• 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.

  • TOURISM

     

    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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Florina

Information of Regional unit of Florina

Florina is one of the Regional Units that form the Region of Western Macedonia.Determined north of the neighboring Skopje and west from neighboring Albania.The lake of Big Prespa is the meeting point of three countries, the tri-national. 

To the Greek mainland Florida borders with E.E Pella, Kozani and Kastoria.The Regional Unit consists of 8 municipalities: Aetos, Amyntaio, Kleines, Meliti, Perasmatos, Prespa, Philotas, Florina, and four communities Variko, Krystallopigi, Lechovou, Nymphaeum.Population 54.678 residents, 0,5% of the country population distributed in an urban center , the city of Florina(14,279 residents) a semiurban Amyntaio (3,636 residents) and a total of 88 communities , with populations ranging from one (Miliona of Prespa) to 1,821 residents (Filiotas). 

The land area of 1,924 square kilometers , with rich scenery , attitude of 650 meters, which reaches 2,254 meters at the top of Vora.Morphologicaly, the E.E it has mountainous, hilly and lowland character.The compact mountain massif of the northern-northwest section consists of the mountains Varmountas, Vernon and Voras , that their mountain massif end up in the fertile plains of Prespa.Six lakes , the scarce wetlands of Prespa in combination with the climate and the alternations in the landscape, make the area a challenge for the visitor.

The climate of the Regional Unit is affected by the geographical position and altitude of the area, combined with the large mountains and the presence of lakes in Prespes and Amyntaio region.The climate is purely continental, with cold winters, many snow and rainfall and an average annual temperature 1,5 ° C, although there is a perceptible difference between the three uplands of Amyntaio, Florina and Prespes.

The visitor can begin acquaintance with the city from the Archaelogical Museum, next to the railway station.In one of the most old buildings of the station is housed and operates the Gallery Florina painters, that maintain the Roof Art Lovers of Florina and where exposed samples of Florinian creators.From the street Jonn Artis, complete of buildings, we find Sakouleva, the river of Florina.The picture varies depending on the seasos.Other colors in the spring, other the autumn and different the winter.The hill of St.Panteleimon seems nearby.Moving by the visitor sees the building-represantive samples of the past architecture.On the left side of the river the 2nd Elementary school, home of Tegos Sapountzi(first mayor of the town in 1912),workshops of two florinian artists, the Museum of Modern Art, and the house of Vogiatzi where he made several scenes of the movie "The Beekeeper" the Theo Angelopoulos.To the right the workshop of the dear departed Sterika Koulis, the Cathedral, the 3rd High school and the Centre for the building of F.S.F.The "Aristotle", the oldest active cultural association.Opposite and right of the Association still stands the three-storey house of "Peiou", one of the oldest traditional urban mansions of the city.After that the Justice square with tidy public buildings, the derelict old prison and the Turkish bath(hamam).The riparian waik except from the contrast images that gives, leads to the old Agricultural School, the current T.E.I.and St.Nikolaos.The return can be done from the main road, Alexander the Great where are the 4th Primary school (Former Pedalogical Academy), the courts, the old Prefecture, the Town Hall,the old boarding house, the children annex of the Public Library "Royal Pitoska" in Georgiadis building and the "International" where the Cultural Club of Florina housed where filmed scenes with Marcello Mastrogianni in the movies of Theo Angelopoulos.Further down the shopping street  and the National Bank of Greece a building in New-Byzantine style built in 1931.Across the street leads in the house of "Exarch" which will soon be transferred to the Museum of Modern Art.

 

Behind the National Bank operates the Municipal Market, "the Bazaar".Well worth a visit for shopping and if it is Wednesday the variety is extremely interesting.The day that that women are coming, local producers, with genuine products from Florina land and sometimes with traditional costumes from the axis Skopias, Polypotamos and Ydrousa.Next to the market, on the 1st floor, above the Ellderly operates the women's association"the Pelagonia"  that reproduce and sell traditional costumes, beautiful scarves and textiles.The most famous products that anybody buys in the market are Florina red peppers - the Hot "tsouskes", beans, mountain tea, apples, and strawberries accordingly to the season.Markets "in remebrance", in workshops with local sweets and unique knitted candles, of Florina candle makers.

The main square and the sidewaik zone of the city , have traffic all the hours.Breakfast coffees for those that have the luxury of the time, evening rides for the householders and the night for the students and young people in the bars.The new square was created where the old National Stadium was and hosting two works by sculptor Dimitris Kalamaras, the "Duying warrior" and "Captain Kottis".Opposite from the new Square there are the Bus station and the Ministry that hides the magnificent building of the old Housekeeping School.

The interesting points and waiks are numerous depending on the mood and time of the visitor in the city or on short trips around it with more characteristic the hill of St Panteleimon or the riparian to Alwna.