One of the most important wetlands in Europe, the Prespa lakes home to hundreds of bird species.
The twin Prespa Lakes straddle the borders of Greece, FYROM, and Albania. Declared a National Park in 1974, the lakes provide a sanctuary for over 250 species of birds. Clouds of pink pelicans, cormorants and herons settle and disperse with the changing seasons. Until 1969, locals carried special ID cards and foreign visitors required a visa to visit this sensitive border zone. Even today, tourists are rare. Locals survive by farming (their butter beans are the best in Greece) and fishing from plaves, black slithers of boat sealed with tar.
|area||currency EURO||when to go SPRING/AUTUMN|
|population||telephone code COUNTRY: +30||
recommended places to see
MIKRI PRESPA LAKE
MEGALI PRESPA LAKE
SAINT AHILIOS MONASTERY
|language GREEK||gmt +2|