Berovo and Pehcevo
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Berovo and Pehcevo are two small towns on the east coast of Macedonia, Eastern Europe, close to the border with Bulgaria. They are in total contrast to the two other well-known destinations in the country of Skopje the capital and Ohrid the lake region.
The route from Skopje to these towns is a scenic and interesting one and so should be done at a leisurely pace, so that travellers can take in the views of the beautiful countryside, water-ways and mountains.
The River Vardar is the largest in Macedonia and runs from the north east of the country, through Skopje and then south to Greece. Very few road or rail routes in the country do not meet up with the river at some point, which when it is in full flow is an impressive site.
One of the first stops should be to view Saint Jovan Vetersko Monastery which was built in 1670 in a remote spot near to the village of Vetersko. This location was picked as it is on the far side to the river and road, so inaccessible to passers-by. The famous monks, who lived there, needed the peace and quiet as they spent their lives rewriting scripts and religious books.
Rajko Zinzifov Railway station and line, runs parallel to the River Vardar and highway, so can be seen from the road. It is an interesting and quaint looking station that was built in 1877 and is one of the oldest in Europe.
Veles is a popular city to visit as it is surrounded with lovely countryside, mainly agricultural but with vineyards too. It has a large and scenic lake with many family activities, so is busy at weekends and in the summer months.
BEROVO is a lovely little town sitting at the base of the Maleshevia Mountain Range, which means visitors can use it as a starting point for walking, hiking, cycling and motor cycling etc. It has a cobbled ‘main street’ and ‘square’ with shops, bars and restaurants. Berovo Museum is worth a visit, as it has many artifacts and pieces of history that tell the story of the region and Macedonia itself.
Initially there were many separate settlements throughout the region, but several elders decided to gather them in one place, so they could create a community. It reminded them of the collecting of the ‘berry’ fruit, which there is a lot in the area, so named the town after them.
It is the second highest town in the whole of Macedonia, its friend and neighbour Pehcevo is the highest, but both share the freshest air in the country.
The Holy Archangel Michael Monastery was built in Berovo in 1815 and has an interesting history regarding its construction. Due to problems with the permits and design details, there were a lot of troubles surrounding its building, which actually led to 3 church elders being put to death and the priest Friar Peco being imprisoned.
The Monastery of Berovo was the first female monastery in Macedonia and was built in 1940. The first nuns were the daughter and daughter-in-law of Friar Peco. They had the ‘monastic tonsure’ carried out, which is the removing of the hair, which was blessed by Rila Monastery’s Abbott. At its peak there were over sixty nuns, who created a thriving economy in the area with theological seminary’s, weaving mill and hydro-power plant.
Berovo Lake, which is also a dam, is a spectacular looking piece of water, which is surrounded by an evergreen and lush forest. The lake is used for swimming, fishing, sailing, picnics and other activities, plus has a number of cabins that can be used to get changed or stay in. The forest is full of pine trees, berries and flowers and is protected by the Macedonian Forestry Police to ensure its sustainability.
Aurora Resort and Spa is a haven of piece and tranquillity with a world class spa, quality restaurant, exceptional accommodation, relaxing pools, delicious cuisine, activities and top class hospitality.
The area has a nickname of ‘Little Switzerland’ due the scenery, landscape and waters that make up the region, plus the quality of the air throughout this mountainous destination.
PEHCOVO is an interesting place too and obviously has access to the mountains, thus the fresh air and related activities that Berovo enjoys. It borders Bulgaria, so they have a good relationship with them, especially the nearest municipality of Simitli.
The town first started to flourish in the Ottoman times and it became a cultural center for the region, mainly due to the people’s skills in arts, crafts and chemistry. The region is still popular today for the purchase of wood-craft and herbal remedies, especially ones made from honey or flowers.
The main town square (oblong in this case) is a great place to relax, as a stream runs alongside the bars, restaurants, shops and seating areas, so there is always that soothing sound of water in the background. Another central feature of the town is the beautiful Church of Saint Petra/Pavle, with its impressive dome and tower.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in the area is the Pehcevo Waterfalls, which has a beautiful woodland area, picnic spots, ponds, sports facilities, foot and cycle paths. If visitors want to go exploring further into the mountain region, they will also discover a dormant volcano (bynkah).
Another interesting place is Vrtena Skala, which is situated in the lap of Bukoviks Mountain. Legend says that the famous rock there has special powers and that if women push themselves through the gap in it, it will help them get pregnant?
Judovi Livadi Nature Park is a beautiful area of flora and fauna, which contains the Drosera Rotundiflora, which is a carnivorous plant.
The region in and around Berovo and Pehcevo is famous for its fresh water, fish, honey, fruit, live- stock, wine and cheese, so needless to say, it is a great place to eat.
In-between the two towns is Misston Restaurant, which is a authentic and traditional venue, which serves delicious food that has all been sourced locally. It also has the local wines, waters and fruit juices, plus provides traditional entertainment when required.
Nearby, in fact a 2 minute walk away is Malew Dairy, which produces the most wonderful tasting cheeses and yogurts. Given notice they will provide a ‘tasting’ for visitors, which for cheese lovers, is a joyful belly filling experience. It is also very cheap to buy, so most people leave with at least some form of diary delight.
If more information is required about both destinations, the Mayor of Pehcevo, Igor Popovski, is very pro-active and invites all enquiries into tourism and possible investment in the region. Either click on their Coat Of Arms banner at the side of the page, which goes straight to the municipality home page of their website or contact him via email on opstina_pehcevo-home.mk or email@example.com.
Berovo and Pehcevo are two great towns in this beautiful mountainous region of Macedonia and deserve to be explored together. They are like brothers, loving and supporting each other, but with their own separate personalities.