Undoubtedly, the best time to visit Prespes is during spring, when nature thrives and thousands of migratory birds fly to the area. Herons, cormorants, Dalmatian pelicans - the biggest bird on earth - flock altogether here, creating one of the most important ecosystems in Europe. Moreover, the latter bird breed, the Dalmatian pelicans, formulate the biggest reproductive colony in the world.
Walking along the innumerous forest paths, mountain-biking around the lakes, skiing or snowboarding at the nearby Vigla Ski Centre, off-roading tours, canoeing in Small Prespa Lake, are just a few of the reasons that this area is considered an extreme hub for all the nature lovers out there. Nonetheless, for those who don’t want to push their limits further, it is more likely to soak up some culture at the region. The restored watermill and the ancient church in the village of Agios Germanos, the 10th century Basilica in Agios Achilios islet, an interesting folklore exhibition in the district of Platy, Kokkali’s and Zachariadi’s cave (from the period of the Greek Civil War), the ruins of some deserted hamlets in the area (Daseri, Sfika, Agkathoto, Krania), as well as the three Byzantine hermits on the shores of Big Prespa Lake, are some of the top sightseeing attractions to tick off their list while in Prespes.
Regarding your accommodation choices, you can decide between one of the villages offering these services (Psarades, Mikrolimni, Agios Achilios, Platy, Laimos, Agios Germanos, Vrontero, Oxya). No matter what your pick, you will be in any case very close to all points of interest (as the villages are just a few miles away from each other).
At the traditional coofee shops (kafeneia) the locals will narrate you stories from the past, while in the grocery stores you will find to buy the famous beans in all kind of varieties and sizes, as well as dried carp, local tsipouro and wine, homemade jams, wild forest honey, spoon sweets and pickled red Florina peppers. Visiting one of the area’s taverns and restaurants, you can also try different recipes based in beans, excellent quality meat and fresh fish from the lakes.