When to visit

 

IN SPRING

to jump above the town’s neighborhoods bonfires, “Boubouna”, and experience the festivities of “Haskari”, two parts of an ancient custom taking place on the last Carnival Sunday, to ride “rodani” (a wooden four-poster swing) for the duration of Easter, to attend the International Fur Fair during May, to hike up Grammos mountain range and Mount Vitsi.

IN SUMMER

to indulge in fried lake fish throughout the 4-day Fish Fest occurring by the end of July, to partake in the River Party Fest taking place in the hamlet of Nestorio besides Haliacmon (in August), to join “Alexiada”, the 3-day Medieval Byzantine Festival by the end of August.

IN AUTUMN

to go round-the-lake following the narrow lakeshore passage in order to take incredible sights of trees – such a melancholic nature, to experience the celebrations for the anniversary of the liberation of Kastoria (in November).

IN WINTER

to listen to the local carols (kollienta) on Christmas Eve, to experience the legendary carnival-like custom of Ragoutsaria going on for centuries now (early January), to indulge in various winter activities, like skiing in the Apline Center of Vitsi.

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