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National Park Pelister

The Pelister National Park is situated between the Prespa and Pelagonia valleys, in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. Pelister is the first national park in the Republic of Macedonia, declared in 1948 and covers an area of 17 150 ha.

Pelister - National Park, Republic of MacedoniaIt can be said that the status of a national park was gained mainly due to the spacious forests with Molika tree (Pinus peuce – Macedonian pine or Balkan Pine), discovered in 1839 by the Austrian botanist August Grisebach.

Pelister - National Park, Republic of Macedonia

The Molika tree or Macedonian pine (Pinus peuce) is a symbol of the national park Pelister and Baba Mountain. Today on Pelister can be found Molika trees which are older than 230 years..


More information on Pelister National Park:

  • Pelister Info center:
    Phone: +389 47 237 010
    Email: np.pelister@yahoo.com
    http://park-pelister.com

Pelister - National Park, Republic of Macedonia

Pelister - National Park, Republic of MacedoniaAdministratively, the area of the national park belongs to the municipalities of Bitola and Resen and there is only one settlement within its borders – the village of Maloviste.

Pelister - National Park, Republic of MacedoniaPelister - National Park, Republic of Macedonia“Pelister” (2601 m asl) is the highest peak of the mountain Baba and the third highest peak in Macedonia. Pelister is often used as the name of Baba Mountain, and is also synonymous with the city of Bitola.

Pelister - National Park, Republic of MacedoniaIn the Pelister National Park, 88 species of woody trees exist classified in 23 families, 91 species of birds, 35 species of mammals, 10 species of amphibians, and 15 species of reptiles.

Pelister - National Park, Republic of Macedonia

It is believed that the name “Pelister” was derived from the word “petlister” which means five leaves and associates to the five leaves (needles) for which the Молика tree is specific. Others believe that the name derives from the Greek word “peristeri”, which means dove, and associates to the white stone areas on the mountain, when viewed from afar.

Pelister lakes

On Baba Mountain there are 8 mountain lakes, of which 3 are permanent, 3 periodic and 2 occasional. According to the time of their occurrence they belong to the group postglacial lakes, while according to the factors that led to the creation of lake basins, they are divided into: erosive, accumulative and combined.

Pelister - National Park, Republic of Macedonia
Big Lake – photo Zivko Najdovski
Pelister - National Park, Republic of Macedonia
Small Lake – photo OFF Road Macedonia >>>

The most famous are the “Pelister eyes”, ie. the Big and Small Pelister Lakes, which are about 2 km away, and are one of the favourite destinations for the visitors of the Park. In these lakes live the endemic Pelister (Salmo trutta peristericus) and Pelagonia trout (Salmo trutta pelagonicus).

There is a legend that Pelister’s eyes formed from the tears of the two sisters who fell in love with the same boy – Pelister

Activities for tourists

The Pelister National Park offers activities for the visitors all year round and is rich in beautiful hiking, biking and sports areas. Special attractions during the summer months are the jeep safari excursions to the Pelister’s eyes.

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During the winter months, the snow in some places of Pelister lasts until July, and besides the ski centers Kopanki and Strezevo, the so-called “Freeride” ski tours are especially interesting.

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