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Mavrovo National Park

Mavrovo was proclaimed National Park in 1949 and is the biggest National Park of Macedonia, located in the north-west and bordering Albania. It covers an area of more than 73,000 square hectares.

More than 1000 species of higher plants can be found here, as well as no less than 140 species of birds and 45 species of wild animals.

The Mavrovo National Park is a popular resort for the Macedonians, with many weekend houses.

Shepherds walk with their sheep on the slopes of the mountains in the park.

Mavrovo Lake

There is an artificial lake in the park, Lake Mavrovo, accumulated in 1953 after a dam was build. This caused a church to be flooded, parts of which still can be seen in the lake. The picture was taken after a dry period in 2007, when the church fully emerged from the lake.

The mountain surrounding the lake is called Mount Bistra. Mount Bistra is also the location of the second by size ski center in Macedonia.

If you like to stay overnight in the neighbourhood, you can consider the mountain hut near Tajmiste.

Things to see in Mavrovo National Park

Besides enjoying the natural beauty of Mavrovo National Park, there are some other sights in the park:

- The village Galicnik with its famous yearly traditional wedding

- The Monastery of Sveti Jovan Bigorski (St John the Baptist)

- The cave Sharkova Dupka

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  • Last visit to Mavrovo: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • picek's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2011 at 6:10 AM

    So many dogs and sheeps! Yes, it's trully enchanting place with beautiful landscape and full of historic footprints :) Too bad about fire in Sv. Jovan Bigorski. We still keep their monastery 'mastika' though. Thank you for this wonderful page.

  • Jan 6, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    Hey! Me and my friends wanna go to mavrovo in a 10 day trip, can you give me some tips about room renting also if you can tell me prices if you have such informations. Thanks, Eagle00

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Would seem like a stunning location.

  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Another great page! This mostly flooded church is interesting. It's sometimes weird if you only see the top of a building in a lake.


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