The beautiful town of Kastoria
Kastoria is a city with a rich history over the centuries, and now is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece that manages to keep intact its traditional character. According to tradition, it was founded by Orestes, in honor of his sister, Electra.
In Kastoria are still preserved extremely important monuments of Byzantine culture, such as the walls and almost the 80 Byzantine churches, which together with the truly magnificent Lake of Kastoria, create an unsurpassed setting, to what even the most discerning traveler is hard to resist.
It flourished mainly in the 17th century, of then are also the old mansions, the amazing mansions, which have reconcile the local character with their Byzantine architecture.
When you find yourself in Kastoria you should not miss to visit the Eco-museum, the first in Greece, where the visitor has the opportunity to "see" in digital Kastoria of the 6th century and to discover its diverse ecosystem.
Also do not forget to visit the petrified forest, aged of twenty million years of tropical and subtropical plants, trunks of palm trees and sea fossils. Do not forget to visit the museum that hosts many of the fossils.
In addition, it is a must-see up Orestiada lake, Agios Stefanos and the Byzantine castle, which was considered by travelers of that time rough and fort.
The necessary attractions to see include the cave of the dragon, an impressive visitable cave with 7 underground lakes, 10 areas and five tunnels, located on the north side of the town, near the chapel of St. Nikolas in the Monastery of Panagia Mavriotisa, 15 m from the lakeside road. It owes its name to the tradition which says that there was a gold mine inside, which was guarded by a watchful dragon.
For those who love winter sports on the mountain, a village 20 km from the city of Kastoria has a ski resort, with three runs, capable of receiving a large number of visitors.
During your stay, do not hesitate to shop some of the products it produces, which are indeed excellent. Kastoria, of course, is primarily known for its unique fur and leather and has also its agricultural products which are a very good choice. So you will have the opportunity to buy high-quality meats and cheese and legumes and nuts.
For accommodation you can choose among the old mansions and the modern hotels that each one will provide this you are seeking in relatively reasonable prices.
Kastoria seems to be a heavenly place that covers all tastes and requirements. Whatever group you belong to, nature lovers or if you just seek relaxation for a weekend, prepare your suitcase and come. Do not forget that even if your spare time is short, there is an airport, so relax and enjoy your trip.
For your stay in Kastoria, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Kastoria, as well as in many other areas of Kastoria, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
Access to Kastoria is easy and quick through the existing road network.
Road route Athens - Kastoria
Road route Thessaloniki - Kastoria
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.