2 Day Adventure at Prespes National Park
About The Place
Prespes National Park, nestled in the northern part of Greece near the borders with Albania and North Macedonia, is a pristine and captivating haven for nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and those seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle of modern life. This exceptional national park, encompassing the Prespa Lakes and the surrounding landscapes, offers a unique blend of biodiversity, cultural heritage, and tranquil beauty that beckons travelers from around the world.
At the heart of Prespes National Park lie the Prespa Lakes – Great Prespa, Small Prespa, and Mikri Prespa. These interconnected lakes form a crucial wetland ecosystem that provides a vital habitat for an astonishing array of wildlife. Great Prespa, one of the oldest and deepest lakes in Europe, is particularly noteworthy for its crystal-clear waters and stunning scenery. Small Prespa and Mikri Prespa add to the area’s ecological significance, creating a paradise for aquatic and birdlife.
Birdwatchers and ornithologists are drawn to Prespes National Park for its remarkable avian diversity. The lakes and surrounding wetlands serve as a critical stopover point for migratory birds on their journey between Europe and Africa. Over 260 bird species have been recorded in the area, including the iconic Dalmatian Pelican, which finds sanctuary here. The park is also home to several endemic species, such as the Prespa Trout and the Prespa Minnow, which are found nowhere else in the world.
Exploring the park’s lush forests and meadows reveals a rich tapestry of flora and fauna. Oak and beech forests blanket the hillsides, providing habitat for diverse mammals like deer, wild boar, and otters. The park’s floral diversity includes rare and endangered species, making it a botanical treasure trove for botanists and nature enthusiasts alike.
Prespes National Park is not only a sanctuary for wildlife but also a place steeped in history and culture. The surrounding villages, such as Agios Germanos and Psarades, are charming and have preserved their traditional way of life. The locals are known for their warm hospitality, and visitors can immerse themselves in the region’s cultural heritage by exploring ancient churches, monasteries, and traditional architecture.
One of the park’s most iconic cultural sites is the island of Agios Achilleios, situated in Great Prespa. This island is home to a historic monastery that dates back to the 10th century. The monastery, perched on a rocky outcrop, offers breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains and is a testament to the enduring spiritual and cultural significance of the region.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Prespes National Park provides ample opportunities for exploration and adventure. Hiking trails crisscross the park, taking visitors through diverse landscapes, from lakeshores to mountain vistas. Water sports such as kayaking and canoeing are popular activities on the lakes, while cycling and horseback riding allow for a deeper connection with the natural surroundings.
As the sun sets over the tranquil waters of the Prespa Lakes, the park takes on a serene and magical quality. The stillness of the lakes mirrors the fading light, creating a sense of peace and tranquility that is truly therapeutic.
In conclusion, Prespes National Park in Greece is a natural paradise that combines remarkable biodiversity, cultural heritage, and recreational opportunities. Whether you are a bird enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a serene escape from the demands of modern life, this national park offers an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the beauty and significance of Greece’s natural landscapes.
- 2 Days
Embark on a thrilling 2-day escape to the captivating Prespes National Park, immersing yourself in a range of exciting outdoor activities.
Our adventure begins in the charming village of Milionas, known for its traditional mudbrick buildings. We’ll set off on a scenic hike along the slopes of Mt. Varnountas, treating you to panoramic views of the magnificent lakes. After approximately 2 hours of hiking (covering 4 km with an altitude difference of 600m), we’ll reach a small church that offers a breathtaking vista of the surrounding area.
Following a well-deserved rest and savoring the view, we’ll embark on an exhilarating descent with mountain bikes, traversing a dirt road that leads to the enchanting stone-built settlement of Agios Germanos. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the village and visit the remarkable 10th-century Byzantine temple. The journey continues as we descend along an asphalt road, ultimately bringing us back to our starting point.
Day 2 – Mountain Biking & Kayak:
Prepare for an exciting excursion in the picturesque Mikri Prespa area, which lies at the heart of the Prespa National Park.
We kick off the day with a mountain biking adventure from Ecotourismo’s base in Laimos. Following an easy rural road amidst bean fields, we’ll head towards Mikrolimni, a charming fishing village nestled on the shores of Minor Prespa. The 15 km journey is particularly effortless, as there are no significant changes in altitude.
Upon reaching Mikrolimni, we’ll bid farewell to our bikes and transition to kayaks, ready to paddle our way towards Vidronisi. This small rocky island, situated within the core of the Prespa National Park, teems with various bird species nesting in its midst. Due to the island’s importance in this delicate ecosystem, human presence is strictly prohibited.
We’ll navigate around the island, ensuring to maintain a distance of at least 100 meters from its coast. During this memorable excursion, you’ll have the privilege of observing and capturing photographs of numerous bird species seeking refuge on the island.
Price excludes: Accommodation, meals
All outdoor activities mentioned above
- Minimum 4 Participants
- Day 1 : Hiking & Mountain Bike
- Day 2 : Mountain Bike & Kayak
Cancellation Policy - Flexible
- Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
- In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
- Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds