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Prespa Lakes: the magic of water and mountain

Macedonia ● 17 August 2017
 

In the region of western Macedonia (Greece), in a close distance to the town of Florina, are located two stunning lakes, Prespa Lakes. Amazing natural beauty, traditional mountainous villages and rare wildlife constitute one of the most important national parks in Greece. At an altitude of 850 meters, the magical landscape is inspiring, with snow-capped mountains reflected on the calm waters of the lakes where fishermen cast their nets and birds fly among the reeds.

The area of Prespa Lakes is renowned for its rich biodiversity as it is home to 260 species of birds, 1,500 plants, 23 fish and 60 mammals species- that is more than half of the species to be found in Greece and Europe. Pelicans, ducks, cormorants, herons and geese are only some of the interesting animals you can watch in Prespa Lakes, the natural paradise where man and nature live together in harmony.


Agios Germanos is the biggest and prettiest of Prespa's villages. Early 20th century stone houses with red tile roofs, a church that dates back to the 11th century, a traditional fully restored watermill, the springs of Motsara and Potistra and a walking trail with magnificent view create an astonishing scenery.

Vrontero is a farming village with grazing horses and shepherds with their flocks, which make you feel like having travelled back in time.

Mikrolimni is a tiny village with only 70 residents and an old-world atmosphere. Here, starts a lovely trail, which ends at the deserted village of Kranies. The route takes about 4 hours, and the view of Small Prespa from Kale Hill is fantastic.

On the shore of Big Prespa, from Psarades village, you can take the boat tour at the lake, which is an important bird refuge. In addition to rare birds, you will also see caves and three hermitages with wonderful wall paintings. Guided tours are also offered by the Society for the Protection of Prespa. These tours include bird-watching and walking in the forest of Juniperus foetidissima and Juniperus excelsa.


The region of Prespa Lakes is renowned for its beans. Plake (=flat) and gigantes (=giant) varieties are certified with Protected Geographical Indication status. In the villages around the lakes, you will find many shops with traditional products, traditional cafés and taverns to eat and drink as well as guesthouses to spend in this heaven some days of total relaxation and contact with nature.

Where to Stay

Hotel & Spa in Chalkidiki, Greece Porto Carras Sithonia
9.2 10
Porto Carras Sithonia
Sithonia, 63081 Chalkidiki, Greece

Porto Carras Sithonia is located only 110 km (about 60 minutes drive) from the International Airport "Macedonia" Thessaloniki #and 120 km (about 75 minutes drive) from the center of Thessaloniki.#Neos Marmaras is just 1.5 km away. #Located on the sandy beach of Chalkidiki,amidst 17630 acres of nature, the multi-awarded Porto Carras Sithonia #offers 5-star accommodation surrounded by landscaped gardens.#The Blue Flag beach is ideal for various activities such as swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, #water skiing, windsurfing, canoeing and sailing.#

Hotel in Platamonas, Greece Hotel Lego
Hotel Lego
84, Egnatias Str., 60065 Platamonas, Greece

The archaeological site of Dion is 20 km away from the hotel and the traditional village of Palei Poroi is only a 10-minute drive. It is 40 km from the town of Katerini. Free private parking is available on site.

Hotel in Thessaloniki, Greece Hotel Olympia
Hotel Olympia
65, Olympou Str., 54631 Thessaloniki, Greece

Hotel Olympia is centrally located hotel in Thessaloniki, right by the Ancient Roman Forum and within a 5-minute walk to Aristotelous square, the main square of bustling town of Thessaloniki. The hotel is located in a very short walking distance to shops, restaurants and all historic monuments and places in the center of Thessaloniki. The distance from Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is 16 km.


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