The Mavrovo National Park is the largest of the three national parks in the Republic of Macedonia. It is located in the west, between the Mavrovo lake and the Albanian border. It is a place where one can experience unforgettable mountain adventures.
The Mavrovo National park is known for endemic species of plants and animals and as a habitat of medicinal herbs. It offers magnificent views of different colors, particularly in autumn, due to the presence of different species of trees.
It abounds in trails for hiking and mountain biking of different difficulty and length. Noteworthy among these are the Vrben trail with a view of the Mavrovo valley and the artificial lake, the round trail above the Leunovo village in a forest belt suitable for hiking, running and mountain biking, the Nikiforovo trail, the trail to Galichnik offering the wonderful panorama of the village of Galichnik, Gorna reka trail and many other.
In addition to the artificial lake, the Mavrovo National Park abounds in springs and glacial lakes. The banks of the Radika river are wonderful places for fishing and are particularly rich in trout.
The climate of the Mavrovo national park ranges from continental to Alpine.
In addition to hiking and biking, the Mavrovo National Park offers the enjoyment of winter sports. Mavrovo is known as one of the most beautiful ski centers in Macedonia. The ski centre is located on the slopes of the Bistra mountain and offers excellent opportunities for winter vacations. The ski season starts on November 15th ,with a peak from December 25th to January 31st . There are several night clubs and restaurants within the ski center for those who want to have fun during the night hours.
As to the cultural heritage, the entire national park bears witness of the co-habitation of different cultures with the existence of Christian and Islamic Structures. Noteworthy are the St. Bigorski monastery with its wonderful iconostasis and fresco paintings, the church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in the Tresonche village, etc. As to profane structures, compacted and semi-compacted rural settlements are representative of the region with beautiful examples of traditional construction.