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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 (Liqeni i Prespës, Μεγάλη Πρέσπα, Megáli Préspa, Преспанско Езеро, Prespansko Ezero) 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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  • This is the oldest lake system in Europe. The area is very beautiful with amazing wildlife (birds in particular) and a very active preservation and restoration programme that also allows one to contex...  more »
  • I visited the Prespa Lakes for a few days in May 2017. They are shared by Greece, Albania and Macedonia (FYROM). I travelled from Thessaloniki via Edessa and Florina and did not cross the border (ther...  more »
  • we spent 3 nights and days around the lakes .was marvellous the place the food the drink the walks fishes are unique and very rare .  more »