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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.

Prespa Lake

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

Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Arabas Studios
Arabas Studios
28, Sahtouri Str., 54632 Thessaloniki, Greece

Being located in the historic part of Thessaloniki, so called Old or Upper Town (Ano Poli), Arabas hostel is an ideal place for backpackers, groups or individual travelers looking for budget and quality accommodation in a great location. The center of the bustling city of Thessaloniki can be reached within 15 minutes on foot. The train station is at 1.5 km, while the Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 20 km. Many shops, traditional taverns, bars and the historic monuments located in the center of the town can be reached within short walking distance.

Hotel in Kastoria, Greece Anastassiou Hotel
Anastassiou Hotel
1st km Nat. Road Kastoria-Athens, 52100 Kastoria, Greece

Anastassiou Hotel is built in the entrance of Kastoria town, within a short driving distance from shops, restaurants and monuments. Vitsi Ski center is a 40-minute drive away. The nearest airport is Thessaloniki International Airport which is 214 km away.

Hotel in Kastoria, Greece Keletron Hotel
Keletron Hotel
52, 11th November Str., 52100 Kastoria, Greece

Keletron Hotel is built in a central location in the town of Kastoria, close to many important sights. Vitsi Ski Center is 24 km away. The International Airport of Thessaloniki is 220 km away.


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