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King Marko’s fortress – Monastery Treskavec

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  • Active
  • April to November
  • Groups allowed
  • Tour guides

Description

The most favorite hiking tour for the locals but also for all visitors in Prilep. Completely deserved epithet as this hiking tour, for petite efforts, provides perfect combination of culture, nature, history and panoramas. It starts at the location “Elephant”- millions of years old preserved Monument of Nature. It continues to King Marko`s Fortress, one of the biggest fortifications in the Balkan Peninsula. Next stop is the localities “Anvil” and “Red Stones”– historically important for the Macedonian Anti-Fascist resistance in the period of World War 2.

  • Hiking with a professional mountain guide
  • Visit one of the 4’s most important cultural sites in Macedonia – Monastery Saint mother of God (Treskavec) built in the 13th century.
  • Visit of “Nakovalna” and “Crveni steni” historically important locations from Macedonian anti-fascist fight from the period of World War II.
  • Optional paragliding flight over Pelagonija.
  • Traditional Macedonian Lunch

The most favorite hiking tour for the locals but also for all visitors in Prilep. Completely deserved epithet as this hiking tour, for petite efforts, provides perfect combination of culture, nature, history and panoramas. It starts at the location “Elephant”- millions of years old preserved Monument of Nature. It continues to King Marko`s Fortress, one of the biggest fortifications in the Balkan Peninsula. Next stop is the localities “Anvil” and “Red Stones”– historically important for the Macedonian Anti-Fascist resistance in the period of World War 2.

 

The tour ends at the monastery of Holy Mother of God (Treskavec), one of the 4 most important spiritual and cultural places in Republic of Macedonia. It was built in XIII century on the foundations of a polytheistic (Greek) sanctuary.  Enthusiasts who want a bit more thrill, guided by a professional, from Treskavec can reach the highest point “Zlatovrv” (Golden Apple) and consume the beauty of almost half of Macedonia.

In the monastery guests will have the chance to get familiarized with its history along a personal conversation with priest Kalist. After the deserved rest and a good dose of natural beauty, for the true adventurists and adrenalin lovers, nearby the monastery organized can be paragliding flight over Pelagonija. The flight will be performed with professional instructor and the excitement of the flight will be a spiritual companion for a long long after its performance.

 

The return to Prilep’s centuries old settlement Varosh can be organized with a van/minibus from the monastery, or by a round hiking trail surrounded by a granite mountain relief typical for Prilep region only. In that case, technical characteristics of the trail will extend to 15 km/5.5 walking hours.  Its difficulty level, from easy will shift to moderate.   If chosen the return option by van then offered is an opportunity for a visit of the only tobacco museum in the Balkans.

Technical characteristics

Length: 8 km/3.5 hours

Starting point: Foothill of King Marko`s Fortress 740 masl

Ending point: Monastery Treskavec 1.280 masl

Elevation: 540 meters D+

Tour difficulty: Easy

Tour includes:

  • Professional mountain guide
  • Traditional Macedonian lunch

Optional:

  • Van transportation from Treskavec monastery to Prilep
  • Tandem Paragliding flight
  • Visit of the only Tobacco museum on the Balkans