The two lakes of Megali
Prespa and Mikri Prespa is an area of incredible
beauty and has not been discovered by tourists yet.
Separated by a narrow isthmus they could easily be one
big lake, with most of Megali Prespa in FYROM and
Albania. The Prespa area is a national park and there
is an information center in the village of Agios
Germanos. Mikri Prespa is the home to cormorants,
pelicans, egrets, herons and a number of other birds.
The small island of Agios Ahillios has ancient and
Byzantine ruins and you can be taken across by ferry
for a couple euros.
The main town in the region, and
the only place you can get a bus to is Agios
Germanos, an attractive village and convenient
base seven kilometers from the lake.
Most of the hotels in the area are open year round and have fireplaces for the winter season. In Agios Germanos the Agios
Germanos Hotel gets high ratings and also the Petrino Guesthouse and the Hotel Mimalonnes (which means don't complain, a great name for a hotel). The stone-built Varnous Hotel offers warmly decorated rooms with private balcony and has a bar with a traditional
lounge area. Located right on the shore of Megali Prespa, Guesthouse Syntrofia offers rooms with fireplace and views of the lake. It features a snack bar and is right next to a tavern. Villa Platythea (photo) is a traditionally built complex featuring spa and wellness facilities, an outdoor pool and a poolside snack bar. Its
studios and apartments enjoy views over the lakes, the pool or the surrounding mountains. Lefteris Taverna is your best bet for a
The village of Psaridis on a small inlet on
Megali Prespa is a nationally preserved town of
stone houses, old cedar and oak fishing boats and
miniature cows. There are numerous
tavernas and fish restaurants along the waterfront
which serve fresh fish right from the lake.
Lazaros Hristianopoulos's Syntrofia Taverna is the
fave place of the Lonely Planet writers, but if
you are visiting in the off season only the
Paradosi will be open. As for hotels, book in
advance in-season or you will wind up on Koula
beach in your tent or sleeping bag if you should
be lucky enough to have one. Contact your local
Greek Travel agent for room information or stay in nearby Kastoria where there are plenty of hotels. You can
take a boat tour to visit the three holy sites of
Metamorphosi, Mikri Analipsi and Panagia Eleousa
all from between the 13th and 15th centuries. Also
included in the tour are the rock paintings of the
Panagia Vlahernitisa and the Panagia