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Prespa Lakes, Florina

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 95 reviews on the web
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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  • A special experience for those who love hiking and water. Easily accessible for everyone, even for the elderly. Very beautiful chpsria, many possibilities and opportunities for nature lovers.
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  • It's a beautiful place to relax, nice tavernas around the lake and boats that make a tour to the monasteries and the caves. 
  • Have visited the lakes from Kastoria. In the last straight line (direction Lakes and so Macedonia) a police passport control everything friendly had expired. A short rain break allowed us from Psarades a short boat trips on the Lake. Not really spectacular but very pleasant.
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