most beautiful town
Kastoria is the most beautiful town in Macedonia and, perhaps,
in northern Greece. It's a town which held on to its Greek
character and traditions throughout the years.
The beauty of the natural setting around the
of Kastoria impressed all the foreign travellers who visited
it during all time and the site still preserves its physical
This is enhanced by the choice of location and the
quality of the architectural environment as it was fashioned
downthrough time up to the present.
is situated in the western end of West Macedonia. It is
adjacent on the north with the prefecture of Florina, on the
south, east and south-east with the prefecture of Gevena and
Kozani, on the south-west with the prefecture of Ionnina and
on the west with Albania.
soil of the region 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
waters are frozen.
to the latest census the population of Kastoria comes up to
traces of the human presence in the region of Kastoria
go back to prehistory. The systematic archaeological
research brought to light the first lake settlement,
which is dated since 5000 BC and the works brought to
light a lot of archaeological findings that disclose the
broader cultural development of the region throughout the
particular economic growth of the region during the
mid-Byzantine period and the period of the Turkish domination
is represented by the unique samples of church architecture
and temple hagiography that are still rescued.
Its mansions show the elements of the architecture of
that period in combination with some local elements.
Today there are remarkable efforts to preserve and revive the
customs, to organize modern cultural manifestations and
to institute and operate new