Also known as the "Snake Island", Golem Grad is an island located in the Prespa Lake. It is about 18 hectares big and includes ancient ruins from Roman, Neolithic, and Hellenic times. Apart from the preserved church of St. Peter, the attention is drawn by the medieval church dedicated to St. Demetrius, as well as the early Christian basilica from the end of the 4th and the beginning of the 5th century, where remnants of a floor mosaic were discovered. Another unique attraction is the Roman stone cistern that was used as a reservoir for drinking water. The island is home to many endemic plants as well as rare birds and reptilians, which contributed to its status as designated natural reserve within the reaches of the Galicica national park. For You we can arrange a half-day wildlife observation tour to the island with a regular or speed boat.
The Ethno museum in the nearby village of Podmochani (owned by Mr. Jone Eftimovski) houses one of the richest private ethnology collections of Macedonia, consisting of over 2000 pieces: more than 160 original Macedonian folk costumes from all over the region of Macedonia, rare jewelry, as well as ancient weapons and coins. Visit of this museum is definitely an experience worth having while in Prespa.
This monastery dedicated to St. George is located near the eastern shore of Lake Prespa on the slopes of Mt. Pelister, near the village of Kurbinovo. An inscription above the altar informs us that this church was in 1191 AD. This church is heavily under the radar for most visitors of the area, but the Byzantine frescoes are astounding. The most famous is the Annunciation scene which can be seen in the church’s apse just above the altar featuring the Madonna and Child (eastern wall of the church). To the left of them is the stunning fresco of Archangel Gabriel, also referred to as the Angel of Kurbinovo, which is featured on the reverse side of the 50 Macedonian denars banknote.
Brajchino and Ljubojno
Brajchino and Ljubojno are picturesque mountain villages with long immigrant tradition, located in the foothills of Pelister national park, not far from our Villa. These villages have remarkable traditional architecture, and they are home to beautiful churches and extravagant monasteries in their vicinity. The surrounding area has beautiful nature that is sure to take your breath away.
The walking and biking tours we arrange in the area always include these charming villages.
Located at 1,200 m above sea level, this beautiful 17th century monastery is dedicated to the Nativity of the Mother of God. It lies in a spectacular setting on the flanks of Mt. Baba with a scenic panorama of lake Prespa, and its Roman catholicon (main church) is richly decorated with beautifully preserved frescoes. The monastery was built in three phases between 1607 and 1645. It was founded by the local clergy thanks to donations from several families in the region. The complex no longer hosts a monastic community since the 19th century. The Monastery houses a source of considered miraculous water next to the church., and it was also the presumed place of several sightings of the Mother of God since the First World War.
There are beautiful areas within an hour from Villa Prespa, such as Ohrid and Pelagonija, as well as the Pelister and Galicica national parks. Our guests can enjoy a day trip exploring some of the most beautiful spots in our neighborhood like the old town of Ohrid, the scenic villages of Trpejca and Malovishte, or the Heraclea Lyncestis archaeological site.
Our assistance and recommendations for the best places to visit and most authentic foodie experiences will definitely make Your day trip a memorable one.
People and Food
"Macedonia - a country that’s often overlooked and passed over for the more alluring countries on the sparkling coast — like Croatia and Montenegro. It’s a place that’s spent most of its life stuck between war-torn countries, making it hard for Western visitors to give it a chance. Which is heartbreaking, considering the landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful, the people are some of the world’s most welcoming, and the food is some of Europe’s most comforting."
Excerpt from a "Vogue" piece on Macedonia becoming a slow food destination, written by Claire Volkman, published in October 2016.
Apple orchards make up approximately 4,000 Hectares of the Prespa region, and between 80,000 to 100,000 tons of apples are produced every year. Visit of our neighbors' apple orchard and picking organic apples is always a great addition to Your stay, and we are here to help You with that.