The Pelister National Park is placed an area of 12,500 hectares in the southwestern part of Macedonia. It was declared in 1948 the first protected natural area in Macedonia. It is characterized by the many peaks higher than 2,000m, separated between themselves by deep valleys. The highest peak is Pelister (2,601 m). At the foot of the Pelister flows so called Kamena (Stone) River, which is named after its bed that is filled with big stones, The Kamena (Stone) River is very interesting to the rafting fans because of its rapids.
Hydrographic objects are a special natural attraction and they consist of two lakes – Veliko lake and Small lake on Pelister, also known as Eyes of the forest. Flora is very various and there are over 88 species of trees, representing 29% of the total flora in Macedonia and therefore its specific botany gains additional significance. On Pelister there are over 21 plant communities, of which 13 belong to the forest community. The largest value of the forest trees on Pelister certainly is Molika – an endangered pine species, which grows to only a few mountains on the Balkan Peninsula.
The Pelister National Park is as well as the Galičica National Park and the Mavrovo National Park an ideal place for people interested in exploring the flora and fauna, discovering the unknown but absolutely authentic. South-western Macedonia, where are placed all these parks, with their beauty, certainly does not deserve to be just a station on your way to Greek coast, and do deserves to be paid much more attention than it received till today. Our portal is trying to correct that mistake writing about Macedonia’s parks.
Published on: 03.03.2011