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Prespa Lakes, Florina

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Prespa is the name of two freshwater lakes in southeast Europe, shared by Albania, Greece, and the Republic of Macedonia. Of the total surface area, 176.3km² belongs to the Republic of Macedonia, 46.3km² to Albania and 36.4km² to Greece. They are the highest tectonic lakes in the Balkans, standing at an elevation of 853 m (2,798 ft).The Great Prespa Lake is divided between Albania, Greece and Macedonia. The Small Prespa Lake (Greek: Μικρή Πρέσπα, Mikri Prespa; Albanian: Prespa e Vogël) is shared only between Greece (138km² drainage area; 42.5km² surface area) and Albania (51km² drainage area; 4.3km² surface area).The area contains three National Parks located in Albania, Greece, and the Republic of Macedonia respectively. The largest town in the Prespa Lakes region is Resen in the Republic of Macedonia. In 2014, the Ohrid-Prespa Transboundary Reserve between Albania and Macedonia was added to UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves.HistoryIn the 10th century, the Tsar Samuil built the fortress and church of St. Achillius on an island called Agios Achillios in the Small Prespa Lake, on the Greek side of the border. The biggest island in the Great Prespa Lake, on Macedonia's side, is called Golem Grad ("Large Town"), and Snake Island (Zmiski Ostrov). The other island Mal Grad (Small Town, in Albania) is the site of a ruined 14th century monastery dedicated to St. Peter. Today, both islands are uninhabited.
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  • Maybe the amazing Lake in Greece together with the Kerkini. we achieved completely suitable and thus was a lovely a zografia till the islet of Agios Achileioy.
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  • If it's good weather it is essential to do a ride on the boat to get to the Byzantine hermitages and to get a better view of the Lake and of the mountains that surround it. And no boat is beautiful browsing on coastal areas of the Lake and the nearby picturesque villages. Worth a read and explore in parts written a part of modern Greek history.
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  • The Prespes lakes are just 58chlm from the Florina ... The island of St. Achillean in the most beautiful part of the island, above the chapel in clear weather you can see across the Lake and the surrounding area. It is worth visiting the Hermitages to Anglers like to eat bean soup like carp in the taverns of the village
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