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 (Prespa National Park), 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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  • August 7, 2017
    Joanne, theater and unique with natural beauty as though false, easy accessible worth not miss to spend
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  • August 4, 2017
    We visited the Prespes late March, our stay was in Florina and the road up the Prespes was snowy and magical at the same time. Approaching the Prespes lakes and coastal settlements there. Worth to visit and the small and the great Prespa, Agios Achileioy islet, anglers, and paralimnia hamlets!!!
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  • July 31, 2017
    What to do for the excellent piece of Greece ... We from the pezogefyra in Saint Achillio, that if you're in another world! The Agios Germanos, a small picturesque village. visit to the neromylo. Is anapalaiomenos and very touristy, the Green and the beach to trechoyn APO pantou! The Bosphorous, but crowded (cost €30) lasts an hour CA. Akrotiri Roti from a trail (Don long trousers and closed shoes!) ftaneis in 20-25 minutes pezoporeia and river view! Accessing to the Bosphorous on the right stop unexpectedly the amazing view, either with your own kyalia, with special telescoping (0,50 €) and walk you!!! The Mikrolimni worth going at dawn the Sun why is next best on Dice! It has many ekklisies, para select opois want and will not miss!
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