Pelister National Park
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West of Bitola, near the town, is the Baba (meaning Grandma) Mountain with the magnificent Mount Pelister (2601 meters, or 8533 feet). Pelister is the third highest peak inthe Republic of Macedonia after Korab and Titov Vrv.
Park straddles Macedonia’s southern border with Greece, running along the Baba Mountain (the third-highest in Macedonia). It is located only 15 km (9 m) from Macedonia’s second city, Bitola, and makes for an invigorating natural escape from urban life.
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.
Pelister is also known for its two mountain lakes, which are called Pelister's Eyes. The Big lake is 2,218 meters above the sea level while the Small lake is 2,180 meters high. Here are the sources of many rivers. The climate in the Pelister National Park is diverse.
The best way to reach Pelister would be from Bitola, across the villages of Trnovo and Magarevo. Pelister is situated 14 km. from Bitola, 75 km. from Ohrid's Airport or 170 km. from Skopje's Airport. You can be sleep over in many hotels, or in 3 mountain houses.
Pelister national park was established in 1948 and is the first national park in the country.
Pelister is rugged and mountainous.
Flora and fauna
The climate is diverse all over the park.
Bus from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia
Eurobus is an international coach operator based in Struga that has almost daily tours from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Slovenia to major cities in Macedonia. Prices from 70€ and possible to get student discount.
Pelister is known for great skiing.