This year the host of the 4th Pre-EuRegMe will be Kastoria, an ancient Greek city located in the northwest of the country, that is called the ‘Duchess of Macedonia’. With around 17 thousands permanent residents, Kastoria is a beautifully small town, with nature and history captivating the eye and the heart of everyone who visits. It is said that its name derives from the Greek word “kastoras” meaning beaver because of the many beavers who used to live in the lake.
Few of its many landmarks include the beautiful lake of Orestiada surrounded by breathtaking mountaintops; in the past the high level of water used to surround them, making it a small island. Moreover, Kastoria has the famous “cave of the dragon” which according to legend was a gold mine that was protected by a dragon that spurted flames from its mouth when anyone dared to approach it. Also, Kastoria has 72 byzantine, picturesque churches, located all over the city.
Like any other Greek region, Kastoria has of course its own traditional Greek food as well! Giouvetsi, milk pie and grivadi soup are among the many delicious plates Kastoria’s cuisine has to offer!