There are many local legends that try to explain the creation of the two lakes. According to one of them:

a shepherd and his carelessness are to blame! The shepherd was getting water from a spring near a village when he heard his sheeps calling for him. He thought that something bad was happening and left quickly to find them and forgot to turn off the tap. The water ran uncontrollably for a few days and this led to the creation of the lakes.

This myth inspired the following stories from our students.

The Lake Prespa is located on the tripoint of Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania. It is a system of two lakes separated by an isthmus, the Great Prespa Lake, divided between the three countries, and the Little Prespa Lake, mostly within Greece. They are the highest tectonic lakes in the Balkans, standing at an elevation of 853 meters. The area contains three national parks, one in each country.

Story by Iasonas Mimilidis

Story by Sotiris Vasilopoulos

Story by Marieta Stavrakopoulou

Drawing from Eleni Ioannidou


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