|The prefecture of Florina, natural balance and harmonious coexistence is located on the northwestern edge of Greece sharing its “water” borders with Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). It contains the northern part of Mt. Vernon and many lakes.
Florina, called Lygistis in antiquity, with settlements dating from the Neolithic Age to the Roman and Byzantine eras and silversmith centres going back to the 17th century today boasts the most intense and lively art expression. Its economy is based on stockbreeding as well as on its mineral riches.
Spread over a hillside covered with wild chestnut trees, the namesake capital has all the features of a contemporary provincial city, with an economy based on agriculture and tourism. The rich tradition and high artistic level of the locals has endowed the city with splendid neoclassic buildings, representing a variety of periods and architectural styles, fine samples of Macedonian architecture.
Holding the greatest interest for visitors, Greek and foreign alike, the two lakes, Mikri and Megali Prespa, form the area¢s natural borders with Albania and (FYROM). They are situated at an altitude of 850 metrs above sea level and are separated by a narrow strip of land. An area of rare fauna and flora, the shores of lakes are filled with reeds providing shelter to many species of birds.
The prefecture is strewn with quaint traditional villages and hamlets, each of them presenting a special interest: Amyntaio, surrounded by four lakes and famous for its wines, Nympaio, a Vlach village with stone mansions, Vigla and Pisoderi with vast forests, rich pastures, natural fountains and a ski resort.
Not lacking in festivities, each year a local carnival is organized at the community of Xino Nero, with celebrations lasting for three days. The events include traditional dances, a masquerade party, a float parade and music bands, culminating on the last Sunday of the carnival. On Ash Monday, there is a kite-flying happening in Pefka, accompanied by folk music, free food and local wine.