Mountain Biking Through One of Europe’s Oldest National Parks

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 one of Europe’s oldest National Parks.

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.



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16 Responses to Mountain Biking Through One of Europe’s Oldest National Parks

  1. Sifat shahriar December 10, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

    That’s awesome article for bike lovers

    • Tracey June 4, 2018 at 6:44 pm #

      Thanks Sifat – glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Alek Asaduryan December 26, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    Hello Tracey, this Mavrovo National Park looks amazing and just wiki-ed and read about it. I wasn’t aware that it is situated in Macedonia. My suggestion for you is to come here in Bulgaria and try the Pirin National Park which is also amazing! It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    • Tracey June 4, 2018 at 6:44 pm #

      I’d love to do more mountain biking in the region generally and – yes – I’ve heard good things about Bulgaria Alex so will take you up on that recommendation.

  3. Jesica February 4, 2018 at 11:49 pm #

    Amazing place. I went there last year. Can not wait to go there again!
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    • Tracey June 4, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

      Hi Jesica, Did you meet the legendary Borka and Pavle? Special place and people.

  4. Sm Sid February 9, 2019 at 2:21 am #

    Hi, I love mountain biking too .Could you pls tell Mavrovo National Park where it is? In Europe which part?
    Have a nice day!

  5. Kerazo July 23, 2019 at 8:51 pm #

    I love mountain bike.These are too much enjoyable.

  6. Mira Edorra January 9, 2020 at 6:12 am #

    Great story of you: “The Revival of Mavrovo” published in Adventure.Travel “! Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Bike Lover February 3, 2020 at 6:33 pm #

    Very Nice place to do Mountain cycling on Mavrovo National Park.
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  8. Mike March 26, 2020 at 10:50 am #

    Really great to see that. Its was a very nice place i have seen.
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  9. Richard @ outdoor gear world April 26, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

    Great story and I enjoyed your photos too. Thanks and Best Regards

  10. Houssam May 4, 2020 at 1:29 pm #

    This seems to have been a really great experience for you Tracey. Totally agree on the no prior planning rule. Spontaneous trips often bring the most excitement and joy.

  11. The Shard Bike May 9, 2020 at 2:42 am #

    Being a part of the cyclist community, I love it
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  12. Emily Durant June 9, 2020 at 6:33 pm #

    Looks like a lot of fun! I love mountain biking too and that’s awesome article for bike lovers.
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  13. Ken July 14, 2020 at 4:13 pm #

    Looks like a really gorgeous place to cycle in – lots of greenery and beautiful scenery! Thanks for sharing.
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