Hiking and Kayaking at Minor Prespa
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.
- 6 Hours
Embark on an unforgettable hiking adventure in the captivating landscapes of Prespes, starting from the parking lot of Agios Achillios Island. Our journey begins with a transfer to the village of Vrontero, where we set foot on the path that leads us through a mesmerizing exploration of this scenic region.
We commence our hike along a rugged dirt road that descends towards the banks of the serene Small Prespa Lake. As we traverse this picturesque route spanning approximately 5 kilometers, we pass through the remnants of the vanished village of Agathoto. Along the way, we encounter the historic Kokkalis Cave, once a vital refuge and hospital for guerilla fighters during the Greek civil war. We take a moment to delve into its intriguing history and pay our respects.
Continuing our journey, we arrive at the tranquil shores of Minor Prespa, where we follow the enchanting lakeside path leading us deeper into the heart of Prespes National Park. This scenic route stretches for 6 kilometers, running parallel to the captivating banks of Small Prespa. Immerse yourself in the serenity and natural beauty of the surroundings, allowing the captivating vistas to leave an indelible impression on your soul. After approximately 2.5 hours, we reach the site of the ancient village of Daseri, where scant ruins serve as poignant reminders of its past existence.
From here, we transition to a new mode of exploration, as we embark on a kayaking expedition in the calm and crystal-clear waters of the lake. With gentle paddling, we make our way towards the picturesque islet of Agios Achillios, nestled at the heart of Prespa National Park. Over the course of 1.5 hours and covering a distance of 4 kilometers, we arrive at this idyllic island, where the remarkable ruins of the Royal church, commissioned by Samuel II, the renowned “Tsar of the Bulgarians,” await our exploration. Unveil the secrets of this sacred place as you discover the legends and tales surrounding the ancient city of Lyka.
To conclude our remarkable journey, we traverse the impressive 600-meter floating footbridge, connecting Agios Achillios Island to the mainland. With each step, we bid farewell to the enchanting islet and return to the starting point, filled with cherished memories of our hiking and kayaking adventure in the captivating landscapes of Prespes.
Embark on an unforgettable hiking experience amidst the natural wonders of Prespes, where history, tranquility, and scenic beauty converge.
- Minimum 3 participants
- Starting Time 10:00
- Ending Time 16:00
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