Mavrovo, Galicnik and Jovan Bigorski Monastery from Skopje

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Discover National park Mavrovo. Take a look at the traditional Architecture and customs in Galičnik. Visit the 1000 years old Jovan Bigorski Manastir. Taste some local eco-food.

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Highlights

  • Mavrovo, National Park
  • Galičnik, 1000 years old village..
  • Traditional architecture, gorgeus surrounding countryside,art, dress and music
  • St. Jovan Bigorski, a tremendous monastery from the XI century

Description

Mavrovo National Park is the largest of the four national parks of North Macedonia. The relief of the park contains three Alpine mountain systems: the Šar, Korab and Bistra mountains. These mountains are distinguished by chains of snowy, jagged peaks and broad grassy plateaus below them. Between the three mountains extends the Radika gorge for more than 25 km. The Mavrovo region reminds of Switzerland Alps, for much of the time grassy pastures are filled with incredible herbal smell. Our journey will start with a pick up in Skopje, and in about 80 minutes we shall arrive to this small paradise, with incredibly rich flora and fauna, but also animals and insects, like the Bistra grasshoppers and the macedonian lynx. After the arrival we shall visit the St. Nicholas Church, built in 1850 with icons painted by the macedonian legend Dicho Zograf, nowadays submerged under water of the Mavrovo lake. In the village we shall visit a young family, who decided to move from Skopje and raise their child in Mavrovo, deep in the nature, far from the chaos of the big cities. They cook pretty traditional, using the products/ gifts of the mountain and they love to explain a lot about the lifestyle here and tell stories about the present and the past of the region. We shall make a small snack here before we move to the village Galičnik. On the way to our next destination we shall admire the gorgeus surrounding countryside, with indescribable neverending pastures with colours of gold, as well as the amount of sheep. Galičnik has well-preserved traditional architecture, including an amphitheater in the village square, the regional art, dress and music are rich in detail and original in character for centuries. Galičnik is famous for its surrounding countryside and nature reserve, but most of all for the traditional wedding custom held annually in summer (in July), on the day of the village feast of the Patron Saint Peter. In Galičnik we shall make a visit of some of the houses, we shall take a look at the typical construction way, we'll get in the the central village church St. Peter and Paul, and visit the house of our enlightener Gjorgjija Pulevski, full with traditional leftovers from the 19th century. In Galičnik we shall enjoy a nice traditional lunch in the restaurant-house of a Local family - the only inhabitants in the village over the winter. St. Jovan Bigorski is the last destination of this journey. A monastery hidden in the mountain, with 1000 years of history, with exceptional wood carving and monastic order. Many people come here in search for their peace and freedom, usually are always accepted from the monastery. In the afternoon we shall departure to Skopje, where the clients will be brought back to their hotels or their apartments. Who is in for a full day of Nature and History? :)

Includes

Transport to Mavrovo and back The Guide Snack in Mavrovo Lunch in Galicnik Entrance tickets for Jovan Bigorski

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