Travel to Prespes, a real spectacle of nature
In the NW corner of Greece, at the point where the borders of three Balkan states meet and in a natural landscape of tremendous beauty you will find the Prespes lakes, an area of long history and, today, a wetland of international interest, a real water paradise for hundreds of species of flora nest in the hospitable and calm waters of the lakes, in reeds and wet meadows, as well as in dense forests of beeches and cedars, which reverently surround the area.
A place blessed by nature, the area of the lakes gives the opportunity for a trek to tiny and picturesque villages, deserted settlements, historical monuments - sights, which, enduring over time, move and fascinate every visitor, revealing, ideally, an impressive mosaic of history and culture. Get to know the beautiful traditional Antarctic settlement up close and from the Pervali location enjoy the amazing view of the lakes, while from the settlement of Mikrolimni the small Prespa emerges, through the dense cedar and oak forests that surround it.
Under the shadow of the imposing Varnounta lies Agios Germanos, the largest village and reference point of the area, which impresses with its picturesqueness. Let the senses peak at the small islet of Agios Achilleios, which dominates for centuries in the calm waters of small Prespa, with the remnants of the homonymous, simple basilica inside, intensifying the respect for the thousand-year history of the monument. On a natural fjord in Megali Prespa, the traditional settlement of Psarades welcomes visitors with its special island profile, while a boat along the coastline will reveal the hermit monks with the exceptional rock paintings inside and from Cape Roti, and the beauty of nature will repay every expectation of its visitors.
Food and local cuisine
The Prespa area offers a wide range of local products that pioneer the flavors and dishes of the local cuisine. The florin peppers, the beans of Prespa (ideal for bean soup or cooked in a pan, plate), as well as the wide variety of fish from the lake (carp, chironi, eels, mullet) and the local tsipouro will excite you.
When to visit Prespes
Visit Prespa at any time of the year, depending on the activities you have chosen to do. In spring the nature is impressive, while in summer you can combine your visit with a swim in the sandy beach of Koula in Megali Prespa. In autumn the season is ideal for beautiful nature walks, while in winter Combine your trip to Prespes with activities at the ski resort of Vigla Pisoderio.
How to move to Prespes
Moving from/ to Prespes
Take the road to Prespes via the road network to Florina and the area of the lakes. There are daily intercity bus routes to Florina, while you can also go by train to Florina and from there, by road to your destination of choice.
Transportation in Prespes
The movement in Prespes and the wider area is ideally done with the use of a private car. Take your personal car to the permitted point of the routes and then walk. Alternatively use wooden boats (floats) to tour the lakes or adjacent areas.