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National Park Galicica

The cascade of nature is parallel to none.

The mountain peaks challenge ones intellectual heights.

The depth of the lake make you contemplate on inner serenity.

Galicica National Park offers number of leisure activities for the park visitors.  We recommend to all visitors who want to enjoy the nature in the park, to use the marked walking, mauntain and climbing trails.  If you are approaching from the direction of Ohrid, from the petrol service station at Biljanini izvori there is less than an hour walk to the village of Velestovo.  If your level of fitness allows you, some distance further is the locality Krstec, excellent view point over a large field of Dzafa, and a better part of the mountain range of Galicica.  To climb the highest peak on Galicica – Magaro, you should follow the trail that starts at the vicinity of the locality „Baba”, beside the regional road Ohrid-Trpejca-Carina-Resen.  Apart from the exceptional views, alongside the trail there are geomorphologic clues to the last ice age on our planet.  This part of the mountain contains natural highland grazing meadows with exceptionally reach plant and animal varieties, some of which are not to be found anywhere else.  On a good day, the view from the summit Magaro is breath taking with both Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa right at your feet.

Spacious highland grazing meadows are result of human intervention, and further enhance the beauty  of the mountain.  The locality Dva Javora can be reached via a asphalt road that branches to the left, northbound, as you travel along the regional road Ohrid-Trpejca-Carina-Resen towards Resen.  This location is a starting point for another marked trailleading through a large field “Suvo pole” and the mountain house in the locality „Asan Djura”.  From Asan Djura, the trail branches into two directions, one leading to a summit of Goga, and the other to the cave „Samatska Dupka”.  Entering the cave is possible with prior arrangement with a park guide. Climbing to the summit of Goga will reward you with an excellent view of both lakes. 

The locality „Korita”, situated alongside the regional road Ohrid-Trpejca-Carina-Resen, on the western slopes of the mountain, above the village of Trpejca, attracts large number of one day visitors.  It can be also reached via a marked walking trail originating In the village of Pestani.  Nevertheless, the most visited location in the Park is the tourist complex at the St Naum monastery, near the national border with Albania.  Every Year over 200 000 visitors come to enjoy this place where the natural, cultural and spiritual heritage of Macedonia are rolled into one place with exceptional beauty.  There is an option to have a boat ride at St Naum Springs that form a small lake with two small islands.  It is estimated that this small lake is formed by 45 springs on the shores and on the bottom of it, and almost half of the clear cold water produced by these springs originates from Lake Prespa, and arrives here via  underwater rivers flowing through the underground limestone of Galicica.  Durig the summer period there is option of enjoying the yellow send beach with a crystal clear waters in the vicinity where this small lake flows into the Lake Ohrid.

Some of the most beautiful sections of the park are not so easily accessible, like the island of „Golem Grad” in the Lake Prespa – the only island in the Republic of Macedonia.  Transport to reach the island can be found in the villages of Stenje and Konjsko. 
Galicica Nationa Park is quite popular destination for paragliding enthusiasts.  Most often the take off point is location Baba on the regional road Ohrid-Trpejca-Carina-Resen, and a safe landing ground is the beach at auto caravan park “Ljubanista”.  This viewing point provides the unique opportunity of having both Lake Ohrid and  Prespa in site at the same time.

To get to know, and enjoy Galicica National Park better, you need more than one day.  Do not worry about overnight accommodations.  Large number of the tourist accommodations capacities of Ohrid and Prespa is located within the Park.  Apart from numerous hotels, accommodations can be found in private houses in most villages on the shores of the lakes, and in several caravan parks.