4 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.
- 4 days
Embark on an unforgettable 4-day adventure exploring the breathtaking Prespes National Park, a sanctuary of unparalleled natural beauty and outdoor excitement.
Day 1 – MOUNTAIN BIKE / KAYAK:
Our journey commences in the charming village of Laimos. We begin with an exhilarating mountain bike ride, following a scenic dirt road that leads us towards the border with North Macedonia. Passing by the renowned bean fields of Prespa and meandering alongside the enchanting lakeside forest of the Great Prespa, we reach the picturesque shores of the lake. Here, we switch gears and continue our adventure on kayaks, paddling towards the idyllic fishing village of Psarades.
Mountain Bike: 10km Kayak: 7km Overnight stay in Psarades.
Day 2 – HIKING / CLIMBING / MOUNTAIN BIKE:
Prepare for an exciting escapade to the remote corners of the Great Prespa. We embark on a thrilling journey, initially cycling through captivating landscapes before venturing on foot along scenic paths. Along the way, we visit the hermitage of Metamorfosis of Sotiros and Cape Roti, the northernmost point on the Greek side, offering a panoramic view of the majestic Great Prespa Lake and the convergence of the three countries’ borders.
Afterward, we delve into the vertical world of climbing amidst the awe-inspiring rock formations along the lakeside. With various climbing routes catering to different skill levels, climbers can find their perfect challenge while surrounded by the pristine beauty of Great Prespa.
The day continues with a mountain bike ride along a dirt road parallel to the banks of the lake, treating us to breathtaking vistas. After covering approximately 15km, we settle for the night in the charming village of Vrontero.
Hiking: 2 hours Mountain Bike: 15km Overnight stay in Vrontero.
Day 3 – MOUNTAIN BIKE / HIKING:
Embark on a historic journey as we trace the footsteps of the DSE guerrillas in the Prespa area, where the final chapter of the tragic civil war in Greece unfolded. Our mountain bike ride from Vrontero village leads us to the banks of Minor Prespa, passing by the cave of doctor Kokkalis, the DSE hospital, and the remnants of the extinct village of Agathoto.
Leaving our bikes behind, we embark on a serene lakeside hike (6km) through the heart of the Prespa National Park, offering enchanting views and a profound sense of tranquility. After approximately 2.5 hours, we arrive at the site of the abandoned village, Daseri, where a few ruins stand as silent witnesses of its past existence.
We resume our journey on mountain bikes, following an easy rural road (5km) to reach the village of Pyli. From there, a floating footbridge (600m) leads us to the captivating islet of Agios Achillios in the heart of Minor Prespa Lake. Embark on a hike around the island, exploring the ancient ruins of the Royal church built by Samuel II, the “Tsar of the Bulgarians,” and the scattered chapels. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the ancient city of Lyka and uncover the island’s captivating myths.
Mountain Bike: 15km Hiking: 2.5 hours Overnight stay at Agios Achillios.
Day 4 – KAYAK / BIRDWATCHING / MOUNTAIN BIKE:
Our final day commences with a kayaking expedition to Vidronisi, a small rocky islet nestled within the Prespa National Park. This islet serves as a haven for diverse bird species, with its ecological importance warranting strict restrictions on human presence. From a safe distance, we can observe and capture photographs of the captivating avian inhabitants before continuing our journey to Mikrolimni, a charming fishing village on the southern side of Minor Prespa.
We conclude our adventure with a mountain bike ride along a scenic dirt road, skirting the lakeshore, until we reach our starting point in Laimos, where our remarkable journey began.
Kayak: 6km Mountain Bike: 14km
Please note that accommodation, meals, and transfers are not included in the package.
All the outdoor activities mentioned above
- Minimum 4 Participants
- Day 1 : Mountain Bike / Kayak
- Day 2 : Hiking / Climbing / Mountain Bike
- Day 3 : Mountain Bike / Hiking
- Day 4 : Kayak / Birdwatching/ Mountain Bike
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