Holidays in Kastoria

 
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Get acquainted with natural landscapes that capture the soul, take a dip into a glittering past by holidaying in Kastoria, a place combining mountain and water relaxation.

 
 

activities

With a lake of mood color rings, mountains changing with the season and in general grandiose shifts of the surrounding environment, this piece of land in Western Macedonia is an all-year-destination. The whole region of Kastoria, as well as the city itself, is an ideal vacation choice for innumerable activities to be experienced each time of year. Hiking up in Grammos mountain range or Mount Vitsi, off-roading in National forests, motocross racing on steep slopes, foraging mushrooms, skiing at Vitsi Ski Center during winter, taking a dip in Haliacmon - the longest river in Greece or even visiting Nestorio – famous for its summer river party, one of the largest music and camping festivals in the country, these are just a few of the activities that can sparke your travel wanderlust.

 
 
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As a small compact student city, easy to navigate and with a multifarious range of activities, Kastoria attracts people from diverse backgrounds.

 

From couples, weekend warriors, winter holidayers, historians visiting Byzantine churches and researchers going to the Cave of the Dragon or Kastoria’s aquarium, to aspiring fur buyers fleeing from all over the world to attend the International Fur Fair, nature lovers, photographers and bird twitchers, Kastoria is an ideal destination for everyone.

Romantic strolls besides the lake Orestiada or the cobblestone lanes of the old town next to centuries-old houses and mansions - living marks of the long bygone economic wealth, such a nostalgic walk to an anyway wistful setting, as well as an array of educational museums and countless  Byzantine churches adds to the poetry of Kastoria’s atmospheric urban landscape.

 

accommodation

Kastoria offers a wide range of accommodation choices to satisfy every taste. From small city hotels, boutique lodges, rooms-to-rent and renovated mansions, hotel resorts and  B&Bs  with various amenities outside the city, to small chalets, and stylish and well-maintained hostels.

Kastoria offers a wide range of accommodation choices to satisfy every taste. From small city hotels, boutique lodges, rooms-to-rent and renovated mansions, hotel resorts and B&Bs with various amenities outside the city, to small chalets, and stylish and well-maintained hostels.

food

Kastoria has plentyful of  restaurants and taverns , in which you can taste the varieties of beans steamed, boiled, on the stove or eaten raw in salads - the region’s distinctiveness and the land’s favorite dish. Apart from beans, you can also taste freshwater fish (depending on the season), try the apples with  protected geographical indication  ( PGI ), local meats and cheeses, as well as wild mushrooms foraged from Gramos and Vitsi Mounts. For your souvenir-groceries, and besides (PGI) beans, you can buy preserves with twisted flavors,  mushroom spoon sweet  or  bean spoon sweet , homemade noodles, mountain herbs, wild honey, wine and tsipouro, local liqueurs made with cornelian cherries or walnuts.

Kastoria has plentyful of restaurants and taverns, in which you can taste the varieties of beans steamed, boiled, on the stove or eaten raw in salads - the region’s distinctiveness and the land’s favorite dish. Apart from beans, you can also taste freshwater fish (depending on the season), try the apples with protected geographical indication (PGI), local meats and cheeses, as well as wild mushrooms foraged from Gramos and Vitsi Mounts. For your souvenir-groceries, and besides (PGI) beans, you can buy preserves with twisted flavors, mushroom spoon sweet or bean spoon sweet, homemade noodles, mountain herbs, wild honey, wine and tsipouro, local liqueurs made with cornelian cherries or walnuts.

 

The lure of a historic countryside that takes you to a trip through Byzantine Empire and dazzling modern times in Greece, besides a wild and untamed beautiful lake, sounds like the perfect escape from everyday routine and a raison d'être to reflect on your life.


 
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