The Mountain Village of Galičnik

Galičnik is a mountain village in North Macedonia and along with Lazaropole is one of the two biggest and oldest Mijak villages in the region. Galičnik is one of the more picturesque and culturally significant villages located in the Bistra massif such as Gari, Janče , Lazaropole, Kičinica and Tresonče.

Galičnik is home to the famous Galičnik Wedding Festival, Галичка свадба, an annual five day traditional festival that culminates on 12 July, the religious holiday honouring the martyrdom of the apostles Peter and Paul, with a wedding ceremony being held in the Church dedicated to Sts. Peter & Paul in Galičnik.

Galičnik is also very famous for its cheeses, such as its white cheese and their yellow cheese called kaškaval using the livestock that are naturally fed by grazing the mountain pastures. The soft white sheep cheese is particularly one of my favorites and pairs very nicely with a dry red Macedonian wine, or as common in our house eaten as meze.

Galičnik is one of the Mijak villages located in the Mijačija area. The Mijaks are famous for their skills in wood carving, architecture, animal husbandry, and painting icons.