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Mavrovo and Bigorski monastery tour


Full day tour within the National park of Mavrovo which includes the life Bigorski monastery with the church originally built in 1021 and renewed in 18th century

Full day tour within the National park of Mavrovo which includes the life Bigorski monastery with the church originally built in 1021 and renewed in 18th century

More info: http://haemus.org.mk/bigorski-monastery/

The National Park Mavrovo is located in the western part of Macedonia, one hour drive from the capital Skopje (120 km). Settled in one of the most beautiful valleys surrounded by the mountains of Sara, Deshat and Bistra, also sheltered by the high hills of the mountain Korab (2,764 meters or 9,069 feet high), the mysterious and romantic Mavrovo region was famous during centuries by the hospitality of its well-known inns. Today Mavrovo is the second large ski center in Macedonia and a whole team takes care of the quality of the trails. The total area of the national park is 73.088 hectares. As a result of its long geological history, about 40% of the flora and fauna are endemic and there are relicts from the tertiary and glacial epochs. One third of the park is covered with forests in which there are 1000 species of plants and 100 rare species of trees. The fauna consists of 140 bird species, 11 amphibian species, 12 reptile species and 38 mammal species. Among the mammals, the bear, the lynx, the chamois and the wild cat are the most significant.

Mavorvo National Park houses numerous villages (Galichnik, Rostushe, Bitushe, Lazaropole, Tresonche), caves (Alilica, kalian Dupka) and cultural and historical monuments, such as churches and monasteries (St. Jovan Bigorski monastery, St. George monastery).

Mavrovo is famous for its rich diversity of flora and fauna, mountain flowers, healthy tea, herbs and mushrooms, green slopes, fabulous landscapes, transparent mountainous rivers, a lake, ski tracks, monasteries and caves. This region offers the tourists walking, hiking, mount biking, mountain climbing, fishing, hunting, horse riding, visiting the caves, springs and walking tours and picnics in the quiet picaresque villages of the surrounding mountains as well as tour of the old Byzantine monasteries. This natural treasure provides additional space for pleasant stay, fun, holiday, sport, recreation and relaxation to every visitor.

Situated about 30 km from the town of Debar, hovering over the rapids of the river Radika, the monastery dedicated to St. John the Forerunner, also known as the Bigor Monastery, built with the rock hewn from the travertine cliffs of Mt. Bistra, is one of the most impressive structures and the centre of an almost nine hundred years-long monastic life. It is located on the road between Gostivar and Debar and according to historical documents it was established around 1020/21 A.D. The actual church dedicated to St. Jovan the Baptist – Bigorski and the fresco paintings originate from the 19th century and they were made by several master fresco painters (Mihail and Danail, Vasilie Ginoski, and a master painter from Tresonce Dico Zograf) in different periods. The iconostasis represents a masterpiece of woodcarving which is not over passed by now in the orthodox world, performed by the woodcarvers of the Mijak region.

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Official web sitehttp://bigorski.mk/

Departure: at the meeting point
Duration: 8-10 hours
Time: 08:00
Guide: professional tourist guide with mountain license
Price: 240 EUR per tour

Included: Licensed guide; vehicle, tickets
Excluded: Gratuities (optional);
Getting around: Driving, walking
Cancellation policy: Not defined yet
Minimum people required: 1
Maximum people allowed: 8

Itinerary: Skopje – Trnica – Bigorski monastery – Mavrovo Lake – Skopje

You can book a tour, or you can contact us in the following ways:
By email: contact@haemustravel.com 
By phone: 00 389 77 432 861

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