Prespa is a region where landscapes of unique beauty and great ecological value coexist with notable Byzantine monuments and traditional villages. The large basin where the two lakes, Mikri and Megali Prespa, are located is surrounded by mountains. The exceptional biodiversity of Prespa region that hosts the world’s largest breeding colony of Dalmatian Pelican and another 260 species of birds, 42 species of mammals and 17 species of fish including 9 endemic, prompted the state to proclame of a National Park in 2009. It has also been Ramsar wetland of International Importance since 1974. The outstanding monument of the area is the Basilica of Saint Achilleios on the islet of the same name, built by the Bulgarian Tsar Samuel in the late 10th century. The watermill at Agios Germanos is worth a visit (tel +3023850 51211), the hermitages on the shore of Megali Prespa, as well as the signposted paths and cycling routes.