The town of Florina is the capital of the prefecture of same name and is located within the northern region of Greece. This town has a population of about 12800 inhabitants and counts with very attractive landscapes and amazing natural areas as well as some unique historical spots.
Florina is a very antique town which was founded as long ago as during the Byzantine period. According to historians, one of the most important historical moments in the town’s history was when it fell to the Ottoman Empire during the 14th century. Many constructions and interesting spots from that époque can still be seen to the date, being among the main attractions offered by Florina.
Towards the 18th century, this town was populated by inhabitants from a variety of origins, such as Albanians, Turks, and Slavs as well as Greeks. This characteristic has caused Florina to show a peculiar combination of traditions and architectonic styles which are one of the most interesting peculiarities offered by this destination.
During the 19th and beginnings of the 20th centuries, Florina went through several important historical events. During that period of time, it was a central spot for the Slavic fight for independence, being this a very important fact in the town’s history. Besides this, and also during that period of time, Florina was related to the First Balkan War as well as to the Second Balkan War later.
During World War I and World War II, Florina was, both times, occupied by Bulgaria, being this other major historical moments in the town’s past. All this obstacles and problematic situations have somehow left their mark in the town and its traditions as well as in its constructions and buildings in general.
The economy of Florina is based on the commercialization and trading of a variety of products, especially with other bordering cities. Among the main products commercialized from this town, we can name, for example, grapes, grain, and a variety of vegetables. Besides this, this town is also famous by its fabrics and textiles and exports some leather related products to several destinations as well.