West of Florina, the twin Prespa Lakes are a breathtaking beauty spot, rich in wildlife and history. Megali Prespa and Mikri Prespa (Great Prespa and Small Prespa) are the Balkans’ highest tectonic lakes and among Europe’s most ancient, at one million years old. Once a single lake, today they are separated by a narrow isthmus formed by sediment churned up over centuries. Greece shares Megali Prespa with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Albania, and Mikri Prespa with Albania.
The wildlife is extraordinary too, with brown bears, wolves and wild pigs skulking around the lakes. The region is also aflutter with more than 260 types of birds, including the world’s largest colony of Dalmatian pelicans at Mikri Prespa, as well as great white pelicans, great white egrets and the EU’s largest colony of pygmy cormorants. A clutch of sleepy villages act as springboards to this majestic wilderness.