Greece/Travel to Kastoria
I am travelling from Kalambaka to Kastoria in mid May 2015 and will be using public transport. Whilst car hire would be better, I am not confident driving on the opposite side of the road to Australia !
Can you advise bus timetables from Kalambaka ? I am thinking we will have to change at Grevena?
Our main destination is Prespa Lakes. I am then thinking that I need to 'bite the bullet' and hire a car to get there ? Otherwise taxi is expensive ? Do you know what the roads are like? Can you offer an opinion as to the best village to stay for the best cultural experience?
thanks in advance
You are making a quiet challenging trip. So far no one else has asked information about a trip like yours.
It seems that you have to make this bus stop to Grevena, if you are using the bus.
There is only one bus every day at 10:30 in the morning, from Trikala. (So it will be in Kalabaka at about 10:50).
The site of the bus station (in Greek):
Another, difficult, option is to use the train to florina and then to go to Prespes.
It is a long trip (maybe 6hours!!) and I don’t find it a good Idea.
Driving in Greece is not like in Palermo(!) The road from Trikala to Kastoria or Florina is fine to most parts with protective bars and respective lighting. Drivers are ok. You will not have a problem.
From Kastoria or Florina you will use the country road (Roads with asphalt, no bars, some lighting) The route will compensate you, avoid travelling at night (you will face lighting problems).
In my opinion you should definitely rent a car to move around Prespes. There is a lot of villages and lot of nature to see and to wonder around, that worth to bite the bullet.
Where to stay….One option is the small Island in small lake Prespa (Agios Achilios ) There is one isolated small picturesque hotel.
(Unfortunately in Greek) you can send them a message. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another option is the isolated village Psarades on the big lake Prespa. It is the only Greek village on the big lake. There is a small port that makes daily tours inside the lake (must to do)
Of course the villages laimos and Agios Germanos are great mountain options.
Hope I helped!!