TIRANA, December 18
Over 80,000 people visited Prespa Lakes during the last season. This figure was confirmed by the Administration for Protected Areas of Korca. Prespa is the name of two freshwater lakes, the highest of their kind in the Balkans. Big Prespa Lake is divided between Albania, Greece, and Macedonia while Small Prespa Lake is dived between Albania and Greece. Both Lakes are part of Prespa National Park, which covers an area of 27 hectares. The area is known for its natural beauty, rich biodiversity, and cultural heritage. The number of visitors is higher during the summer season when they go and explore Maligradi Island also known as the island of snakes. Saint Mary church that dates back to the 14th century is found inside the rocks and it is one of the biggest attraction in the entire area. Two important frescos, Saint Mary and the Kiss of Judas are painted on the walls of the church.
Albanian and international tourists take a boat ride from the local fishermen and sail to the rocky island. On their part, the inhabitants of the area, say that tourism is helping them to sell their products and to generate revenues. Therefore they are investing more in traditional architecture and agrotourism. But there is more than this. There are several legends about a monster that lives in the lake. However, legends lure more tourists and visitors to come and explore the area.
News Source: ATA
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