Prespa (Greece)

Prespa National Park is in northwestern Macedonia, Greece.

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Petrino

A guesthouse in a restored stone house in the village. Accommodation in a cozy and warm family environment.

SLEEP   —  +30 6946 338162 —  Agios Germanos

Villa Rosa

SLEEP   —  +30 2385 045934 —  Antartiko


Varnous

SLEEP   —  +30 2385 051880 —  Agios Germanos


Platythea

SLEEP   —  +30 2385 051400 —  Platy


Hotel Mimallones

SLEEP   —  +30 2385 051422 —  Laimos


Liakoto

SLEEP   —  +30 2385 051200 —  Laimos

Ariadni

SLEEP   —  +30 2385 051850 —  Laimos

About Prespa (Greece)

View of lake Prespa
View of lake Prespa
Located in the north-western corner of Greece at 850 metres above sea level and surrounded by mountains, the Prespa Lakes region is a natural park of great significance due to its biodiversity and endemic species. Prespa is a transboundary park shared between Greece, Albania and fYR of Macedonia. The main features of the region are the two lakes, that also gives the name to the area: Macro Prespa (259.4 km2 and Micro Prespa (47.4 km2), which lap the shores of the three countries and connect them in this way symbolically.

Prespa is well known for its natural beauty and its high biodiversity with unique characteristics. It hosts more than 1,500 species of plants, 40 species of mammals, 260 of birds, 32 reptiles and amphibians, and 17 species of fish including a number of species found only here. The mountains are one of the last European homes of brown bears, wolves, chamois and wild boar whilst the lake host breeding colonies of Dalmatian and White Pelicans as well as pygmy cormorants.

In addition, is a place where a unique natural environment coexists with notable Byzantine monuments like churches, monasteries, hermitages and rock paintings dating from the 10th century onwards.

The life of the local people is concentrated in villages around the lakes. The houses are built in a traditional style, out of stone and clay bricks with roofs of straw or stone tiles

The three main traditional occupations in the region are fishing, animal husbandry and a small agricultural community which over the centuries has shaped and preserved a wealth of natural and cultural values that account for the area’s international importance.

Prespa is a place where nature, art and history come together in and around the lakes; there are also villages with hospitable inhabitants, always worth a stop on the way to listen to their stories and the histories of the place.

There are a lot of paths, guiding you into the heart of nature; perhaps up into the high mountains, or to old abandoned villages, which little by little are being returned once more to nature’s embrace. The mountains surrounding the lakes are often over 2000 meters high, and offer marvellous views to the lake blueness and the settlements on the shores. The smell of herbs on the mountain meadows calm the senses, already cleared by the fresh air and the spring waters

The lucky visitor might arrive to a peaceful natural setting with impressive sunsets, that gives the impression of having remained unchanged since time immemorial, unique within Greece in traditions, methods of fishing and producing and preserving food, and a rich cultural heritage.


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