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Petrino Guesthouse

Petrino Guesthouse

Yorgo Kousa

Located in the north-western corner of Greece at 850 metres above sea level and
surrounded by mountains, the Prespa Lakes region is a natural park of great
significance due to its biodiversity and endemic species. Prespa is a transboundary
park shared between Greece, Albania and fYR of Macedonia. The main features of the
region are the two lakes, that also gives the name to the area: Macro Prespa (259.4
km2 and Micro Prespa (47.4 km2) , which lap the shores of the three countries and
connect them in this way symbolically.

Prespa is well known for its natural beauty and its high biodiversity with unique
characteristics. It hosts more than 1,500 species of plants, 40 species of mammals,
260 of birds, 32 reptiles and amphibians, and 17 species of fish including a number of
species found only here.

The mountains are one of the last European homes of brown bears, wolves, chamois
and wild boar whilst the lake host breeding colonies of Dalmatian and White Pelicans
as well as pygmy cormorants.

In addition, is a place where a unique natural environment coexists with notable
Byzantine monuments like churches, monasteries, hermitages and rock paintings
dating from the 10th century onwards.

The life of the local people is concentrated in villages around the lakes. The houses
are built in a traditional style, out of stone and clay bricks with roofs of straw or stone

The three main traditional occupations in the region are fishing, animal husbandry
and a small agricultural community which over the centuries has shaped and
preserved a wealth of natural and cultural values that account for the area’s
international importance.

Prespa is a place where nature, art and history come together in and around the
lakes; there are also villages with hospitable inhabitants, always worth a stop on the
way to listen to their stories and the histories of the place.

There are a lot of paths, guiding you into the heart of nature; perhaps up into the
high mountains, or to old abandoned villages, which little by little are being returned
once more to nature’s embrace.

The mountains surrounding the lakes are often over 2000 meters high, and offer
marvellous views to the lake blueness and the settlements on the shores. The smell
of herbs on the mountain meadows calm the senses, already cleared by the fresh air
and the spring waters.

The lucky visitor might arrive to a peaceful natural setting with impressive sunsets,
that gives the impression of having remained unchanged since time immemorial,
unique within Greece in traditions, methods of fishing and producing and preserving
food, and a rich cultural heritage.

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