Kozani, the seat of the prefecture of West Macedonia, is the administrative, commercial,
economic, and transport centre of the region. The direct connection of the city to the Egnatia
Highway, which crosses a fascinating succession of landscapes, allows quick and safe access to
the international airport of Thessaloniki, to the Ionian and the Aegean Sea.
Kozani is a joyful and vivid city, with many outdoor cafes, restaurants and nightclubs merging
harmoniously with customs and traditions, like the widely known local folklore carnival with the
ceremonial fires, dances and songs.
Many attractive 18 th century mansions are preserved in the city neighboring closely with
contemporary architecture such as the "Kovendarios" Municipal Library of Kozani, the second
biggest library in Greece and one of the most important libraries in Balkans, which accumulates
rare volumes and valuable codices.
The systematic archeological excavations have unearthed findings in the area dating from the
Prehistoric to the late Hellenistic period with the most prestigious one the ancient city of Aiani,
the most important of the Kingdom of Elimeia.
The wider area is known for the production of the valuable spice Saffron. The Greek saffron is of
the highest quality in the world. Its flavor, color and pharmaceutical properties were known
from the ancient years and deservedly is called as “The gold of Greek Earth”.
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