The city of Kastoria is amphitheatrically built on the peninsula going far
into the lake, reflecting itself into the waters like a
precious gem, thus creating a picture whose beauty and
grandeur fascinates both Greek and foreign visitors. This
traditional West Macedonian city of long history, has
irresistible charms and beauty. Christos Zalokostas has once
said "A few more days in Kastoria and I would never leave
the city again". The city extends between Vitsi and
Grammos, on a small peninsula penetrating Orestiada lake. One
can reach Kastoria following many routes: Athens - Larissa
Kozani Kastoria or Athens Meteors Grevena - Kastoria or
Salonika Edessa - Kastoria or Salonika Veria - Kastoria. Also
Salonika Prespes - Kastoria or through tire former Yugoslavia
borders (Niki) Florina - Kastoria, lgoumenitsa Ioannina -
Neapoli - Kastoria.
itineraries offer to the traveler unforgettable impressions of
landscapes, lakes, rivers, mountains, forests and picturesque
settlements. If on the other hand you love adventure and do
not get easily tired, you can travel by train up to Amintaio
and then by car to Kozani and Kastoria. Finally, if you are
fascinated by air traveling and prefer short cuts, there is a
way for you: You can fly to Kastoria with "short"
aircrafts. Whatever you choose to reach Kastoria, you will
experience a thrill by the beauty that is laid before you even
from the first glance! The houses are built on both sides of
the unrippled mountain and welcome you in a city with strong
traditional color, a city which is determined to keep this
color and never surrender to modern architectural trends.
Facing the area from far, we have the illusion of being at the
seaside, even though the attitude is 650 meters.
Lake: It is time
now to talk about the priceless beauty of Kastoria. How about
a walk, at sunset, through the streets which run around the
lake, among the planes, willows and weeping willows?
sunbeams paint with red and golden the waters of the lake, the
white swans and the ducks that accompany the fishermen will
draw your attention. At the same time the "boats" of
Kastoria will move slowly on the waters, making you believe
that this is a painting coming back to life.
enjoy the beautiful view sitting on a stone bench by the
seashore or in the fishermen kiosk built with extreme care by
the members of the "Friends of Environment
Association, in their effort to protect the traditional
treasure of the city.
are in the lake, you have to visit the monastery of Panagia
Mavriotissa. You will rest under the gigantic old plane trees,
you will visit the church of Panagia, the katholiko of the
monastery and the chapel of Agios loannis Theologos with the
beautiful frescoes, dated back to the II th century. If you
ask for more information about the history of the monastery,
father Gavriil will be pleased to answer all your questions.
A walk to
the Profiti Ilia, will give you the opportunity to enjoy the
panoramic view of the city and since you are here, do not
hesitate to climb to the shelter of Ai Thanasi, which lays on
a 888 meters altitude. You will be fascinated by the view and
the beauty God has so generously given to this place.
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