Close to Prespes, Amyntaio and Nymphaeum, Florina is a destination that has it all. Charming atmosphere, impressive mansions, old market, great museums. Florina is a winter destination that you should definitely not miss!
Florina is 159 km away from Thessaloniki, 571 km from Athens and is the northwestern border of Greece. Situated at an altitude of 650 meters, it is rich in morphological variations as it has mountainous, semi-mountainous and lowland character. The climate is continental with cold winters, heavy rainfall and snowfall, as it is influenced by the geographical location of the city, altitude, high masses and the presence of lakes in the area.
From the architectural point of view, the city has typical examples of past centuries, neoclassical and Macedonian architecture, influenced by elements of local culture, with many of its buildings dating back to the Turkish occupation. The neoclassical buildings, mansions of Florina, by the banks of the river Sakuleva that crosses the city, impress visitors and are a source of inspiration for artists, painters, photographers and filmmakers.
What to see
Visitors can get acquainted with the history of the place through a tour of the archaeological site of the Hellenistic City of Florina, as well as the city’s museums, the Archaeological and Byzantine Museum, the Folklore Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. There is also a Florina Art Gallery where you can admire works of Florinian artists.
A typical landscape of the town is the hill of Agios Panteleimonas, which is a favorite hiking spot for hikers as it boasts lush vegetation and enchanting paths through the woods, while also providing a magnificent view of those who reach its peak. On the hill there are restaurants and refreshments, as well as the archaeological site where visitors can admire the Hellenistic Town of Florina, dating from the 4th century BC. At the top of the hill is the Thirty-meter-high Cross, which is illuminated. from headlights at night and gives the observer the feeling of hovering in the sky.
The natural beauty of Florina is an attraction for visitors. The mountains and the lush vegetation surrounding it, the river and its neoclassical buildings, give the visitor an immense palette of colors, while each season gives a different look to the city that even the best painter could not paint on the paintings. of. The seasons are very noticeable in Florina and especially in winter, with very low temperatures and heavy snowfall.
45 km away is the Prespes National Park, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece, an area of exceptional natural beauty and world-renowned for its rare flora and fauna.
Pisoderi Ski Resort
Pisoderi Ski Resort is a fairly large ski resort, surrounded by a landscape of stunning natural beauty. From the top of the ski resort the view of the Prespa Lakes is incredible, while the paths of the pistes between the beeches give another dimension and escape the trivial.
At the confluence of Varnous and Verno mountain chains, 19 km on the west side of Florina and at an altitude of 1650 m up to 2000 m, a “neck” is formed, where Vigla-Pissoderi crossing/passage is located. In this area, in a dense beech forest one of the best ski centers of Greece can be found.
The Vigla Pissoderi Ski Center has a total of 12 ski runs, out of which 9 downhill ski slopes, 2 cross country ski runs (Lang Lauf) & one slope suitable for snowmobile.
You can find more information about the ski resort by clicking here.
The area is also ideal for activities such as hiking, 4×4 routes, cycling (to Drosopigi and the city of Florina) and hiking. Follow the path from the parking lot of the village to the chapel of Prophet Elias (50΄) and from the village square to Drosopigi (10 km long, 4 hours long) and admire nature in all its splendor!