Photo: © Αθηνά Παπαδημητρίου
Close to the city of Trikala, Elati offers all the joys and benefits of a mountain holiday. Amphitheatrically built on the southern slopes of Koziakas Mountain and literally flooded by lush fir forests, Elati is a popular highland winter resort of Central Greece. At an altitude of 950m, is the largest of the alpine villages in the region, featuring stone houses with red-tiled roofs and cobblestone streets. Despite the rapid development of tourism in the region, Elati has not lost its natural traits and attracts numerous tourists all year round. It provides remarkable tourist infrastructure with a variety of hotels, hostels, restaurants, traditional tavernas and several shops selling quality local products.
It can be the primary base for dozens of activities in the surrounding area including hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, horse riding and rock climbing in the Red Stone, one of the most remarkable climbing spots in Greece. Enjoy nice walks in nature or practice your skills in skiing or snowboarding in the Pertouli Ski Center, just 15km away. If you are not into winter sports, you can just wander in the picturesque alleyways and visit the church of the "Assumption of the Virgin" with the wood-carved iconostasis of 1822 or just enjoy the scrumptious traditional cuisine in one of the tavernas. Do not miss to visit the local market and buy herbs, honey, oregano, liqueur and sweets in syrup. Take a journey to Vronetro, a beautiful village, rich in vegetation and running water and to the village of Kalogiros where you can find the traditional watermill and the path that leads to the "Fairy Cave". Worthwhile visiting it the stone bridge of Agios Vissarion in Pyli and the magnificent waterfalls of Paliokaria, just a few kilometers further away.
Elati, formerly known as Tyrna, was first settled a few years after the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire. However, the village in its current position is fairly new. Until it was burnt down by the German army back in 1943, the village was located near the river.