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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. 

  • NATURE

     

    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.

  • CULTURE

     

    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.

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    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.

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Kastoria

Museums

Byzantine Museum

The Byzantine Museum of Kastoria hosts collections of icons, sculpture, mosaics, wooden-carved objects, ecclesiastic objects (manuscripts, liturgical vessels etc) dating back from the 12th to the 17th century. It is a museum of great importance where the visitor can witness the different time periods and expressions of Byzantine art. It is built on the top of the hill of the Byzantine acropolis and it is hosted in a modern building.

The Byzantine Museum of the city hosts one of the most complete collections of Byzantine icons in the world, coming from the numerous Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches of the region. The 550 portable icons belonging to the permanent exhibition of the museum are perfectly maintained and they are excellent examples of the ecclesiastic art of the time.

These icons, which date from the second half of the 12th up to the 17th c., are divided into six units based first on their date and second on the artistic workshop to which they belong. They represent isolated faces or multiple persons arranged in a conventional space, which underlines the transcendence and the spirituality of figures.

Some of the most important exhibits are: the icon of Prophet Elijah dating back to the 12th century, with an austere figure, which is the product of a major art centre of the time; the icon of Saint Nicolas dating back to the 12th century, is painted on a silver background and is surrounded by ten scenes from the saint's life; the Icon of Christ Pantocrator, dating back to the 14th century, with a votive inscription by monk Neilos. (Dexamenis Square, tel. 2467026781).

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Costume Museum

This museum introduces the visitor to the daily life of the people of Kastoria in the previous centuries, through the clothes they were wearing. The costumes along with the jewels accompanying them, are one of the most live expressions of folk culture. They depict, through their diversity and special traits, the way of living, the social structure and the contacts of the inhabitants of this regionwith Europe and the rest of the world. The Museum is housed in the mansion of Emannouel brothers, an excellent example of traditional architecture built in 1750 and its exhibits include men and women costumes, children costumes as well as a rich collection of jewels from the broader region. It is run by Armonia, a music and literary association in charge of the enrichment and maintenance of the collection.

Folklore Museum

In one of the most picturesque streets in the city, one can meet the mansion of Nerandzis-Aïvazis, which since 1975, houses the Museum. The Museum hosts the material relics of the region, objects from the everyday life in the house and the work place, objects associated with ceremonies and celebrations. The visitor can tour in the impressive “krevata”, the hall that used to host the formal ceremonies and celebrations, the “kalos ontas” (master bedroom), as well as the summer everyday room that now hosts a representation of a fur workshop. The wall painting decorating the interior of the building is very impressive. It represents a nostalgic landscape of Constantinople. Paintings used to cover the largest part of the house, but when the owners whitewashed the walls, as recommended by doctors, in order to prevent tuberculosis, most of the decorative elements lost. In the mansion’s shed, we can see the kneading room, the food cellar and the wine cellar. (tel. 2467028603).

Eco-Museum

The archaeological site of Dispilio and the Eco-museum are 7 kilometres from the city, on the south side of the lake. A lake settlement of the Neolithic Era, developed around the lake from the middle of the 6th millennium BC to the middle of the 4th millennium BC has been excavated here. Eco-museum that has been integrated in “Life” program since 1996 and is open to the public since 2000, is an attempt to represent the settlement. It gives the opportunity to the visitor to better approach the way of living of its inhabitants.

In the space of the museum, there are huts built on pile platforms, constructed in their normal size and with materials that are similar to the original ones. Tree trunks were used for the shell, thin branches stranded with rope for the walls, lake mud for the “plaster” and straws for the roof. In the interior of these houses of the lake’s Neolithic people, one can see everyday-life objects. Earthen pots, such as bottles, mugs, fruit bowls and kettles, tools made of firestone or bones, baskets and a small fire place give a clear picture of the life and the activities of the inhabitants. Fishing, hunting, earth cultivation and stockbreeding were their main activities. (tel. 24670 85406)