Prespa: The Forgotten Lakes
Florina to Vatochori: the Prespa Lakes
Years ago, I tried to hitchhike up to the Prespa Lakes, but was stopped at a military checkpoint not far from Kastoria. This was forbidden territory for decades, following the Greek Civil War from 1946-49. We listened to stories of that brutal time, met children who’d grown up in exile behind the Iron Curtain, and saw the memorials to both sides.
The area is still little touched by tourism, despite the spectacular scenery and rich wildlife. Squadrons of pelicans cruised over the lakes, and the mountain meadows sparkled with spring flowers. We found our hiking muscles, and pitched our little tent for the first time.
Route: Florina, Pisoderi, Aghios Georgios, Mikrolimni, Vatochori
Around Lake Prespa
Honour and glory to the men and women who fought for the Democratic Army of Greece 1946 – 1949.