Pelister National Park

Renowned for its diverse ecology and hiking trails, a visit to Pelister National Park makes for a great walking holiday. Here hikers can view a diversified range of flora and fauna, and will perhaps be lucky enough to spot a roe deer, a wild boar or a red-billed chough. A celebrated ski resort alongside Mavrovo, Pelister is an intimate destination and a great spot in which to take advantage of 1172 meters of vertical descent void of the crowds of other popular ski resorts. As well as gorgeous natural camping grounds, there are a number of hotels dotted around the park and Bitola is only 30 km away, meaning that visitors can split their time between the urban buzz of the city and the refreshing natural beauty of the park.

Pelister National Park was proclaimed on November 30, 1948 by a law endorsed by the Presidium of the People’s Republic of Macedonia. According to the Law on Nature Protection the public institution Pelister National Park is responsible for the protection and management of the Park.

Mountain Baba, more commonly known as Pelister is the southern most mountsin with alpine characteristics. Set between the valleys of Pelagonija and Prespa, its over 465 milion years old and the highest peak in the park is 2,601 meters above sea level.

There are two legends linked to the name Pelister. When viewed from a far, the grey – white stones on the mountain sides resemble a dove. One legend says that the name Pelister comes from the Greek word dor dove – perister. Accoriding to the other legend the name has its origins from the characteristic five – needle pine in the park.

The Molika pine – Pinus peuce is the best known feature of National Park Pelister. This species was discovered by the Austrian botanist August Grisebach in 1839. Although the Molika is also found in other mountains of the Balkans, one of the oldest and mosto compact forest communities can be found on Pelister. By walking on Pelister it is possible to find trees over 230 years old.