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Florina

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Florina is in West Macedonia, in Greece.

Understand[edit]

The municipality of Florina is situated in northwestern Macedonia, Greece and consists a border of Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Its capital, Florina has a population of 15000 habitants and is surrounded by Mount Varnountas and Vitsi.

While in Greece, to avoid hostility, you could refer to FYROM as "Skopje" or just say the town you have travelled from. This is currently quite a sensitive issue.

Get in[edit]

There are three trains every day between Thessaloniki and Florina and vice versa. The journey lasts 2,5 to 3 hours and costs 10€ one-way or 16€ return (with various discounts for students, youths and other groups). There are also trains from Athens with a connection in Platy. Timetables available on TrainOSE website.[1]

There are frequent buses from Thessaloniki (17€ one-way or 24€ return, 2-2,5h), Ioannina (32€ one-way or 64€ return, ~2,5h) and Athens (~8h). Valid information can be found on [2]

There is no public transport from or to Albania or FYROM, unless you get a taxi.

From Bitola it is about 30 km, and takes a little over an hour by taxi. Macedonian taxi drivers require a special permit to operate in Greece, and they might use this fact to quote you up to €40. You should be able to knock them down to €25 or less. If they don't have a permit, they might offer to take you to the border for just a few euros, but you then have to walk between the border posts (800m) and hope to find a Greek taxi. Alternatively, they might take you all the way but pretend that they are a private car once in Greece.

By car, it is very easy to reach from Thessaloniki (~2h), Ioannina (~2h), Athens (~8h).

Get around[edit]

Florina is a small town. For this reason, it is highly unlikely that you need a car to explore the town itself. If you want to visit nearby Prespa or any villages, you 'd better rent a car. There are local buses for some villages, but they are not very frequent.

See[edit]

  • River Sakoulevas. The town's most famous landmark is worth a walk across its banks. It includes traditional neighbourhoods like Varosi and Yiazi and the Church of Saint Panteleimon.
  • The Hellenistic City of Florina is an archaeological site that is worthy of a visit.
  • The cross, built on Mount Varnountas, is a popular attraction for hiking.

Do[edit]

  • Have a coffee or dinner in one of the restaurants and cafeterias along the river side.
  • Go hiking in nearby mountains.

Buy[edit]

Don't miss the chance to buy some local red peppers, which are widely known in Greece. You can also buy beans from the nearby region of Prespa, which are also famous around Greece.

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Get out[edit]

Florina, due to its location, is a gateway to many beautiful nearby regions.

  • The area of Prespa consists of two lakes and has been established as a National Park, considering its wide flora and fauna. (~1h from Florina)
  • Nymfaio is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Greece, due to its traditional architecture and its non-governmental organization Arcturos that is dedicated to protecting the brown bears and the wolves of the area. (~30min from Florina)



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