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Little Prespa

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Little Prespa

The smaller of the two lakes of Prespa, but of great importance for the local biodiversity!


Little Prespa is a long and narrow lake, with a maximum length of 13.6 km and its southernmost edge ending in Albania. Its surface is 48.5 sq.km., of which 5 sq.km. belong to Albania, its deepest point reaches 8.4 m, while its average depth is 4 meters.


It was created by a former single lake Prespa by the deposition of materials from the stream-torrent of Agios Germanos. After a narrow strip of land was created between the two lakes, the torrent was diverted between 1936-1945 to flow into the Great Prespa. Its waters overflow to the Great Prespa through the stream "Koula" in the area of the homonymous beach.


The area is a protected habitat as part of the Prespa National Park, while a large part of it is included in the Natura 2000 network.


It has large shallow zones with swampy vegetation and wetlands, while the shores of the lake are steep. Vegetation includes deciduous forests on the highest mountain slopes, while in the lower zones there are reedbeds and hydrophilic plants.


In Little Prespa two islets are formed, Agios Achilleios and Vidronisi. A 650 m long bridge leads to the small island of Agios Achilleios with its few inhabitants, the 11 houses and the Byzantine churches. The landscape is magnificent, with the only sounds being the chirping of countless birds flying to the opposite island, Vidronisi. This is a tiny and uninhabited islet, home of one of the largest cormorant colonies. Any human visit to the island is prohibited, so that the peace of the chicks is not disturbed and birds' eggs are protected.

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