Holidays in Kozani

Kozani info

The Prefecture of Kozani lies in Western Macedonia and is inhabited by approximately 150,000 people. It borders on the Prefectures of Imathia and Pieria to the east, Florina to the north, Kastoria to the west, Grevena to the south. The Capital of the Prefecture is Kozani Town. This Prefecture, due to its lignite deposits, witnessed an industrial boom in a short period of time. A major electric energy plant is operating in Ptolemaida. Unfortunately, the operation of this very plant in Ptolemaida has raised environmental issues. It also has a hydroelectric dam in Polyfytos at the artificial lake produced after having harnessed the flow of Aliakmon River. There are also nitrous salts and chromium that are subject to exploitation. Kozani is also the center for the production of the precious "saffron" flower and the spice coming from it. Coming from the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus, it takes 75,000 blossoms, or 225,000 hand-picked stigmas, to make a single pound, which explains why it is the world’s most expensive spice. It is harvested in the early mornings of October, and the stigmas must be separated from the blossoms the very same day to dry. This cultivation takes place in Krokos Village and Ano Komi.It is also home to the Technological Educational Institute of West Macedonia and is serviced by Philippos Airport, positioned at the center of the prefecture. The new Egnatia National Road has made access to Central and East Macedonia much easier, since, as from 2005, one can drive to Thessaloniki in less than 2 ½ hours.In the past, Kozani was a major center of trans-Balkan commerce, and its inhabitants prospered expanding their influence to Central Europe. This wealth was the basis for creating an artistic architectural tradition regarding the building of both churches and private mansions. Siatista Town is worth visiting for the many fine mansions still standing.Velvendos, Servia, Eratyra, Pentalofos, Katafigi, Vlasti, Namata and Tsotili are other towns and villages worth visiting. In Perdikka, near Ptolemais, the petrified remnants of an elephant, three million years old, were found.

Airtickets to Kozani

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

Hotels in Kozani

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

Transfer & car rental in Kozani

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

Sightseeing and tours in Kozani

There are several sights worth visiting:

• the ancient city Aiane on the hill Megali Rahi dated from the prehistoric years. The city prospered in the 6th and 5th century BC and was abandoned in the 1st century BC. The excavations revealed graves and cemeteries from the prehistoric to the Hellenistic years and the city was identified with the ancient Aane that was capital of the kingdom of Elimia. The most important monuments saved today are: the classic agora (market), the hellenistic houses, the classical arcade with pillars, a large, circular cistern quarried out in the rock, large cist-graves dated to the late Archaic and Classical periods, Farmhouses, Roman tholos tomb and Byzantine and post byzantine churches (11th - 19th century). In the Archaeological Museum of Aiane you will see interesting discoveries from the ancient city and the surrounding areas.

• in Aiani the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and the church Saint Dimitrios of (11th - 12th century) and the monastery of St. Nikanoras (1532) in Zavorda above Aliakmonas river.

• Polyfytos lake with the bigger bridge in the Balkans.

• in Serbia, the Byzantine castle (6th century) above the valley of Aliakmonas, and a big Basilica with murals from the 11th century.

• in Velvento, Byzantine churches and monasteries (St. Minas 11th century and St. Nikolaos 16th century with old murals).

• Early Christian Basilica with astonishing mosaics, in Agia Paraskeyi.

• in Sisani the 11th century Episcopal church.

• the famous arcaded bridges of Voios

Travel tourism information in Kozani

•Kozani (capital)
•Police:                      +30 24610 24131
•Hospital:                   +30 24610 67600 
•Bus Terminal:           +30 24610 34454
•Municipality:             +30 24610 50300
•Police:                       +30 24630 55422
•Hospital:                    +30 24630 54000
•Bus Terminal:            +30 24630 24744
•Municipality:              +30 24630 24514
•Police:                       +30 24640 23333
•Municipality:              +30 24640 21489
•Hospital:                    +30 24640 23024
•Police:                       +30 24650 21111
•Municipality:              +30 24650 21280
•Bus Terminal:           +30 24650 21333
•Health Center:          +30 24650 22222

Restaurants and nightlife in Kozani

There are many choices for eating, such as Taverns where mostly meat dishes are served, Restaurants where Greek dishes can be found (there are Italian and Chinese restaurants also), Grill houses where the main dish is grilled meat, Fast Food choices are local Souvlatzidika where souvlaki is served. A typical dish in Kozani is the so called Giaprakia. The main ingredients are meat and rice in salty vine-leaf, having the shape of a ball. It is used often as Christmas food. Kichi (Kozanitiko kichi) is called another local dish, which is actually a cheese pie with circular form. 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 Kozani Town.

Special places of interest in Kozani

Clinging to tradition, the locals do not miss a chance to hold festivities and celebrate life. The Carnival in Kozani has special characteristics separating from the rest. Staring on Tsiknopempti, three weeks before Lent, there is a lot of dancing and singing in the streets, with celebrations culminating with an afternoon parade and bonfires called “Fanoi” lit in every neighbourhood on Carnival Day.