Island of Golem Grad
Also known as the "Snake Island", Golem Grad is an island located in the Prespa Lake. It is about 18 hectares big and includes ancient ruins from Roman, Neolithic, and Hellenic times. Apart from the preserved church of St. Peter, the attention is drawn by the medieval church dedicated to St. Demetrius, as well as the early Christian basilica from the end of the 4th and the beginning of the 5th century, where remnants of a floor mosaic have been found. Another special attraction is the Roman stone cistern that was used as a reservoir for drinking water. The island is home to many endemic plants as well as rare birds and reptilians, which made it protected natural reserve within the reaches of the Galicica national park.
Brajchino is a picturesque mountain village with long immigrant tradition, located in the foothills of Pelister national park (on the Prespa side), just off the eastern shore of Lake Prespa. The village has some of the most picturesque traditional architecture one will ever lay their eyes on, and it is home to five beautiful churches and one extravagant monastery in its vicinity. The surrounding area has unbelievably beautiful nature that is sure to take your breath away. One must also mention the hospitality of the locals which will make your stay in Brajchino a unique experience of Prespa.
Monastery of Saint George
This monastery dedicated to St. George is located near the eastern shore of Lake Prespa on the slopes of Mt. Pelister, near the village of Kurbinovo. An inscription above the altar informs us that this church was in 1191 AD. This church is heavily under the radar for most tourists, but the Byzantine frecoes in this church are astounding. The most famous in the Annunciation scene which can be found in the church’s apse just above the altar featuring the Madonna and Child (eastern wall of the church). To the left of them is the stunning fresco of Archangel Gabriel, also referred to as the Angel of Kurbinovo, that is featured on the reverse side of the 50 Macedonian denars banknote.
Ethno Museum in Podmochani
The Ethno museum in the Prespa village of Podmochani (owned by Mr. Jone Eftimovski), houses one of the richest private ethno collections of Macedonia, consisting of over 2000 pieces: more than 160 original Macedonian folk costumes from all over the region of Macedonia, rare jewellry, ancient weapons and coins. Visit of this museum is definitely an experience worth having while in Prespa.
The Apples of Prespa
Apple trees make up approximately 4,000 Hectares of the Prespa region, and between 80,000 to 100,000 tons of apples are produced every year. Visit of a local farm stay in the area and trying local delicacies made from (and with) apples is always a great addition to every visit of Prespa, and we are here to arrange that for our clients.
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The Prespa lake is the second largest lake in Macedonia. It is settled in the south-western part of the Republic of Macedonia and lies in the Prespa valley, between the Resen field and Baba, Suva Gora and Galicica mountain. The island of Golem Grad is the point that connect the Macedonian – Greek – Albanian border, in the southeastern areas of the lake. The lake, as part of the Galicica National Park, its rare plant and animal life that have been preserved through the centuries, are strictly protected. Boat trips may be taken around the island, and escorted land trips are available under the auspices of the park authorities. Most important water sources of the lake are the rivers of Golema, Brajcinska and Kranska, as well as the Small Prespa lake, that is 3 meters above the Golemo Prespa lake. The water of the Prespa lake has it’s highest temperature in August, while in the winter is the coldest and sometimes may freeze. The color of the water is variable yellow-green and blue.
Opportunities for different exciting adventures (hiking, mtb, cycling, kayaking, paragliding), as well as laid back sightseeing of the beautiful rustic villages of Prespa, in both coastal and mountain areas, is a one of the true highlights of one’s visit to the Republic of Macedonia.