a fact that has contributed to the town becoming one of the most bike-friendly in the country. Three bike paths run through the city and bicycles for public use are even provided by the municipality at certain info points. One of Trikala’s most pleasant bike routes runs alongside the Lithaios River with its clean, cool air and swans and ducks.

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Smart city!

With a population of about 76 000, the overall goal is to make sure that collective benefits are maximized by implementing policies that reduce cost and resource consumption to engage more effectively and actively with citizens. Key smart sectors include: Transport, Energy, Health Care, culture, tourism and e-government.

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