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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. 

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    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.

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    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

Sights of Kastoria

Dragon's cave

The cave is located on the north side of the city, on the 2nd km of Souggaridi lakeside road and shortly before reaching the Monastery of Panagia Mavriotissa. Its entrance is approximately 20 meters far from the lakefront and 14 meters far from the road. The inside of the cave is divided in large parts of land and water, both adorned with impressive decoration of stalactites. There are 7 underground lakes, 10 rooms and 5 corridor–tunnels in the cave. The largest room of the cave, which has dimensions of 45 meters by 17 meters, has a central part which extends above its lateral parts which both end up in lakes. The largest lake in the cave, which is also the deepest one, is on the west. The temperature inside the cave remains stable throughout the year ranging between 16-18oC, while the humidity reaches 90%.

Various paleontological remains have been found inside the cave of the Dragon, the majority of which, though, are cave bear bones (Ursus Speleaus). This species lived in Europe during the Pleistocene epoch and became extinct about 10,000 years ago. Its name derives from the fact that fossils of this species are mostly found in caves, indicating that this species spent more time in caves than the brown bear which used the caves only for hibernation. It is estimated that the average weight for males was 400–500 kilograms, while females weighed 200–250 kg. They were primarily a herbivorous animal and occasionally a carnivorous one.It is worth mentioning that all necessary measures regarding the safety of the visitors have been fully taken and all necessary interventions inside the cave were performed in such a way as to ensure the stability of the Cave’s natural environment.

The cave is located on the north side of the city, on the 2nd km of Souggaridi lakeside road and shortly before reaching the Monastery of Panagia Mavriotissa. Its entrance is approximately 20 meters far from the lakefront and 14 meters far from the road. The inside of the cave is divided in large parts of land and water, both adorned with impressive decoration of stalactites. There are 7 underground lakes, 10 rooms and 5 corridor–tunnels in the cave. The largest room of the cave, which has dimensions of 45 meters by 17 meters, has a central part which extends above its lateral parts which both end up in lakes. The largest lake in the cave, which is also the deepest one, is on the west. The temperature inside the cave remains stable throughout the year ranging between 16-18oC, while the humidity reaches 90%.

Various paleontological remains have been found inside the cave of the Dragon, the majority of which, though, are cave bear bones (Ursus Speleaus). This species lived in Europe during the Pleistocene epoch and became extinct about 10,000 years ago. Its name derives from the fact that fossils of this species are mostly found in caves, indicating that this species spent more time in caves than the brown bear which used the caves only for hibernation. It is estimated that the average weight for males was 400–500 kilograms, while females weighed 200–250 kg. They were primarily a herbivorous animal and occasionally a carnivorous one.

It is worth mentioning that all necessary measures regarding the safety of the visitors have been fully taken and all necessary interventions inside the cave were performed in such a way as to ensure the stability of the Cave’s natural environment.

For more information visit their site http://www.spilaiodrakoukast.gr/index.php

Telephone number : 24670 26777 / 24670 29630

You can visit Dragon's cave in a daily base except Mondays at 9.00-17.00 in summer and 10.00-18.00  in winter

 

Aquarium of Kastoria

It is the largest freshwater aquarium in the Balkans. In the aquarium hosted endemic and native species of fish of almost all  the rivers and lakes of Greece, and a large number of alien fish species living in lakes Ellados. The aquarium includes 49 representations liquid habitats. Special place is the two largest exhibits of Kastoria lake and river Aliakmona.

Visitors can enjoy several of the endemic species such as whitefish to Epirus, o lourogovios the Peloponnesian and the Macedonian Branagh, the Balkan Briana, chub, the potamokefalos Morea and Pamvotidas Ioannina. The pride of the aquarium, however, is the sturgeon. This species, according to the Red Book of endangered species, classified as Critically Endangered. The rare fish is known for its eggs, from which are produced the expensive black caviar. The Aquarium Kastoria, aims to provide awareness and informing the public on the diversity of species and habitats of fish.

You can visit the aquarium in a daily base between 9.00 - 17.00 except mondays.  Telephone number :  2467-023069 / 083433