• Visit the six lakes of the Prefecture; Small and Great Prespa which constitute a National Park, Petres, Vegoritida, Zazari and Chimaritida which are wetlands of rare ecological value
• Do not miss seeing the antiquities and the picturesque fisherman’s villages of Prespes: the Byzantine churches on the small island of Agios Achillios and the sculptures of the Hellenistic and Roman Era, the villages of Psarades and Agios Germanos with its church dating back to the 11th century AD
• The area of Vigla is a narrow passage between high mountain ranges and it is traversed by the European Footpath Ε6. Also at the vicinity lies the settlement of Pisoderi where one can visit the Monastery of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) which was built in 1050 AD and the Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi
• The capital city of Florina is crossed by the river Sakouleva, at the bank of which representative elements of the Macedonian and neoclassical architecture are found
• Near the town of Amyntaion, by the bank of lake Vegoritida, stands the settlement and the cemetery of the Early Iron Age, as well as the area of Xyno Nero with its springs
Perfecture of FLORINA
Region of Western Macedonia Capital town: Florina Area: Population:
In the Prefecture of Florina, the mountain ranges of Vitsi are magnificently combined with the lakes of Prespes and Vegoritida. The capital city of Florina streches on a hillside filled with horse-chestnuts and is crossed by the river Sakouleva.
At 1350m above sea level, on the mountain of Vitsi, lies the traditional settlement of Nymfaio, a winter resort. Another winter resort, Pisoderi, is located before one reaches the Ski Centre of Vigla. One of the most exciting getaways is that to the two lakes of Prespes, which constitute a National Park.
The lake of Small Prespa is inhabited by many bird species. In the middle of the lake is the small island of Agios Achillios where archaic and Byzantine remains have been found. At the bank of the Great Prespa lies Psarades, a small picturesque village with buildings of representative architecture.
According to the findings, the area has been inhabited since the Prehistoric Era and it included the ancients districts of South Ligistida and North Eordaia. Levaia, Kelli and Arnissa used to be the most prominent settlements. There haven’t been found remarkable Byzantine Era remains.
After the 15th century AD, the area was inhabited by the Turks. The Greek residents started being active in the wake of the 18th century AD. At one time, Florina and Nymfaio were significant trade centres. Florina was liberated in 1912 following the Macedonian Struggle.
• Tourist Promotion Committee of Florina Prefecture: 2385054460-61
• Police: 2385045690, 2385022100
• General Hospital of Florina: 2385022555, 2385022166 – Health Care Centre of Amyntaion: 2386023783 – Prespes Community Clinic: 2385051230