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    Mix together your favorite hobby with your vacations. West Macedonia uses her landform gifts to provide you, through modern facilities and organized trips, with the ability to accomplish the activity of your choice. Even if you are fan of x-treme sports or a peaceful trekking walk is the ideal for you, either you are an amateur or experienced, find easily what activity each count of West Macedonia has to offer and which season. 



    The biggest river in Greece Aliakmonas, the second tallest mountain Smolikas and one of the biggest lakes Vegoritida are included in West Macedonia. Also, is the hostess of two natural parks, the one of Valia Calda and the park of Prespes, and the famous Dragon Cave. Imagine how many natural sights there are for viewing. Take a walk over a canyon, visit an underground cave or take a boating ride to a lake so you can make your connection with nature. Learn more about the natural sights of West Macedonia and choose your trip.



    Visiting other places you can see and learn from a closer view about their culture and history. West Macedonia has a lot to display in this area too,even from the prehistoric era. Get to know each count from a visit to a museum or sight, attending a local custom event and tasting a traditional cooking recipe.Find useful informations about the cultural proceedures, the sights location and the dates of the custom events.



    The only sure thing is that you 're not gonna regret choosing West Macedonia as your destination place for your vacations whatever the type of tourist you are. West Macedonia provides you with a variety of accommodations regardless of you staying to a far tiny village or a big city. Easily, find hotels based your needs across the four countys.



    Find useful informations, telephone numbers and driving ordes through the interactive map. Also, take a taste of West Macedonia from our photo albums and the videos we present for you.


History of Kastoria

There are findings showing that the region has been inhabited even since the Neolithic era. The city has always been an important hub for Western Macedonia throughout time. Its strategic location vastly contributed to the cultural and economic development of the region.

The Roman historian, Titus Livius, says that in the 5th century BC, a city called Kilitron was lying at the current location of Kastoria, while in the 6th century BC, Prokopius from Caesarea mentions that there is a lake in Macedonia called Kastoria.

The broader region is identified with ancient Orestida, inhabited by the Orestes “Makednoi”, as Herodotus calls them. Orestida, despite the fewness of findings, seems to have been an important urban center with active participation in the developments and the artistic trends of the time. An important tomb relief found in Pentavryso, as well as other recent discoveries from the classical times (epitaphs, helmet, pottery) verify the fact that there are still a lot to learn about this period.

When the Roman State divided (396BC), the region became part of the Eastern Roman State and then, of the Byzantine Empire. Due to its strategic location, the city had many troubles and used to be, that time, the “apple of discord” for many. In 550 AC, Justinian renamed the city into Justinianoupoli and turned it into a powerful fortress, surrounding it with a double castle, residues of which have survived to date. From 927 to 969 AC, the city was occupied by the Bulgarians. Bulgarians have been expelled by the Petsenegi, with the support of the Byzantines. In 990 AC, the Bulgarian Tsar, Samuel, conquerred Kastoria during his raid in the Greek territory.

Kastoria was the region where the liberating Macedonian Struggle started (1904-1908). The fight against the Bulgarians was organized here, under the leadership of Pavlos Melas who died in 1904. His death raised the awareness of all Greeks, thus triggering new developments.

The house of the Macedonian fighter is in Melas village and it is now a museum exhibiting memorials of the Macedonian Struggle. The grave of Pavlos Melas and his wife Natalia is at the Church of Taxiarches, in Kastoria.