The Revival of Mavrovo

Mountain Biking through Mavrovo National Park

Mountain Biking Mavrovo National Park

A splash of spontaneity is a must in all my travels plans.

It never fails to add the fab to my journeys.

Which is why one of my top travel tips is don’t plan too much.

My journey to Mavrovo National Park was one such little-planned escapade I shoehorned into a few spare days between joining a revolution and exploring Orchid – I’m so glad I did.

I had the place almost to myself, which is surprising since it’s Europe’s oldest Park.

The highlight was staying with a wonderful family who are the only permanent residents of Galichnik – a mountain village in the National Park which is completely cutoff in winter by the snow.

I’m continually gobsmacked by the fact that there are still relatively unexplored treasures like Mavrovo.

If you’re looking for peace, pure wilderness and wholesome adventure in the middle of Europe, this is it.

Find out more in my story  ” The Revival of Mavrovo” published in Adventure.Travel 

Thanks to Marko Bekrik of  Galichnik mountain bike adventures and his lovely grandparents, Pavle and Borka, for the treasured experience.





Tracey Croke is a travel journalist addicted to roughty-toughty offtrack adventure and exploring on her bike

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