a population of 12,000 in North-Western Greece, 160
kilometres from Thessaloniki.
Florina, the prefectural capital,
is spread out over a hillside covered with wild
chestnut trees. Aminteo, a modern market town, lies
41 kilometres from Florina, while 6 kilometres from
there, on the shores of Lake Vegoritis, there is the
picturesque village of Agios Panteleimonas. Nimfeo
(53 km. from Florina), on the slopes of Mt. Vitsi
(alt. 1.350 m.), is both a winter and summer resort,
with delightful houses built in the local style.
The part of this prefecture that holds the greatest
interest for visitors, whether Greek of foreign, is
its two lakes, which form the natural borders of
Greece with Albania and the former Yugoslavia. These
lakes, Mikri and Megali Prespa are situated 850
metres above sea level and are separated by a narrow
strip of land. The shores of the smaller lake are
filled with reeds that every year provide shelter
for many kinds of birds.
On the shores of Megali Prespa, which may be either
steep and rocky or flat and lush, there is a
delightful little village called Psarades, which is
very reminiscent of an Aegean hamlet with its
characteristic architecture. At Agios Germanos there
is a byzantine church dedicated to St. Germanos with
Vigla - Pissoderi ski cente : Parking, 2 ski tows, a
ski school and rentals, alt. 1.650 m., two slopes.
Mountain climbing : On Vitsi at Vigla Pissoderi,
there is a refuge sleeping 70 with beds and
blankets, a restaurant, electricity, water, heating,
a kitchen, and fireplace. Information : Florina EOS