Holidays in Florina

Florina info

The Prefecture of Florina lies in the northwestern corner of Macedonia and is characterized by its continuously alternating landscapes. It's located near the prefectures of Pella, Kozani and Kastoria. Florina town is the capital of the prefecture. Four mountains and six lakes contribute to form this magical environment. It stretches to 1924 square kilometers (743 square miles), with an average altitude of 650 meters (1950 feet) and a continental dry climate. Beech, oak, chestnut, and birch trees cover the slopes of Mt. Verno, Mt. Varnounda, Mt. Triclario, and Mt. Voras; this is the southernmost part in Europe where you can see birch trees growing. Besides the dense beech and oak forests, there exists in Florina the only cedar (pseudocypress) forest in Europe. Farming, animal husbandry, fishing and, lately, tourism form the basis of the local economy. Lignite (brown coal), bauxite, yellow cake, marble, granite, aragonite, and mineral water are treasures hidden in the subsoil of the Prefecture. Despite all of these treasures, Florina was practically unknown to the general public, mainly for historical reasons. Wars, conquerors, slavery and, of course, the postwar Greek Civil War that had a much graver impact to this specific region, bordering on the then socialist Albania and Yugoslavia. The people became refugees in their own and other countries. Going around the mountainous landscapes, you’ll find a number of abandoned or nearly abandoned villages with nature claiming them back. Hydro-biotopes existing in Florina Prefecture are mainly natural or even artificial, consisting of marsh or soft water areas with a high degree of biodiversity. Most important in this aspect are the six lakes of the Prefecture: The two Prespes Lakes (Megali Prespa and Mikri Prespa), and Vegoritida, Chemaditida, Zazari and Petron Lakes. The prefecture's natural wealth, along with its diversity, climate, alpine environment and traditional ele­ments has elevated Florina into an ideal place for winter and summer tourism.

Airtickets to Florina

Florina doesn't have an airport, so it can only be reached by car or public transportation. We can offer airtickets to Kastoria airport through our online booking system and then there is connection to Florina by bus, train or car.

Hotels in Florina

There is a variety of hotels, apartments and rooms to let in places like Florina Town, Nymfeo, Agios Germanos and many more, depending on the type of holidays you would prefer. You can find more information at the section of Florina hotels.

Transfer & car rental in Florina

In order to reach Florina without using a public transportation, you can rent a car from Kastoria's airport through our online booking system.

Sightseeing and tours in Florina

By visiting the Prespes Lakes, you’ll have the chance to get acquainted with a different face of Greece, though tourism has begun to take its first, albeit cautious, steps in the region. During every season the Lakes offer a different magical landscape. The Lakes have been declared a National Park and a place of Special Natural Beauty. The visitor can view some 260 of the 380 bird species living in Greece. Prespes Lakes and their islets are definitely a must see.The Byzantine monuments in the Prespes Lakes come as a complement to the beauty of the region. On St. Achillios islet, permanently connected to the coast by a floatable bridge, five Byzantine churches are preserved as well as sculptures of the Hellenistic and Roman Times. On the southern coast of Megali Prespa, ascetic hermitages and icon frescoes are preserved on rocks (13th-14th centuries). Situated at the crossroads of people and civiliza­tions, Florina has a polymorphous cultural heritage and a complex cultural identity. Florinian artists are nationally and internationally renowned. The prefecture's cultural infrastructure consists mainly of the following:

The archaeological findings and historical monuments of Hellenistic, Byzantine and post-Byzantine eras.
The museums (Archaeological, Modern Art, Florina Art Gallery) and the Folklore Collections that are open to the public and cooperate with each other.
An abundance of cultural societies with wide ranging activities, such as the "Aristotle", "Amindas" at Amindeo, the Cultural Club of Florina, etc.
The scheduled buildings of Macedonian and neoclassical architecture that have provoked an intense scientific and journalistic interest.
The Prefectural Music School of Florina, which is based in the town.

Travel tourism information in Florina

•Florina (capital)
•Police:                                    +30 23850 44230
•Municipality:                           +30 23850 44330
•Bus Terminal:                        +30 23850 28350
•Hospital:                                +30 23850 22222
Ski Center (Pisoderi):            +30 23850 45800


Nymfeo
•Police:                                    +30 23860 31361
•Municipality:                           +30 23860 31382


Prespes
•Police (Agios Germanos):     +30 23850 51202


Restaurants and nightlife in Florina

If you visit Florina you will realize that it is not offered only for a relaxing time as the number of bars and clubs is rather great. The bars are very atmospheric and various all-day cafés offer from all kinds of beverages to light snacks during the day and turn up the volume of music at night. Such places can be met mainly in Florina Town. On the other hand, if you are food lovers and you prefer to combine an evening out with dinner, try one of the traditional taverns or restaurants offering local and other Greek delicacies.

Special places of interest in Florina

The Prefecture of Florina has many distinctive sporting activities. Skiing and fencing are sports that have gained Florina national and international distinction, Florinian skiers have represented the country at winter Olympic Games and fencing has won numerous national victories. The Florina Mountaineering and Skiing Association organises skiing-related activities. The Gymnastics Union of Florina began fencing in Florina and today, along with the Fencing Club of Florina, they are continuing the tradition.