The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is topping the pols as Europe’s rising star in adventure travel. On a mountain biking and foodie trip there, I discovered its special kind of magic. Mountain Biking Macedonia
More info about Mountain Biking Macedonia
Trails in Ohrid, Galicica National Park and Pelister National Park: Contact Jovan Jovanoski – Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Trails in Mavrovo National Park: Contact Marko Bekric at Galichnik Mountain Bike Adventures – Email email@example.com
Five other top experiences in Macedonia
1) Be a bear ranger
Macedonia is one of the few areas in Europe where brown bears wander free without borders. Spend five days trekking in the forest with park rangers. Learn about bear behaviour and how Macedonia is connecting tourism, local people and conservation to protect bears and other wildlife.
To join a bear conservation trekking adventure Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Go to a traditional wedding that everyone’s invited to
Every year on 12th July, the tiny mountain village of Galichnik attracts people from all over Macedonia for their traditional Wedding Festival. Everyone’s invited -tourists included. For a special experience, stay in the cozy B&B home of Borka and Pavla, a legendary couple who are the only permanent residents of this summer holiday village. During the summer season, their homestay is the perfect base for exploring Mavrovo National Park.
For accommodation and more info email: Marko Bekric email@example.com
3) Visit a ‘forbidden Island’
Golem Grad is not really forbidden but it is highly protected. This uninhabited island of global scientific interest is known for its endemic flora and fauna, significant birdlife and high concentration of ancient ruins. The island, which can only be reached by boat, is definitely one for the nature-cum-history lovers and the kind of place you imagine a T-Rex could stomp up at any second.
More info at: http://eden.mk
4) Spot a Lynx in one of Europe’s oldest National Parks
With over 500 kilometres of mixed-use trails, Mavrovo National Park is a peaceful wilderness known for its panoramic views, extensive beech forests, alpine meadows and pristine rivers. It’s also home to the critically endangered Balkan Lynx. But with only 45 or so wandering between Macedonia and Albania, you’ll be very lucky to see one.
For Mavrovo trekking and horseriding contact firstname.lastname@example.org and see www.macedonia experience.com
For Mavrovo Mountain Biking contact Marko Bekric – Galichnik Mountain Bike Adventures email@example.com
5) Dive in The Bay of Bones – Ohrid Lake
“The museum on the water” in the bay of Bones is a village reconstructed from the archaeological remains of a stilted bronze age settlement. Uncover ceramics and artifacts, which tell a story of a civilization that exited thousands of years ago. The Bay of Bones is aptly described by a journalist colleague as “the coolest diving spot you’ve never heard of.
More info at: www.macedoniaexperience.com