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Prespa

Prespa is the name of two freshwater lakes located in the north-western corner of Greece, at 850 meters 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 protected under the Ramsar convention as a wetland of international importance and a European Important Bird Area, as well as being included in Natura 2000, a network of the EU most precious natural areas. Prespa contains the largest breeding colony of Dalmatian pelicans in the world, a mixed colony of pelicans and the largest colony of Pygmy cormorants in Europe. 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.

Kastoria

The city of Kastoria that flourished during the 19th century due to fur trade is built on the shores of the beautiful lake Orestiáda, surrounded by imposing mountains. Wander around the old neighborhoods of Doltsó and Apozári, and admire the 19th century grand mansions (three-storey buildings with large windows and enclosed balconies), owned by the rich fur traders of Kastoriá! Take a leisurely walk around the lake, watching the birds that inhabit this fantastic wetland, or board on the ferry to enjoy a romantic lake cruise! Climb to the top of the hill and take in breathtaking views of the city.

In this area, we will also visit the “Dragon’s Cave”, the only cave in Greece with fresh-water lakes, and Dispilio, an archaeological site containing remains of a Neolithic lakeshore settlement that occupied an artificial island. Dispilio appears to have been occupied over a long period, from the final stages of the Middle Neolithic (5600-5000 BC). A number of items were found here, including ceramics, wooden structural elements, seeds, bones, figurines, personal ornaments, flutes (one of them dating back to the 6th millennium BCE, the oldest ever found in Europe) and what appears to be the most significant finding, the inscribed Dispilio Tablet. The Tablet is one of oldest discoveries (5260BC) of human’s effort to communicate by the written word.

Vergina

The city of Aigai, the ancient first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia, was discovered in the 19th century near Vergina, in northern Greece. The most important remains are the monumental palace, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs in the Great Tumulus is identified as that of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Unesco’s Committee decided to inscribe the nominated property on the basis of cultural criteria considering that the site is of outstanding universal value representing an exceptional testimony to a significant development in European civilization - the transition from classical city-state to the imperial structure of the Hellenistic and Roman periods. This is vividly demonstrated in particular by the remarkable series of royal tombs and their rich contents. The Committee decided to add to the proposed criteria cultural criterion, since the paintings found at Vergina are of extraordinarily high quality and historical importance.

Zagorohoria

Zagori or Zagorohoria is a network of 46 villages spread all over the northern mountains of Ioannina. Mountains are divided by the sharp gorge “Vikos”. Villages are known for their outstanding natural beauty and their exclusive construction. Here you will find free horses or cows on the streets and 60 arched stone bridges. The unspoiled natural environment makes you feel like time has stopped. Steep cobbled paths, zigzags through beech woods, gray stone houses tiled with giant slabs of slate compose the sole scenery of Zagori.

Cape Tainaron

Also known as ‘Cape Matapan’ is situated at the end of the Mani, Greece. Cape Matapan, almost 5.500km away from Nordkapp/Norway is the southernmost point of mainland Greece and Balkan Peninsula. It separates the Messenian Gulf in the west from the Laconian Gulf in the east. Cape Matapan has been an important place for thousands of years. There is a cave at the tip of Cape Matapan that Greek legends claim was the home of Hades, the god of the Dead. The ancient Spartans built several temples there dedicated to various gods. On the hill situated above the cave lay the remnants of an ancient temple dedicated to the sea god Poseidon. As the most southern point of the Balkan Peninsula, the cape is on the major migration route of birds headed to Africa.

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