Pelister National Park

Pelister National Park is in Western Macedonia near Bitola.

Understand

Pelister National Park
Bitola from Pelister

Park straddles Macedonia’s southern border with Greece, running along the magnificent Baba Mountain. Its highest peak - Pelister (2601 meters) is the third-highest in Macedonia after Korab and Titov Vrv. It is located only 15 km from Macedonia’s second city, Bitola, and makes for an invigorating natural escape from urban life.

Information center

History

Pelister national park was established in 1948 and is the first national park in the country. It is also the second largest national park in Republic of Macedonia after Mavrovo National Park.

Landscape

Pelister is rugged and mountainous.

Flora and fauna

Pelister National Park is filled with exquisite flora and fauna. Among flora elements, the presence is especially significant of the five-needle pine molica (Pinus peuce)- a unique species of tertiary age being present on only a few mountains in the Balkan Peninsula. The beauty of the landscape is enhanced by the diversified wildlife: bears, roe deer, wolves, chamois, deer, wild boars, rabbits, several species of eagles, partridges, redbilled jackdaws, and the endemic Macedonian Pelagonia trout.

Climate

The climate is diverse all over the park.

Lines left after skiing on Baba Mountain

Get in

Pelister is located 14 km from Bitola, 75 km from Ohrid's Airport or 170 km from Skopje's Airport.

The best way to reach Pelister would be from Bitola, across the villages of Trnovo and Magarevo. No public transport is available, so taxis and private cars are the only options to get there. A taxi from Bitola to the park's information center costs about 400 denars.

Fees/Permits

Entrance fee: 50 denars per car.

Get around

Taxis cost pretty cheap, around 100 denars for a ride, but it will require most likely ordering a taxi by phone from Bitola.

There is a road going from Dihovo to Nizepole village and further into mountains which offers quite spectacular views. Accessible either by car, bicycle or on foot. There is a few forks of it leading to Brajcino village (22 km), Little and Big Lakes.

See

Dihovo village

Do

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Eat

Sleep

You can be sleep over in many hotels, or in 3 mountain houses.

Dihovo village

It's about 5 km away from Bitola which is 5-10 minute drive by asphalt road. Taxi fare from Bitola to Dihovo is 120-140 denars (2 €)

Trnovo village

Near Dihovo village, about 5 km away from Bitola

Mountain Houses

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