With wide boulevards and a tidy grid layout, Orestiada has a different feel to most other Greek cities. Other towns boast of their ancient roots, but Orestiada was created after the 1923 Greek–Turkish population exchanges (then Nea Orestiás).
While the border history of barely centennial Orestiada intrigues, the town doesn’t brim with attractions. Visitors from countries other than Bulgaria and Turkey may be greeted with a mix of astonishment and delight by down-to-earth locals. It is an agreeable stopover on your way from or to Bulgaria or Turkey – the latter is accessible from nearby Kastanies village.