Know before you go
(Basic tips & Etiquette)
Kastoria is a small, compact town where one can go around easily, and is also an ideal destination for a short trip. In case you don’t want to hop around the region, you can easily access Kastoria by bus and stroll around the city on foot.
But first grab a map to support your experience around Kastoria, since there are several identical spots around the lake and you might lose your orientation in the city.
On the case you visit Kastoria during the winter, beware to put on more clothes for the cold is chilly, temperature dips too low and snowfall is not a rare incident - compared to the rest of Greece.
As a tiny provincial town, Kastoria has a shortage of nightlife activities. However, there are numerous cafes/bar (especially in the locally-called "south beach" of the town), other than a dusk to dawn local club.
In order to visit one of the 74 Byzantine churches of the city – a must-see attraction in Kastoria, you will need to contact the Byzantine Museum of Kastoria or call at 24670-26781, 24670-22800. All the churches remain tether and chained throughout the year and thus, you will need to ask the local authorities to unlock them for you.
In case you are up for an off-road journey up in the mountain range of Grammos or Mount Vitsi, you have to be cautious with the weather conditions and ask the locals what they think and how the road system is by that time. More specifically, routes through the woods that are without asphalt, traverse dense forests and are generally very isolated, so they can be easily converted into sludge trails, trapping your vehicle after a heavy rainstorm.
High-altitude weather-shifting phenomena are quite frequent changing every single minute. So beware and give a notice to someone in case you want to follow a hiking path or if you are willing to take an off-road adventure (since you may not be able to get a signal at all). Finally, be always ready to make any necessary changes to your plans due to the weather conditions.
Subsequent to rain, nuggets of ice or heavy snowfall, make the majority of the road system is quite hazardous, especially at high altitudes (over 1000 meter high).