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  • ACTIVITIES

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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.

  • INFORMATION

     

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Kastoria

Stone bridges

The stone bridges are masterpieces of traditional architecture and an integral part of the landscape of Kastoria. The bridge of Zouzouli is surrounded by dense forest and high peaks, away from any road or any pathway.

However, until World War II, the bridge of Zouzouli was on the main path linking Western Macedonia with Epirus. It used to link the village Zouzouli, north-west of the bridge, with Grevena and Tsotyli. It is one-arched, 25 m long and 7m high. According to some, it was constructed by builders from Mastorochoria of Konitsa, in 1880, and it was funded by a mule-driver from Fourka in Konitsa, who have lost his brother in the violent waters of the river.

The Bridge of Kousioumplis is located between the mountains of Voios and Smolikas on the river of Zouzouli. It used to link the villages of Zouzouli and Eptachori and it was built in the late 16th century.

This one-arched bridge, with its reinforced side openings, has an arch opening of 14m, and it is 8m high, 33m long and 2,40m wide. On its key, that is the middle stone of its arch, one can see a stone-carved head. In 1992, maintenance works took place in order to protect the bridge from wear as well to restore its initial form.

The bridge of Koromilia is built about one kilometre north from Koromilia village of Kastoria, on a river called Ladopotamos. It is one-arched, with stone structure made of limestone that is abundant in the area. It is 26m long, 2.80m wide, 7m high and its arch opening is 16 m. On its north-western side, to the east of the key, there is a stone that is carved and shows the date of construction (1865).

The bridge in Beriki is on Ladopotamos River, south of the villages Gavros and Kranionas. The bridge is one-arched and it has a rather sophisticated construction: the arch - very thin to avoid extra weight - is lifted very high somehow sharply in order to cover the distance between the rocky outcrops of the slopes, where the bases of the bridge stand.

It was built, probably in 1866, by the master builder, Sdrolios, from the neighboring village of Debeni (now called Dendrochori). The bridge of Palia Kotyli is one-arched and it was built of stone in the 19th century. The one-arched bridge of Eptachori, built in 1900, is inside the village.