The beginnings of Kastoria can be traced to the 8th century bc as it was first established as celetrum. Titus livius, a celebrated ancient historian, mentioned this original name. Later, during the reign of justinian, the roman emperor, the settlement was moved to a more secure location a few miles away from its former home. Here, at the tip of a small headland close to lake orestiada, the city was fortified by walls.
The affluence of the people of Kastoria allowed the city to remain relatively independent, even when part of the Ottoman empire. This wealth was, and still is, derived from a thriving fur trade. Consequently, at the close of the 19th century, Kastoria became a major centre of the greek national liberation movement.
Kastoria, a city in greece, has long been referred to as the Byzantine treasury of the country. This is due to the many ancient orthodox churches dating back to the eleventh century that are still standing. Additionally, museums in the area contain a wealth of fascinating and unique artifacts from the past.
Like other cities in Greece, kastoria has its own mythical legend. This is the tale of the cave of the dragon, which is located near the Mavriotissa monastery. It is a place where fact and fiction are intertwined, making it hard to distinguish between the two.
It is said that the Kastor cave was the treasured gold mine of a mythical ruler and was protected by a dragon. Unfortunately, the dragon was slain and all the gold was taken. For thousands of years, the cave was lost and forgotten, until it was stumbled upon by nearby adventurers in 1940.
The entrance of this magnificent cave looks like the jaws of a dragon, and inside you can witness underground lakes, and explore spacious chambers with remarkable stalactite formations suspended from the ceiling.
Take a stroll around the shore of mystical lake Orestiada and don’t forget to bring some bread for the local birds — swans, ducks, and even a pelican.
But, there’s something even more peculiar about this lake. Every year, on the eve of the assumption of the blessed virgin mary (the 15th of august), the lake water turns black and cold and the fish start swimming on the surface. This has been observed by the locals, however, scientists are still unable to provide a reasonable explanation for this phenomenon.
Transfer to Kastoria. On the way a coffe stop may be arranged.
Guided Tour to the Dispilio Lake Settlement
Visiting Kastorian fur factories
Lunch at one of the picturesque taverns of Kastoria
Kastoria City Tour
Transfer from Kastoria to Halkidiki
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Water and money for food and souvenirs. You won’t need anything else to have a great time!
Comfortable shoes, a headgear and appropriate clothing for visiting temples and monasteries.