RESTING PELECANS AND ELEPHANT BEANS AT ONE WITH HUMAN NATURE
Despite the fact that Prespes is encircled by a busy motorway, it remains an isolated place. There are two ways to get up here. Nevertheless, the most thrilling drive is taking the side road from Florina, which passes through alpine forests with sweeping mount views and an often bear-crossing sign.
The two freshwater high-altitude ponds (the most biologically rich and exotically diverse in Europe) are without a doubt the main landmark of the region. Additionally, these wetlands are shared between three countries, better known for conflict than cooperation: Greece, Albania and FYROM; even if you cannot legally cross each other’s borders by boat.
With their boggy valleys and reed beds, both lakes constitute the nucleus of a protected area in the Balkans and one of the most important habitats in Greece, acknowledged as the National Park of Prespa.