“Where Greece begins” is the motto of the city of Florina. Located in the north borders of
Greece, Florina has experienced an outstanding cultural and economic prosperity encapsulated
in impressive traditional mansions. Snug within a lush valley, it is a typical student town, with a
vibrant social and rich cultural life. The two art galleries operating in the city, the Florina Artist
Gallery and the Museum of modern Art can satisfy the most demanding visitor.
The six picturesque lakes (Vegoritida, Petron Lake, Zazari, Chimaritida, Mikri and Megali Prespa)
with the outstanding lakeside villages together with the mountainous stone-built villages and
the Vigla ski resort are unique destinations for alternative vacations.
The district of Florina has been the muse and the scenery of inspiration for seven films of the
worldwide famous and awarded director Theodoros Aggelopoulos.
Students, who count more than 1500 in a town of about 15000 inhabitants (Florina), are the
most active and fresh part of the population. Socializing and nightlife is an essential part of the
university life. Students regularly have coffee time in the university or in town (e.g., by the river)
and visit traditional food restaurants. There are also several bars, for the late night hours. There
are several students’ clubs organizing parties and other social events (e.g., excursions, film
nights). Florina and the surrounding area also provide a variety of opportunities for many
different kinds of activities related to sports (e.g., ski, snowboard, hiking, fencing, etc.) and
culture (e.g., folklore dances). For example, fifteen Km from Florina you can visit the Vigla ski
centre in which you can share great experiences with your friends.
There is a bus line connecting the university with the town of Florina (~ 3Km). Buses run every
20’ and travel time is short (~10’). Bus fee for students costs 50c and can be purchased from the
bus station. There is also a bus and train connection of Florina with other towns.
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