This charming town on the shores of a lake offers many hiking opportunities, old architecture, and rich history. It's also a photographer's heaven.

Kastoria Things to Do

A few white and black horses on green pasture surrounded by trees.
photo: stefg74 / CC BY 2.0
distant ≈ 31km

Artemis Outdoor Activities


At the Artemis Outdoor Activities at Sklithro, you can participate in sport activities, like horseback riding, canoeing, and mountain biking.

An overview of the lakes Chimaditida and Zazari from a spot very close to Nymfaio village.
distant ≈ 38.9km

Lakes Chimaditida & Zazari

The lakes the surrounding wetlands are home to dozens of wildlife species. Sit by the street lamps at dusk for a dreamy landscape.

The pedestrian bridge that connects the island of Agios Achillios in Small Prespa with the mainland.
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distant ≈ 41.9km

Prespa National Park

Biodiverse lakes shared among three countries. Take a boat tour to watch wildlife, old monasteries, and climb up to a cave chapel.

People feeding swans, ducks, and other birds by the shore of Kastoria lake.
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Lake of Kastoria (Orestiada)

A photographic heaven with swans and ducks, light reflections, and a frozen landscape in winter, this lake's beauty is distinguished.

The shelter's wooden fence among a winter landscape, and a sign asking for people to not be noisy.
distant ≈ 35.4km

Arcturos Brown Bear Sanctuary

A shelter for injured bears and wolves. With your visit not only will you admire these animals, but you'll also be supporting the important work done here.

A white wolf in the Arcturos Wolf Sanctuary in Agrapidies of Nymfaio.
distant ≈ 37.2km

Arcturos Wolf Sanctuary

A 70-acre protected forest area where rescued wolves (from illegal captivity) are integrated in their natural ecosystem.


Dragon's Cave in Kastoria

Can you tell the difference between stalagmites and stalactites? A tour in the the Dragon's Cave might help you answer. Mind that it's a small cave.

A snowy slope and a lift of the ski center of Pisoderi - Viglas.
photo: Ckyr / CC BY-SA 3.0
distant ≈ 39.2km

Ski Center Viglas - Pisoderi

At an altitude of 1650 meters, this ski resort is famous for its snow quality and its long slopes. Experienced skiers won't find any challenge here.

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Kastoria Attractions

A picture of the Byzantine Church of Panagia Koumpelidiki in Kastoria with an old woman looking at it.
photo: Kürschner

Byzantine Church of Panagia Koumpelidiki

One of the city trademarks that dates back to the 11th century and is located at the Byzantine Acropolis.

A building of the Monastery of Virgin Mary Mauriotissa in Kastoria.
photo: C messier
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Monastery of Virgin Mary Mauriotissa

Just 5 km from Kastoria, this monastery is known for its rare hagiography. Here you can enjoy the lake and the area's beauty and tranquility.


Prophet Elias Church & Hill

Apart from enjoying a drink in the café or visiting the Prophet Elias chapel, this spot offers an amazing panoramic view of the whole city.

The ruins of the Basilica of St. Achillios in the Small Prespa lake.
photo: stefg74 / CC BY 2.0
distant ≈ 46.6km

St. Achillius Basilica (Ag. Achillios Island)

The lake island got its name from this Byzantine church dedicated to St. Achillios. You will be immersed in history and visual awesomeness.


Church of St. Stephen

With frescoes from the 9th, 10th, 13th, 14th century, this church is ideal place to observe the evolution of hagiography over the centuries.


Church of Saint Nicholas of Kasnitzis

Small Byzantine Church of the 12th century that bears its founder's name and dedicated to St. Nicholas. It's located in the Omonia Square.

Kastoria Why visit?

  • The castor town or beaver town. They live in the lake.
  • Traditional architecture, scenic lake, and Byzantine sightseeing.
  • Great hiking trails in nearby hills.

Kastoria Museums


Museum of Costumes «Emmanouil Mansion»

The Museum of Costumes is housed in a traditional 1750 mansion. Together old-Greece clothes fashion, it hosts collections of jewelry and coins.

Inside a room of the Folklore Museum of Kastoria with items of everyday life of the past centuries.
photo: ΟρεστιάδεςΕΠ

Folklore Museum of Kastoria

The folklore museum is housed in a well-preserved mansion. It exhibits items of everyday life used by people living here 200 or more years ago.


Byzantine Museum of Kastoria

This museum focuses on hagiography (Byzantine paintings of religious figures) and hosts artifacts of exceptional art.


Museum of the Macedonian Struggle

Through the exhibits of this collection, you will explore the history and intrigues of the Macedonian Struggle fought between Greeks, Bulgarians and Serbs.

Petrified Oyster, in the Museum of Petrified Forest at Nostimo of Kastoria.
distant ≈ 21.4km

Museum of Petrified Forest

Nostimo Kastoria

At a 40 minute drive from Kastoria, this museum has one employee who runs it, guides tourists, and also excavates 20 million year old fossils.

Kastoria Day Trips


Nymfaio is a fairytale destination at an altitude of 1350 meters, famous for its stone house architecture and its breathtaking natural landscape.


You enjoy Florina better in the winter. With wild animal sanctuaries, hiking trails, and ski resorts close by, this is an excellent place for day trips.

The yard of Agios Minas, the main church of the village of Emporio.
photo: Erisa Desu
distant ≈ 35.8km



An old traditional settlement ideal for quiet and relaxing winter vacations. Excellent base for daily excursions to interesting locations around.