Holidays in Kastoria

Kastoria info

Kastoria belongs to the periphery of Macedonia. The prefecture borders on the prefectures of Florina, Ioannina, Grevena, Kozani on the one hand, and Albania on the other. Recently an important settlement of the Neolithic Era was discovered at Dispilio, on the south bank of Kastoria Lake. Among the finds, there is a boat of 4.000 B.C., as well as inscription dating to 5260 B.C., which is significant for the identification of the origins of the Greek alphabet. The capital city of the prefecture, Kastoria Town, is one of the most picturesque in Greece. Built on a promontory jutting into Kastoria Lake, it is replete with magnificent Byzantine churches and stone-built Mansions. The landscape is mountainous and the climate is continental, with cold winters and hot summers. The temperature presents great variations between winter and summer, and during winter it is often below zero, so the lake surface freezes over. The mountain range of Grammos, with the springs of the river Aliakmonas, is an interesting destination for the visitor to Kastoria Prefecture. The area of Grammos is one of the most productive virgin forest complexes in Greece. The population of the area is sparse, and the main activities are forestry, hunting and cattle-breeding. The area, with its excellent geomorphology and the rare flora and fauna, is an ideal place for trekking and sightseeing.

Airtickets to Kastoria

Kastoria can be reached by plane. We can offer airtickets to the island through our online booking system.

Hotels in Kastoria

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

Transfer & car rental in Kastoria

There are transfer and car rental options in Kastoria through our online booking system.

Sightseeing and tours in Kastoria

Byzantine Museum: The Byzantine Museum of Kastoria hosts collections of icons, sculpture, mosaics, wooden-carved objects, ecclesiastic objects (manuscripts, liturgical vessels etc) dating back from the 12th to the 17th century.

Costume Museum: This museum introduces the visitor to the daily life of the people of Kastoria in the previous centuries, through the clothes they were wearing.The costumes along with the jewels accompanying them, are one of the most live expressions of folk culture.

Folklore Museum: In one of the most picturesque streets in the city, one can meet the mansion of Nerandzis-Aïvazis, which since 1975, houses the Museum. The Museum hosts the material relics of the region, objects from the everyday life in the house and the work place, objects associated with ceremonies and celebrations.

Eco-Museum: The archaeological site of Dispilio and the Eco-museum are 7 kilometres from the city, on the south side of the lake. A lake settlement of the Neolithic Era, developed around the lake from the middle of the 6th millennium BC to the middle of the 4th millennium BC has been excavated here.

Wax Museum of Folklore and Prehistory: In August 2009, the "Wax Museum of Prehistory and Folklore" in Mavrochori in Kastoria began to have its first guests. The museum was created by the talented Dimitris Panagiotidis with the equally talented wife, Mrs Fanny. It is an attraction for youngsters and adults as there are presented customs and traditions like daily life scenes in the house and outside, in the village and the plain mainly given to themes, customs and traditions.

Petrified Forest Museum in the Village Nostimo: Near the village Nostimo (on the southwest side of the county) is the Petrified Forest. Prior to 15-20 million years, silting of rivers formed a large delta, which created a wild tropical forest of beeches, oaks and palms.The lava and volcanic ash that covered, at some stage, the forest contributed to the calcification. The findings are striking. Logs 5-10 m. in length and 50-80 cm. diameter, which is distinguished by the bark and the rings and between them the only fossilized palm trees that have been found in mainland Greece.

The Mansions of Kastoria: The mansions of Kastoria, with its characteristic traditional architecture have contributed significantly to the traditional beauty and color of the city. Built at a time when the city experienced a major economic boom of the fur trade. Most buildings are of the 17th and 18th century, and they stand for the majesty, the masonry, the architecture and their painting.

Churches: In the city of Kastoria, many Byzantine and newer churches are saved with a unique history and architecture.

Travel tourism information in Kastoria

•Kastoria (capital)
•Police:                    +30 24670 21517
•Hospital:                +30 24670 55600
•Bus Terminal:        +30 24670 83455
•Municipality:          +30 24670 22267
•Argos Orestikon
•Police:                    +30 24670 42211
•Health Center:       +30 24670 41090

Restaurants and nightlife in Kastoria

If you visit Kastoria 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 Kastoria Town. At various points round the lake of Kastoria you'll find restaurants, taverns, rotisseries, and cafes. Also, There are many pretty villages in the district, perched on hillsides, surrounded by firs and beech trees, as well as lakeside settlements with taverns specializing in fish from the lake.

Special places of interest in Kastoria

Don't leave Kastoria without visiting the ancient site and small museum at Dispilio, at the southern edge of the lake. You will find no temple foundations or marble columns, but rather clay huts, reed roofs and dugout canoes. This was the site of the oldest lake settlement yet discovered around 5500 BC, some 3,000 hunters and fishers and their families lived here on platforms built on chestnut poles sunk into the mud. The poles, which had not rotted in all those millennia, showed up first in 1932, when the water level receded during a great drought, and again in 1965. But excavations only began in 1992. Form the sludge, archaeologist managed to reconstruct an idea of the village, which stretched 4.5 km, and have built a few model dwellings on the basis of their finds. One, with an animal skull above the door, represents the shaman's hut. The settlers were resourceful, fishing with obsidian spearheads and bone hooks, nets made of animal gut, and reed traps. They also had devised a form of writing that looks a bit like Linear A and played tunes on a flute made of a bird's bone - very advanced for their time. They were Pygmy height (1,30m), had a life expectancy of 25 to 30 year, and after a couple of thousands of year they burned their village and moved on. They left no trace . Visitable since April 2000, their reconstructed homes are surely unique among Greece's antiquities.