"Strumica - Monastery St Ilija - Czar's Towers Hike" Strumica Things to Do Tip by Pijlmans

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  St Ilija in the mountains
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  • St Ilija in the mountains - Strumica
      St Ilija in the mountains
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      Path to St Ilija
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  • View of Strumica - Strumica
      View of Strumica
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  • Waterfall - Strumica
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  • Crossing near Loven Dom - Strumica
      Crossing near Loven Dom
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This walk starts near Restaurant Loven Dom (Neretva Street) in Strumica and goes via the Monastery of St Ilija to the ruins of the fortress called Czar?s Towers or Carevi Kuli.

At the picture of the crossing near Loven Dom, go right for the path to St Ilija.

The first part is 2.5 km on a well kept footpath to the Monastery of St Ilija in the mountains above Strumica. This path is popular for jogging, and people taking a stroll to the monastery. It offers nice views of Strumica as well.

The next part is about 3.5 km from the Monastery of St Ilija to the Czar?s Towers or Carevi Kuli. First you walk on a 4x4 dirt track, the last part you follow the asphalt road to the Czar's Towers.

From the antenna on the top of the hill of Czar's Towers, you can go steeply downhill, back to the path near restaurant Loven Dom. This trail starts left from the antenna, when facing Strumica, and goes straight on after another antenna halfway the hill.

We took another trail, starting right from the first antenna, and with a right turn at the second antenna halfway the hill. This trail was really steep at some places, and you're probably better off taking the first trail, that is more obvious when seen on Google Earth view.

Walking back all the way via the asphalt road to Strumica might not be a good option, as this seems like a big detour. You might want to walk back again via the Monastery of St Ilija if you find the descent via the antennas too steep.

It of course is also possible to hike directly from Strumica to Carevi Kuli via these paths.

See the link below for the GPS file of this hike.

Directions: Start near restaurant Loven Dom, N41.43518 E22.63291
Website: http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=jxabyzozqfrtsesi

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  • Updated Sep 18, 2011
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