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Trip Date:2007-01-23 - 2007-02-02
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by Danos kounenis (danos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10567 W: 21280 N: 283] (83177)
Trikala (Greek: Τρίκαλα,is a prefecture in northwestern Thessaly, Greece Its capital is the city of Trikala. The prefecture was created in 1881 and Karditsa separated in 1947, and contains Kalampaka and Meteora, with monasteries above the rocky ledges. It is located NW of Athens, NW of Karditsa, E of Ioannina and Metsovo, S of Grevena, SW of Thessaloniki, and W of Larissa.

Geography
Its geography includes the Thessalian Plain to the south and east with a maximum elevation of 100 m, and it also includes a valley to the north. The Pindus mountain range dominates the western part, with forested terrain in the westcentral part. The northern part is also mountainous and made up of forests and barren lands, with its mountains incorporating Chasia and Antichasia ; and to the northeast the steep terrain continues. Its major river, the Pineios, flows to the south, while several other rivers flow to the south and northeast, centrally and to the northwest along with the Via Egnatia and the GR-6.

Zagoroxoria (Greek Ζαγοροχώρια, from Old Slavic "Zagora", "over the mountain") is a region in the Pindus mountains in Epirus, in northwestern Greece. It has an area of some 1,000 square kilometers contains 45 villages known as Zagoria or the Zagorohoria, and is in the shape of an upturned equilateral triangle. The southern vertex of the triangle is the provincial capital, Ioannina, the south-southwest side is formed by mount Mitsikeli (1,810m), and the Aoos river and Mt Tymphe constitute the northern side, and the east-southeast side runs along the Varda river to Mt Mavrovouni (2,100m) near Metsovo. According to the most recent figures, the population of the area is about 5,000, which gives a population density of 5 inhabitants per square kilometer, compared to an average of 73.8 inhabitants per square kilometer for Greece as a whole.