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The Mavrovo National Park is the largest of the three national parks of North Macedonia. Located in the west of the country, it spreads over an area of about 780 km2 (300 square miles) and is characterized by deep canyons, lakes and dense forests that abound with diverse wildlife.

It was established in 1949 by a law passed by the National Assembly of Macedonia; later the legislation was changed to enforce a much stricter protection system, dividing the park into three zones: strict nature reserves, managed reserves, and a tourist zone.

Getting there

The national park is accessible as the drive from Skopje is only about 1 hour and 45 minutes. You will be able to find flights to Skopje from most major international airports in Europe.

When to visit

There is something to do in every season. During spring, summer and fall, you will be able to go hiking and mountain biking. You can go skiing during winter.


Park website


Park size

780 km²

Park founded


Map of Mavrovo National Park

Image gallery of Mavrovo National Park

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Visitor/Information centres in Mavrovo National Park

Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.

Wildlife in Mavrovo National Park

These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.

Mushroom hunting in Mavrovo National Park

There are plenty of mushrooms in the national park. Be sure to speak with local authorities regarding the best places to forage mushrooms. They usually appear during summer and stay until late fall.

Camping rules in Mavrovo National Park

It is not allowed to do wild camping in the national park. Because of the protection of the national park, it is only allowed to pitch a tent in designated camping sites.

Bears in Mavrovo National Park

Bears in Mavrovo National Park

Bears in the park

This national park has bears and you need to take the necessary precautions. Read the article on bears and seek information from local park authorities.