Pelister National Park is a national park in the Municipality of Bitola, North Macedonia. The park is located in the Baba Mountain massif and covers an area of 171.5 square kilometres (66.2 sq mi). The altitude of the park varies between 927 and 2,601 m (3,041 and 8,533 ft) above sea level and 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 Cenozoic age being present on only a few mountains in the Balkan Peninsula. The beauty of the landscape is enhanced by the diverse wildlife: bears, roe deer, wolves, chamois, deer, wild boars, rabbits, several species of eagles, partridges, red-billed choughs, and the endemic Macedonian Pelagonia trout.
There is no major city close to the national park. The drive from Skopje is around 3 hours and this is the closest city with an international airport. Alternative cities include Tirana and Thessaloniki. The drive from these cities is around 3 - 4 hours.
When to visit
There is something to do in every season in the national park. There is skiing during winter and hiking/biking during the remaining seasons.
Map of Pelister National Park
Image gallery of Pelister National Park
Visitor/Information centres in Pelister 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.
Cabins & Shelters
This section lists some of the cabins and shelters for the national park. They can be great places to stay for the experience or as overnight stays on hikes.
Mountains in Pelister National Park
This section will list some of the famous peaks in the national park. Be sure to do proper research before venturing on to the high peaks.
Wildlife in Pelister National Park
These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.
Mushroom hunting in Pelister National Park
You won't be able to find a lot of information on mushrooms hunting in Pelister National Park. Foraging is generally popular in North Macedonia during the fall season. Check with local authorities before going foraging anywhere in the national park.
Camping rules in Pelister National Park
Wild camping is generally not allowed in North Macedonia and Pelister National Park. There are some stories of how wild camping is generally tolerated by the locals. You should obtain permission before staying anywhere in the national park. Check with the local authorities if in doubt.
Bears in Pelister 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.