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Kastoria

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Bodies of Water · Caves · Landmarks
Kastoria is a city in northern Greece in the region of West Macedonia. It is the capital of Kastoria regional unit. It is situated on a promontory on the western shore of Lake Orestiada, in a valley surrounded by limestone mountains. The town is known for its many Byzantine churches, Byzantine and Ottoman-era domestic architecture, fur clothing industry, and trout.NameThe name "Kastoria" first appears in 550 AD, mentioned by Procopius as follows: "There was a certain city in Thessaly, Diocletianopolis by name, which had been prosperous in ancient times, but with the passage of time and the assaults of the barbarians it had been destroyed, and for a very long time it had been destitute of inhabitants; and a certain lake chances to be close by which was named Castoria. There is an island in the middle of the lake, for the most part surrounded by water; but there remains a single narrow approach to this island through the lake, not more than fifteen feet wide. And a very lofty mountain stands above the island, one half being covered by the lake while the remainder rests upon it." (Procopius "Περί κτισμάτων" /On buildings, book IV,1.3) Although Procopius refers to it as "a city of Thessaly", the description is undoubtedly that of Kastoria, a city on a promontory in a lake.
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Water Body
Lake Orestiada
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Duration: 2 hours
Cave
Cave of Dragon (Spilia tou drakou)
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Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
Panagia Mavriotissa Monastery
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Duration: 2 hours
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Aquarium
Kastoria Aquarium
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Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Kastoria

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World heritage site
Meteora Kastraki
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Duration: 3 hours
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Ski Area
Alpine Zone Ioannina
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Duration: 8 hours
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Waterfall
Edessa Waterfalls Edessa
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Duration: 4 hours
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World heritage site
Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) Vergina
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Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Kastoria

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Lookout
Prophet Elias
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Folklore Museum of Kastoria
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Architectural Building
Endymatologiko Mouseio
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Duration: 30 minutes
Historic Walking Area
Kastorian Byzantine Churches.
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Museums in Kastoria

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Specialty Museum
Byzantine Museum of Kastoria
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Specialty Museum
Wax Museum of Mavrochoriou Kastorias
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Duration: 2 hours
Specialty Museum
Fossilized Forest
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Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Kastoria

Gift & Specialty Shop
Idees Art Cafe & Shop
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
AVANTI Furs
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Duration: 1h 30 min