Kastoria is one of the most beautiful towns in Greece , in the region of West Macedonia ,situated on a promontory projecting into lake Orestiada , a natural monument of beauty , surrounded by imposing mountains, named after the Greek mythology hero Kastor, the son of Zeus.
It is a town someone can visit throughout the year , not only for tourism but also for making business mainly in the fur industry and trade . Also the tourism sector has a tremendous potential due to the natural beauty of the area and it΄s cultural heritage .
The fur trade has always played a significant role in the economy of the city which flourished due to this trade during the 19th century . The fur trade has nowadays established Kastoria as an international fur center that dominates the local economy along with the growing touristic industry . Wander around the old neighbourhoods of Doltsó and Apozári, and admire the 19th century grand mansions with the typical Macedonian architectural style (three-storey buildings with large windows and enclosed balconies), owned by the rich fur traders of giving the city it΄s characteristic romantic look together with the narrow streets ,the churches and the view to the surrounding lake.
The city is in a center of a region with a unique natural environment , lakes with high biodiversity and endemic species ,high mountains with well organized winter sports resorts, picturesque villages, historical and pre-historic antiquities , churches and monasteries .
The newly constructed motorway called Egnatia (Trans – European Network) that crosses the Region, along with its two vertical National Roads, form a network that has dramatically improved the transport conditions and accessibility in the region It is just 142km from Thessaloniki while the towns of Ioannina , Kozani , Grevena , Florina and the Albanian border are practically nearby .
There is also an airport mainly for domestic and chartered flights (mainly from Russia).