Kastoria is a city of unique beauty that floods with unprecedented emotions of every visitor
Nestled between Vitsi and Grammos mountains, Kastoria enchants with 75 Byzantine gems, while Lake Orestiada mirrors its charm. A haven of nature, history, and elegance, Kastoria captivates even the most discerning traveler.
Begin with a serene lakeside tour, embracing the Zen-like aura as paths adorned with beaches and ancient plane trees guide you along the water's edge. Dive into Dolcho, the historic district, where regal Macedonian mansions stand proud, narrating tales of opulence.
Meticulously restored, these architectural marvels exude an aristocratic aura through fortress-like exteriors and lavish interiors.
Immerse in Kastoria's embrace, where nature and history intertwine, each street telling a captivating story. Discover a symphony of tranquility and grandeur on Lake Orestiada's shores—an idyllic escape that promises an unforgettable journey.
Enjoy local cuisine
Kastoria is known throughout Greece for the rich flavors that characterize its cuisine. Meat-based dishes, as well as fish offered by the lake can be tried in all restaurants of the city and the surrounding settlements. Do not forget to try the sarmades with sauerkraut (armia) or the meatballs with makalo (mixture of flour, tomato juice, garlic and spices, passed through a pan.) If you are a fan of fish and especially of the lake, it is worth trying , the priki and the pike in multiple cooking variants. Kastoria is also famous for its exceptional sweets. Sweet pies with pumpkin, lalangites (fasting chocolate chip cookies made at Christmas time) and the bridal rice pie with homemade leaf, are among the sweet delicacies that you should not miss to try.
Best time to visit Kastoria
The winter months are especially recommended, due to the emotions offered by the mountainous landscape in combination with the natural beauties of the lake. Immediately after the period of Christmas and Epiphany, Ragoutsaria takes place, a celebration reminiscent of a Dionysian feast that lasts 3 days. Orchestras with traditional bronze instruments, masquerades parading through the streets of the city dancing to the frantic rhythms of music, wearing masks and costumes as Halloween preludes and the abundant wine offered to all, create a unique warm atmosphere in the heart.
How to use transportation in Kastoria
Transfer from/to Kastoria
In Kastoria you can travel either by car or by the daily bus routes from Athens and Thessaloniki via the national road Athens Thessaloniki and Egnatia Odos (from Thessaloniki).
The city is 593 km from Athens and 226 from Thessaloniki. There is also an air connection with Athens. Aristotelis Airport is located 12 km from the town of Kastoria.
If you do not have your own car you can use the city bus or taxi